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
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Halo is quite simply the closest thing we have ever experienced to a living, breathing alternate universe. [Jan 2002, p.72]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Both games' inherent brilliance remains intact. As playgrounds, they're marvelous. As experiences they're undeniably powerful. [Mar 2004, p.77]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Microsoft and Bungie have created a gigantic bell that sounds like thunder and reverberates with a fury worthy of a gale-force hurricane. It's not perfect, but get in front of it, and wonderful things - wonderful destructive things - are bound to happen. [Dec 2004, p.72]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hands down, the best arcade racer ever made. Ever. [Oct 2004, p.99]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In terms of story, depth, and simply humanity, it is the best [RPG] Xbox has to offer. Arguably, it is Xbox's best game since "Halo." Undeniably, it is enough to make the hear soar. Bravissimo. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.80]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You'll be slack-jawed over "Shadow Strike's" online drama. Yes, it's <I>that</I> good. With single and multiplayer in one fat Xbox package, Tomorrow is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best pure-stealth action game today. [Apr 2004, p.74]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Xbox version is noticeably sharper than either the PS2 or GameCube iterations, and full-screen anti-aliasing makes the whole thing look smooth like butter. [Spring 2002, p.78]
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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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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brimming with heart-stopping moments where you've got to take big gambles....A perfect union of storytelling, gameplay, and technological wonder. [Mar 2004, p.96]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a pure sim with plenty of extras, plunk down the cash for "Madden." If you're looking to smash it up with your buds over Xbox Live, then NFL 2K3 is your best bet this year. [Fall 2002, p.106]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aurally and visually stunning, Madden 2004 is easily the best re-creation of digital football ever made. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.94]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The single most glaring problem with 2K5...is the crowd A.I. The audience is just flat-out stupid, and this is terribly unfortunate because it distracts from what would otherwise be a totally immersive NFL gaming experience. [Sept 2004, p.86]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though it still leans towards being a pure football sim rather than an all-out arcade fun-fest, Madden strikes a great gameplay balance...The gameply is superb. [Fall 2002, p.108]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A smooth framerate, flawless camera, and spot-on control makes the experience nothing short of sublime, and the game a near-perfect mix of exacting artistry and technical wizardry - not unlike snowboarding itself. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.91]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike most 3D fighters, Calibur II's melee system isn't so mcuh an elaborate re-creation of the canned rock-paper-scissors style gameplay as it is a vast metaphysical playground giving players unprecedented freedom to create their own deadly techniques. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.88]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once again, a maravel of gaming. [Sept 2004, p.84]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It completely captures the core of that oft-revered 2D console gameplay and rerealizes it almost flawlessly...If Gaiden isn't the "perfect" action game, it's pretty damn close.
    • 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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing the game through Xbox Live is literally like having a shared arcade machine in your living room. [Mar 2004, p.100]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps the finest college football game ever made. [Oct 2002, p.117]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most beautiful shooter we've ever played. In fact, it's a work of art. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.74]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hands down, the best baseball videogame ever made. [Apr 2004, p.92]
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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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Seems that the payers are a bit sluggish this time around..., and you never seem to be in quite as tight control as you&#146;d like to be. [Jan 2002, p.84]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sega Sports has gone back to tweak the intricacies of the series' already stellar gameplay, making it even hotter than its Dreamcast and PS2 counterparts. We're talking tamale on the sun here, folks. [Spring 2002, p.88]
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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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EA has kicked its game into overdrive; in fact, the only major flaw to be found here lies with the retread, obtuse, and strangely homoerotic banter between TV commentators Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso. [Aug 2004, p.90]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In slow-motion, it&#146;s possible to catch every white bullet trail and crimson blood spray; we&#146;d daresay it&#146;s violence made beautiful. [Feb 2002, p.98]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deliriously frenetic and expertly calibrated. [June-July, 2003, p.82]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last year I called "World Series Baseball" the Mona Lisa of video baseball. This time around, it's even better. [Apr/May 2003, p.88]
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