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: Combat Evolved
Lowest review score: 0 The Guy Game
Score distribution:
571 game reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    No matter how many coats of polish they put on it, this is still the same game that's been around since Mikhail Gorbachev ruled the Soviet Union. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.87]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Riding feels "real"... In short, Barbie's first foray onto Xbox is not a stinker. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.100]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game sinks in the perilous minefield that is RTS convention and its de rigueur level design. [Aug 2003, p.84]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Yep, this is basically a rehash of last year's Chamber of Secrets game for Playstation, with similar visuals, controls, and combat. [Mar 2004, p.82]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's a hell of a lot of content, with the three available characters having distinct missions with several enemy layouts. [May 2004, p.89]
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    • 60 Critic Score
    The sort of game that you objectively know is as mediocre as all the rest, but has a certain inexplicable charm that makes the game impossible to hate... The best Nicktoons game for Xbox. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.100]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unbridled rage, piss and vinegar, diminutive features, and cool quips ("The steel is cold, yes!") add up to make Ninja a genuinely likable figure starring in a game that's not as good as it should be, nor as bad as one might fear. [Mar 2004, p.86]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Environments are often so big Van Helsing and an antagonist do not appear onscreen together. [July 2004, p.92]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To the point: It's bowling, it's fun, it's $20. 'Nuff said. [Apr 2004, p.91]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The player has a choice. Doe she coax out Contracts' subtlety, or coes he play essentially the smae game he's been playing for two decades? The first option may have him tearing his hair out. [June 2004, p.90]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Strip away the sombrerors, spurs, and signature Rockstar sass, and what's left is an average third-person shoot-em-up some gallons shy of a full 10-gallon hat. [July 2004, p.84]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you love Harry Potter, don't mind that characters talk and whine incessantly, and would like to see Hermione push around an ice block over and over again, Azkaban is good for a few hours of fun. [Aug 2004, p.94]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The first-person view allows only for awkward movement and exploration, with Townshend forced to turn to alter his view. Invincible ghosts prove to be perpetually frustrating, especially in tight spots.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's the brawling gameplay dragging things down. [Jan 2005, p.88]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dreams is just a by-the-numbers platformer, albeit a genuinely funny oe. [Dec 2004, p.89]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a game, it's safe and absolutely unambitious. [Jan 2005, p.96]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It seems strange that Koei would incorporate these RPG-like features into the game in such a halfhearted fashion and the overall effect is sort of like giving the samurai warrior a sort of cool angular armor but no pants. [Aug 2004, p.94]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The sweat-while-you-play intensity just isn't there. [Jan 2005, p.92]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Trying out different lures - more than 700 are available by the end of the game - and searching for the best fishing spots is incredibly addictive. [Nov 2004, p.101]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s fresh that you don’t have to search for stuff to hit, but not-so-fresh that you have to wrestle with sluggish controls in order to do it. [Jan 2002, p.94]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You're forced to face off against eagle-eyed, sharp-shooting pricks who are so overpower[ing] that competing against them feels like crossing the piranha-filled Amazon River wearing a 40-pound mean suit. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.96]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most creatively bankrupt fun game ever made. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.95]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If one member of the team can handle the game's hot spots, Shrek 2 could definitely gratify little children. [July 2004, p.89]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite a few obligatory new features such as a dull off-road car mode (ooh -- the tires inflate!), Hunter 2 feels less like a sequel and more like an add-on disc. [Mar 2004, p.86]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a work-in-progress that makes too many bad choices, and doesn't provide half as much meat as it does flash and spectacle. [Spring 2002, p.90]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The tracks are fun(ish), the graphics are good(ish), and the controls are responsive(ish), but the outrageous "only in a videogame" components are curiously missing. [Spring 2002, p.93]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Movement from left to right is way too slow, which screws up everything. It takes three full seconds to turn 180 degrees, so death is guaranteed in cramped quarters. [Aug 2003, p.85]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    During the heat of combat, the game controls like a fighter until you get taken into a grappling situation, and resultant shift in style isn't so smooth. [Spring 2002, p.90]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    With a bumpy learning curve, Dark Summit is a pain to get into, but once you figure out the (not SSX) controls, you can have fun with it. [Jan 2002, p.90]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Everything about the game, right down to its very arcade-style gameplay, is solidly executed and reasonably enjoyable without ever actually being all that exciting. [Winter 2002, p.104]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The ship itself is straight clunky. It feels like everything in the game is fast, except you. [Jan 2002, p.5]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game's title perhaps best describes the taste left in one's mouth after playing it than anythihng else. [Fall 2002, p.118]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is no Tony Hawk. [Jan 2002, p.96]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Past the visuals rests a competent, if uninspired game that’s best savored with four players madly fighting for split-screen automotive supremacy. [Jan 2002, p.90]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Nascar heads should check this out immediately, others should stay far away. [Jan 2002, p.94]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Tragically, the game's camera system is a joke. Players won't actually get to see what they're shooting more than half the time because the camera has a tendency to point in all the wrong directions at the right time. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.92]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's like the arcade game, except it's on your TV set and doesn't ask you for quarters. Or poultry. [Jan 2002, p.90]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Joins the ranks of rushed movie-to-game conversions, with drab visuals, repetitive gameplay, and a lack of style. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.85]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The controls are a bit herky-jerky at times. [Winter 2002, p.106]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Although the game's controls remain its biggest hurdle, Murakumo does have its moments, mostly due to its graphics. [Apr 2003, p.91]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not a good sign when a game's replay mode outdoes its interactive sequences. [Mar 2004, p.90]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Criminals hide in the same places every time, so players can memorize the trouble spots and restart if necessary. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.89]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Incredibly dark - a problem made worse when damaged vehicles ahead of you spew plumes of smoke in your direction. [Summer 2002, p.91]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Beneath Enclave's pixel-shaded graphics, we find only a trace of a game worth playing. [Fall 2002, p.117]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The difficulty is amped up in the latter stages by a maddening focus on precision moves and platform jumps. [Spring 2002, p.92]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game's odd predilection for nighttime levels ensures that players will be doing double duty fighting and squinting. [Summer 2002, p.91]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's the curse of making a reasonable, realistic surfing game - it just doesn't offer a very compelling videogame experience. [Fall 2002, p.120]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Visually, Sam looks only decent, and slowdown creeps into play from time to time. You've seen better. [Winter 2002, p.106]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For all the back story given, the story should be a bit more compelling but isn't. [Apr 2003, p.91]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The beautiful grass texture made us feel all outdoorsy and sexy. [Fall 2002, p.121]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not that it's inherently a racist game; rather, it simply wields its satire with such a lack of grace and humor that it's difficult to rally behind the attempt. [Apr/May 2003, p.86]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unless your IQ is below 17, there are better ways to waste your day. Like drooling. [Fall 2002, p.119]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A decent story and some excellent stealth-based play prevent Revenge from sinking head-long into a hole of suck. [June-July 2003, p.95]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Charming and accessible. [Winter 2002, p.105]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The camera never quite gets it together during combat, and the animations are stilted and choppy. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.99]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It isn't polished, it's only marginally engaging, and most of the time, it feels more like some kind of unnatural amalgamation of "Gauntlet" and "Diablo" than anything else. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.87]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A Scenario mode provides enough challenge to kill a whole weekend, and drivers can opt to play one of two distinct clans, each with its own furiously branching storyline. [Aug 2003, p.87]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    What ultimately lands Defender in the "utterly forgettable" pile are its bland graphics, twitchy controls, and various technical problems. [Winter 2002, p.104]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Despite its obvious beautifully ugly characters and detailed courts, this Volleyball barely clears the net. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.99]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Wins the award for having the ugliest faces. [Winter 2002, p.99]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the game's strict adherence to realism trips it up. [June-July 2003, p.95]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A harmless diversion that any "Tetris" addict will be able to pick up and beat in an hour or two. [Winter 2002, p.102]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Not a bad game - there's just not enough here, and players may find themselves wishing for a match in Britain against and extraterrestrial blancmange, just to add a little bit of variety to the mix. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.93]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    No matter how easy it is to do, kicking someone off his four-wheeler never stops being satisfying. [Apr/May 2003, p.93]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game lacks the sense of speed that made "Mario Kart" such a thrill. [Winter 2002, p.109]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Marginally better than the last. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.84]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Charming yet flawed, Zoo might be too much of an acquired taste and too little of a worthwhile experience. Consider this duo hardly dynamic. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.89]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If Chessmaster upped its production values, it might be worth a look to casual chess players who just want to get a game in here and there. [Jan 2005, p.90]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Attempts at creativity here fall flat... It's standard prime-time fluff. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.93]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It simply can't contend with the 400-pound gorilla that is Electronic Arts' "NBA Street." [Dec/Jan 2004, p.85]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If anything, this game sounds precisely like "Alias." Looking and sounding like the show isn't really enough, though. Alias also needs to offer thrilling gameplay...and, well, it doesn't.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mildly amusing. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.97]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A passable motorcycle racer with decent track design, a solid framerate and a healthy sense of speed. But it's hard to recommend when it coexists with the superior-in-every-way "MotoGP 2." [Aug 2003, p.85]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    What makes an otherwise solid action RPG mediocre is the obscenely slow and tedious beginning. [Mar 2004, p.101]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The only thing missing are the severed limbs. Oh, and an overwhelming sense of quality and/or fun. [Spring 2002, p.93]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Full of uninspired backgrounds, bland water effects, and collision detection that will make your skin crawl. [Spring 2002, p.92]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This game quickly strays into "Hogan's Heroes" territory, with comically stupid enemy A.I. and an endless string of overfamiliar formulas and cliches. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.85]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Academy isn't so much a first-person shooter (although there are nifty rayguns) as it is a third-person lightsaber hack-em-up, and the laser sword combat here is about as graceful as that tubby Star Wars kid (Google hime for a preview). [Mar 2004, p.98]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Something that's competent, but nonetheless the racing-game equivalent of shaved, unflavored ice served in a wooden bowl. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.87]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Visions could have been more imaginative with the weapons, which though numerous in appearance, offer almost zero variation among missiles, mines, and force fields.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The slightly clunky controls and contrived level design - with its faux open-ended gameplay - leave the impression of a hack job. Paint-by-numbers puzzles and stolid A.I., sadly, only dig the pit deeper. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.92]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A good gimmick can only carry a game so far, and Vince simply doesn't have - to speak in the rough language of the streets - enought junk in the trunk to elevate it far beyond mediocrity. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.86]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Combine this undistinguished feel with the game's pedestrian graphics and lack of Xbox Live or system-link support and you have one of the most disappointing big franchise games in recent memory. [Mar 2004, p.90]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The only area where "2" really shines is in its Xbox Live support, which is among the best in golf games today. Otherwise, you can expect the same dodgy controls and eighth grade fart jokes as before. [Nov 2004, p.99]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Heavy Iron may not have been especially creative here, but at least it's stealing from the right places. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.100]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A short-lived one-trick pony that's pretty much run its course. [Mar 2004, p.101]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Put simply, Drive is Xbox Live-enabled Tab when there's already Coke and Pepsi. [Mar 2004, p.80]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It just seems to be content to wallow in mediocrity. [Jan 2005, p.99]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Competent, but not innovative. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.93]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Like playing the slowest, most dropping-laden tactical FPS of your life. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.95]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    When playing against human opponents of varying skill levels on Xbox Live, the game becomes surprisingly fun and entertaining. [Mar 2004, p.101]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If "National Geographic" puts you to sleep, you might be in soporific danger here, too. [Aug 2004, p.87]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This year's ESPN Major League Baseball seems less polished than its brethren, its new features seem halfhearted at best, and its graphics don't pack the punch they used to.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not that Carmen is a failure - it just aims low in the first place. [Mar 2004, p.95]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A stealth game that dramatically overstays its welcome. [July 2004, p.86]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Once again, it's the series' fun two-to-four-player splitscreen mode that sets it apart from other fog-of-war games. [Nov 2004, p.92]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There's the sense that the grandiose has just gone average, the superhero equivalent of the Justice League of America battling a jaywalker. [Jan 2005, p.86]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Multiple game types add some much-needed variety: skins play, challenge, and golf modes exhaust all possibilities for ball-pin interaction. [Aug 2004, p.83]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game is just realistic enough to annoy the bejesus out of you. [Aug 2004, p.86]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    You're not going to get a much plainer-looking Xbox game. [Jan 2005, p.99]
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