Talk Xbox's Scores

  • Games
For 278 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 25 Yaris
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 278
278 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Every Extend Extra Extreme shows that big things do indeed come in small packages. While its core gameplay may not appeal to everyone, this is definitely one of the best values you’ll find on the Xbox Live Arcade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lost Odyssey may not rewrite the rules of the genre, but it performs a wonderful job improvising with what’s on the table.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There isn’t much I can find fault with in this game. It’s certainly one of the best racing games out there and possibly the best in its little subgenre as well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There isn’t much to complain about in Far Cry 2. As I’ve already raved about before, the visuals are gorgeous, the use of fire is amazing and the gunplay is viscerally satisfying.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bound in Blood greatly exults over its predecessor and proves to be one of the finer single player experiences you’ll get to play through for your Xbox 360.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It features a revamped Manger Mode that will provide many hours of fun, and it is the only game to offer the FIFA leagues and teams.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It has the graphics and soundtrack of a AAA title, but the gameplay just doesn't mesh with the rest of the game to form a game you will be coming back to again.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The expository sections of Kong really do feel like a playable movie, and there are scenes in King Kong that will make you stop in your tracks and stare at the utter beauty the developers have crafted.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    While The Darkness may not hit the mark on everything it tries for, it's not nearly enough to knock the experience off track. Even for an average 10-15 hour campaign, The Darkness hits a lot of nails, and only bends a few.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A superb addition to anyone’s library. Its accessibility and user-friendliness will allow people of all skill types to have a blast. Even if this wasn’t your type of game in the past, Catan may just make you a believer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A genuine attempt to deliver something fresh and different. Controlling an army of minions was both fun and rewarding. The evil humor and richly detailed world keep me fastened to my chair for hours at a time totally immersed within the game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    GRID's delicate straddling of the line between arcade and simulation racing is one that works well for it, appealing to fans of either simulation or arcade racers, once you get used to its handling quirks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    If you have not played Viva Pinata, then it's most unlikely this release will do anything to change your mind to the contrary. If you expressed an interest but did not make the plunge the first time around, I would highly recommend this as your first foray due to all the excellent additional features included.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Guitar Hero: Metallica is essentially what it sounds like: a Guitar Hero game for Metallica fans; by the fans, for the fans in the purest sense.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The sound is solid as well, with the only hiccups involving the commentating. The control scheme is excellent and the game will offer an acceptable amount of replay value.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The gameplay is relatively simple, but is entertaining and challenging at the same time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The presentation is superb on all fronts, and the gameplay is unique and intuitive. For ten bones, this is without question a must-have.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The gameplay is still fun and the graphics have been drastically improved. The only problem is that we’ve seen almost the exact same game on the original Xbox.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The thought, “taking a sledgehammer to a zombie’s face would really take the edge off of my day right now, I wonder how much I can get Dead Rising for” will creep into your head and again and again. Eventually you will own it. It’s just that simple of an issue and that addictive of a gameplay.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite some minor issues in certain categories, there’s a decent story that helps push Army of Two’s extremely solid co-op features to be an entertaining experience; whether you have a wannabe mercenary friend to tag along or not.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Jetpac Refuelled sports some of the best 2D graphics on XBLA. There’s something about Rare’s art style that really stands out. The colors, backdrops, and character design all blend perfectly together.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Saints Row 2 manages to be a mostly satisfying sequel with a few key issues holding it from true greatness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In short, if you’re a fan of the original Vegas or have more than just a passing interest, then by all means, check this one out; just don’t expect profound amounts of innovation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Plain and simple, The Godfather 2 is an action packed thrill ride. Even though it may not deliver on the strategy element’s pursuits, the action is constantly intense, and keeps you excited to play more up to until the credits begin to roll.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Mega Man 9 is definitely a challenging game and designed for the hardcore gamer that remembers a simpler time consisting of two button controllers, cartridges and 8-bit graphics.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the Street Fighter series or 2D fighters in general, then this is a must-have.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    With addictive gameplay, varied achievements that despite a real lack of difficulty, help to keep the player engrossed in seeing more of the game, topped with unbeatable charm, Viva Piñata is definitely a fun title for people of all ages.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    I’ll admit I was hooked for the first five hours, but as the game waned on, so did the entertainment of the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Midnight Club: Los Angeles has the right concepts in place with plenty of realized potential, but much still untapped.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    All in all, Silent Hill: Homecoming is a successful entry to the series. Even though it doesn’t do anything spectacularly new in terms of the franchise or the genre, it does do the old ways justice.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The first season of Sam and Max is one of the funniest and most enjoyable experiences I've had playing games, and having it available on Xbox Live Arcade for just twenty bucks is an incredible steal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    This is a great game to have for people who want to get friends interested in fighting games, and is a fun party game in its own right.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The solid gameplay combined with the bloodcurdling theme makes for a wonderful gaming experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The story is weak but it's easily overlooked when playing a game that plays this great.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    After some time spent on DDR Ultramix 2, I came to the conclusion that if I was a dance freak, I would keep playing this non-stop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    I like the cheesy characters and the cartoon-like blood and gore thing. I can understand now why I wasn't allowed to play it as a teenager, but as an adult it sure is goofy fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike doesn't just add some new modes, maps, and eye candy; it actually improves its gameplay formula, making it an all around better game than Ghost Recon 2.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    This title is easily the best RTS game seen on consoles. The control scheme allows anyone to jump into the game fairly quickly, although you cannot get as detailed with your strategies and forces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The title’s strongest aspect is the way it captures the World Cup event. Like most other World Cup titles, there isn’t a whole lot of replay value here, but the time you spend playing this title will be enjoyable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    UFC 2009 Undisputed has the flash, the look, the gameplay, but doesn't have the style and easy pick-up-and-play feel to make it that undisputed, unbeatable champion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It adds something that should have been here from the beginning of its time on Xbox -- online play.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This title is incredibly fun in short bursts, but it’s hard to play for hours at a time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It delivers excellent multiplayer, compelling mini-games, and a career mode that’s second to none. Flaws include a less-than-astonishing create-a-player mode, poor audio and lackluster environments. However, the good far outweighs the bad.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simply it is still darned fun to play. Throw in some achievements, leadersboards and a nifty price tag of only five bones, and you’ve got hours upon hours of classic gaming to be had.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The puzzles are challenging without becoming stressful.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All things told Condemned 2 is a good sequel that does manage to do the first game justice on most counts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pac-Man CE is a solid arcade title. It doesn’t revolutionize the game but it does add some new elements to keep it fresh. 800 points is a tad pricey for a game with slight variations on game modes, but at least you know what you’re getting into with Pac-Man.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Story line is nil. I found myself becoming “stuck” with the camera angles more than once. The last boss was too easy. But, with the amount of fun to be had, both solo and multi-player co-op and length of game, I cannot recommend this title enough. It is definitely worth the 800 Microsoft Points.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unless you're a huge fan of on-rail space shooters, and also enjoy being a completionist then you'll be disappointed with the lack of content in Aces of the Galaxy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Panzer General hits it where it counts – in the gameplay department. If you can get past the weak visuals, you will find a surprisingly good game.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can get past the low production values, you'll find a very satisfying game here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The amazing music helps sooth the pain when there's a frame-rate drop, but when you get stuck in an invisible wall there's nothing that can help the torment you'll be experiencing. In a nutshell, Advent Rising is under-polished, under-developed, and just doesn't play like a finished product.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The great idea used in telling the story, and the solid gameplay make the game a potential big hit, but certain elements of the game needed a lot more polish.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    A slightly above average shooter with plenty in the way of multiplayer options and a forgettable single player campaign.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    What’s heartbreaking is that it didn’t gain any knowledge when migrating from console to console. Sure, it has a new coat of fur, a full belly, and a smile on its face, but it’s the same bird you knew many moons ago.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a game with a solid single player or twitchy action shooting then you’re in the wrong place. Chromehounds is at its core a multiplayer experience with an emphasis on teamwork and tactics.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The problem is, World War II games are a dime a dozen these days and aside from the increased freedom and highly entertaining multiplayer modes, there isn’t much to make this stand out in the crowded first person shooter genre. It’s certainly a good game, just not as good as it could’ve been.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A must-buy for both fans of plastic bricks and the “real” Star Wars movies. Combining a humorous take on the classic films with simple controls and tricky puzzles, this game is a standout in the seemingly never ending avalanche of repetitive Star Wars titles.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    In closing, Fable 2 seems to be a light hearted, witty, casual role-playing game offering you more of an experience than an actual challenge.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    There is nothing remarkable about it, but Carbon will provide some good fun with its Career Mode and great online options.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Those who have lost interest in the katamari series may feel disappointed as no advancements on the formula have been made since the inception of the series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 includes many elements that can make real time strategy games successful on consoles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Need for Speed Shift sets out to try and accomplish a number of goals, with the primary two being to deliver an authentic racing experience and potentially revitalize the series. Although it doesn’t quite manage to fully accomplish either of these, this is still a valiant effort that, had it given some more development time, could’ve been a far superior package.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The aim of the violence in this game is to produce wows and laughs from gamers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It has a decent overall game play, good audio, decent graphics, and a good feel for the Playboy lifestyle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    You will love pumping round after round into your generic foes, and the visuals enhance the experience. While Black gets this aspect right, it just doesn't offer enough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The new control feature and somewhat simplified gameplay is geared towards the mainstream console gamer that may not have played The Sims for PC. The console-exclusive additions, on the other hand, allow for a fresh gameplay experience for those who may have gotten bored with the PC version of the game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Gun
    The main problem with GUN is its lack of multiplayer. The campaign is a fun-filled occurrence, but after you finish it in a few hours you'll be wishing you didn't drop fifty down for it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Still Life includes a gripping gruesome story, challenging gameplay, and to top things off, it's only twenty dollars. It may not have the longest single-player campaign, but it has a darn good one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If you're short on cash and waiting for the big blockbuster games this Holiday Season, you may want to skip over this game. Stranglehold probably best serves as a rental unless you're really into action games.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It’s without doubt a unique experience. My only true complaint is the ten dollar price tag, which may be a bit steep for the subtle amount of content provided with the purchase.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If you’re in the market for a third person shooter that involves a little more than just shooting, this will make a worthy acquisition for your Xbox 360 library.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Despite a mediocre story and familiar gameplay aspects, Commanders: Attack of the Genos isn't afraid of showing a goofy side of an enjoyable experience. At eight hundred points, it's more than a welcome addition to the Xbox Live Arcade.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a decent movie-tie-in game, but that doesn’t make it the greatest game of all time. It’s certainly miles better than the other crap you can find on the market, but at the same time there are plenty of other better games you could also be playing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    While the general gameplay is fun, the aiming system needs to offer a bit more manual control. Additionally, the AI should have received an upgrade this time around.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Even with all the quirks, Call of Duty 2 for the Xbox would have been a hit just a few years ago, but I just can't figure out who the market is today.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    You’re going to get a great deal of bang for your buck here, there’s no question about it. For a mere five dollars, you acquire a cult classic with online play and a flopping thirty achievements for your unlocking pleasure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    There is nothing like this game currently offered in its genre and Small Arms’ online portion may be even offer more replay than "Dead or Alive 4."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    All things considered, Mutant Storm Empire is a pretty good game. The unique, creative and colorful level designs and variety impress. The combat is intense and satisfying for an arcade shooter but it’s all over in a flash
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gun
    A must-rent because of its enjoyable campaign, but I’m afraid that’s all, due to its major deficiency in replay value.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a young RPG lover who wants to see where it all began, or an elder who wants to relive their glory days, you need to immediately dish out five bones and give Gauntlet a whirl.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Poor dialogue may occasionally shatter this otherwise remarkable backdrop, but the rest of the story is more than adequate enough to convey a story of love, struggle, life, and death; at times in captivating ways.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s odd that a game with so much new content could feel so familiar, but such is the case with Proving Ground. I think it’s time for Neversoft to go back to the drawing board and seriously attempt to innovate if they ever expect this Hawk to fly as high as it once did.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's actually nothing of the sort; it comes off as a mix between Fable and God of War. It may seem weird to compare and combine games, but it's the best example to avoid confusion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It is fast-paced, in your face action non-stop. You'll never have a breather when you battle the onslaught of enemies before you. The translation from PC to Xbox is smooth enough to warrant playing the Xbox version over the PC rendition to avoid using a keyboard.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the game isn't ground breaking with any new technologies, the flexibility of the game play will keep you interested.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I really wanted to love this game, I truly did, but it was just way too repetitive for me. Walking around slowly and eating brains is only fun for so long.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    SSX: On Tour does a great job with the Tour Mode and Monster Tricks system, but it just comes down to not enough being offered.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The basic summary of the Xbox 360’s Madden 06 is the Xbox version with amazing graphics and a ton of cut out features.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The arcade style shooting mixed in with the Hollywood blockbuster epicness delivers one of the more satisfying action games in recent years. If you’re a skeptic you should at least give Mercenaries 2 a shot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Hardcore fans of the Prince of Persia series might want to pick this one up if you’re curious as to how the series began, but don’t expect a stellar experience like Sands of Time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Wet
    It’s disappointing that this product didn’t achieve as much as it could’ve accomplished, but as a pure thrill-based action game, you could certainly do a lot worse.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A fun experience that should be loved by many.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A good romp, easily a step above the usual licensed junk that saturates the market around the holiday season. There just really isn't anything bad or good about Aeon Flux; it's a slightly above average game that doesn't really bring anything new to the table.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Proves to fall a bit flat due to its lack of depth and its lack of improvement from the Xbox version. The visuals and physics have been enhanced, but those are the only areas where significant changes have been made.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Although Carcassonne may not have the depth of strategy that you see in Catan, it still holds its own as a stable addition to the Live Arcade.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I can 100% guarantee that if the Doom name was not attached to this game, no one would pay this repetitive game any attention and it would hit the bargain bin like it deserves.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Getting Up is incredibly easy. There are plenty of health power ups scattered throughout the game and I only died one time (due to a cheap move I didn't expect) during the final boss fight.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It's not that Quake 4 is necessarily bad. It isn't. It's just so unoriginal, cliché, and average that it almost hurts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The Godfather on the Xbox 360 isn’t a bad title; it’s just too similar to the Xbox version. There are a few new features and tweaks in the game, but nothing that has you wanting to play the game all over again.