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
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto IV is a must buy if you like video games.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Halo 2 has delivered and conquered every front it set out to take. No other game is as cinematic. No other game sounds like Halo 2 does and no other game plays as fantastic as Halo 2 plays. You will not find a better multiplayer game on any platform.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    A blockbuster. If you don't buy this game you don't deserve to own an Xbox; it's that good. Everything about this game is top-notch, from the gameplay, to the graphics, to the sound; it's all tremendously well done.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    To not pick this up for any reason is almost foolish.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    From the fantastic gameplay to the gorgeous graphics to the incredible amount of replay value, every gamer should experience this game. It features every multiplayer option you could want, and the feature list reads like a multiplayer gamer's wet dream.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The game is definitely far superior to its predecessor and is just about on-par with the original, maybe even more so since it feels more complete.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    No matter how one looks at it, The Orange Box is an astonishing deal that should be considered a mandatory purchase for any real fan of the genre.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Forza Motorsport is like a dream for car lovers. Not only does everything play great, everything looks and even sounds great via the custom soundtracks feature. Seriously, what more could you ask for?
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Its gameplay, graphics, and auditory value are all off the chain. In addition, its replayability will provide hundreds of hours of wholesome fun. My only personal complaint is this: due to the immense worlds, obscene amounts of terrain, and overall hugeness of this software, I found myself becoming nauseated and oftentimes lightheaded and dizzy. You’ve been warned.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With strong voice acting, a solid array of weapons and abilities at your disposal, a great score, wonderfully creepy atmosphere, beautifully detailed environments, nearly unparalleled art-design, solid game-play and an engine that runs smooth as silk, BioShock stands testament to just what the term "next-generation" should mean.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Call of Duty 4 is a superb accomplishment that has already shown it has what it takes to at least get a Game of the Year nomination. The single player may be rather short for a Call of Duty game, but there’s plenty of reason to keep coming back over and over.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of fighting games then BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger will make a welcome addition to your collection. If you’re remotely curious about fighting games and have been turned off by the steep learning curve of other games in the genre, give BlazBlue a chance.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The action is fast paced and fluid on every character model, boss, and Ryu himself. The difficulty in the game is pretty tough, yet fair and very enjoyable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With extremely high production values, an open-ended story, and just about everything else a good RPG needs, Jade Empire is a brilliant experience.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An amazing game. There is no better party game on the 360, or any console for that matter. I found myself getting up early just so I could rip a few tunes before I had to leave the house then just as quickly getting back on as soon as I returned.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    At the end of the day (or night even), Rock Band is easily one of the best party games ever made and one of this generation’s best, most enjoyable experiences.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Behemoth has made one of the best games on Xbox Live Arcade, and it's a 2D beat 'em up that feels fresh from an early '90s arcade.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While I was hoping the 360 version would add something entirely new (not counting the Peg Party), I highly recommend Peggle. It’s a casual game that appeals to everyone. For only 800 Microsoft points ($10 USD), you will definitely get your money’s worth.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simply put, Psychonauts is without a doubt, the best 3D platform game ever, yes I did say best 3D platform game ever, not one of the best, not second best, but best ever.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game is simply gorgeous. The lighting and mapping of the environments truly is a sight to behold.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily the best World War II shooter that has ever been released. With everything including innovative and fun gameplay, amazing visuals, great sound, simple control scheme, and enormous replay value, this game should make its way to the home of anyone who enjoys strategy shooters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The characters are memorable and the storyline is great, even if it gets a bit "out there" towards the end. It's games like this that deserve to be called art, instead of just "games". If you buy one more Xbox game this year or ever, make it Indigo Prophecy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Player models are impossibly detailed and each street has a gritty, lived in feel to it. Enemies ragdoll as one would expect a corpse to after being blasted with a three shot burst, and the explosions you just have to see for yourself.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If you feel like team based action, it’s all there; and if you feel like going on a psychotic rampage, it’s also there for you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The cop AI is ingenious and will regularly outwit you without making you feel as if they are unfair.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Boasting over three-hundred vehicles to modify, upgrade and eventually auction off, Forza Motorsport 2 is the most customizable racer ever released.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    There's truthfully nothing wrong with this package. If you have any interest in dual stick shooters, Geometry Wars 2 is definitely the cream of the crop.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Braid is a wonderful game. It costs a little more than your average XBLA title, true, and you’ll probably beat it in 4-5 hours or so, but those 4-5 hours will be extremely well-spent.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If the first Modern Warfare wasn’t your cup of tea, then it’s unlikely the numerous additions and small tweaks will do anything for you here. Yet for anyone else who’s a fan of console first person shooters with plenty of replay value, this is a game that’s definitely worth signing up for.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Quite possibly the best single player experience available on the Xbox. Outstripping even the mighty "Halo," it is fresh, unique, and unparalleled in its innovation of the genre.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Gears of War 2 manages to be everything that the sequel to an intense, violent shooter should be.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The game’s still plenty of fun, offers enough challenge without being unbearable, has a couple great additions and will still bring out the inner rocker within you.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Overall, Batman: Arkham Asylum is a fantastic, exceptional, and an extravagant video game, and revitalizes both the comic-book and Batman video game based genres.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Despite the questionable change to the graphical presentation, The Lost and Damned is a very well developed piece of content for one of the best games of last year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It is by far one of the most satisfying cooperative experiences out there at the moment and completely overshadows its predecessor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The new additions of the Owner Mode and Hitter's Eye are substantial enough to warrant a purchase of MVP Baseball 2005.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With its almost unbelievable length, incredible depth, fantastic audio, and just about everything else a good game needs, this game is incontestably worth every penny it costs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    You will fall in love with the police-chases immediately, and you are still offered the great racing aspects that you already know and love.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It has exceptional gameplay, tight controls, beautifully scary graphics, and a soundtrack to wet your pants to. Unfortunately, a lack of replay value is just inexcusable when there are so many basic ways they could have enhanced it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The core game here is precisely the same as it was in "Project Gotham Racing 2" on the Xbox, but the addition of more Live functionality improves the game considerably. The graphics are utterly gorgeous, as well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    So if you’re a skeptical Burnout fan, there’s nothing to fear. Burnout Paradise is another great edition in an already fantastic series.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Bethesda has done an excellent job at creating a living and wheezing post apocalypse world. Combining RPG elements and gory action orientated combat flawlessly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed Modern Warfare or FPSs in general, this is one of the higher quality shooters you'll find this year. If you're not a fan of grit and prefer your war games more sanitized, such as in Halo, then you'd do well to steer clear.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    What makes this title so special? Well, let's see: you can use both third and first-person views; hand-to-hand melee combat; beautiful graphics; and amazing online multiplayer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It delivers with an innovative new mode of play and superb in-game additions. The overall presentation is drastically improved as well, and Madden 06 has the best soundtrack of any EA Sports game to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Live 06 delivers with its incredible new gameplay feature, Freestyle Superstars. The game focuses on showing a difference between player types aside from merely what position they play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Team NINJA has the Midas touch, and it looks as if Itagaki gave this one a one-hour massage before release. It has challenging, in-depth gameplay, the best visuals the console has yet to experience, and enough replay value to kill a Kasumi clone.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, as I've said many times before, this is an amazing game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With the addition of Playmaker controls, Owner Mode, custom sound tracks, and much more, it is clear that Madden has set a new high for games to follow.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Both single-player and multiplayer sections of this game play great. The control layout could have been a bit better in the multiplayer portion though. But once you get used to the setup, you should be just fine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Everything from the graphics to the gameplay to the sound, it's just great!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The gameplay and replay value of this game is incredibly strong, and the control scheme and audio are icing on the cake.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you simply can't get enough Fable, then by all means give the developers and publisher some more of your hard earned cash.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It couples some extremely well executed facets such as its great sense of realism and lovely visual effects, with its rock solid presentation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For what its worth, PGR 4 is the best game in the long running Project Gotham Racing series but sadly, this title isn’t sparkling with innovation and occasionally feels like more of the same. On the other hand, the core gameplay is good enough here that it doesn’t need significant changes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is packed with features, the visuals and atmospheric feel is exceptional, and its control system is magnificent.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is as fun and addictive as ever, and the visuals were some of the most impressive I have seen in any sports game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While FIFA may have the licenses, Winning Eleven 8 is on top of the soccer game world in every other area that matters. Gameplay is superb, the graphics are impressive, the top players are included and it's thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    An absolutely incredible value. For just ten dollars you get sixty stages of marble rolling fun, plus a full Xbox Live multiplayer mode playable with up to eight players. The graphics are outstanding, the soundtrack is good. Everything controls exceedingly well, and the controls are solid.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Undertow stands tall above all other Xbox Live Arcade games as the best of the bunch and accomplishes this by being pure fun in a ten-dollar package.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Borderlands isn't perfect. Far from it. But its addictive gameplay and unique features makes it different from the pack.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    However, if you’re not a fan of video game storylines or don’t really care about video games as a medium, Prince of Persia is still a great game. There’s plenty of fun to be had with the platforming.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The controls don’t put a strangle hold on the gameplay, the graphics only have a few hiccups, and the audio is near perfection.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It really is a breath of fresh air because of its creativity and non-linear gameplay.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If you are any type of boxing fan, you will love the smooth gameplay, stunning graphics, and great control scheme that Fight Night 2 offers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    An incredible arcade sports game that goes far beyond what NFL Blitz offered.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The game provides a ton of fun with its addictive gameplay, solid visuals, outstanding audio, and great control scheme. It may not add as much to the series as its previous installment, but it does have a lot to offer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    ProControl and On-The-Fly Coaching are ground-breaking innovations. And as mentioned before, they've allowed for innovation without forcing you to break the bank to experience it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Despite the less-impressive graphics, the game holds its own with its balanced fights, new punches, and replayability.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed those fierce ping pong competitions at summer camp then you owe it to yourself to give Table Tennis a try. Single player is quite challenging and multiplayer matches ought to be considered a spectator sport in itself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    NHL 07 takes hockey videogames in an entirely new direction. After years of only minor changes, EA has changed everything for the better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Command & Conquer 3 is proof that the 360 is just as able to deliver a solid RTS experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In closing, while Devil May Cry 4 seems to be a hard fit in the series due to Dante’s significantly reduced role, the gameplay is as tight, stylish and entertaining as it ever was.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Mirror’s Edge has an excellent but short singleplayer campaign with a few added whistles.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed the original, have younger children or just like light-hearted same console competition, you’ll definitely want to grab FF2 for 800 Microsoft points. Time to warm up those chompers and have some fun!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If there was a game to dethrone Halo 2 as multiplayer king, it'd be TimeSplitters: Future Perfect. This game's multiplayer is just incredibly fun, offering tons of variation as well as multiplayer bots to fit whatever your heart desires.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The audio is fantastic, and most importantly, its gameplay is superb. HotSwapping is a distinctive new feature, and makes the single-player campaign worth playing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Its competent story-mode, coupled with a variety of multi-player modes available online or off, Rainbow Six: Vegas is certainly a solid title, and one not to be missed by any fan of shooters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There are plenty of battles to fight through, collectibles to discover, and techniques to perfect in Hell’s Highway, and I fully recommend purchasing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Skate’s intuitive, but incredibly deep control scheme and extremely realistic physics model feel wonderful in motion. If you’re looking for a realistic approximation of skateboarding, look no further. Skate will not disappoint.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Luckily, the gameplay stays true to its roots, favoring fast paced action over realistic football. As a result, those who have been Madden fans in the past should definitely grab this one, and those who have not enjoyed past titles should hold out against the marketing tidal wave.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    All told, Guitar Hero 3 is another solid, worthy entry into an already highly-successful series. While not all of the changes and additions made benefit the game, the core gameplay is still there and that’s more than enough to make the game appeal to Guitar Hero veterans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you missed Bully the first time around, scholarship edition is a great game to pick up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    What is very clear to anyone who plays Red Faction Guerilla is that there is no other game quite like it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of dual-stick shooters, or want a game that accurately represents the genre, there’s no better choice than Assault Heroes 2.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Overall this game provides a swashbucklingly good time through fun mini-games and a great theme.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A solid game that is lacking in a few departments. The in-game additions are fantastic, but changes need to be made to 'Franchise Mode'. Additionally, I really wanted to see Free4All available on Xbox Live, because it makes no sense to have this mode of play only offline.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This version is just as fun and exciting as before, but it isn’t an incredible leap forward.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Everything we hoped 06 to be and more.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Lumines is a great puzzler that puts the other old and tired puzzle games on XBL Arcade to shame.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s scary at first, but once you get a bigger gun it becomes a Horror Action game, with no real threat present. That being said, Dead Space is an excellent game that’s worth checking out, even if you don’t like horror games.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    New gameplay and presentation tweaks and the all-new online franchise are welcomed with open arms, but disappointments from The Extra Point, online co-op, and the commentary don't make it the greatest Madden game ever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    NHL 10 isn’t going to disappoint you, or for that matter, detract from your overall experience, but the miniscule changes to its gameplay and formula aren’t going to be reeling in any new fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Phantom Dust is worth every dime and nickel you put into it. Ironically it's only $19.99, so Phantom Dust won't be busting your wallet. Don't let the card-collecting stereotype scare you away.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The storyline fits in to the movie well, and refrains from changing the plot in any way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    For only $30, you get one of the most content rich games of recent memory. There are 300 missions in the story mode, 12 very addictive mini-games for up to four players and countless hours of gameplay here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If they would have combined the violence with good gameplay, decent playbooks, and maybe some more modes, Blitz: The League would have been one heck of an arcade-style football game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The new gameplay elements and controls are great innovations, and they really force players to develop some skill.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It packs itself chock-full of gaming ecstasy – and when you throw in some superlative production values and a restrained yet delightful soundtrack, you’re looking at a very well-formed package that should be in just about everyone’s collection.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed is by no means a bad game; it’s fallen to the fate of many other games by having too much hype surrounding it. If you’re expecting a ground breaking Game of the Year quality game, you won’t find it. If you’re expecting to play an average action game, then you’ll find yourself very pleased with your purchase.