Xbox Nation Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 571 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 14.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Halo 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Guy Game
Score distribution:
571 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The on-foot play mechanic and the expanded story mode stand as the game's weakest elements. [Mar 2004, p.85]
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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]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most, however, are legitimately entertaining even today. [Mar 2004, p.86]
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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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Elementary use of math reveals that a mediocre Sphinx game combined with an excellent Cursed Mummy game averages out to a very solid and enjoyable Sphinx/Mummy hybrid. [Mar 2004, p.91]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's all so well written, acted, and directed that such seemingly unfunny lines as "Are those my Funyuns?" will make you laugh as hard as any comedy you've seen this year could. [Dec 2004, p.96]
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    • 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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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Shock value only takes the game so far, though. What really keeps you playing to the end is Punisher's scribe Garth Ennis' excellent script. [Feb 2005, p.88]
    • 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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    • 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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wolf's added variety pushes its multiplayer componenet into Xbox Live killer-app territory. [Feb 2005, p.96]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The most impressive thing about Remix is its clean, intuitive interface. [Aug 2004, p.91]
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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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    • 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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    • 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
    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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    • 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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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The intuitive fighting control remains as solid as ever. [Dec 2004, p.86]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This sequel closes its single-player chapter with a whimper. [Jan 2005, p.94]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You'd expect this simple game of aiming and matching like-colored bubbles to feel awfully flat by now, yet amazingly, the bubble-popping action here remains refreshingly effervescent. [Dec 2004, p.93]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like a supermodel who's missing a leg - beautiful, but not entirely functional on the catwalk. [Oct 2004, p.94]
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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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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even with all these attempts at variety, there's not much different in any of the modes compared with a typical two-player game. You're just seeing who can match the steps better. [Dec 2004, p.88]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Simply an unassuming, solid, and well-executed platformer. [Jan 2005, p.91]
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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
    None of the games runs in full-screen mode on Xbox, while the GameCube versions are identical to the 16-bit originals. [Jan 2005, p.98]
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The web-slinging parts of the game are brilliantly done...Yet on the ground, the game looks and feels remarkably ugly. [Sept 2004, p.94]
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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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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mototrax offers an almost visceral appeal - you can really feel the bike moving under you. [June 2004, p.86]
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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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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aside from the new levels (which, it should be noted are every bit as good as those in the original), everything is pretty much straight out of THPS2. [Jan 2002, p.88]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The sheer number and monotony of the challenges, however, gets boring at times. [Jan 2002, p.88]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This nuts multiplayer "party game" is, happily, something of a treat. That said, shun solo mode like the plague. [Jan 2002, p.96]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Valkyrie's controls are so klunky...it feels worse than just awkward, it literally hurts to play Valkyrie for more than a couple hours at a time. [Spring 2002, p.82]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As for the learning curve: think of this game as "Splinter Cell for Dummies." [Mar 2004, p.79]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Disappointingly uninspired. [Jan 2002, p.94]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Blood Wake versus donuts. Point goes to donuts. Duh. [Spring 2002, p.93]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite the much-hated "catch up" feature, Hitz kept us glued. Better than "Blitz" we say. [Jan 2002, p.88]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Very little about the game stands out. The graphics are relatively bland, and there's no real sense of speed while driving. [Fall 2002, p.120]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Transworld Snowboarding is the girl who always shows up in the teen movies. She's the ugly one who's revealed to be a hottie once the pretty boy du jour spends some time with her. [Winter 2002, p.97]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As an arcade racer set in the rally universe, this ain't half bad. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.87]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Features some of the most flaccid enemy designs seen in a long while. [Aug 2003, p.74]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Everything about it screams budget ,sure, but there are much worse full-priced games on the Xbox. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.99]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The AI in Inside Drive is AWOL. [Spring 2002, p.91]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rayne has been designed by sexiness experts and dropped into a game that features all the erotic appeal of Rosie O'Donnell scarfing down Canadian ham at an all-you-can-eat buffet. [Winter 2002, p.108]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's disappointing to see developer Vicious Cycle nail the look and feel of a Veritech fighter, only to drop the ball on finer details like graphics, level design, and overall story...We wanted something more. [Fall 2002, p.116]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As ugly as a Tim Wakefield knuckleball. [Spring 2002, p.91]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Brawls eschew any sort of skill and are won by the pugilist who lands the most punches in the least amount of time. [Summer 2002, p.92]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just too bad that for every step forward Midway takes with Alliance, it takes two steps back with sloppy gameplay, cheesy, ridiculously gory visuals, and some truly soulless character design. [Winter 2002, p.89]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If there's a mediocre idea to be had, chances are Crash has burgled it. [Summer 2002, p.91]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Flawed but solidly fun, deep as a dime, and airy as a zeppelin. [Summer 2002, p.93]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    These bright spots don't really offset the repetitive, frustrating, and sometimes just plain dull parts. [Apr 2003, p.84]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Redshift's well-honed action and lofty technical ambition are let down by a repetitive and dated no-progress-for-second-place structure, overly familiar mechanics, and conspicuous lack of style. [Winter 2002, p.95]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While fans will appreciate the faithful renditions of classic Euro circuits such as Silverstone, Hockenheim, and Monza, having more to choose from, as always, would have been better. [Winter 2002, p.109]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Don't bother with the single-player mission-based mode, however, as the chunks it blows are considerably oversized. [June-July 2003, p.93]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The problem with High Roller is that, despite the addition of the new course, the game plays almost identically to the original. [Fall 2002, p.116]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As good as wrestling gets on the Xbox. [Fall 2002, p.121]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The animation transitions are sloppy, and the A.I. is lacking on both sides of the ball. The controls are simply too slow to respond to your input, as well. [Winter 2002, p.99]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The True Crime universe feels emotionally and psychologically barren - and, therefore, inconsequential. [Mar 2004, p.76]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The main problems with Fireblade are its boring weapon loadout and repetitive "kill everything" challenges. [Aug 2003, p.87]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The same damn thing with slightly better graphics and a new create-a-player mode that would've been very exciting in 1992. [Fall 2002, p.121]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even seasoned gamers will have to replay Blinx's tougher levels dozens of times before succeeding... but replaying Blinx's levels more than a few times is just plain boring. [Winter 2002, p.90]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game does an excellent job of keeping the tension high with plenty of on-screen baddies to pummel. [Aug 2003, p.82]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Surprisingly fun. [Aug 2003, p.87]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It is the scariest survival horror title to date... We would like to forgive its unsatisfying combat and puzzles, but we cannot. [Winter 2002, p.93]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even with all the problems, Sudeki is still worth your time. It's not the best RPG it could have been - Climax needs better writers, that's for sure (especially concerning dialogue and character motivation) - but it gives you a big, pretty, and at times smartly designed world to explore. [Sept 2004, p.92]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But even when the game's action gets all John J. Rambo, the A.I. remains more like Gomer Pyle. [Dec 2004, p.95]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A mediocre-looking strategy game with amazing depth and gameplay value - a decent enough ride to be sure, and maybe even worth the $30 price of admission. [Aug 2003, p.89]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Just another decent, 10-hour-long hop-n-bop to add to the pile. [May 2004, p.91]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Four player frantic multiplayer options are topped off by a tremendous Conquest mode in which players form teams and must fight to destroy each other's bases. [June-July 2003, p.94]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like its predecessor, Redeemer shines brightest when played with friends. Lonely players, on the other hand, draw the short straw yet again, and are left with little more than a shallow button masher, though the allure of the license may help ease any gameplay pangs.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Blowout's dialogue and overall production value are sufficiently self-aware so that they're oddly amusing. [Mar 2004, p.98]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's the gameplay that disappoints. Most notably, the white-knuckle sense of breakneck speed and the tight, responsive controls oh so apparent in "Burnout 3" or "Underground" just aren't matched here. [Nov 2004, p.97]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a "Zoo Tycoon" clone, Operation Genesis isn't at all bad, but the fact that it's merely a "Zoo Tycoon" clone is sufficient enough criticism. [Apr/May 2003, p.93]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Where the game falters is in the A.I. of CPU players; simply put, these guys fell kicking and screaming from the artificial-intelligence tree. [Mar 2004, p.99]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The major malfunction here: busted level design. Many missions suffer from unclear objectives or load you up with tiresome chores - such as seven minutes of formation flight - only to have you repeat these tasks ad nauseam if you foul up. [Mar 2004, p.79]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Treads no new ground, but neither does it degrade into a sanguine mess. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.93]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not the tightest coding ever seen in a videogame. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.85]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The solid control and pretty grapihcs don't make up for the relatively bland stages and extremely short length. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.100]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Easily eclipsed by its competition. [Mar 2004, p.101]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A cartoony visual style and color palette dilutes the hard-hitting realism of the game. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.95]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Where most licensed brawlers feel sloppy and half-finished, Turtles is smooth and cohesive. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.81]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gets the gunplay and gruff attitude right, but beneath the badge, it's simply, well, not unlike most first-person shooters. [May 2004, p.81]
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