Official Xbox Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,504 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 Batman: Arkham City
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2,504 game reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    High Moon clearly did all they could, but ultimately, Dark of the Moon is a small package with too much filler to be worth more than a rental. Though we're betting it's still better than the film it's based on.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you're looking for tactical depth, environmental variety, or anything resembling a story, you'll be left wanting. But if you're in the mood for a blissfully mindless fire-and-forget shooting gallery, you could do a whole lot worse.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But mostly you'll just grind through wave after mildly entertaining wave, and wonder why hardly anyone drops any desirable equipment. [Sept 2011, p.85]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Finally, we have a Warriors game with some substance. [Oct 2011, p.75]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a decent experience for core genre fans, but not consistently sharp enough to stand out from the competition.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Betrayal's wild artistic flair alleviates some of its pain, but you'll still grind your teeth at least as often as you sink them into new flesh.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    On the other hand, anyone who enjoys shaving seconds off speed runs and obsessing over scoreboards will appreciate Mercury Hg's focused simplicity, not to mention its $5 price tag. [Nov 2011, p.75]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you can handle the delivery, though, you're rewarded with some of the best flight mechanics on the 360 - especially if you take the time to master the Simulation controls. While completely unrealistic, the combat is fluid, fast, and fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even at $40, it's tough to recommend the meager additions Off the Record delivers. Diehard Dead Rising fans will like the callbacks, and series newcomers won't mind the recycling, but everyone in the middle will wish the new material was more abundant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Strip away the campaign's half-baked tower-defense elements, and you're finally free to focus entirely on the heady business of hauling ass and getting air. [Dec 2011, p.71]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The combat sequences feel like afterthoughts and the story is ultimately a bore, boasting no memorable bosses or a reason to be told other than to bring the two Spideys together...sorta.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's no denying Tintin's engaging personality. From slick effects and slapstick animations (you can actually trip enemies with banana peels) to solid voice-acting, it immerses you in its world, even with the lackluster gameplay.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you don't mind a little aggravation, Capsized has its charms. [Feb 2012, p.72]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    What we really craved, though, were a little more story (beyond quick cutscenes and text) and some interesting puzzles - stuff that might've given us a better connection to the source material. As is, Scarygirl's pretty but feels a bit empty.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Though sometimes repetitive, combat is tense, frantic, and structured in such a way that a big new boss or new challenge is always around the corner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While executing attacks is refreshingly easy, Generations lacks depth: bouts often devolve into who can escape and button-mash to counter first. Likewise, fighting the CPU - especially in Story Mode's later stages - can feel frustrating and unfair. Meanwhile, the online-versus options are bare-bones, with the only frill being a replay-recording feature.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Unbounded can't compete with the genre's best, but it's not devoid of value.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Drop-in/drop-out couch co-op adds an extra level of value to this extremely affordable game; overall, World Gone Sour is a fairly satisfying, calorie-free way to get a Sour Patch fix.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    No matter how you view the game's potentially divisive depiction of Juliet (Is her giggly, panty-flashing, stripper-pole-swinging act crassly exploitative, or just cheeky, campy fun? Lollipop's tone is frustratingly all over the map.), the gameplay seems to always fall just shy of being much more than it is.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's not clear why handling, top speed, acceleration, and braking improvements apply only to specific livery paint jobs instead of to entire vehicle classes, and we never did figure out how the useless "clutch boost" feature was supposed to help us.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While Double Dragon Neon is definitely entertaining (and priced perfectly), it's unfortunate that a few design quirks weaken it. The promised online play should make it more beatable, but the poorly balanced soloplay does dim Neon's shine.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    You still get a decent value for your $10, though, including fun (if simple) combat, a several-hour career mode, engaging character customization, and serviceable online matches. Plus, minor hiccups are easy to overlook when you're Marcus Fenix flying off the top rope.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    When it works, Fable: The Journey is one of the best Kinect games to date. But far too often, it doesn't work correctly. We recommend moving your couch aside so you can play sitting in a high-back chair, but that's hardly an ideal solution. As fun as it is at times, The Journey feels like a trip that's gone on too long, eventually growing irritating and annoying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Old-schoolers will appreciate the effort put into Origins, even if it reinforces the progress fighters have made since that late-'90s Silver Age.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    None of these issues ruin the tried-and-true fun of four-way deathmatch, but after so many years, we expected more refinement.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Not being able to save during missions is a pain, as a single poorly tossed grenade or unseen enemy tank might cripple your crew. But find your sweet spot among the five difficulty levels, and suddenly ambushes and rolling heavy artillery feel like reasonably fun challenges instead of backbreakers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The routines here are fun when you know them, but getting there is more of a struggle than it should be - and unfortunately, that slows this dancer's roll.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Omega has little narrative impact on the main game. Omega has snatches of rich backstory, but it's a limited, pricey thrill aimed only at the series' most devoted fans.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Both games are perfect reproductions that add Live co-op. Sadly, though, their record-scratching soundtracks and exaggerated early-'90s urban culture have aged as well as an MC Hammer lunchbox.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's intriguing to see the evolution of Agent 47's murderous tactics across these seminal entries, but much as Silent Assassin was lauded upon release for its many kill options, it's a startlingly clunky experience nowadays.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    We enjoyed Special Forces’ team-focused tweaks, even with the game’s dull maps and balance inconsistencies, but this multiplayer-only shooter doesn’t make a very strong impression. It’s a couple of ranks below the genre's best — and that’s something a $15 price can’t fix.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s still nice to see Tecmo Koei making enhancements, even if the fundamental formula is a bit flat these days.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you can get some pals together, have a stable connection, and don’t mind interrupting your game for a level-up session, you’ll have some fun here, but Battle Grounds still falls short of being the sleeper hit it could have been.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Storywise, The Betrayal is a shade sillier than The Infamy, and a few moments in its missions are strange to the point of absurdity... If you’re invested in its alternate-universe narrative, though, The Betrayal is an important piece of the puzzle, and its ending hints at something potentially amazing for the final chapter.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The visuals and consciously retro soundtrack show a sense of style, but Sacred Citadel lacks the heart that defines the greatest brawlers. Use it to scratch an itch if you must, but if you’re new to action-RPGs, XBLA games like Castle Crashers and Guardian Heroes will prove far more rewarding.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite clocking in at around 2.5 hours, The Redemption rushes you through the final paces of the three-part Tyranny of King Washington saga so doggedly — and with such gaping holes throughout the narrative — that we were left with a sense of nagging unfulfillment, not closure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The confusing narrative, poor voice acting, and lackluster puzzles make the game hard to love, but if “weird” is your niche, this trip offers some solid entertainment.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While its gameplay and visuals are better than they were in 1992, what was groundbreaking back then feels merely average 20 years later.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Foul Play won't tempt you to heave tomatoes at its cast, but you won't find yourself crying out for an encore, either.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Like Dawn, Contrast sometimes misses the leaps it strives to make, but when its simple, quiet story and uncomplicated platforming perform in balance, it transforms into a beautiful indie experience that manages to stand on its own. [Feb 2014, p.71]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s over far too fast (we explored a bit and finished in roughly 90 minutes) and it’s missing two major Dead Rising staples by omitting co-op play and "psycho" battles. While the single-player focus applies to all Untold Stories, we’re left hoping the other three heroes of Los Perdidos have longer, crazier adventures in store.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Gearbox piles on the wit and humor more thoroughly than it has with its other holiday-themed DLC, but the lack of Valentine's Day-themed environs leaves it feeling too much like the base game. [May 2014, p.77]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    This is just the games: no extras, no goodies, and no style. [Jan 2003, p.90]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    It feels like you've played this game before because you have. [June 2004, p.72]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Even with the grisly and serious subject matter, Shellshock doesn't add up to anything more than a by-the-book shooter that completely relies on trigger elements to keep each action sequence fresh. [Oct 2004, p.84]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Or at least if it were more wildly satirical. Instead, it falls somewhere in between: the middle of the road where nothing really interesting happens except the same repetitive and boring tasks. [Holiday 2004, p.70]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    This game should appeal to any Scooby-Doo fan, as well as anyone looking for a low-rent, low-impact platforming workout. [Nov 2005, p.131]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    A letdown, but there is a bright side - it may just be the Ultimate weekend rental. [Dec 2005, p.100]
    • 37 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    The fighting engine is too simple, too easy to exploit, and just, well...you know, average.[Holiday 2004, p.78]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    As it is, the game plays it safe with a by-the-numbers kill-fest that's fast and fun while it lasts, but ultimately, like the movie, feels more like a matinee. [Aug 2004, p.78]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The entire time I was playing, I kept thinking how this cool premise should have made for a better game. Alas, it never realizes its potential. [March 2005, p.78]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Much like Keanu's performance in the film, it just goes through the motions. [May 2005, p.82]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Creaky and sometimes clever - yes. Fantastic - not so much. [Sept 2005, p.86]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Dumb fistfighting sequences from the original are back. [June 2005, p.74]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It certainly says something about a game's quality when the most impressive feature is the lighting. [Jan 2003, p.84]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Exactly the kind of experience we were hoping to play in this game... too bad we only got to watch it. [Aug 2003, p.79]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Fails to inspire but quasi-amuses. [Jan 2002]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    My biggest problem with this game comes from the extremely unrealistic batting interface. [June 2002, p.78]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    If you've played this game before, there really is absolutely no reason to play it again. [July 2002, p.80]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It's a competent, interesting game that will usually entertain but never thrill. [Oct 2005, p.100]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Games are meant to be played, not watched, and this one has more cinemas than "Metal Gear Solid." [Jan 2004, p.79]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Its fundamentals are solid enough, but too bland and redundant. [Jan 2003, p.78]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    What hurts the game the most is the vehicle control setup. In a game where you are firing at enemies from all directions you need independent steering and weapons controls. Not so here. [Feb 2003, p.81]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Compared to this new generation of arcade hoopsters, Jam feels unambitious and uninvolving. [Dec 2003, p.146]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Button mashers will undoubtedly love it. But shouldn't the debut of a super-villain based on a master strategist be less...shallow? [Dec 2003, p.154]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Blame it on bad porting if you will, but "Unreal" has yet to make a name for itself on Xbox, except as a graphics engine. And sadly, Unreal II won't do much to change that. [Apr 2004, p.73]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Fails to measure up to Codemasters' other fine racing titles. [Aug 2004, p.84]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    It's a game you'll have fun with for a while...until your brain starts to hurt from the randomness of it all. [Dec 2004, p.84]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The target audience is gaming kiddies, and Open Season manages an attractive string of 25 short and bloodless missions for the prepubescent set, plus a few basic minigames. [Holiday 2006, p.86]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game's underpowered scopes and wonky ballistics are often exasperating--long shots are tough, and point blank encounters sometimes are even tougher. [Feb. 2007, p.80]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat is finally in the Arcade--too bad it's in the form of Ultimate MK3. [Jan. 2007, p.75]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We honestly wanted to like this game a lot, but really, it's worth liking only a little. [Feb. 2007, p.76]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like Live 06, it has some core goodness, but it just needs some TLC. [Feb. 2007, p.79]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The gameplay is one-note repetitive, the environments are stupidly simplistic, and the product placement is overtly in your face. [Holiday 2006, p.78]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sadly, while mowing through thousands of baddies and flattening entire skylines does hold a certain appeal, your $40 is better put toward other 360 action games. [May 2007, p.78]
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Moderately challenging and entertaining, Acme Arsenal is nevertheless far from memorable. [Nov 2007, p.99]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Two-player action(over Live, even)is a nice modern addition, but odds are, you'll feel tapped out after just a few minutes. [Mar 2007, p.81]
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Odds are, if you can stomach Two Worlds' first hour and get into the meat of the gameplay, you'll enjoy what it has to offer. [Nov 2007, p.90]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    From its mind-bending control scheme to its smorgasbord of play types, Street Trace's learning curve hews closer to "Catan" than "Hexic". [Aug 2007, p.81]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Until Koei takes the time to enliven the painfully monotonous action, this is one samurai best left an honorless ronin--especially since Empires inexplicably abandoned the two-player Live action of its predecessor. [Mar 2007, p.79]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Call of Juarez could've been a uniquely hard-boiled journey through the late 1800s, but it kicks up too much distracting dust to be worth the trip. [July 2007, p.78]
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's no reason to play The Golden Compass unless the movie or book absolutely monopolizes your imagination. [Jan 2008, p.62]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even with Kraftwerk-esque electronic tunes and adequate multiplayer, it feels too much like a mediocre Flash game--making it tough to justify dropping five bucks on the experience. [May 2007, p.77]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Meet the Robinsons is both uneven and disjointed, hampered by an awkward third-person view and targeting-control scheme. [May 2007, p.77]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's the ultimate game for, like, 10 people out there, and they'll love it like monkeys love bananas. [Aug 2007, p.74]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The one aspect of BlackSite that stands out from the crowd is its not-so-subtle political commentary — for example, every mission is titled with a Bush-ism, like “Stay the Course,” “Mission Accomplished,” and “Regime Change,” and the game leaves nothing to the imagination regarding its designers’ political viewpoints. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up to you, but we just wish they’d woven it in a little better — no one likes being preached at when they’re trying to kill alien scum.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fifty bucks. That's a lot to pay for what's basically a movie-licensed action-platformer aimed at a younger audience, but color us surprised that this ogre-cat-donkey sim earnestly plays to the rafters with a multi-tiered carnival of goofy fun. [Aug 2007, p.73]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aside from replacing ancient Chinese warlords with robots from the all-pervasive classic anime series' mythology, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam changes as little as possible. [Oct 2007, p.81]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But with wonky, counterintuitive controls and nothing really new or compelling to add, Soltrio Solitaire doesn't give you a good reason to spend your solitaire time or money in the Arcade. [July 2007, p.79]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The gameplay follows a predictable pattern: Spidey and a sidekick(friends, like Black Cat and Iron Fist, or foes, like Doc Ock and Sandman)enter an area, Venom-ish enemies teleport in, and you have to clear the room of bad guys to open the door to the next area. Repeat ad nauseum. [Dec 2007, p.62]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You’ll certainly enjoy the explosive chaos of these Unreal Tournament–style battles; but with only four game modes and limited match options, even blowing your opponents to smithereens can get boring.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The button-pounding boss showdowns are challenging, and cutting a gory swathe through goons with the help of a half-dozen dim Thanes is crude fun, but you're likely to regret the expense than sing Beowulf's praises at the end of its eight hours. [Jan 2008, p.65]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If its presentation wasn't so poor(wooden voiceovers, bland graphics, annoying music), it's be a much better game, but at least it nudges the genre in the right direction. [May 2008, p.72]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Otherwise, expect to get bored rather quickly with collecting spilled spheres and waiting for floating cube-movers. [Dec 2007, p.66]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's the current best of the "Warriors" bunch, and long-time fans will eat it up, but everyone else should keep expectations in check. [Nov 2007, p.99]