Xbox Nation Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 548 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 21% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 78% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 14.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Halo: Combat Evolved
Lowest review score: 0 The Guy Game
Score distribution:
548 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps the finest college football game ever made. [Oct 2002, p.117]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The pace of the action is spot-on, resulting in players who move and react at the right speeds and results that are realistic over a game with 12-minute quarters. [Winter 2002, p.98]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautiful and challenging... A twisting, turning plot tops off the meal and this Sea, simply, demands to be bathed in. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.82]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the finest, purest, and most hardcore 2D shooter on any system to date. [July 2004, p.88]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With only a couple of exceptions, every assignment can be tackled in a dozen different ways. [Winter 2002, p.100]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there was no "Madden," ESPN NFL Football would easily be the best football game this year. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.96]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's clear that the good people who made this game are baseball enthusiasts, and that's important. [Apr/May 2003, p.89]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Serves up round after round of smart, strategic firefights, challening both mind and reflex. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.99]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a rightful heir, just not resoundingly so. [Jan 2005, p.84]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although it's by no means a cakewalk, Ghost's single-player campaign works as sort of a live fire exercise for the real deal on Xbox Live. [Winter 2002, p.101]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Midway's given the game a facelift and polish to great effect, replacing the overbearing amounts of flash and glitter with solid gameplay. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.99]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A superb basketball game, with Grade-A action, intuitive controls, and more bells and whistles than an ice cream truck. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.85]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In slow-motion, it’s possible to catch every white bullet trail and crimson blood spray; we’d daresay it’s violence made beautiful. [Feb 2002, p.98]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A glorified mission pack... [but i]ts flawed but compelling single-player and addictive, feature-packed multiplayer component (both online and now offline co-op) guide this Arrow directly to its mark. [Aug 2004, p.78]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything in Two Towers - from the rich, lush environments to the lovingly rendered boss monsters - comes impressively close to matching its cinematic counterpart. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.76]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Car handling and physics are spot-on, and real-time damage has been enhanced to the point where you wince every time you hit a rock or other obstacle, as the dents and dings rack up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Online play affords Links players an option "Tiger" simply can't compete with. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.94]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ruthlessly hunting down other mechs in Stealth mode becomes the favored approach in the heat of battle, and makes for amazingly fun, intense gameplay. [Winter 2002, p.96]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The first thing you're going to notice about this game is how unbelievably gorgeous it is. [Dec 2004, p.94]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With all-or-nothing rail and jump placement, the game can sometimes feel shorter and more difficult than it really is, while at other times a bit too easy. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.91]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ESPN Hockey's offensive game is sublime... Unfortunately, playing defense can become frustrating, as players are often slow getting back to the goal. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.97]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hardcore "Revolution" fans will be most excited by features debuting in Ultramix...Beginners and those who lack a natural rhythm will be disappointed, though. [Mar 2004, p.99]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the finest golf games around. [Winter 2002, p.107]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sadly, performance was spotty thanks to ever-depressing and intermittent network lag. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.83]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Surprisingly, the running game – usually the bane of first-time developers – is absolutely top-notch. [Jan 2002, p.82]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's somewhat ironic that Cell's Clancy-approved storyline is the game's weakest point; instead of propelling the player towards a heady climax, Cell's plot putts along leisurely, lacking a narrative hook or an engaging protagonist to keep us amused. [Winter 2002, p.82]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a veritable demolitionist's playground, Conspiracy proves a most promising affair, that rare release so packed with potential that the inevitable sequel is actually an already exciting prospect. [Aug 2004, p.92]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dynasty mode allows you to enjoy one of the best college football games ever created in a setting that, at times, feels like an adventure or role-playing game. [Aug 2003, p.88]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A good story told well is a rare thing, but for the third time, Revolution has done just that. Players looking for an intelligent adventure will find few better Xbox titles than this. [Mar 2004, p.82]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the strength of its online options, Wolfenstein's multiplayer is on par with the best on the Xbox. [June-July 2003, p.86]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wall your Sim in a doorless room with no food or toilet facilities, and watch her whiz on the floor. [June-July 2003, p.90]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a flawlessly executed version of one of the coolest motor sports on earth, this is well worth checking out. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.85]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battles with five-o, which take place inside a small, (electrically) fenced-in environment – are painfully clumsy, and underscore the game's unwieldy camera. [Spring 2002, p.80]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An experience every bit as thrilling, addictive, and shallow as the original. [Dec 2004, p.92]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nearly everything about Otogi, from its art direction to its intricately balanced game design, is infused with careful thought, consideration, and much love. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.86]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few sports games ride the line between simulation and arcade as deftly as this. [Jan 2002, p.88]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Realism aside, what puts MotoGP 2 over the top is its seamless Xbox Live integration, pitting 16 players together in an online free-for-all. [June-July 2003, p.89]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If up-tempo action and innovative control are more important to you than realism and online play, this may be your b-ball baby in 2003. [Winter 2002, p.99]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Easily beaten, Mission to Earth provides no real sense of accomplishment or finality. [Winter 2002, p.94]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The most impressive element of the game is its level design: The enormous locales allow for hours of exploration and trickery. [Fall 2002, p.119]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hell, you can't even choose which side to be on in team games. On the PS2, this is disappointing, but on the Xbox - where most games figured this stuff out over a year ago - it's inexcusable. [Jan 2005, p.100]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's surprisingly solid, providing definitively that it's possible to take a fictional sport and bring it to digital life. [Mar 2004, p.82]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Definitely not for the squeamish, but if you're looking for a cold, ruthless, and literally bloodthirsty antihero to keep you occupied for 15-20 hours, Kain definitely fits the bill. [Summer 2002, p.86]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sadly, however, not even the best Indy console game necessarily makes for a great Xbox title. [Apr 2003, p.80]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you thought shooters needed more Stetson hats and Winchester rifles, you can't go wrong with this one. [May 2004, p.96]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's above-average stuff, certainly, but spotty writing and voice acting pothole the story. Still, despite its flaws, Suffering remains an enjoyable and surprisingly compelling blastathon.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While "NBA 2K3" is a tighter (and perhaps better) game from top to bottom, it doesn't have the same energy, rabid fanbase, or guts as NCAA. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.86]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A nice balance of action and strategy, as well as a remarkable technical achievement. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.78]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The most impressive thing about Remix is its clean, intuitive interface. [Aug 2004, p.91]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An official disappointment on Xbox, yet the game's undying popularity defies critical analysis. [Mar 2004, p.78]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Everything here blows up real well, and it's oddly beautiful to witness the rich pageant of the undead splattered in a magnificent hail of hot video lead. [Winter 2002, p.91]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's first few hours are dreadfully boring, full of genre cliches and pointless firefights. [Apr 2004, p.84]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Xbox Live support would have made this a must-buy, but it's still worht the money if you have friends to share it with. [Mar 2004, p.94]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While there is no questioning the game's ability to sap huge portions of your life, we'd dare say there may be better ways to spend said portions of said life until next year's edition hits Xbox Live. [Winter 2002, p.92]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The problem is - here it comes - the painfully oversensitive controls mar the nostalgia. [Feb 2005, p.92]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Had it cooked a bit longer, however, this could have been a classic. [Fall 2002, p.118]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The inventory control is needlessly fiddly, casting spells is more trouble than it's worth, and it's very easy to miss a hint and completely lose track of the plotline. Just like Morrowind, though, Arx's core quality stands above all the glaring issues, and it's hard to stop playing once you take up the quest.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mired in repetition and some substantial balancing issues, a good deal of its simplistic charm dissipates after a short time. [Nov 2004, p.100]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It won't blow your mind, but it's a solid showcase for online console gaming. [Winter 2002, p.93]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's ugly, this gladiator's life. But at least it's got a good personality. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.86]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Weird and wonderful, Whiplash pushes rebellion to the point where it seems callously unconcerned that its middle finger sometimes is aimed straight at its audience. [Mar 2004, p.87]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's nothing to complain about in terms of the game's controls or its trick system; they've been tuned to perfection. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.87]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Outrunning the cops while racing on gorgeous international tracks is damn fun... [but t]he intense sense of speed found in the PS2 version is missing. [Winter 2002, p.103]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Of the new moves, through-balls and crosses are much better than those in "FIFA 2004." [Aug 2004, p.86]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's definitely a better workout than most Xbox titles, and although its longevity is infinitely better than a human workout video, it's not as motivating or, more important, as sexy. [Dec 2004, p.82]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's just enough innovation here to warrant spending another 50 clams, but only if you're a die-hard fan of the series. [Winter 2002, p.105]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The reality is that only those with a tremendous amount of talent and perseverance are ever going to see much of it. [Fall 2002, p.119]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What really shines through here is the work of extremely talented artists, and the world of Dark Alliance is full of stately detail. [Winter 2002, p.107]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Levels look dazzling, but the actual tasks you must accomplish in them are often so contrived that all the realism fades away. [Winter 2002, p.101]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The narrative style (present action woven with flashbacks) is interesting, and the mechanics are mostly solid, so it is definitely worth investigating - especially if one finds the Xbox's "action-hero-with-amnesia" library lacking. [Nov 2004, p.94]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    The audio mix is interesting, and the noises, whines, cries, and comments of players at the tables are quite humorous. [Feb 2005, p.94]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Outlaw Golf can be played and thoroughly enjoyed on the couch. [Fall 2002, p.121]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As much of a history lesson as Collection provides, though, you can't help but wan't more. [Feb 2005, p.92]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wolf's added variety pushes its multiplayer componenet into Xbox Live killer-app territory. [Feb 2005, p.96]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Exceedingly colorful, fun to play, and possessed of a great sense of humor, Movie both stands and delivers. It's some delicious sea food meant to be swallowed - whole. [Nov 2004, p.91]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Weighs in a tad too light, and can be readily explored in a long weekend. [Fall 2002, p.118]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While level design is solid, NPCs have the personalities of spatulas, and environments are often jarringly noninteractive... Worth the ride, certainly, but this one could have done with a little less fighting and a little more freedom. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.98]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The texture quality has been noticeably reduced, but the keen glow effect on all the characters and environments is meticulously preserved. [Jan 2005, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What these scenarios lack in creative inspiration, they more than make up for in strategy and gameplay design. [Aug 2003, p.86]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The intuitive fighting control remains as solid as ever. [Dec 2004, p.86]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sharp and smart, Blitz 20-02 burns the NFL's rulebook and allows for unparalleled arcade-style mayhem. [Summer 2002, p.92]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lacks the imagination and polish of "Wave Race," but it's enjoyable nonetheless. [Fall 2002, p.117]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite little replay value, Chamber nonetheless provides a gratifying ride. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.84]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most, however, are legitimately entertaining even today. [Mar 2004, p.86]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If Strike gets its mechanics brashly right, it fudges the details. [Feb 2005, p.93]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rage has perfectly captured the flavor of the boxing in the Rocky films, and by this we mean there is no pugilism to be found. [Winter 2002, p.107]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's downright spooky how well this one turned out. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.87]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's physics are absolutely true to life, and its tilts - a propers smiting for too much cheating - are fairly issued. [June 2004, p.88]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Forget the wonky camera and intermittent sputters when a new room loads - hell awaits, and it's genuinely desirable. [Apr 2003, p.93]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You will actually find yourself laughing while playing, and virtually anyone can pick up and play this and have a good time. [July 2004, p.88]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bottom line, the game is solid - it's very challenging, great to look at, and very different from its peers. [Winter 2002, p.97]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The extra games EA added are attention-worthy treats speaking to the schoolyard athlete in everyone, no matter how uncoordinated or out of shape. [Feb 2005, p.95]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid competitor - fast and fun and oddly addictive. [Summer 2002, p.93]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gorgeously cel shaded, sharp, and smart, but ultimately too difficult for the game's intended audience and certainly a little too generous in its repetition of sound samples. [Fall 2002, p.121]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Paintball makes up for its lackluster graphics and sound by delivering an exciting tactical shooting experience. [Feb 2005, p.89]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Strafing and running is fine - even more natural feeling than when a keyboard is used - but the Xbox controller's right analog stick just can't compete with the precision of a mouse. [Winter 2002, p.84]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite questions about its pacing and multiplayer options, Street will still keep the controller in your hands for hours. [Mar 2004, p.87]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Episode-sized chunks linked by a central plot break up the game nicely, and although Mayhem clearly comes built for kids, its breezy gameplay and goofy sensibilities—ghosts can be fooled by sheets draped over the protagonists—win both adult hearts and minds.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It packs a good measure of original gameplay concepts; it just suffers a few missteps that keep it from ranking in the upper echelon of Xbox titles. [Winter 2002, p.95]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Breathtakingly good when it comes to stadium detail, batting stances, facial expressions, facial expressions and the like, [but] the game lacks an essential bit of realism that keeps it from elite status. [Apr/May 2003, p.90]
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