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 14.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Burnout 3: Takedown
Lowest review score: 0 The Guy Game
Score distribution:
548 game reviews
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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 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.
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    What makes an otherwise solid action RPG mediocre is the obscenely slow and tedious beginning. [Mar 2004, p.101]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Competent, but not innovative. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.93]
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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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    • 50 Critic Score
    Rough around the edges. [Summer 2002, p.90]
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    • 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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    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Like playing the slowest, most dropping-laden tactical FPS of your life. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.95]
    • 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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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you're reading this text at above a second-grade reading level, you don't want to play Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge. Everything from the cutesy design to the zany (read: irritating to anyone above the age of 6) announcer screams baby game. [Feb 2005, p.90]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Marginally better than the last. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.84]
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The same old Cabela's issues - jerky control, clumsy animation, extreme disorientation - rear their ugly heads again. [Feb 2005, p.88]
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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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