Official Xbox Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,495 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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Gears of War
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Two offline pals can spend a pleasant afternoon eliminating A.I. flyboys in Dogfight Mode arenas, facing ceaseless waves in Survival Mode, or revisiting missions that allow for a co-op partner. But even those tepid charms feel too much like dull training flights. [Nov 2012, p.81]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's one of those perfectly imperfect games you'll grow to love, even with its annoyances.
    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's just not the cohesive, polished experience that it should be--and that "NBA 2K7" is. [Dec. 2006, p.86]
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    • 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]
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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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    • 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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    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    As uninspiring as it is harmless. [Sept 2006, p.79]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, Dance Paradise is exactly what the game's name advertises: a respite from the sweet-inducing, mind-boggling physicality of titles like Dance Central and Dance Masters. [April 2011, p.79]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Forget "Fuzion Frenzy," this is the better Xbox game to break out during a party. [Jan 2003, p.90]
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    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If Pokemon had 487 fewer monsters and only one tournament, it would still be more thrilling than this movie-based game. [Jun 2010, p.82]
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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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    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Oddly, what doesn't come into play so much is the series' unique new feature - the heart-rate monitoring done by the optional new Top Shot Fearmaster.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Far Cry Classic exhibits many of the ideas that came to define the series, but this decade-old shooter doesn't hold up very well thanks to antiquated design and a spotty porting job. [May 2014, p.82]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Front Mission Evolved doesn't deliver the innovation its name suggests, but it does offer the best classic mech action on 360, and fans of big-bot wars will enjoy it. [Nov 2010, p.82]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The tracks are nicely designed as well, but again, the effort seems fairly wasted due to the extremely dated graphics engine. [June 2005, p.86]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Instant replays - There aren't any! There's absolutely no excuse for that... especially on the Xbox. [June 2003, p.82]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 53 Critic Score
    Little errors such as collision detection are present, and the bland visual effects result in a game that controls poorly, looks bad, and is generally not much fun at all. [July 2003, p.79]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    How cruelly ironic that a game filled with gleaming, glossy surfaces would be in such dire need of polish.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not a classic coin-op; it's a jurassic coin-op, and not much fun for 360 gamers. [Aug 2007, p.83]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It’s certainly a fresh take on the franchise, but sadly, it isn’t a particularly captivating one.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    This should make a good party game for the grownups, especially over Xbox Live. [June 2004, p.81]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Playing solo is incredibly difficult and very little fun, and once people stop playing on Live, God Mode’s as good as dead.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still, what the game does, it does well. And fun is fun, even if it comes with a tail. [Nov 2010, p.83]
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    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Granted, even with a friend in tow, the missions all feel the same--which rings true of DW7 as a whole. [June 2011, p.83]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But the expansion pack-sized experience--we completed it in just a single day--also retails for 50 whole dollars. [Jan 2008, p.69]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    While the character models may leave something to be desired, the environments in Iron Phoenix impress with detail and variety. [June 2005, p.85]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    The basketball itself is lacking in comparison to the amount of culture and attitude. [Oct 2002, p.112]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It never REALLY gets dull force-pulling a blaster out of adroid's hands and then force-pushing it into a wall where it explodes gloriously into tiny bits. [Feb 2002, p.78]
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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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While a few arcade ronin might still hold on to the old ways, most will find this Samurai is an obsolete relic. [Feb 2006, p.82]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Problems — like a confusing camera (which, for whatever reason, is significantly better in mega-fun split-screen play), slippery vehicles that clip through the ground, and a mere five arenas on which to destroy opponents — make Vigilante 8 a questionable $10 purchase. But competitive smack-talk-athons and co-op multiplayer are a blast thanks to the diverse array of attacks.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A mighty bleak way to spend quality time with the future's most loveable cast of screw-ups. [Oct 2003, p.84]
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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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    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Still, hardcore nostalgia buffs will re-discover a deceptively simple addiction that's worth a five-spot. [Jan. 2007, p.75]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Arkanoid is Breakout without the boredom. Well, without as much. [May 2009, p.83]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It does handle incredibly well, and the never less than lowbrow humor vaires from hilarious to so-stupid-it's-still-kinda-funny. It ain't perfect, but it's worth the ride. [Feb 2003, p.64]
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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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    • 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]
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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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    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Most disappointing is that unlike previous Rabbids games, most of the mini-games just aren't fun without multiple players. And even with them, bland activities aren't always enjoyable. With no basic story to hold everything together, anyone besides Rabbids fans will have no motivation to keep going.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    All in all, Raging Blast 2 aims low and hits the mark for lovers of Goku, Vegeta, and the rest, but those looking for a great fighter won't have their wish granted this time. [Jan 2011, p.73]
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    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    My 4-year-old said the worst part of the game was "having to turn it off," which probably tells you all you need to know! [July 2008, p.64]
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 57 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Weakened by a bland story, uninspiring graphics, and grating voiceovers. [July 2010, p.84]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a by-the-numbers adaptation with more than 1000 built-in multiple choice questions, which should sate trivia buffs for a while, though the sluggish pace and the host's incredibly repetitive quips turn grating after only a few rounds.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What makes matters worse is the bizarre targeting scheme: there is none. Players merely steer their car in the right direction and hope their reticules cross over an enemy. [Feb 2004, p.78]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    SvC will make the hardcore audience that lives for technical fighting games extremely happy; most other gamers will be left wondering what all the fuss is about. [Dec 2004, p.90]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Repetition can be an issue, despite the brief five-hour campaign, but Bolt remains a pretty entertaining adaptation of the Disney flick of the same name, and one that might surprise some older gamers. [Holiday 2008, p.74]
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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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    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Disappointingly, the experience becomes a painful chore if you play solo. [Jan 2014, p.69]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So what's missing? Replayability. Using unlimited continues (an option we do appreciate), both one- and two-player games top out at just under 30 minutes. [June 2007, p.73]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This repetition, combined with Severed's short runtime(two chapters beaten in around two hours), keeps it squarely in the realm of diehard devotees. [May 2011, p.75]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The franchise finally shows a bit of potential. [Mar 2002, p.70]
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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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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you were lucky enough to snag a free copy from the Guitar Hero 5 mail-in promotion, you'll likely be pleased with this adequate iteration. But we can't imagine any non-hardcore Halen fans feeling good about dropping $60 on this half-hearted effort. [Jan 2010, p.76]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Hampered by mediocrity. [Mar 2002, p.79]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We're sure some of the more masochistic shooter fans will bask in Death By Cube's tough-as-nails difficulty level, but all others should move along. [Apr 2010, p.83]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the gameplay is unnecessarily complicated, with the busy HUD being the worst example. [Nov 2008, p.75]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Prizefighter is definitely a contender in the guilty-pleasure category: its story mode trumps the competition’s, and though its fighting mechanics won’t dethrone the current champ, they still pack a simple, straightforward wallop.
    • 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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    • 56 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    With 110 cars, seven stupidly gigantic courses, amazing (if arcadey) graphics, and staggering freedom of movement (once you unlock free roam modes), it's hard not to recommend this. [July 2003, p.84]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game falls prey to the traps that eventually led to the degradation of the side-scrolling beat-'em-up: There's nothing more to do. [Dec 2003, p.144]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There's a strange charm to Bound By Flame that helps paper over the performance issues. There's a well-acted but profoundly bewildering script, a baroque crafting system, and drawn-out boss battles. It's not great, but it's fairly... interesting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    SkyHeroes isn't bad, and we aren't getting a new Crimson Skies anytime soon, but don't rush out to buy this kid-skewed substitute. [Nov 2010, p.71]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A slick yet largely routine exercise in jumping, balancing, and fast-twitch hand-eye coordination. [Sept 2007, p.76]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It could've been soon much more. [Aug 2009, p.70]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Unless you're an avid Shinobi fan, let this one pass you by. [Oct 2009, p.77]
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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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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But as the last of Dragon Age's downloadable expansions, Witch Hunt closes out the story with more of a whimper than a bang. [Nov 2010, 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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    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While we would've had the first female Dead Rising hero headline a full length game, Fallen Angel is a nice add on with excellent storytelling beats and a beefier adventure than Broken Eagle. [May 2014, p.77]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    If Dr. Seuss made Xbox games, they'd certainly be more creative than this factory-issue snoozer. [Jan 2004, p.73]
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    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Forget pushing game design forward--Sonic Riders doesn't attempt to do anything particularly new or inventive on the mascot-racing circuit and offers up only short-lived fun tailored strictly for Sonic's most diehard fans; [Apr 2006, p.85]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Even on easy, beating the story means a thumb-callusing workout (And progress can't be saved.) [Feb 2003, p.78]
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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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    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A decent upgrade or introduction to the series. [Feb 2010, p.88]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unless you're plagued with a kimono fetish, you're just better off creeping around elsewhere. [Aug 2007, p.82]
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    • 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]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The franchise is clearly in need of an overhaul to address those core gameplay frustrations. [June 2005, p.76]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Between lag, lockups, and a general lack of players, Bloody Good Time guarantees that you'll have anything but. [Feb 2011, p.79]
    • 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]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Street-brawling combat is fun, gleefully violent.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Parents won't like this one, but the rugrats will enjoy it. [Jan 2003, p.92]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Crazy Machines Elements might turn your crank for a day or two, but only if your enthusiasm for Rube Goldberg-style mechanical oddities knows no bounds. [Dec 2011, p.71]
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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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    • 55 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The worst sin, however, is the appallingly long load times, not only before each event, but even when restarting the same event or just exiting to back to the selection screen. [August 2002, p.78]
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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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    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You can also play with the old graphics and relive that '80s charm. [Oct 2007, p.74]
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