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 Gears of War 3
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2,521 game reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fruit Ninja's amazingly simple gameplay is strictly designed to be taken in small, party-based doses - nothing more, nothing less. And for $10, we were kind of hoping for more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you absolutely must skip one DLC case, make it this one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It has some excellent bits, but we're exhausted by the series' rapid-fire release schedule. [Oct 2011, p.82]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Movement and combat never really come together in a cohesive matter. When you're overrun by the undead or your weapon suddenly breaks and you need to defend and retreat, it becomes painfully obvious that the game can't handle multitasking or movements made in quick succession, and will perform only one (and sometimes none) of the many actions you need to survive.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Value is also a question, as the game's campaign spans less than two hours; and even with survival stages and a quirky bonus where you can fight up to four friends who plug in controllers, this hardly feels like a $40 game. But if you're willing to shell out for it and deal with the control flubs and brevity, Kung Fu High Impact serves up some good, dumb fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The engaging story kept us interested through the end, but, as in the park itself, there are technical difficulties.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Apples to Apples on Xbox Live feels a little cheap in its presentation and can't compare to playing the game in person. However, for those who don't have the option to play offline due to distance, it's hard to deny the game's vibrant charm.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a fun, exciting template; hopefully it'll return in a bigger, smoother sequel. [Feb 2012, p.747]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    10 bucks isn't bad for a few hours of pleasantly frenzied multiplayer, provided you can coax a few comrades into joining you for the local-only ride.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Quite simply, there's little reason to choose this game over the far superior Top Spin 4.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unless multiplayer's a must, stick with one of XBLA's older (and better) tower-defense games, like Defense Grid or Orcs Must Die.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Blades isn't bad; it's just very average and uneven. For every innovative desert level (that forces you to stick to the shadows lest you be seared by the sun), there's a lot of jungle straight out of Avatar.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hopefully, we'll see more expansions like UEFA Euro 2012 in future sports games - they do have the potential to really revitalize the game. But with half-finished rosters, missing features, and a solid-but-not-amazing world tour–style mode, this add-on never fires us up the way the original game did.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Much like the main character's chest cavity, this RPG ultimately feels hollow, with no real heart. [July 2012, p.76]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Joy Ride Turbo is exactly what its title promises: a fast, fun experience that unfortunately runs out of value far too quickly. Even at $10, it's hard to recommend, as you could buy Sonic & Sega's All-Stars Racing from a bargain bin for just a few bucks more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Haven't played Arkham City yet? By all means rush out and buy the Batman Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, which includes Revenge and the rest of the game's DLC. On its own, though, this revenge isn't cold - it's a reheated dish of bland bat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Only diehard fans will spend more than a couple hours with the Wonder Boys, but Monster World IV is worth a look all by itself.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Your journey quickly settles into an endless slog of interchangeable shootouts, broken up by little more than hold-the-door-for-me-bro tedium and boss battles that range from serviceable arena showdowns to infuriating cover-free patience-drainers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite a few fresh ideas, Lego Batman 2 is, creatively, the weakest game in the Lego franchise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Brave can be endearing and diverting, particularly if a parent and child work together via local co-op. Unfortunately, the whole journey lasts only four hours or so, and the bonus Kinect archery mini-game won't keep you playing for much longer.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's just not enough here to warrant even a $15 price. The game includes only eight fighters in two divisions, and no real career mode to encourage long-term play. With more fighters and more easily unlocked bonus video content, the game would've offered a better introduction to this relatively new fighting league.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Online multiplayer and tournaments liven up the competition, but London 2012's uneven gameplay makes it more of a sampler plate than a main course.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If only the price of unlocking new skills - a minimum stat combined with a hefty fee - wasn't unreasonably steep.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What sours the deal, however, is the lack of care and value put into the package. JoJo's is premium-priced at $20, and there's little here to justify that cost. The "HD" upscale looks blotched and muddy, and there aren't any tutorials, special challenges, or even combo exercises to ease new players into this very demanding fighting game.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Continental Drift has the markings of a great family game, but we couldn't help but feel like it overestimates what the human body + Kinect can currently control. Only the most devoted players will enjoy mastering this game for the sake of doing so.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a story that up-ends an icon, Testament certainly delivers for the bulk of your adventure, stumbling only in its weaker, latter third. What hurts the game more, unfortunately, are its dicey production values.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Multiplayer is where the real action is...Here, stripped of its stealthy pretensions, 007 Legends is finally free to focus on the mindless but consistently enjoyable twitch action it does best.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The fun factor varies wildly. The story mode is mostly a snooze, composed of 31 short missions ranging from rescuing survivors and clearing out zombie lairs to destroying zombie bosses.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The star of this show is the new Lost Mission expansion for Doom 3. You'll tear through its mild terrors and pedestrian repair and retrieval errands in under three hours, but the final 45-minute trek through a bloody, lava-strewn outpost in hell is the prettiest and most entertaining part of the package. It's not enough to make the BFG Edition feel like a true bargain.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Because all three characters play the same despite stylistic differences, and only the final battle proves much of a challenge, there's little reason to get excited about shaving seconds off speed runs or climbing scoreboards. Karateka is fun and beautiful while it lasts, but it's over all too soon.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game's biggest issue, however, is still iffy core gameplay. Compared to Mark of the Ninja and Dishonored, which let you perform greater acts of stealth against enemies that react more naturally, Panic's fodder is a bit too brain-dead and the stages don't make kills as rewarding.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The biggest bummer for retro enthusiasts is this package's complete lack of special features.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is really a review of two games: a derivative story campaign (that you can play solo or with up to three friends in co-op) and a riveting, far superior multiplayer mode that allows you to compete as marines or alien xenomorphs in online matches. Considering Colonial Marines’ relatively long gestation period — roughly six years — it seems more attention was paid to fine-tuning multiplayer than to the campaign.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    From the initial menu screen, it’s clear that little has changed over the course of a year beyond pasting in David Price as the cover star. The interface is essentially identical, the play modes are unchanged in execution, and the on-field action is precisely where it was last season. Even the Achievements are carbon-copied.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Just entertaining enough to buy when it’s accumulating dust in the bargain bin. But for a richer sniper experience with more gruesome kill shots, last year’s Sniper Elite V2 is a better bet.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We see Defiance’s potential in the little interactions and grand moments alike, and while our first impression has been rougher than hoped, we’ll be back in six months or a year to see how the concept has been expanded and refined. It’s just unlikely that we’ll spend much of the meantime watching Defiance struggle through its growing pains.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    From its unspectacular graphics to its utterly predictable, objective-based spin on Horde mode’s wave-based skirmishes, Fuse never fully comes together.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Its tough-love formula offers fun and challenge in the short-term, but there’s just not enough variety or depth to make a lasting impression beyond those initial thrills.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This game’s not just bizarre, it’s downright schizophrenic. And while we’re used to — and even enjoy — some of these sorts of wild hijinks from mad-genius Suda51 and his team at Grasshopper, Killer Is Dead’s individual components never coalesce into a worthwhile experience.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it looks like a second cousin to the Ice Age films, Freefall Racers is utterly devoid of personality, and it's also rather slight, with just eight tracks split between a handful of drab cups and no real long-lasting pull in sight. Frivolous as it may seem, however, it's still a rare bit of Kinect-enabled fun, especially for little ones.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though Mars: War Logs marks an achievement for its ambition, rough patches in presentation and gameplay make it a tough recommendation to anyone not willing to weather them. [Nov 2013, p.73]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Apart from some death-by-bad-camera-angle moments and a few aggravating perfection-focused “challenge” sequences, Marlow Briggs is enjoyable enough. Just don’t expect to remember any of it next week.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It lasts just long enough to justify its humble asking price, but better online island vacations await you elsewhere.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though Spartan Assault boasts many of the aliens, armaments, and well-worn plot wrinkles we associate with the Halo universe, it lacks the polished sheen that just about every other game in the series enjoys.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Kinect Sports Rivals amuses and impresses in spots, the overall package fails to show significant improvement in the realm of motion gaming, making for an ultimately discouraging early showcase for Kinect 2.0.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    The game itself is only slightly evolved from previous versions. [Nov 2002, p.138]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Hampered by mediocrity. [Mar 2002, p.79]
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    • 32 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    A strangely bland fighting game. [Jan 2002]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    It both gets old quickly and also feels frustratingly similar to plaing a Roadrunner cartoon in which your target is the fleet-footed bird and you're the poor, starving schlub strapped to the rocket and headed straight for the cliff. [Apr 2003, p.86]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    The whole point of Olympic-style games is for multiplayer fun and it is absolutely unforgivable that this game only supports two-players. [Mar 2002, p.78]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Easily the biggest problem with the game is the lack of interaction with the game's environment. [Oct 2002, p.102]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    There's a split-second delay between button-press and action, and Wolvie is as agile as a sack of potatoes. Enemy AI is spotty, there are no in-level saves, and boss battles can be puzzling. [July 2003, p.78]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    All we're left with is an arena full of great classic wrestlers, still wishing they were in a better game. [Aug 2004, p.83]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Stumbles because of sloppy, annoying controls. [Dec 2004, p.96]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Blend a super-cool license familiar to hardcore and casual gamers (and anime fans) with pedestrian gameplay and run-of-the-mill graphics, and you'll upset both fans attracted by the storied name and those hoping for a game that stands on its own merits. [Nov 2004, p.84]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    The second major problem is that the game is unbalanced. [Jan 2004, p.63]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The gameplay, however, suffers from severe redundancy. [Jan 2003, p.83]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    With bland graphics, unremarkable sound, and a too-fake feel for the high-speed bikes, it just doesn't come close to THQ's two-wheel racer - which now than ever is the real Xbox speed king. [Sept 2003, p.81]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    This isn't a horrible game, but with the movie long since forgotten and better games ("LOTR") out there, we can't recommend it to anyone but the biggest of Crouching Tiger fans. [Mar 2004, p.80]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The entire point of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise is to incite adolescent jealousy, gamesmanship and spending, and while fans of the series might find something to appreciate in this title, casual gamers will not. Skip it. [June 2004, p.80]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The structure isn't terrible, it's just not very good...same goes for depth and the game as a whole. [Jan 2004, p.63]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    There's no career mode; no Royal Rumble mode; no cage matches, table matches, or ladder matches; no storylines or character interaction; no tag-team moves; no backstage areas; an no other arenas. [Apr 2002, p.76]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Only satisfying for those gamers eager to take a trip back down memory lane. [Dec 2003, p.100]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Like in the movies, not even an appearance by super-hottie Elektra can save you from the frustration and repetition. [Dec 2005, p.108]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    The videogame equivalent of all-you-can-eat shrimp week at Sizzler. [June 2005, p.86]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    An experience that is haphazzard at best, and incredibly mediocre at worst. [Jan 2003, p.80]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    The pace is slow - even for a tactical title - and once you figure out that "strategy" here consists entirely of shooting something, then finding a place to hide, you've pretty much cracked the whole enchilada. [June 2004, p.81]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Ordinary. [Jan 2002]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Exploration is usually a big part of the enjoyment of games like this, and unfortunately, you never get the sense that you can do this here. [Oct 2002, p.112]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    It's the same as "Gauntlet: Dark Legacy." And by "the same," we mean "virtually identical." [Jan 2003, p.92]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Cars with guns should equal good times, but Full Auto’s skin-deep thrills last only as long as it takes for a quick easy test drive. [Mar 2006, p.77]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Kids or casual players may find some fun here, but serious sharks will seek cleaner waters. [Dec. 2006, p.84]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The game was expressly designed for co-op play, but that makes the enemy A.I., poor vehicle mechanics, and the inability to save on command hard to accept, considering it costs you and a friend a combined $120 to play the game “as intended” over Xbox Live.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    There’s so much lovely intelligence lurking under Alone in the Dark’s hamstrung, occasionally glitchy surface (unforgivably, we found a few crash bugs in even the retail version!) that it’s hard to let this one go quietly into the night.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    But still, the unexceptional, shooter-by-numbers gameplay isn't compelling enough to demand your attention--either solo or in tandem. [Apr 2008, p.76]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Dark Sector assumes you’ve played a metric ton of games. And even if you have, you’re still likely to get confused and frustrated. Some kind of hint when you’re clearly not grasping it would’ve gone a long way toward easing the pain.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    It was a cute but unimaginative game for pre-teens when it debuted for the original Xbox this summer, and this 360 version of Pixar's animated movie Cars is essentially a high-resolution copycat. [Holiday 2006, p.76]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Admittedly, the game is gorgeous. But because the narrative is as linear and rigid as a steel pipe, it's a shallow sort of beauty. [Sept 2007, p.83]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    You might grab it if you're new to space shooters, but don't expect to remember it in the morning. [Oct 2007, p.78]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    It's a wise parent that rents, as those tiny gamers will make short work of this fun but brief experience. [Aug 2007, p.81]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the majority of the game is spent hacking completely brainless enemies who literally turn their backs and wait for you to deliver the coup de grace once you've hit the A button enough times. [July 2007, p.81]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Another month, another retro space shooter on Xbox Live. This one, however, isn't as much fun as you remember. [July 2007, p.81]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Feels totally manufactured and formulaic. [Sept 2007, p.76]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    All you're really left with is accumulating points...but since the game has no multiplayer to spice up that trivial pursuit, why even bother. [Aug 2007, p.81]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Crash of the Titans makes a solid, if uninspiring, choice for younger fans of the series, but everyone else should head for more enjoyable all-ages fare like "Beautiful Katamari" or even--yes--"Surf's Up". [Holiday 2007, p.82]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Marathon is certainly interesting for aspiring game designers and historians who want to observe Bungie's roots. But as a $10 offering in 2007, it just doesn't hold up very well. [Sept 2007, p.74]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    That simplicity is also its biggest problem--pointing and clicking requires little strategy, so rather than always playing, you'll be watching dudes fight. Yawn. [Dec 2008, p.73]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The Tackle Alley mini-game is fun. [Aug 2010, p.77]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Fatal's look hasn't exactly aged well, and SNK has done little to update the graphics. [Dec 2007, p.78]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    GripShift includes a ton of new tracks and a brand-new deathmatch mode--which lets you face off against your pals on Xbox Live--but this game isn't worth the points. [Jan 2008, p.65]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Prince Caspian's contrived charms don't run especially deep, but they present just enough middling excitement to make it worth playing for younger teenaged fans of the film. [Aug 2008, p.75]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    But ultimately, there's very little about Mind Over Mutant that makes it worth your $50 or the four hours it takes to complete. [Holiday 2008, p.67]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Koei fanatics might be satisfied, but everyone else will be as disappointed as ever. [Nov 2008, p.76]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Unless you're a major mech fiend, you'll lose interest within a few hours. [Dec 2008, p.87]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The clean, simple interface serves Domino Master well, but complete games (composed of several matches) drag on too long, and the tile-placement guides slice too much of the plotting and planning from the experience. [Dec 2008, p.73]
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    • 55 Critic Score
    If you haven't gotten the chance to reach American Idol stardom or to challenge your friends to musical tournaments with the previous installment, Encore is still a decent party game. [Jan 2009, p.75]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Those intrigued by 19th-century strife should wait for a price drop: $50 is too much to ask for such a slim package. [Jan 2009, p.75]
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    • 55 Critic Score
    Worth the $10 for serious word nerds who don't need fancy production values. [Apr 2009, p.79]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Even at $10, we won't be taking another ride with OutRun until Sega serves up some substantial new content. [May 2009, p.80]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Yes, people, it finally happened - a phone game's been ported to Xbox Live Arcade! [June 2009, p.79]
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