Official Xbox Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,521 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Halo 3
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2,521 game reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    From its leaden, cheap-shots-aplenty combat to its wild-goose chase through gray, same-y hallways filled with useless, placebo doorways to a story that takes much too long to get off the ground, its entire first half feels like a death march through a clunky hot mess. [Nov 2008, p.73]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Old-time arcaders will dig the ramped-up challenge: Super's tough even with a partner, and we had to lower the difficulty and hoard the spread gun - our sidearm soulmate - to beat all five levels solo. [Sept 2007, p.76]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The game's force variations and library of over 50 maps make it a solid online contender, assuming you can forgive the fact that major battles still reduce an otherwise attractive presentation to a slow and unresponsive slideshow.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But the real stars of the show are the battle sequences in which you lead an army of literally hundreds of NPCs into full-on raging wars. It’s just a shame that there’s so much filler between the fights.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A few standard scare tactics (dramatic music, flickering lights) and gory battles may satisfy hardened fans of horror, but loot-hunting and taxi missions will likely haunt your dreams more than the given monstrosities of death.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Against similarly matched opponents, it's a tense, fast-paced contest, and it delivers an experience that's fairly unique to the digital format. For this mode, we'd pay the $10. [Nov 2007, p.94]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    And while the game is generally fun, it's strictly for casual, arcade racing-style fans. [Jan 2008, p.69]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For DDR newcomers, then, Universe 2 is the complete and definitive package. Longtime fans, on the other hand, will be left wondering how so little extra content can justify so full a price tag.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The frenzied pace makes for a pleasant enough co-op diversion, but it's also one that's devoid of meaning or longevity. [Feb 2008, p.79]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Encore is a decent party game but it sure lacks the depth and gotta-play-it power of "Rock Band". [May 2008, p.72]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Blood Bowl's disjointed real-time mode is hard to control and keep track of, making it a complete waste of time. [Apr 2010, p.81]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    You’ll also have no one to remind you to leave your brain at the door and enjoy this game as it was meant to be taken - as a fairly well-built, over-the-top testosterone fantasy without all the fancy polish or (dare we say it?) smarts of, say, Gears of War, but still an incredibly satisfying shot in the arm for co-op addicts like us.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Sonic Unleashed is a game that feels schizophrenic in its execution. Unfortunately, you deal with the fun, easy-going personality for less than half the time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Demolishing a city may make for a fun weekend rental, but not quite an incredible one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even if there were room to experiment, a few dozen animals aren’t sufficient to lure back veteran gardeners for long, and newcomers are bound to wonder why life on the island is so needlessly difficult. In the end, Trouble in Paradise proves to be aptly named.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Tedious ground combat makes up the majority of the game, and the cool cover concept and sci-fi story are strong, but blown opportunities. [Feb 2010, p.86]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A lot of us are baffled that snowboarding has been so deathly quiet on 360, and if you’re dying for the next SSX or Amped, Shaun White Snowboarding won’t be the game you’re hoping for. If you’re a serious boarding fan, the mini- MMO multiplayer is totally worth a look, but otherwise, you have better games to play.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The game is fun in short bursts, but won't hold your attention for too long. [July 2008, p.66]
    • 36 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The individual layers of variation don't run terribly deep, and offline exhibitions only cast a harsh light on amateurish A.I. flaws, but Double D Dodgeball's offbeat mix of arcade action and online sporting teamwork still packs enough fast-paced intensity and simple strategy to be worth inviting to recess. [Sept 2008, p.77]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For double-agent wannabes, we suggest renting a copy. Playing through Casino Royale is worth the thrill despite the game’s many flaws. But if you wanted an interactive version of the newest Bond fl ick or a game to replace the Call of Duty experience, Quantum just doesn’t make the cut.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Battle Fantasia may be a niche game for a specific audience, but otaku will live happily ever after.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A fascinating diversion you could spend the rest of your life pursuing, but this presentation of it is disappointingly short on frills.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    NCAA Basketball 09 is a serviceable showcase for basic hoops traits, but without a flagship feature to lead it, it fels more like a pro-flavored tilt without a few of the raw ingredients that make the collegiate sport special. [Jan 2009, p.76]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, in the few areas where this version aims for freshness, it comes up flat. [Holiday 2008, p.83]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A collection like this should be extremely quick, easy fun, and Museum's quirks detract too much from that. [Holiday 2008, p.74]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Playing alone is a tepid affair(even with create-a-clip Director Mode), and we would've liked meatier mini-games and more interactivity in general(waiting and watching are your primary actions), but this $70 package offers enough amusing antics and cheesy clips in it's four-player mode to warrant an audition at your next party or family gathering. [Jan 2009, p.75[
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The laundry list of annoying little problems is too substantial. [Apr 2009, p.76]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite its flashy razzle-dazzle, Ninja Blade feels surprisingly shallow.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Only the most avid Minesweeper fans will find the game entertaining for more than a couple of hours - but for five bucks, that's a pretty fair deal. [Mar 2009, p.83]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While CellFactor is more fun with real humans, it never feels like it'll lure you away from other shooters. [Apr 2009, p.75]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Poker purists will hate it, and poker haters may be totally uninterested. But if you like goofy games with surprising depth, this one's worth a try. [Apr 2009, p.65]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite a few flaws and one ill-conceived megamix, these games are treated with the respect they deserve at a price we’re willing to pay. We’re happy to see them on Arcade where they belong.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Nice gameplan, poor execution. [June 2009, p.79]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Most adults will want to look for more sophisticated fare. [Oct 2009, p.82]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Problem is, the aesthetics are disconcerting. [Aug 2009, p.76]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Arkanoid is Breakout without the boredom. Well, without as much. [May 2009, p.83]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For us, Gel never quite...gelled. [Aug 2009, p.77]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This one's strictly for import-puzzle otaku who enjoy relentlessly super-happy fun times yes! [Sept 2009, p.85]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Sometimes it ends up feeling like a chore. [Oct 2009, p.77]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It basically boils down to Marble Madness with guns. [Oct 2009, p.80]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Gun-crazed gamers just looking for another run-and-shoot romp will find the plodding pace and home-spun presentation distasteful, but Darkest of Days offers everyone else enough fresh and rewarding gameplay to offset its worst problems.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A pleasant, solidly entertaining, and kid-friendly option. [Dec 2009, p.77]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's just enough payoff to keep fans trekking through, but it's a shame that this marvelous license wasn't treated better. [Holiday 2009, p.79]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a decent port to 360 with some key changes to the controls to make it work better on a console, but this recipe of Diner Dash lacks some spice. [July 2009, p.77]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Newcomers will find its plodding pace and lifeless visuals tedious, but old-school tacticians will happily breathe vintage moon dust for days. [Holiday 2009, p.81]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite the awful visuals and crummy combat camera, watching the world react to your different play styles makes this short story a satisfying feudal tale that's worth seeing through. [Dec 2009, p.80]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Diluted by hours of confusing side quests and repetitive battles, these original moments don't shine as brightly as they should. [Mar 2010, p.78]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    On the whole, this inspired, if somewhat contrived, tale offers a satisfying close to the season. [Jan 2010, p.81]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A decent upgrade or introduction to the series. [Feb 2010, p.88]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a solid approach in both concept and execution, but the game just doesn't offer enough to keep you interested for long. [Mar 2010, p.81]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Lack of variety and depth. [Apr 2010, p.83]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This game is anything but polished, but it's also solid enough that you get more than what you paid for. [May 2010, p.77]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Not a notable upgrade over Number One Hits. [May 2010, p.83]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Though these simple action relics aren't for everyone, we applaud the respectful approach taken for this reasonably priced release. [Jun 2010, p.83]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A very bare-bones expression of the genre. [July 2010, p.80]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Clunky controls. [July 2010, p.79]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Feels a bit too easy, too slight. [June 2009, p.78]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Ultimately, though, there's nothing here we haven't seen before, and only the most hardcore NeoGeo fighting fans should consider Coliseum a must-buy. [Oct 2010, p.74]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Warrior isn't nearly as deep as other Arcade fighting games, but when buddies and beers are near, it's a decent choice. [Oct 2010, p.81]
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    • 37 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Instead of Gears' gritty realism, Quantum employs flamboyant machismo, with less impressive graphics. [Nov 2010, p.79]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's still a fun series that can come right back like a determined wrestler, but this year's iteration lacks the polish and wow factor of previous versions. [Holiday 2010, p.78]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But between its quaint characters and charming attitude, it's still an entertaining enough way to while away a few afternoons in service to imaginary nobility. [Jan 2011, p.66]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But Create is clearly aimed at a younger audience, so it may be right up the alley of anyone with equal parts patience and creativity. [Jan 2011, p.73]
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    • 38 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The actioner certainly has polished visuals, but too often suffers from repetition: see enemy, cast spell, repeat. [Jan 2011, p.75]
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    • 42 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you don't mind solo workouts, Zumba Fitness delivers in spades. [Jan 2011, p.79]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Numbers aside, though, the game's old-style simplicity is both charming and, well, kinda boring. Some barely smoothed visuals are the only real upgrade here, so what you get is pretty much the original arcade game.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Still, the writing and voice-overs match the quality of the cartoon. Is that praise? If you answer "yes," then you'll enjoy this game. [Feb 2011, p.76]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's far from the best brawler on XBLA, but Saga is fun enough to warrant a look. [Feb 2011, p.78]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For nostalgic fans who can hang in there--or first-time players--earning "crazzzzy money" still has its mome4nts. [Feb 2011, p.81]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    However, Battlefest's plan to play it safe also limits it. No hint of a single-player campaign is included: you're either playing multiplayer matches with humans or simulating them. [March 2011, p.85]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even local co-op doesn't add much fun, and Rearmed 2 costs 50% more than its predecessor to boot. [April 2011, p.81]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The graphics tend to give it the look of a first-generation Dreamcast game, rather than a second-generation Xbox title – which may turn off those accustomed to the visual bells and whistles of, say, "Wreckless." [Apr 2002, p.84]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's fine for the PS2, but we would have liked a little more polish for the Xbox. [Feb 2002, p.73]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Runs on pretty graphics and an implausibly irresistable storyline alone. It's a shame that the gameplay hasn't evolved as well. [Nov 2003, p.118]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Technical things like weak AI that lets you take down enemies around corners without them reacting, and below-average animation that makes what should be a terrifying boss battle laughable. [Mar 2004, p.80]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A merely adequate, uninspired, but occasionally funny soccer game. [Oct 2002, p.108]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    After 20 minutes of watching people run around crazily and aimlessly, you realize that they're mostly just window dressing for very basic, uninspired, beat-'em-up gameplay that we've all played before. [May 2003, p.74]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    We're getting a little tired of playing essentially the same game that was in arcades years ago. [Oct 2002, p.99]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The sorest spot is the game's lack of polish or presentation - two things that pro-wrestling is all about. [Mar 2003, p.81]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Most maddening is the game's unstable framerate. [Oct 2004, p.76]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Suffers from linear gameplay, ridiculously difficult challenges, bad graphics, and a lead voice actor who sounds like an utter twit. [Jan 2006, p.75]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With washed-out textures and an overall lack of detail, the visual impact doesn't match up to Xbox standards - and unfortunately, neither does the rest of the game. [June 2003, p.84]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Level designs lack the magic of "Splinter Cell," the fighting and stealth can't compete with "Everything or Nothing," and the story follows its plot progression by the numbers. [June 2004, p.76]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Only PC-less coaster fanatics should even think about purchasing. This is still fun, but anti-enhanced. [July 2003, p.84]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It feels less like a lost Sergio Leone classic than a simple coin-op shooting gallery. [June 2004, p.82]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A poor framerate, bland textures, awful character models, clipping bugs, and a messy interface all suck the fun out of what should be a solid RPG. [Jan 2004, p.76]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The main problem with Spawn is that it's simply dull... The entire game feels as though it was just phoned in. [Jan 2004, p.82]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's all beautifully violent yet terminally one-dimensional once the story wraps. [May 2006, p.73]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Now, the circle of Velveeta is complete: Jaws Unleashed is as gruesome as it is cheesy. [Aug 2006, p.81]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Is New York really this drab and uninteresting of a place? [Jan 2006, p.82]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Addictive, but the gameplay and tired humor makes this series a knuckle dragging Cro-Magnon compared to the telekinetic flying super-ape it should've been. [Dec 2005, p.112]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A seriously clunky interface, on-demand advice from Negreanu that alternates between canny and staggeringly bad, and unimpressive graphics provide no saving graces. [Aug 2006, p.77]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's all very violent, weird, kinda fun, and frequently cheesy. [Oct 2005, p.108]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Narnia lovers will enjoy taking part in the classic story, but you'll likely play it once and put it away like a childhood toy. [Holiday 2005, p.83]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It could bring a whle new edge to the game if it had an online mode. [Holiday 2005, p.68]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Like the hordes of Deadites through which you chainsaw a bloody swath, Regeneration's animated, but it's got no soul. [Nov 2005, p.131]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's just not fresh enough to warrant a purchase if your dance pad is already getting a good workout. [Holiday 2005, p.70]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    All that backtracking might've floated back in the day, but now it just feels repetitive and tedious. [Holiday 2005, p.90]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Problematic moments of senseless enemy invulnerability and camera management siphon off some joy, but ultimately, this glorified plushie is fun enough to avoid extinction. [Dec. 2006, p.84]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Nickelodeon may typically shoot for the young 'uns, but this cel-shaded RPG-ish action/adventure is loads of beat-'em-up fun for adults as well. [Holiday 2006, p.86]
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