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: 70
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Lives up to its hype, but we can't help but think how much better it would have been with a better choice of cities. [Aug 2003, p.84]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Engaging combat carries Space Marine's campaign and multiplayer a long way, although we can't help but feel like a little more time - or maybe ambition - would have made this game a superstar. Still, it's one heck of an entertaining fragfest, and the ideas here should nicely set up a bolder, hopefully more memorable sequel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s one of the 360’s best social experiences, and one that anyone can enjoy. That it also doles out Gamerscore points like candy on Halloween only makes us even happier to play it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sharp controls reward technical skills, but both games are still accessible to button mashers, especially with a frustration-free continue mode that cripples the CPU opponent on a rematch. [Dec 2005, p.110]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ground Zeroes' story feels a bit skimpy for the price, but it excels as a breathtakingly pretty stealth sandbox, and as a chance to try out Phantom Pain's gameplay in a smaller, more intimate open world.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    No disrespect to "Frogger" and "Bejeweled", but Xbox Live Arcade needs more games like Roboblitz. Score one for the next-generation, Tin Man. [Jan. 2007, p.73]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes Stubbs worth finishing is the wacky story and raunchy cutscenes that would've been censored into oblivion in the real 1959. [Holiday 2005, p.78]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With WWE 2K14’s comprehensive roster and WrestleMania fan service, it’s hard not to find something to dig your teeth into à la George “The Animal” Steele on a turnbuckle. Still, we’ve seen the series tell better stories and work better between the ropes, making it tough not to notice the flaws in what might be the last dedicated current-gen match.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Multiplayer is a highlight, and it works incredibly well. [Nov 2002, p.132]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A good, solid, and fun title that is great for blowing off steam and packs some multiplayer fun. [Dec 2002, p.103]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Xbox Live, Top Spin 2 shines just as brightly as its predecessor. There are leaderboards and tiered matchmaking--all of it lag-free. [May 2006, p.81]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Making saves wtih the crease control system is wicked fun, even in multiplayer. [Jan 2006, p.80]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wonderfully deep gameplay underneath layers of complexity. [Dec 2009, p.86]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overlord II preserves what worked last time, improves what didn't, and tries several new ideas on for size. [Aug 2009, p.62]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At the very least, the 360's first "Worms" game recalls the series' hearty roots--and for that, we're thankful. [Mar 2007, p.79]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An overarching story broken up into five hilarious adventures, Beyond Time and Space is an incredible value. Sharp, witty dialogue and creative puzzles make this laugh-out-loud package a true delight.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The extra 10 bucks you'll pay to get NHL 07 instead of NHL 2K7 is money well-spent. [Nov. 2006, p.85]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a sweet ride, but even a novice player should finish within eight hours. And with no multiplayer, you've no reason to go back and play again. [Nov 2004, p.76]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It seems content to merely bridge the gap between the quirky RPG charm of "Episode 1" and whatever's next without even getting out of the car to stretch a bit. [Dec 2008, p.72]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Obviously the best-looking the series has been, thanks to the advent of new console hardware, but it's not definitively the best-feeling game in the series. It'll be tough to weather another pre-race lobby in other driving games after experiencing Rivals' seamless single-player/multiplayer mix, but it comes at the expense of a cohesive career mode, which might be slightly too chaotic for some.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Great aesthetics and monster designs. [Feb 2010, p.85]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's probably a game best played in small doses, as the relentless pursuit of perfection can often wear you out. But if you inner Evel Knievel just yearns to be free, Stuntman's your ticket. [Sept 2007, p.78]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's the gameplay in Rayman 3, though, that really keeps you hooked. [Apr 2003, p.84]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    F.E.A.R. 3 isn't expertly polished or perfectly balanced, but it's got sufficient creeping dread and more than enough gameplay variety to fan our desire for more of Alma's apocalyptic evil.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's fun, just not next-gen sparkly. [Jan 2006, p.62]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's all mildly entertaining but utterly disposable. [Apr 2010, p.86]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Commit to your fiefdom, and Tropico 3 becomes a gift that keeps on giving. [Apr 2010, p.81]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A colorful and stylish game that is blisteringly quick – if a bit technically dated. [June 2002, p.76]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For new and old players alike, this sequel is a superb adaptation of the classic CCG.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It's not the best racing game on Xbox, but every racing fan should try it just for its unique approach and tense chase action. [Dec 2002, p.92]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    What you end up with is a solid but average action game with only truly great concept. Sure, it's a one-trick pony, but at least the pony's cute and doesn't smell. [Dec 2003, p.156]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all feels rather complicated at first, but you'll quickly settle into a satisfying groove.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Considering you're getting two good mecha shooters at a reasonable price, we heartily recommend this package.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, gameplay is great - passing is tight, running moves are fluid, and the playbook is decent-sized, although officials occasionally miss big calls while throwing seemingly random flags. [Sept 2007, p.81]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not for everyone, but with patience, Uprising can become an incredible experience, with plenty of giant bosses and insane, over-the-top action set-pieces. [Jan 2011, p.74]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But while Raskulls' thrills are short-lived, it's a genuinely fresh and fun concept we hope will do well enough for an even bolder(and heftier)sequel. [Feb 2011, p.78]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A campaign of surprisingly smart A.I. opponents. [Sept 2009, p.87]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tasks themselves are familiar — secure blueprints and ammo dumps, defend towns from takeover, detonate collateral — but your freedom of movement creates an exciting illusion of tactical authority, even if you can’t order around your disposable steroid-brigade buddies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite issues regarding its distribution method, DoA5 Ultimate remains a fun, gorgeous, and accessible fighter, made sweeter by the wealth of new content. There's no better time to hop into the ring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game plays well, handles easily, and provides plenty of slapstick humor. It's just too bad that its flaws restrict it to a merely enjoyable distraction. [Jan 2004, p.84]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Revolution definitely punches up the Black Ops II multiplayer experience with fantastic maps and an SMG, while the exciting new "Die Rise" sweetens the deal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Food creation adds a new dimension to gameplay. [Holiday 2005, p.80]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Varied events, sparkling social challenges, and rowdy online skirmishes make Dirt Showdown the rare spinoff that's as amazing as its much-loved predecessor, albeit in its own unique way. It's an absolute blast throughout, and proof that accessible, arcade-style thrills and spills can still deliver via superb execution.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Between the stages' constantly changing art style, the strange story, the unforgettable cast, and the novel take on action combat, this game is definitely worth checking out for people seeking something new. [Sept 2011, p.74]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those of us who like a little tough love with our games, Dishwasher's ironclad challenge and simple-but-effective design scratch an itch few games can reach. [Feb 2009, p.83]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Though no aspect of it truly screams triple-A, the entire effort is one that patient players who can endure the early hours will surely enjoy. [Holiday 2004, p.84]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Strong enough to be a no-brainer for ardent fans, but other music-game junkies may find this $60 pill very hard to swallow, especially with Rock Band 3 lingering on the horizon. [July 2010, p.73]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    For 20 bucks, this is almost a must-have for the old-school Sega nut inside us all. [Holiday 2004, p.67]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Playing alone, you'll remember why simple arcade shooters got left behind in the smokey pizza parlors of yesteryear; play along side a friend, the experience into a frantic race for survival that's well worth the small pittance for admission. [Jun 2006, p.60]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine translation of last year's PC adventure. [June 2005, p.82]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though the gameplay tends to be somewhat repetitive, there are scores of characters, techniques, and magical items to choose from. [Nov 2003, p.124]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hydro Thunder: Hurricane revitalizes the rumbling core of the 11-year-old coin-op, serving up a winning combination of arcade accessibility, tense maneuvering, and cartoonish maritime mayhem. [Oct 2010, p.84]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    When Lego Star Wars III sticks to the basics, it's still a crowd-pleaser. [May 2011, p.76]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gun
    It's a crying shame that Gun for 360 didn't get the next-gen love it deserves. [Jan 2006, p.62]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a savage game; the only thing more violent that the damage inflicted on Wolverine is the rapid and nonchalant dismemberment of everyone he comes into contact with. Mature’s one word for it: absurd and childish are other, more accurate words. But it’s a brilliant kind of ridiculous nonsense that’ll occasionally pull reluctant cheers out of your grown-up neck.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sliders compensates with stupid-fun multiplayer. [June 2009, p.75]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Once you get past the self-consciousness of waving your arms around with a midget-sized club, you quickly realize how much fun the game is. [May 2006, p.81]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The massive and scenic game world does feel a little sparse at times(unlike the far superior one in the Xbox 360 version), and the side missions grow repetitive. But this sandbox has some damn cool toys and not a gangbanger in sight. [Dec. 2006, p.84]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even when your objectives sound about as thrilling as a Sunday-afternoon grocery run, the sheer chaos Heller unleashes upon the distressed and detailed world of New York Zero while completing them keeps Prototype 2 from feeling like a chore. If you can turn off your brain and just enjoy the frenzied carnage, you'll have a blast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A very good game, but unfortunately it lacks that certain "magic" to take it to the next level. [May 2003, p.77]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Intense without being brash, and focused on a tight situation as opposed to a global theater of operation, the relaunched Medal of Honor definitely finds its own voice as a military shooter. It's polished and visually appealing, while providing a little gaming perspective on a controversial military action. And you don't get that every day.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For 15 to 20 hours of laughs and gameplay, it's a steal. [Sept 2009, p.85]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But as long as you can withstand a bit of busywork here and there for the sake of an endearing comrade and a satisfying conclusion to his 15-hour adventure, you'll easily forgive Majin its foibles.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Much more than a cheap commercialization; it's a meaty game that kids and some masochistic adults will enjoy endlessly. [Dec 2004, p.84]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, UFC is the most realistic fighting game ever. [Apr 2002, p.68]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An excellent game that earns bonus points for doing something new, but it ultimately falls just a splinter short of greatness. [Dec 2003, p.102]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dead Rising fans will enjoy it most, but even carnage-craving newbies will easily get their money's worth. [Feb 2011, p.73]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Defiance's story and visuals really shine through. The combat may be repetitive, but it's solid and fun and the well-paced plot does a great job of tying the knot with the long paths of Kain and Raziel. [Jan 2004, p.80]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yes, it’s frustrating at times, but it sure as hell got our blood pumping. Plus, the animations look unbelievably organic — especially contextual finishers that incorporate the surrounding environment —and the sound effects give every hit a satisfying sense of bone-crunching devastation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even if you just want an occasional hectic diversion, Galaga Legions DX is an absorbing enough reinvention of the coin-op classic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're an armchair general, it's hard to imagine a more appealing game on your Xbox than this. [Feb 2005, p.76]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's easy and incredibly fun to use, but also powerful, and content can be shared with friends. Even as additional play sets and figures are released in the coming months, it'll be the Toy Box that keeps us hooked, and it's how Disney Infinity remains so endearing even as it commands ample cash.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Otherwise, though, this breezy shoot-'em-up is five-plus hours of mindless fun. [Aug 2011, p.85]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're going to play poker with fake money, Activision Value's latest is the best way to do it on Xbox 360. [Holiday 2007, p.78]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    "Ridge Racer" on steroids... The best-looking racing game we've ever seen. [Mar 2003, p.77]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The kooky cutesy Japanese art is perhaps a bit too goofy, and the gameplay is solid, if slightly too easy at first, but prepare to waste a lot of time playing - this title is EXTREMELY hard to put down. [Oct 2004, p.66]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, with its collectible treasure pieces, butterflies, and toys, a plot that puts a fantasy spin on pirates, the ability to hop-in as a challenger during mini-games, and exquisite artistic elements (just look at the map and watch the credits roll), Lemuria is a world you'll be glad to visit for a little quality time with your younger self.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But what's really a labor of love is all the bonus material - historical info, original poster and advertising art, and behind-the-scenes videos with the games' creators. [Nov 2004, p.85]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What's here isn't radical, ending-altering content, so much as a slightly uneven but deeply worthwhile journey that adds intriguing lore to the series' canon - and instills a wide-eyed sense that we're nowhere near done with this universe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, Crypto's latest is itchily compelling and easy to recommend. As original-Xbox game go, DAH!2 is one of the best of the season. [Dec. 2006, p.82]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    An amazing-looking sports sim backed by great commentary, improved animations, and better tactical awareness of the AI-players. If you missed "FIFA 2004," this will tide you over admirably until, well, next year! [Aug 2004, p.82]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gags don't always hit their mark, but at its low points, Comic Jumper is still one of the weirdest, edgiest pieces of snarky fun you'll find on Arcade. [Nov 2010, p.76]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We understand the tightrope any game walks between narrative cohesion and player freedom, and Mafia II makes its choice clear. As a result, its best aspects are exceptional, but we can't help but think that it could've offered so much more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The variety of play, including obstacle courses, photo shoots, midnight races and stunt driving is staggering. Wreckless is a work of art. [Mar 2002, p.63]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At a mere $20 it represents impossible value and is probably a must-have for crusty old gamers. [Dec 2003, p.92]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    RDR creatively captures the feel and flavor of classic Westerns, while remaining an absolute twitchy-fingered hoot to play. [July 2004, p.80]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Impressive lighting, gorgeous art direction, and a smooth framerate really pretty-up the experience, while voice-acting from Hollywood veterans Rosario Dawson and Brian Cox add weight to the audio.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Frame rate gets choppy and detracts from the experience. [Jan 2003, p.66]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a game that's meant to be a goofy and irreverent take on the usually stuffy golf world, Outlaw Golf 2 is a surprisingly good golf sim. [Nov 2004, p.77]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With just a five-area adventure mode and a points-focused championship mode (and no multiplayer). there's a lot less content here than in, say, the recent "Geometry Wars 2". [Nov 2008, p.80]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For all the unique thrills and spectacle the series still delivers, Forgotten Sands never quite reaches the dizzying heights you want it to. [July 2010, p.78]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Devotees of the old TV series will be thrilled. [Nov 2002, p.116]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 74 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    What kills ASB '04 is simply how it plays. Hitting is incredibly difficult and pitching doesn't "feel" very good. [Apr 2003, p.81]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Feels bare-boned and unrefined compared to the other two. [Oct 2003, p.74]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We wish Infinity Ward had been bolder with their design decisions, sure, but everything from the campaign to the competitive multiplayer to the alien-battling version of Treyarch’s zombie mode remains outright fun. Imperfect and unsurprising maybe, but fun nonetheless.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You might think calling NBA Live 08 "much improved" is a backhanded compliment, but its first two years on 360 really did leave it no place to go but up. [Nov 2007, p.84]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The volleyball is amazingly simple and compelling, while the rest of it has a tongue-in-cheek sensibility that knows exactly what it is - good cheescake fun with solid gameplay to back it up. [Mar 2003, p.72]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While it’s one of the most attractive and polished fitness games we’ve ever played, we can’t help but feel like Zumba Fitness World Party could’ve been so much more. Its breadth and depth of content make it an interesting destination to explore, but when we need to push ourselves, we’ll stick with our copies of Core and Rush for now.

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