Planet Xbox 360's Scores

  • Games
For 764 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 77% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Halo: Reach
Lowest review score: 18 AMY
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 764
764 game reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even if Red Dead Redemption doesn’t make your top ten favorites it will at the very least be a tale of outlaws, dead men and deceit that will remain with you for years.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    My journey with Commander Shepherd opened up a new view of what this form of entertainment can do, and allowed me to emotionally connect (and care) with the virtual characters on my television screen. The dialogue, story progression, graphics, soundtrack, controls, and presentation are all well above what so many other games of this genre are offering these days... PlanetXbox360.com has never given a perfect score, until now.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Halo: Reach is bar none the most developed, robust, and title in the franchise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are few video games released this year that you simply cannot miss, Call of Duty: Black Ops is one of them.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gears of War 3 is the game all Gears Fans have dreamt of since playing the first title back in 2006.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whether you've been holding your breath since finishing Mass Effect 2 or just now looking to jump into a story-driven video game, Mass Effect 3 provides something for everyone from the single-player to co-op, it's just that f***ing good.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    At the end of the day there is only one reason not to buy Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and that is if you’re no longer breathing...I know people that hated FPS games up until they played COD4, now they are awaiting the next one with baited breath.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Bungie has spent three years and countless loads of money making Halo 3 and fortunately for them (and publisher Microsoft) it has paid off.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Other than the AI issues, graphical glitches, and insanely confusing equipment screen Mass Effect is the perfect video game. The storyline is right up there with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and we are can barely hold back our excitement to see what happens in the next two games.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    We have yet to play a perfect video game but Gears 2 get’s really freaking close; probably closer than any action game has gotten before. Every aspect of the game: gameplay, controls, features, graphics, and audio have a triple A feel to it and during the first play-through every single gamer will get multiple “oh sh.t” moments.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The presentation of the game, as a whole, is what really takes Fallout 3 and boosts it into a level high above most of the other games being released this year on the Xbox 360.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Graphically Modern Warfare 2 sets a bar so high that the game that our industry will look to it as a blueprint of what can be done on next-gen systems. The developers found a perfect balance between realistic and entertainment (just wait until you play-through the airport level) that there were points during our review period that we actually forgot we weren’t watching a HD movie.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    All of that aside the final product that is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the complete package. It has a solid, single-player campaign (which is long enough if played correctly but feel free to complain if you want); a feature-rich multiplayer mode that has new modes and will be played by millions of gamers for years to come; a great Spec-Ops mode that includes an all-new Survival gameplay mode; and is the first Call of Duty title to launch with the new Elite service, something that will become a standard in the CoD franchise for years to come.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The term memorable comes to mind instantly when thinking about Gears of War. Epic and Microsoft have really done something awesome here and we, as gamers, should be grateful.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    There is something on this disc for everyone in the family and if you are a fan of the Half Life brand it should be a no-brainer purchase, I cannot recommend The Orange Box enough.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Whether you're wondering around the wilderness, enjoying the melodies from a bard in an inn, casually strutting about town, or going head to head with a dragon; the music and sound effects add to the immersion in the same way they do in a Lord of the Rings or Star Wars film.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Using the Vision Camera adds an element that has not been found in many games today and is definitely something that I have been looking forward to. Some good graphics and a complete sound system round out the beautiful title.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I cannot say enough good about Bioshock so I will sum it all up in the same way I described the experience to my wife, "This is why I play video games."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Every bit of the lighting and digital-effects are top-notch and we can only dream about what the next game will look like, it’s just so damn polished looking.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Between the steady stream of DLC and the ability to import your tracks from the first game, you are unlikely to stop playing Rock Band 2 anytime soon. The added ability to continue your World Tour band online, drum trainer, and daily challenges may sound like small additions, but they greatly enhance and extend the gameplay for what was already a must-own title; at least until the next Guitar Hero is released.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    After beating the game every way possible in each and every mode (in co-op and on the solo) we can honestly say that we want more, more zombie killing please?
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Don't be caught in limbo making a decision – buy this game as soon as it comes out on Xbox Live Arcade, and support this kind of creativity in the game industry. No matter what kind of gamer you are, you won't be disappointed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you have never played Halo: CE before or just want to Pistol 3-Shot your friends once again, Halo: CE Anniversary is a must buy for all Xbox 360 owners, especially those that are fans of Master Chief in any way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I had a blast playing Rayman Origins, and it certainly stands out as a game that developers should take notes from if they're aiming to rejuvenate 2D gaming.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In the end when it was all said and done, out came a game that caters to the RPG hardcore crowd with the games longevity, and yet it provides an interesting and great experience for the non-RPG playing crowd.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It’s a much more satisfying experience than Fable 1 and has a little of everything for all types of gamers.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The feeling you get when hitting one of those hard 5 note combos is something that no other game out there can replace. Getting the chance to play this masterpiece on the Xbox 360, as the first time it has hit a next-gen console, is enough reason to go out and purchase this today.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Once everything gets updated and the new online features are available this game will only get better. There is already a thriving Rock Band community out there and plenty of information to digest. Rock Band is not a cheap investment but if played correctly can end up being one of the best social games ever played, and to me it was just that.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From the moment we placed Forza Motorsport 3 into our Xbox 360 the game just screamed polish and fine-tuned racing, from every angle...It’s simply the best racing game ever created.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Like the Pulp Fiction of high-fantasy, Dragon Age: Origins is an innovative homage to the greatest works of the genre, woven together with masterful dialogue and an acute sense of social interaction. In terms of storytelling and creating true emotional bonds, Dragon Age: Origins is one of the finest RPGs ever created.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    FIFA 11's near perfection of the genre is what makes it the best, not its innovations.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Don't even consider skipping the game for a second. While the story doesn't progress as much as we had hoped, it still adds some new questions and twists into Desmond's dilemma. The ever so fresh guild mechanic and addictive as hell multiplayer already feels like essential components in the series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I have enjoyed my 2 weeks with Madden NFL 12 more than any other football game I have played Bar-None.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even if you aren't an avid fan of soccer, you owe it to yourself to check this title out and see just how good a sports game gets.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Improved gameplay, new mechanics, and an even stronger story denote whether you care about Batman or not, it's still a game worthy of your time. With some easter eggs possibly hinting at plots for a third game, let's hope Rocksteady isn't quite done with the Dark Knight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With a brand new physics based Infinity engine, Connected Careers, and Madden Ultimate Team, EA has given football fans the most in depth sport's game to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Nobody knows action games better than Hideo Kojima and the Zone of the Enders HD Collection contains two of the best ever from the brilliant mastermind that brought the world other great titles such as the Metal Gear series.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Everything about Assassin’s Creed II screams believability, from the real life characters that you interact with to the conflict – it plays out as though direct from the history books. More than once while playing this game did I get that feeling of “this is why I love to play video games” and “it’s one of the best titles of 2009.”
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Easily and by far the all-together best game of the franchise.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    EA deserves kudos for recognizing what worked well in the brilliant NHL 09 title, and making slight, smart tweaks and additions for the spectacular NHL 10. This one has the legs to keep you very busy until next year's inevitable NHL 11.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    By no means is L4D2 a reinvention of the series, but with so many welcome additions, it feels close to being the perfection of it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The best football game to date.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The lack of maps and variety in the weapons may keep some casual players at bay. Hopefully Valve will offer DLC to keep it fresh. Its mastery of teamwork and tactical demands will keep players online until then.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The single-player is incredibly challenging as is the online multiplayer, so Capcom has given you the chance to reminisce with the beloved series once again and use any one of your favorite 17 characters from the roster.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Dead Space is essentially your opportunity to play through a sci-fi horror flick; which is just about every gamer’s fantasy. It is a near-perfect package for those looking for to get their survival horror fix.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    NHL 09 is hands-down the best sports game yet.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is one of the best action games on the Xbox 360, and it comes from the likes of Japan; go pick up a copy as soon as you can.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of the more impressive aspects of Halo 3: ODST is the soundtrack, a symphony of fantastic and epic music that will inspire players to fight their hearts out every minute of the campaign mode. More than once while playing the subtle music ran a chill down our back, reminiscent of something available in only the most intense of films. Overall the title is exactly what we expected it to be, a different look at one of the most beloved franchises on the Xbox 360 console.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    When push comes to shove, The Beatles: Rock Band is a fantastic addition to the genre and, it goes without saying, the music itself it out of this world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even if you don't become fully immersed in the gunplay, you'll easily be pulled into the suspenseful build of Vito's entry into the mafia. Storytelling is king here and Vito's entry into the mob families is more than compelling enough to warrant a trip to Metropolis.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It plays superbly, looks fantastic, has features galore for both single player and multiplayer, and has all the gore and fatalities you missed so much in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Welcome back, Kombat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Volition has fully released grips on this one, letting the player do literally whatever they want as they complete missions and wreak havoc in the city. The presentation is the best yet for the series, and though the lack of competitive multiplayer may be a turn off for some, the inclusion of Whored Mode, Survival waves and co-op more than makes up for its omission. This is one of the wildest gaming experiences you'll have this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Graphical hitches and gameplay tweaks aside, it's still one of the best first-person shooters out there, loaded with exciting moments and a story that – wait for it – is actually worth experiencing. Throw in the hours' worth of addictive multiplayer and you have something that'll hook you well into the next generation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    More than once Alan Wake reminded us of books, movies, and TV shows that we love and spend hours with every week; it helped merge the video game experience with those other memorable moments. For once a video game was able to show exactly what it means to create something that brings emotion to the gamer; on top of that Alan Wake was just damn fun to play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Infinity Ward did a great job of capturing the feel of such an awful and devastating war. It is easy to dedicate hours of your life to playing Call of Duty 2, and when you do, you won’t be disappointed.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Despite a few graphical and control issues, it doesn’t take much away from the fantastic title that GTA IV is.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Puzzle Quest reinvents the puzzle genre with its unique RPG laden gameplay. It is the kind of game that will need its own support group to assist all the addicted in the near future.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Some of the finishing moves are downright disgusting but had us calling over all our friends to take part in the bloody fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Geometry Wars Evolved 2 is the new high-water mark for XBLA titles. They could have delivered half what they did and wowed gamers, but there is enough here to keep you playing this $10 bargain longer than most $60 retail titles.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The longevity of Batman: AA is tremendously astounding as a single-player only title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Prince of Persia is a game that tends to the casual audience while keeping the masochistic at bay. There are some hiccups that could have been fixed, but with a beautifully unique art direction that is unparalleled to anything previously done, dynamic and perpetually new environments with seamless acrobatic platforming, much can easily be forgiven.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    We never would have guessed it but they actually pulled it off, driving a motorcycle in LATD is a whole lot better than it was in the original disc-based game and we found ourselves using them exclusively during the play session.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Featuring a number of new features, a likeable protagonist and some new kickass weapons, this latest episode is a great reason to return to Liberty City, especially if you haven’t made the trip in a while.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While the narrative could’ve used better pacing – and more antagonists to boot – Chair Entertainment did an overall great job at retaining the interest all throughout the storyline.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There are enough improvements in NCAA Football 11 to make it a worthwhile purchase for any college football fan, especially those who wear their respective school colors even during the off-season.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Out of all the Summer of Arcade titles, Lara Croft earns that $15 the hardest. It could be my favorite Tomb Raider game of all time, and it is something no fan should miss.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There are some intense moments here, from working your way through a rotating house (while struggling to stay alive) to killing "shadow people" with the help of explosive barrels, which you summon with your flashlight. It's very cool.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The fundamental multiplayer features and huge single-player challenges will keep you busy whether you're with friends or alone, the presentation is greatly improved, and the set list amazes us, with songs scattered between the 60's and today.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The gameplay is incredibly addictive, the leaderboards will keep you busy for ages, and the presentation tops the original game in many ways. Drop a roll of quarters and let the fun commence. Wakka wakka wakka!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Crysis 2 manages to top [Bulletstorm and Homefront], but just barely, thanks to a storyline that actually stands its ground (despite lapses in logic), gameplay that puts a twist on first-person shooting antics, mind-bogglingly good graphics and strong multiplayer options.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Really, don't miss Portal 2. Even if you've never played the first game, the sheer brilliance that has gone into this game's design shouldn't be missed. It's wonderfully fun and creative, while looking and sounding like a true sequel should. Don't be surprised if this one pops up on our best of 2011 list.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The presentation is staggering, even managing to make Mafia II look second-rate. It really all comes together in a complete package that no one should missed; and that, folks, is case closed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Despite some lackluster voicework, minor freezes and the need to activate an Online Pass, DiRT 3 is the best in the series to date, filled with wondrous gameplay, a remarkable variety of events online and off and some of the best graphics you'll see in a racing game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If there is one weak area, though, it's the soundtrack. Some of Forza 4's tunes are pretty good, but the techno tracks are kinda forgettable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The single-player experience is worth this game by itself but throw in the multi-player mode and you have yourself a candidate for game of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Pro Evolution Soccer can once again chant “We are top of the league” thanks to yet another dazzling performance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Personally co-op was one of my favorite aspects of GRAW1 and I was blown away with the amount of effort Ubisoft put into it this time around.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The FIFA series can no longer be labelled as a joke because this year it has surpassed PES2008. The sheer volume of content along with the realistic game play and superior graphics, has led me to this conclusion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The game is an upgrade in every way from last year's solid offering, making this one fantastic title every baseball fan should check out.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though not earth-shatteringly revolutionary, FNR4’s additions to its Legacy Mode, greater cohesiveness and focus of its controls and enhanced pseudo-realism has made it the definitive boxing experience on both the current-gen consoles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Teaching your piñatas tricks, playing co-op with a friend, romancing piñatas, having the ability to trade piñatas with players online and much more make up countless reasons to pick up and have a wonderful time with one of Rare’s best Xbox 360 titles to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Also, after two weeks of Gears of War, it’s truly refreshing to see a multiplayer experience so streamlined.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s amazing how little additions like getting off the board, fastplanting, and even sorting your replays into categories can have such a profound affect on the whole experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The complexities of the fighting systems are incredible to take in. Hardcore Street Fighter fans will have a field day with developing strategies and putting them into effect. It’s deep enough to satisfy tournament loving players who’d rather win by skill, but it’ll also win over the praise of casual players who love to dabble with fighting games when they have a friend to play against and button-smash without worrying about Ultra Combos and Ex moves.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is easily the most-versatile music game to date, doing so much right for so many different gamers. Even though the basic gameplay is the same thing GH fans have come to love over the past 5 years, there are enough new features and little tweaks that we can finally say this is the true franchise sequel we have been waiting for.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With NBA 2K11 striking up such a balance between gameplay, presentation and extra features, we're wondering if EA Sports delayed NBA Elite 11 out of fear that it simply couldn't keep up with such greatness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    WWE All Stars is one of the greatest wrestling games we've played in years, thanks to a gameplay system that's well balanced, a smorgasbord of wrestlers, a variety of options (again, Fantasy Warfare is a must) and a solid presentation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of the best XBLA games we've seen so far this year, topping the original with bigger levels, more carnage, varied gameplay, a new character, co-op support and a slick presentation. Kudos to you, Mr. Silva, and the good people at Ska Studios for keeping us slicing and dicing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Dead Island joins the ranks of other zombie games like Dead Rising and Left 4 Dead as one of the best experiences in the genre. While the melee combat and first-person perspective will take some time to get used it, the experience is absolutely rewarding, especially if you can gather up a group of fine zombie killers to come with you for the ride in co-op.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Unparalleled presentation, in-depth options and smooth-as-butta gameplay.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There is plenty of rich content, gameplay, and unlockables in UFC Undisputed 3 to crown it the champion of MMA games. But with little to no competition, lets hope each installment can continue advancing as much as this one.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Killer App? It appears so! There are certainly exciting times coming up for 360 owners and GRAW can now be the flagship for next-gen titles done right.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoy horror games, or if you just want to experience a true next-gen game, you owe it to yourself to pick up Condemned: Criminal Origins.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, a truly Next Gen title that is hopefully a sign of things to come as this console matures.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A violent and satisfying piece of visual poetry. The storytelling is one of the more impressive in recent memory and the abilities presented bring something fresh to console shooters. It’s just too bad the multiplayer is a disappointment. It’s the only thing holding me back from dubbing this stunner a classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great gameplay, impressive graphics and fantastic innovations have raised the standard for all sports games. The controls are fantastic with both novice and expert configurations. The graphics are top-notch, and flow smoothly.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza 2 delivers on almost every level possible for what a sequel would have to offer. Better graphics, more tracks, tons more cars (300+); well the word tons does not even begin to describe the amount of cars this game has.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are a few weak points, such as clumsy menu navigation, great but lacking online support, and reliance on the Microsoft D-pad, but overall VF5 is a very strong title, and fans of fighting games are going to love this game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimate Carnage makes excellent use of what the Xbox 360 has to offer including fantastic online play and superb graphics. If you like console racers and destroying cars and scenery, this title is worth a look. The fact that this game was released as a $50 bargain title, and has strong replay value, makes it a no-brainer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Paradise breaks the mold of its previous franchise games, and pulls it off in a big way. Its rare that a developer can make large scale changes and still put out a winning product.