Xbox World Australia's Scores

  • Games
For 560 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Braid
Lowest review score: 28 Saw II: Flesh & Blood
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 560
560 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    F.E.A.R. 2 turned out to be a game that both succeeds and fails with equal amounts of spectacle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although quite a fun game, LEGO Indy shrinks in stature when compared the previous LSW games.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's button-mashing at its best: not too simplistic, but not too complicated either. The RPG and adventure elements add a nice twist to things, though it isn't really enough to warrant returning for a second swing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Timeshift is a simplistic and vaguely enjoyable shooter with an unfortunately scheduled release. It's a shame about the other shortcomings Timeshift brings to the table, otherwise it could have been a sleeper classic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's some solid innovations here as well as a good looking game, and if it wasn't for the stifling lack of variety, almost silent musical score and patchy framerate, it could have triumphed over being "decent” and transcended into the hallowed halls of greatness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much like a fireworks display: it shines very brightly and provides a big hit of enjoyment, only to fizzle out all-too-quickly and leave you with little besides fond memories and a hole in your pocket.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a diehard Guitar Hero, then you're probably going to buy this regardless (much like I did), but I fear you'll be disappointed with the easy, watered-down experience Greatest Hits is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The end result feels like two separate games crudely soldered together, there's a connection there, but it lacks cohesion and a real weld between worlds.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end with Juiced 2 we have a game that is much more enjoyable than Juiced was as it controls better (but still needs some work in that area) and is a fairly solid arcade street racing game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It delivers a well-paced and intense experience that is ultimately very satisfying and surprisingly faithful to its film counterpart, provided that you accept that it doesn't set out to reinvent, or even excel in any one area of gameplay.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's saving grace is the awesome graphics and sound, solid multiplayer and the times in a race when everything just comes together. All flaws aside, there is a decent off-road racer at the heart of Dirt 3. You may just get a little frustrated finding it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're just curious, then renting might suffice, but given how niche a title Aces is, finding it for rent may be extremely difficult.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The story, while involving, mainly because of the excellent character development, plays out quite linearly and this makes it feel as you’re playing an interactive movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gears of War: Judgment isn't actually a bad game by any means - it performs admirably and takes a few risks with the series' conventions to provide a unique (Gears) experience for players. The problem here is that the experience just isn't memorable enough - this is essentially a Gears of War game done by the numbers with all tactical involvement completely removed or made superfluous.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    The story is told badly and some of the additions and changes are almost criminal. The graphics generally look awful with splashes of beauty, like the sight of a supermodel purging.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    If it weren't for issues with pacing and repetitive environments during the first half of the campaign, Armageddon could really have become something memorable. Instead it's hard to think of it as anything but a forgettable third-person shooter where it's fun to explode everything to smithereens.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    The game is a little on the easy side. Ok, a lot on the easy side if you’re good with puzzles but not too hard for kids and of course it suffers the fate of all puzzle games; When you’ve solved them once, there is no challenge in solving them again.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    With so many great games on XBLA let alone on disc, it's hard to recommend I Am Alive. It feels like it never reached its full potential. Maybe with more time or a bigger team Ubisoft would have a classic like Assassin's Creed on their hands, but unfortunately it falls flat on too many levels.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of the film then you may get a kick out of The Thing and it is fun to play after watching the movie again. Just don’t expect the games biggest selling point to be anything more than a worthless gimmick.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    I appreciate the effort that has gone into re-making the game engine from the ground up for the new generation of consoles, and giving the ball independent physics is a step forward, but apart from the presentation everything else is a step back.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    It's obvious that Dynasty Warriors 6 is a game made for its long-term fans, and there is little doubt that they will lap it up even while they complain about it being simplified. For everyone else, there probably hasn't been a better time to try out the series, but if you've played in the past and it wasn't to your liking, version #6 won't change your mind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    As aforementioned, Army of Two does have its issues. It's got a flawed partner intelligence system, some horrid hovercraft piloting sequences, and not to mention the game is region-locked for online play.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    As possibly the only tennis game to be released in 2012 (no others are announced yet), and the only tennis game released in almost a year, Grand Slam Tennis 2 will definitely suffice, just don't expect a game-changer. There's a bit of work to be done before EA climbs to the position of number one seed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Crackdown 2 still feels rough and unfinished. In fact, it feels even more so than the first, especially when viewed as a single player experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    But at the end of the day, there's nothing on offer that actually changes the core Hexic experience, and as such it's difficult for us to recommend a purchase at its current price.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Just plain average. It’s not a terrible game; just that this has been done so much better in many other games.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Sadly, a missed opportunity from EA. Someone has come up with a great concept, brought on board some incredible comic talent to help bring it all together but it's let down by a poorly designed fighting engine and badly balanced characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    In the end, the game really is just too human: flawed, ageing but with the potential to do great things.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The issue with SVC Chaos is that while it has a great deal of pick-up-and-play it severely suffers from an absence of any longevity outside of its online component. SVC Chaos feels more like the beginning of something really exciting, but falls far from containing anything of real substance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires has been around the block a couple of million times by now, and its safe to say that the tricks being turned here are unlikely to surprise or please anyone besides the most hardcore fans.

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