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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The easy-to-understand controls, functional juke moves, fancy passes, deep single-player game, four-player madness, and competitive spirit make this not just the best alternative b-ball game on Xbox, but the best street ball game period, and the only one worth buying on Xbox. [May 2003, p.82]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The year's best overall baseball title. It's got enough simulation to satisfy the hardcore and sufficient arcadeness to please the casual gamers. [Apr 2003, p.80]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Artorias is for hardcore players only, but anyone still playing Dark Souls at this point easily meets that requirement. It's a fantastic addition to an already great game, and a no-brainer purchase for anyone still under Dark Souls' spell.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While so many stealth games equate any sort of detection with total failure, Human Revolution lets the chaotic consequences of exposure play out in all their unpredictable glory. Shoddy storytelling means that all the sound and fury that results ultimately signifies dreadfully little, but at no point short of death do you every truly lose - you just have a different kind of fun. [Oct 2011, p.72]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This cracking game also proves the Xbox truly is the only console capable of running games with this level of immersion...Riddick should be waved in the face of every PS2 fanboy with a taunting "nyah, nyah." [Aug 2004, p.72]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As good as the comic is, and as exciting as the TV show's third season has been, this vision of Robert Kirkman's zombie opus will always be our one, true, definitive version.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, it's flawed, but L.A. Noire is an honest-to-goodness detective crime thriller - a genuine breath of fresh air that values narrative and story above all else in an age where scripted action sequences and online deathmatch rule the day. It's the closest thing Xbox has to PlayStation's unique adventurer Heavy Rain.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simply put, this is a once-in-a-generation puzzler, much like Tetris. It’s Xbox Live Arcade’s finest offering, and it can be both mindless and high-level strategic fun. Don’t miss it. Find an internet connection and create an Xbox Live Silver account if you have to; it’s that sublime.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Xbox version's single-player isn't quite the brave new world of the 360 game, but it's exciting enough to deserve a play-through, and the exceptional Co-op and Versus just can't be missed. [Dec. 2006, p.72]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But here it is: the finest version of the finest fighting game series, and with spot-on Xbox Live play. [Holiday 2007, p.64]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you love or hate Michael Jordan, 2K11 is the finest hoops title to come along in a long time for its near-perfect presentation of both Number 23 and the other greatest players of his era. The Jordan Challenge mode could almost be its own game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics look great (special nod to nice lighting), and the animation is outstandingly lifelike. [Dec 2003, p.130]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The beauty of Tiger is its simplicity and depth at the same time. [Nov 2003, p.110]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as you're willing to explore the city's nooks and crannies, drive offensively, and take a hell of a lot of risks, you'll find it supremely rewarding. [Feb 2008, p.70]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We were spoiled by Shadow Complex’s sophisticated environments, and while we could settle for the truckload of timed challenges in the nifty Proving Grounds collection of mini-games, we wanted to fall back into the darkened corridors of the sinister Restoration’s high-tech mazes for more, more, more.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One startlingly huge, polished, and downright entertaining shooter experience. Sure, we can come up with a list of things we'd love to see from the series - whether it's a revamped campaign approach or a revitalized game engine and aesthetic - but when everything here is this well-executed and offers so many enduring thrills, it's hard to knock it too much. MW3 absolutely delivers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Both its single-player and multiplayer facets deploy innovative, brilliantly crafted gameplay that makes this WWII action/strategy blend an evolutionary step forward in combat videogames. [Apr 2005, p.76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arkane Studios has crafted what's likely the year's best new IP, and by tapping into elements of so many of this generation's greatest games, this adventure sneaks up, grabs you, and won't let go.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Naturally, the table artwork is gorgeous, doing the Marvel license proud, and the animated characters that leap around the playfields always enhance the look and never distract from the action.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Call us crazy, but we're willing to bet the farm that the world of Psychonauts is the most inventive, creative, and downright vision that's ever graced a videogame. [May 2005, p.76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the hardcore hockey lovers who expect the significant improvements each year, NHL 10 is pure bliss. Everything you loved before is either back in full force or improved enough to warrant playing again. The core experience was already electric, but the enhanced realism, new player abilities, and gratifying sense of progression have us skating on smooth ice.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    BioShock 2 isn't a groundbreaking follow-up that rewrites all the rules laid down by its predecessor. No, think of it as a sequel that fills in the gaps, adding exciting new dimensions to what's come before... You will be utterly absorbed. [Mar 2010, p.68]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We love it when a sports game comes together. With NHL 09, all the potential this series has teased us with for the past two seasons has finally gelled into actual, grade-A greatness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The 360 sure has a wealth of terrific shooters, and while Vegas isn't the very best of the bunch, it's elite enough to deserve your trigger time. [Holiday 2006, 68]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With HD Remix, it feels like you’re getting the Ferrari of 2D fighters — and it’ll cost you. The game is a moderately pricey $15, and while it’s playable with a standard controller, it pretty much demands a Hori Fighting Stick for the full arcade experience. But on both counts, the payoff is oh-so-worth the sacrifice.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The best part of this game is the absolute depth and replay value that'll keep you coming back for more. [Dec 2002, p.128]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Expertly balanced, with tons of options to keep you improving either your golfer or your wardrobe or your course. [Nov 2004, p.80]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Together, this mix of realistic physics and wildly imaginative board design will keep you coming back until...well, Zen releases its next batch of tables. [Jan 2014, p.67]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The boxers ripple with animated musculature and move with a lightning smoothness, while the brutal injuries and blood sprays make you sincerely regret every opening you leave for your opponent. [March 2005, p.76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Secret is the foremost example of the genre on Xbox — and arguably anywhere else.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Eye-popping graphics, especially the in-car view. [Jan 2006, p.66]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A stellar multiplayer setup ensures you'll be playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 long after the 10 or so hours spent in the already satisfying single-player campaign. [Apr 2010, p.76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Where else can you grind up a neon-lit, dragon-shaped skyscraper while launching a graffiti assault on a bunch of red-headed punkettes in tube tops? Absolutely nowhere. [Apr 2002, p.66]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The best soccer game on the Xbox by a mile. [Jan 2003, p.74]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A completely new graphics engine combined with more ESPN-style replays and the excellent play-by-play of Gary Thorne and Bill Clement has vaulted the presentation of ESPN NHL head and shoulders above the competition. [Oct 2003, p.81]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The improvements and additions to one of 2012’s best games make XCOM: Enemy Within’s second quest every bit as alluring as first contact.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    However you play, Pinball FX 2 is a must-have for any pinball fan who doesn't have a real machine tucked away somewhere. [Nov 2010, p.67]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This bugaboo aside, though, NHL 11 really is the best realization of hockey to date. Ultimately, its new physics make for better, more believable hockey that we simply can't recommend enough.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The deep storyline and character development system, seemingly endless quests, and miles of detailed, highly interactive locations to explore all amount to more than 200 hours of gameplay for those attempting to see it all. [Jan 2004, p.76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No mere phoned-in afterthought like far too many original-Xbox games these days, NCAA 07 is a mature, refined sports game. [Aug 2006, p.75]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Most crucially, the journey is worth every minute of effort: The Witcher 2's malleable final moments are remarkably satisfying no matter which choices you make. [May 2012, p.36]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Betrayal and constant infighting - problems that've been building since the beginning - finally boil over, proving deadlier than anything else in this crazy zombie apocalypse.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Hell levels are beautiful in their nightmarishness. Add in cool features like online play and the inclusion of older Doom games, and you've got a genuine horror masterpiece for the Xbox. [Apr 2005, p.82]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In no way has the gameplay quality suffered in order to get this game on shelves for a mere $20. In fact, it's become better overall, amidst a couple of steps back and a few more forward. [Oct 2004, p.78]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Despite a few missing links and annoyances, Stranger still emerges as a beautifully fun beast. [Feb 2005, p.71]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But unless you are a FIFA completist who desperately wants to play as goalie, the minor on-field tweaks in FIFA 11 don't significantly impact what was already a complete, broad, and compelling game. [Nov 2010, p.76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As much as we like both of the European-developed $15 stunt racers, Joe Danger: Special Edition managed to interest us just a bit more. Both games are fine-tuned to near-perfection, but Joe Danger has slightly more going on under its hood thanks to new gameplay additions and more interesting objectives. It's also got a nicer paintjob and sound system (read: better visuals and audio), so we have to give the duke to Danger this time around.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Water, sky, textures, animation, design, particle effects, draw distance, frame rates - every visual feature excels and entrances. You have to see Crimson Skies move. It'll move you. [Dec 2003, p.126]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fun, addicting, original, and has more gameplay options than any other FPS on Xbox, including "Halo." [Dec 2002, p.147]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes the crashing so addictive is the visual, visceral spectacle of the fully deformable vehicles piling into each other, catching air, rolling, and spinning across the highway. [July 2003, p.82]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    We've seen a few middling attempts at Vietnam War experiences, but this one rocks because it doesn't try to bring politics or sense to the table--just lots and lots of death. [March 2011, p.77]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The finely tuned play mechanics are what make the game so astonishingly fun to play. [Mar 2002, p.68]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Other than improved controls, stylish presentation, and a better MyCareer mode, NBA 2K13 doesn't provide a significant leap forward. But then again, this series wasn't really lacking much in the first place.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    2012's edition of Rocksmith suffered from some slight latency problems, making it hard to hit notes accurately. This year's release fixes that. [Jan 2014, p.67]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Beneath its sometimes bombastic layer of blockbuster-level polish, Halo 4 hides a complicated heart filled with intelligent sci-fi and a surprising amount of humanity and soul. Count us in for Chief's next outing. We'll be ready.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Almost every facet's been upgraded - and somehow it's faster and even more of a blast than the original. [June 2004, p.70]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Now this is the right way to do a Platinum Hit! [Jun 2006, p.81]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The best addition, though, is undoubtedly the glorious 10-vs.-10 Be A Pro online mode, which lets every participant commit to a single position for the duration.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The fact that it's a mere five levels long and can be frustratingly difficult might limit the game's appeal, but it's hard not to appreciate Ikaruga's meticulously crafted brilliance. [May 2008, p.75]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In around three hours, Lair gives you a mystery to solve; tense shootouts in several locations(including the outside of a spaceship!); a"car" chase through the skies of Ilium; and engrossing boss battles. [Nov 2010, p.81]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Dirt 3 takes surprising steps backward in terms of social networking, thereby limiting its addictiveness, it's still the best way to head off-road without winding up in the hospital.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The Xbox equivalent of "War & Peace." [August 2002, p.77]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Glorious looking, fast moving fighter with all the right moves. [Dec 2001]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A truly fantastic college football game. [Aug 2005, p.88]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's enough cool stuff here--undead animals, fanciful new mounts, and fantastic new weapons--that it's among the best game add-ons on 360 to date. [Jan 2011, p.76]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Some of the prettiest graphics to ever grace a racing game – console or PC-based. [Apr 2002, p.82]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Nothing compares to NFL2K2’s replays. We’ve watched hundreds, yet we’re still impressed each time we see one. [Mar 2002, p.77]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Control deserves special mention, as it is especially top-notch. Despite the fast-paced nature of the game, it still feels like you're controlling a hulking, four-story robot. [Jan 2003, p.72]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the uphill difficulty curve, repetitive commentary, and long loading times, Round 4 is a force that topples its mind-blowing predecessor in every category. You will get punched in the face, and you will love it. [Aug 2009, p.64]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact is that there's no other Xbox game that offers you the uniquely multi-layered experience that BG&E does. And isn't that what gaming is all about? [Dec 2003, p.98]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The most polished, complete, and best-looking basketball game ever made. [Dec 2002, p.108]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Substance is absolutely a gorgeous-looking game and has tons of gameplay options, its graphics engine sometimes performs a bit below par. [Feb 2003, p.60]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s pure arcade fun, and easily the best game to hit XBLA so far this year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Probably the core of what makes this game such a blast is the handling. It’s not as scientific and demanding as Forza’s, nor is it as slap-happy loose as Need for Speeds of old, but it hits a nice sweet spot between real and fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though far from perfect and using some very standard gameplay mechanics, Rayman Origins is easily one of the best family-friendly games in years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's madness worth embracing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All three tables look gorgeous, and all the familiar dialogue clips and sounds are a treat, too. Star Wars Pinball never up-ends the formula quite as much as Avengers Chronicles’ selectable balls and upside-down table did, but silverball and sci-fi buffs will adore it nonetheless.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dispel any doubts you might have had: thanks to some smart tweaks and changes, Diablo III is a deep, spirited game that fits right into its new home.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Costly though it may be, Puzzle Quest is an undeniably and deceptively addicting hybrid. [Nov 2007, p.92]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game isn't about simulating racing; it's about creating fun out of it. And it succeeds beautifully, one thrilling white knuckle at a time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    About the only thing in Moto GP 2 that hasn't changed is the spot-on handling. Everything else, from the graphics to the gameplay modes, has been overhauled, and it shows. [June 2003, p.80]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, EA's got the player control, but Sega's got the online play and more realism, so that may be the difference-maker for you. [Dec 2003, p.153]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For the third year running, 2K has modified the right analog stick inputs, but luckily 2K14's Pro Stick is the best arrangement to date, letting you shoot, perform flashy passes, and put up your hands on defense with ease. It's a comfortable addition that streamlines some functionality, though the familiar button controls remain for series vets.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It feeds the hunger of Oblivion veterans for more RPG goodness, and new players will eat up the kooky detour it offers as they explore one of 2006's finest games. [May 2007, p.72]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The closest digital equivalent to real baseball. [Apr 2005, p.84]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunner, refreshing the tried-and-true formula with fantastic visual pop and engaging new modes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The problem - Madden is merely good. If you're the only NFL game in town, Mr. EA, you better bring it in spades, not in drips. [Sept 2005, p.78]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every anime-riffic charcter - from Ragna, the slightly effeminate swordsman, to Taokaka, the obligatory catgirl - is beautifully drawn and totally bizarre. [Aug 2009, p.71]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn't have the clever story or wacked-out writing of "GTA", but it trumps that game so severely when it comes to doing the same kind of gameplay that it deserves its own sub-genre of clones. [Feb 2005, p.78]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gamers who are prepared to think — and commit for the long, long haul — will revel in a story that touches on resonant issues and puts the fate of a spectacular world in your hands.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Titanfall is a wonderfully fast, open, and instantly accessible 12-player shooter, and if playing online is at all important to you, it’s an essential addition to your Xbox One library.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s all deftly anchored by a perceptive, nuanced narrative that helps fashion Croft into a convincing heroine who can weather extraordinary circumstances, while remaining convincingly human throughout. These quieter moments make what’s already a stunning ride even more worthwhile.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiny Tina’s snarky adventure manages to dance on the precarious barrier between shooters and fantasy RPGs with surprising dexterity, and the amount of content more than justifies its price. For those disappointed that Dragon’s Keep marks the final DLC for season-pass holders, take heart: Gearbox saved the best for last.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In addition to a series of unlockable tournaments, Trials packs a bike and avatar editor, a compelling compilation of minigames (see sidebar), and that track editor. It’s an incredibly robust feature — perhaps even similar to the actual development tools — but it’s also highly intimidating.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This year we're picking Sega's game over EA Sports' - it just feels more like the real thing. [Holiday 2004, p.82]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As with any vertical shooter, there's no escape from the laborious memorization of unforgiving patterns. That fact alone means that not everyone can fall in love with Radiant Silvergun's unique mix of frenetic combat and fast-paced puzzle-solving. But if you don't mind working for every inch of progress and using your noodle more than usual, you'll happily spent innumerable hours perfecting your patrols through enemy space.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The super-smooth graphics and wonderful gameplay mean this is almost a home run. [Aug 2003, p.80]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With a cast more than 20 strong, and move sets that are as well-balanced and diverse as they are visually incomprehensible, #Reload's gameplay parallels its absurd-but-charming title in terms of completeness and gameplay sophistication. [Oct 2004, p.62]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The creators at Obsidian have crafted an amazingly compelling story with just the right tweaks and upgrades to keep the action fresh. [Jan 2005, p.30]
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