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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Gears of War 3
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    $10 of joy. [Oct 2009, p.82]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A thoroughly engaging new experience that is well-deserving of its heroic namesake.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The campaign simply drags on far too long. Well before the end, you've already nailed all of the skillshots you're likely to achieve and have had enough of the game's bromantic dialogue.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you never quite "got" Fallout 3, New Vegas won't be the epiphany that shows you what you've been missing. But for anyone who adored the frantic post-apocalyptic, choose-your-own-path vibe of Bethesda's original sprawling stunner, this trip to the sin-soaked West is one hell of a kickass homecoming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For such a worthy successor, it's online quirkiness is a Blob-sized disappiontment. [Holiday 2005, p.93]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Moon Knight and Ghost Rider tables are definitely our favorites here, but all four are fun enough and replayable enough to make this DLC pack well worth the $10.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Feels like a game whose designers have found the note-perfect tone for the series while also wielding their own talents with razor-sharp precision. It's the game Volition - a studio whose successes go back 15 years to the original Descent - was born to make.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though not without its faults, Skate 2 is one of the most realistic, challenging, and fulfilling skateboarding games around. And it’s better than having your skin flayed off by asphalt. [Note: OXM and OXM UK reviews are the same & will not be listed twice.]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Borderlands is great but not for everyone. It's narrowly aimed at a certain type of player, and if you love fierce combat and the kind of group level grind that Blizzard's PC games specialize in, you'll feel right at home. [Dec 2009, p.66]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Don't expect Indigo to placate cheap-thrill seekers, but if you're looking for a satisfyingly good yarn, this is much too clever and unique to pass up. [Nov 2005, p.116]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easier to pick up and play (and faster pace) than previous Maddens, without losing any strategic depth.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multiplayer maps feel thoroughly playtested, with more game types than you can shake a stick of C4 at. [Nov 2005, p.122]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Skill Games] aside, FIFA 14 oozes style, authenticity, and bold design from start to finish. It looks and feels better than ever - and that's no small feat considering the series' incredibly rich tradition.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The high degree of difficulty is one of the few problems with this otherwise brilliant game...Still may be the best movie license game ever made. [Jan 2004, p.81]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Perseverance will make you a better player, while earning you new units to exploit in enjoyably unpredictable multiplayer duels. [June 2011, p.82]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Breathtaking combination of visuals, music, and motion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mix of stealth, assault, night-time and other types of missions means that things never get repetitive. [Dec 2002, p.140]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ups the ante from its predecessor by a country mile. [Nov 2002, p.120]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The depth of this game is astounding. [Jan 2003, p.70]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What's fundamentally so appealing and refreshing is how Full Spectrum Warrior is a breath of fresh air nor not one but two genres, with the unique gameplay, stellar presentation, and sweet two-player Xbox Live co-op play adding up to make this a winner. [Aug 2004, p.74]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is a testament to Capcom's genre mastery, and it's as incredible now as it's ever been. [Nov 2011, p.85]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it lasts, though, Vanquish is one hell of a ride. [Nov 2010, p.84]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's great that Tiger 09 doesn't add 17 new mini-games, but instead reformulates its approach to your golfer's skills and gear with dramatically improved results. [Oct 2008, p.81]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The combination of a level-based game, free play mode, and two-player makes for an infinite amount of replayability. It's not an earth-shattering port of the PC game, but it does bring something new to The Sims experience. [May 2003, p.70]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The union of the overtly realistic (and sometimes troublesomely so) Havok physics engine sharp visuals, and a staggering amount of extra content make this a smooth ride until some of the slightly more cumbersome activities in Psi-Ops' later levels. [Aug 2004, p.81]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The jokes alone make flaming skags worth weathering.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What you get, really, is Battlefield at its most pure. [Aug 2009, p.71]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's especially frustrating because the gameplay underneath the flawed framerate is excellent. [Jan 2003, p.64]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While it succeeds in many respects as a standalone game, Darksiders II disappoints as a sequel. Death's side story proves less eventful than War's mainline quest, with fewer interesting sights and scenarios, plus boss showdowns that are generally less memorable than Darksiders'. It also does little to advance the franchise's narrative.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The return of Battlefield 2's Conquest Assault mode doesn't bring a ton to the table, either: giving one side possession of all control points right at the outset is an interesting wrinkle, but it hardly reinvents the experience. On the other hand, when those four classic maps are this much fun to storm around in, who says anything needs to be brand-spanking-new?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The [Xbox] game is crisper, has more resplendent visuals, a more balanced level of challenge, and swifter load times. [Dec 2002, p.142]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though Fight Night Round 3 for Xbox isn't the jawbreaking work of staggering genius that the 360 version is, that doesn't mean it isn't a great game. [Apr 2006, p.74]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There are hundreds of hours of gameplay to be mine from Sonic Team's gem, and at $39.99 with the first two months free, it's a bargain. [July 2003, p.76]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This Halo manages to earn its own keep while learning from its predecessors’ mistakes and balancing fan expectations. It’s no small feat, particularly with that Master Chief guy nowhere in sight.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So don't let Dirt's pointed non--"PGR"-ness stop you in the slightest--if all you care about is great gameplay, it's easily one of the best 360 racing games yet. [July 2007, p.74]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those new to the series, Resident Evil 5 may not be what you expect. It's neither scary nor survival horror, and though its story throws plenty of love to longtime fans, you don't need to be one to enjoy it. Ultimately, it's an action feast for two - with just a little gristle amid all the delicious blood, bone, and brains. [Mar 2009, p.58]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A respectful nod to the past with the luxury of the present. [Holiday 2004, p.66]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A full, unique experience that's equal parts familiar and new, technical and mashy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Call of Duty's three-pronged attack serves it well in Black Ops II, with the superb online play and Zombies co-op making up for a less-essential campaign this time - though its many changes and occasional high points still warrant a playthrough (or two) to see Treyarch's spin on the well-worn template.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On original Xbox, 2K7 is strikingly similar to "2K6". Clearly all of the effort went into the next-gen version(which shows on 360), but at least the Xbox version is only $30 and you know you'll get a solid hoops game. [Dec. 2006, p.87]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    A damned fun game...[but] its pre-rendered backgrounds, "Resident Evil"-style "forward, backward, swivel" control scheme, and static camera angles just can’t compare to the real time environments, dynamic camera, and elegant analog controls of more modern fare like Capcom’s own "Devil May Cry." [Mar 2002, p.74]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even if you don't care about the Persona mythos, there's a very solid competitive fighter here. Both local and online multiplayer are incredibly solid (the latter thanks to an update released two days after the game), with only the minor annoyance of no quick-rematch option. As it stands, anyone seeking a fresh, stylish take on traditional 2D fighting should enter this Arena.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a solid package, but we have some gripes: ship movement often feels slightly oversensitive, and it's sometimes difficult to tell why you took damage, especially if the environment isn't clear on what is and isn't a hazard. Dropping powerups when you take damage is also incredibly irritating, as you'll likely take more hits struggling to retrieve them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shift is hugely entertaining, but remember that it’s not about the sillier fun of its Need for Speed predecessors. It’s about the nail-biting intensity and challenge of hanging on to your car at high speed, and as long as that’s how you like your racing, you’ll disappear into this game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With its greater depth, online play, and the same extraordinary realism, fans will find this release a worthy purchase.[Nov 2004, p.88]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is exciting, well-designed racing - exactly what earned NFS its name in the first place. [Jan 2006, p.76]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simple tournaments and multiplayer combine for classic pinball action. [Nov 2009, p.78]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Between some innovative new online features and a mess of shrewd tuning, it’s the kind of compulsively playable game that sports fans will have a hard time tearing themselves away from.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The graphics aren't the greatest, the core gameplay doesn't deliver great innovation, but there are so many game types, mini games, and little pieces to play with that it doesn't seem to matter. You'll have fun, whether you intended to or not. [Apr 2005, p.86]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And holy cow, if it's sheer bat-guano crazy you're after, you'll love Versus mode. Pick from 45 (!) unlockable characters and square off against 11 other nutjobs (humans or bots) in completely ridiculous battle royales over Live. We'd happily pay 10 bucks just to listen to the chaos in each wild melee.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you can get over the graphics and little glitches, High Heat is an exceptionally deep and fun baseball game that will please baseball purists more than any other baseball game. [Apr 2003, p.81]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    That customization model is simply the most robust we've ever seen... The game's only real failing is in its comparative lack of [track] variety. [Dec 2003, p.108]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Warrior Within is not perfect - there's too much backtracking, too many low-poly character models, recurring cheap deaths on small platforms - but it's the closest the adventure genre will come to it in this generation of systems. [Dec 2004, p.30]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's still a great ride; just don't expect to be as bowled over by it as you were when you strapped in for it last year. [Jan. 2007, p.72]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s tricky but rewarding.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's great fun to build your own good or evil hero, and with the Lost Chapters content, there are easily 20-plus hours of fun to be mined out of it. [Jan 2006, p.58]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're happy to report that Madden NFL 09 represents the pinnacle of the modern Madden era. [Sept 2008, p.68]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Magic 2014 manages to retain what made the previous games great, while more than justifying the series’ yearly releases.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Slinging, jumping, and crawling your way up to the very tip of the Empire State Building and surveying the traffic below is almost worth the price of admission alone. [Sept 2004, p.78]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If NHL 13 has a problem, it's that it feels like a stopgap ahead of a much bigger update. Momentum is a terrific addition, but it doesn't change the fact that the game's animations looks stiff, and that the Be a GM mode lacks increasingly common sports-game elements such as news headlines, RPG elements, and players who have to be kept happy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maybe it's fitting that a game about pies leaves you hungry. Even if it ultimately ends up with your stomach growling, Winterbottom's very best bites are still worth every penny. [Mar 2010, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With tons of user-customizable elements, hones core gameplay, and plenty of surprises to discover and explore, no other action sports game can touch Tony Hawk's Underground 2. [Dec 2004, p.64]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With the string of 3D-style casualties in this series' history, Lords is the first time we've been looking forward to where this shining new direction takes us. Go, Team Belmont.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Satisfying, fast-paced combat. [Feb 2010, p.82]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's just too ambitious, too immersive, and too freakin' cool to be anything but captivating. [Jan 2003, p.89]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great blend of the series' best bits: customizable cars, high-octane races, and cop chases. [Holiday 2005, p.86]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A veritable clinic on how to enhance your game for a follow-up. Most of Splosion Man's niggling issues have been replaced with a dizzying grab bag of interesting and compelling design choices. Well done, guys.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you're a Formula One fan, the sport has seldom been treated as well. [Feb 2002, p.76]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Just like a Bond girl - incredibly pretty, smart (but not too smart), entertaining (but not too entertaining), and good for a couple of great surprises. And just like the movies, you're left salivating for the next one. [Mar 2004, p.76]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All told, the addictive, approachable gameplay that made "Puzzle Fighter" a cult hit feels as fresh as ever, and the HD Remix is arguably the series' best incarnation to date. [Oct 2007, p.76]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, how much you enjoy Alan Wake’s rollercoaster ride depends on how invested you become in its sophisticated yarn. And it’s one hell of a story, capped off by a quiet, breathtaking denouement that makes good on the opening lines of Alan’s initial descent.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like action-RPGs, superhero games, or both, a smack-tacular adventure awaits. [Holiday 2006, p.82]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Crafted with painstaking attention to inventive detail and charm, Dust is never less than an outright joy to experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the perfect military shooter for Halo and Unreal Tournament players who find the Clancy titles too real to be fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quarterbacks lead out receivers with passes much more effectively and realistically, and there’s much less of a "pro" feel - mistakes are made that open up holes in coverage for you to exploit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Given the slew of impressive upgrades and new features, the purchase of this new installment is a must. [Holiday 2005, p.90]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You can still technically play through the entire adventure with just one Skylander, but to scratch that completist itch you’ll need both a fat wallet and the willingness to hunt down specific physical character figures.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One of the finest examples of the burgeoning tower-defense genre on Xbox 360. [Nov 2009, p.70]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the moment you leap, dive, or grapple your first cliff edge in Legend, you'll discover that this time around--things just feel right. [Apr 2006, p.70]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best way to describe Vegas 2 is that it’s not really a full sequel — it’s just the rest of the first game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moving, melancholy, and even a bit hopeful, it's a true stunner; don't be surprised if it leaves you a little teary-eyed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you've invested in a Kinect, this is definitely the game you must pick up to showcase to your friends and justify your purchase.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And as a whimsical, sweet-natured tale of a princess who learns she must earn her right to return home, it's a warm-hearted departure we found difficult not to embrace. [July 2014, p.68]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This series has always been known for its presentation — particularly its animation — and 2K10 is no exception. Big and small, the movements are all so perfect now that the occasional gaffe jumps out only because it’s a reminder that you’re not watching a real NBA game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forty bucks for a dozen-plus hours of brainy hijinks? We'll take it. [Feb 2011, p.82]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It can't match up to the depth and graphics of "WSB," but if you like to play through multiple seaons, this is the best choice. [Apr 2003, p.82]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Stick of Truth, Obsidian has created what’s essentially an incredibly well-paced, extended playable episode of the TV show, cramming in a tightly constructed “greatest hits”–style, kitchen-sink gag reel of everything that can make the show such a riot. For fans, it’s hard to imagine a better way to wind down the Xbox 360 console generation than with this gloriously gassy, burrito-fueled send-off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This excellent sequel capitalizes on its precursor's strengths while breaking some fresh ground for the simulation genre. With its snazzy additions, sharper visuals, and gearhead-focused customization options, Shift 2 Unleashed strikes a fine balance between appealing to sim newbies and grizzled vets.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A marvelous action game that outshines everything in its class. [Aug 2011, p.73]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It sometimes feels overwhelming to navigate labyrinthine passageways while directing a team and trying to not get flanked by a flak cannon, but that’s exactly the kind of chaotic depth that helps replay value.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given the countless enhancements to this version of Sonic CD, it's surprising that Sega is selling it for a mere $5. Make no mistake: no corners have been cut, and the developers have put in more than enough extra content (in the form of audio and video options) to properly pay tribute to Sonic's finest spin.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This impressive update beats out its 360 counterpart...just like it did last year. [Sept 2007, p.83]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This package is great for old and new players alike. It’s just hard to shake the feeling that it could’ve been a smidge more monstrous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming. [Holiday 2005]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What The Pinball Arcade set out to do - lovingly and accurately re-create true genre classics - it does very well, and pinball purists won't be disappointed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you like action-RPGs, superhero games, or both, a smack-tacular adventure awaits. [Holiday 2006, p.82]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a genuinely great football game, but this edition delivers the kind of small-scale updates that only a paints-his-chest-and-face-on-Saturdays fan could love.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oodles of action that feels like "Riddick" in all the right ways. [Sept 2007, p.72]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Don't let its modest $40 price fool you into thinking this is bargain-bin junk: Test Drive Unlimited is an A-list driving game on every measurable level. [Dec. 2006, p.76]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautifully balanced vehicles. [Aug 2010, p.82]
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