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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    A pretty average game. You have fairly simple combat with a few nice graphical touches. Nothing really stands out as overtly good or bad, and everything here has pretty much been seen before in some form or fashion.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    There isn’t anything flashy about this title, but you have enough options at your disposal to vary the game. Given the low price tag (400 MS Points); this game will be a good pickup for Spades fans.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    If you want to play an average Star Wars experience, The Force Unleashed is par for the course. Those of you looking to have an engaging video game experience, may want to invest time looking elsewhere, or rather, replay God of War, since this is practically the same game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    In the end, Stuntman Ignition may be frustrating, difficult, and require a large amount of patience, but it’s undeniably fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Bugs are where True Crime not only stumbles, but falls flat on its face. It is riddled with bugs, so much so that playing the game itself becomes a problem.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Despite my complaints, GripShift isn’t a bad game, it’s just flawed in all the wrong places and at the end of the day, it’s completely unremarkable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Overall, Blitz: The League II suffers from terrible announcers, annoying soundtracks and a boring campaign mode.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Adrenaline mode is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen in a game. The very idea of an invincible soldier in a WWII game just does not make any sort of sense. The same goes for the revive feature. I know what the intent behind this was, but I would much rather use the good old-fashioned checkpoint method.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While FFXI is the most addicting game I’ve ever played, I will confess that it is an unfriendly place for newbs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although TimeShift brings a neat gimmick to the table, that's about all it brings.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even with all its flaws, Pinball FX is a fun, lighthearted game. If this title were offered with more tables and better camera angles, it’d probably be one of my favorites.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, this is a nice addition to the XBLA collection. When you’re ready for some “down” time from the hectic fraggin’, Switchball is a good change of pace.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The puzzles are original, difficult and entertaining, with the sight for improvement ever so addicting, making Brain Challenge a greeted addition to Xbox Live's Arcade for a fit eight hundred points.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Instead of yesterday’s news, it’d be nice to see a high resolution, high definition 2D fighter on XBLA instead of ancient blocky sprites.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    A solid game when viewed by itself, but the fact that "NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup" is identical except for a few new features is really disappointing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Shows marked improvement from its predecessor, but it still has a number of issues. The gameplay becomes repetitive after a short while, and there is no Xbox Live mode to be found.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Road to the World Cup can be fun, but it really doesn’t offer as much as the Xbox counterpart.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    While I feel that Prey is a better game than "Quake 4" and "Doom 3," Prey is a next-gen game, which is held to higher standards and it’s a letdown in a few categories, namely the pathetic multiplayer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    NHL 2K8 reminds me of a hockey team that looks unbeatable on paper but fails to perform in a big game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    In comparison to other flight action titles, Heroes Over Europe just doesn’t measure up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The controls are spotty, all the good stuff is hidden behind a byzantine unlock structure, and the graphics are a notch below par for the Xbox.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The story is interesting to some degree and the main missions are intriguing, but the rest of the game is a let down.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    This would be a good purchase for anyone with a Live account if it wasn’t for one thing. Price. Bankshot Billiards is 1200 Microsoft Points. That translates into fifteen dollars, more than any other game on the Live Arcade. While Bankshot Billiards is good, it isn’t that good.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    What really holds this title back is its extremely linear gameplay. Everything seems to be dumbed down.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Dull side missions that the player must complete to progress combine with chasing down almost every boss just doesn't appeal to me.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    For a game that's supposed to be a horror game, the formula it relies on is so repetitive that after 20 minutes you've seen all the scares, not to mention all the environments you need to see.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    I had more fun playing by myself, which is odd since I thought I would have loved the multiplayer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    For eight hundred Microsoft points, there's only a mild amount of fun to be found in the gameplay--even in the most diehard heart.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    There's nothing new that we haven't seen many times before and done better. If you're looking for a game that so far seems to be like nothing else, then it's probably best to just wait a couple months for Psychonauts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 is pure and unadulterated fan service, nothing more, nothing less.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With no online play, you probably won’t spend too much time playing this game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you love turn-based strategy-styled games, then by all means, download Band of Bugs. But, for the casual gamer, I recommend to stay away. There’s not enough enjoyment to warrant the time and/or Microsoft Points.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Vigilante 8: Arcade sets out to be an exercise in updated, nostalgic goodness, but ends up falling short.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's sloppy and mediocre all the way through.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    If you don’t avidly love poker, I suggest you avoid this rendition on the Xbox Live Arcade. If you love card games, the interface and graphics are mediocre when compared to what the team behind Uno put forth in their title.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Shadowrun is a tragic example of great potential and poor follow-through.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    So short it hurts, especially in the wallet area. Had the game done something revolutionary I may not be so concerned with the length, but it doesn't. It's just the same old Gauntlet with a shiny new exterior.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    If you must have every mech game out there, GunGriffon isn't that bad. It doesn't meet expectations with such great games on the market that already fill the mech genre for the Xbox.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Those who truly enjoy backgammon or want to try it for the first time may be interested in this game because of the low price (400 MS Points), but anyone else should use their MS Points elsewhere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Despite the dull design and terrible frame rate, I found myself playing KFK for five hours straight. The entire game I personally had a feeling offelt “This isn’t very fun, I wish I wasn’t playing this” but continued to do so anyway.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    One last thing I have to touch upon is the ending of the game, which happens right after you play the final battle in the movie, it's just so completely ludicrous, I'm at a loss for words trying to describe it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Probably the most boring racing game I’ve ever played. While some folks may find driving virtual exotic cars around a bland replica of Hawaii relaxing, I find it frustrating. Especially when the cars control like they are on ice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Doom plays quite well in single player on the 360 thanks to tight controls, crisp (but definitely dated) graphics, and a smooth frame rate. Split screen is also flawless and it’s a blast to play with four people in the same room.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    The game is merely another mediocre bag of wasted potential tossed out that simply begs you to lower your expectations right before diving in.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    An enormous let down in most regards. Many well done elements and innovative features are present in this title, but they just aren't executed well.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    If you want some real comic book action, skip this one and wait for Ultimate Spider-Man, due out later this year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sure, they were able to cram hundreds of enemies onto the screen at one time. Yes, the ability to kill goblins with incredible attacks is fun. But alas, I don’t find it entertaining to keep playing the same clichéd storyline that contains no innovation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The biggest misstep that Namco Bandai made was to not include multiplayer. That addition alone could have made the game a worthy purchase.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An undeniably rushed product. It’s obvious in the lackluster gameplay and visuals. Content-wise, there’s a TON of activities and sub-plots in Spider-Man 3 such as sky-diving, Mary-Jane thrill rides, bomb defusing, races, etc. The only problem is very rarely are they fun.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In essence, if you absolutely loved the film to bits and absolutely must have an Iron Man game to go with it, then Sega have done as good a job as they can of producing a playable version of the movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Plain visuals, repetitive audio, and straightforward gameplay make up this title’s feature list. Hearts fans will, of course, enjoy playing online, but most can be content with the Hearts game included with Windows XP, saving their 400 MS Points for something else.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    All in all, Blue Dragon is the type of game that would have made much more of an impression about a decade ago. Unfortunately, a forgettable story, cast, score, and battle system make for something that feels more akin to the eager ambitions of novices as opposed to the calculated work of seasoned veterans.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    This game is very shallow. Instead of being a content-rich $20 game such as Phantom Dust, that's as deep as an ocean, we get a mediocre action game that's has the depth of a kiddie pool.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Between its labyrinth maps, dreary gunplay and enemy design, along with repetition that will break some of the most patient players, this is a game that's not worth your time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Sadly, the game offers much less than the Xbox version, and gamers are expected to pay more but get less.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Clive Barker's Jericho is the type of game that would have made an impact a decade ago. Its onslaught of enemies is far more reminiscent of old-school shooters like Quake, and if that's your bag then you should be able to at least marginally enjoy what Jericho brings to the table.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Again, Fuel is just a poor game no matter how you try and look at it. There's a fair amount of content here, but it's not good.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Overall, the single-player is a boring affair. Online multiplayer is not worth the hassle.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Tetris Splash doesn’t bring anything exciting or more enjoyable to the table of Tetris. Unless you’re feeling extremely nostalgic or wanting to add an additional 200 achievement points to your gamer score, I suggest you pass this one by.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    If I was David Fincher right now, I would be looking for the man or woman assigned to approve this project and making sure they never had a job again.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    I enjoy playing it in short bursts. Short because if I try to play more than a few rounds I get increasingly annoyed by the bad hit detection and unresponsive controls.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    After playing coop with a few of my friends, we all were left disappointed expecting the same excitement we had on the NES. I guess nostalgia does wear off over time. It’s a shame that Contra didn’t grab a hold of my attention like I thought it would.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 53 Critic Score
    It's a shame that for every step forward, Two Worlds takes about five steps back.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 53 Critic Score
    With the lack of its original trackball controller, new and exciting gameplay, and only bringing in tacked-on modes, Missile Command unfortunately won’t meet expectations of ones who had fun with it nearly 30 years ago.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    A sub-par survival horror game, plain and simple. Everything about it is appalling. The gameplay, the audio, the camera... the only thing remotely good about this game is the graphics, and they're not even that good. This is a horror game, but it's not even the least bit scary.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 51 Critic Score
    If you expect to open up your mech (or in this case, War World) to see this decked-out, snazzy, cool game, you are going to be extremely disappointed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 51 Critic Score
    I am disappointed to say that the online play is at the top of the list for much needed rework. The online should have been one of the best areas in the game, but instead turned out to be sloppy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    The port seems to be fairly close to arcade perfect, but the controls are just a tad sluggish. You’re better off saving those Microsoft Points for the new original content planned for XBLA later this year instead of this tired retro retread.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    If it weren’t for Tenchu Z, Vampire Rain would undoubtedly be the worst title I’ve had the displeasure of playing on the Xbox 360. Why Microsoft decided to bring this travesty to North America is beyond comprehension. It packs itself chock-full of every gaming cliché in the book.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    All things considered, Pinnacle Station is a disappointing addition to Mass Effect.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 44 Critic Score
    Well, it does have nice music and decent voice-acting. That's all though, and for the same amount of money this game costs, you could see the movie and buy Psychonauts off eBay.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 43 Critic Score
    An unoriginal set of mini-games, terrible story and dead multiplayer makes Bliss Island one where you would build a raft and sail off soon as possible without ever looking back.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 43 Critic Score
    Better games can be bought with 400 Microsoft Points so do yourself a favor and defend yourself, and your wallet, from these Warlords.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    For the little enjoyment being offered and problems that are present, a 800 Microsoft point purchase just cannot be justified. There are too many negatives and scarce positives to be found.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 41 Critic Score
    The single-player campaign doesn’t even contain a full-blown plot. To add to this laundry list of blunders, the multiplayer is a snore-fest and a lag-laden cesspool. In short, avoid Tenchu Z like the plague and never look back.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    The repetition and horrible encounters make Superman Returns: The Videogame drag along at a snails pace. I’m sure many gamers will be ready to call it quits after the first hour. Simply put, this title does not offer nearly enough to warrant a $60 purchase.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 28 Critic Score
    The game play was weak, the graphics weak, and the audio even worse. I was fed up and bored with this game after just a mere six minutes of playtime.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Avoid this at all costs. Simply put, it's just a hair shy of being completely broken. Yaris may be free but somehow, I still feel ripped off.