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 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Child of Eden
Lowest review score: 28 Saw II: Flesh & Blood
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 560
560 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    MotoGP 3 is a technical tour de force - stuffed to the brim with content, boasting tight controls and the definitive online multiplayer experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When ODST impresses, such as during moments when massive things go boom in the distance, it certainly gives your heart a bit of a jump, but then it yanks all hope of an epic experience away and quickly returns to the rut of re-used assets and recycled gameplay ideas.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fairly repetitive and shallow missions, the dreary presentation of the film plot, and the uneven sights and sounds are normally sufficient to warrant a 'fans need only apply' status.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Put all the flaws aside though, and you've got a very competent dungeon crawler that has been almost perfectly optimised for a console – and that's something I have to admire the developers for. Just don't expect to be playing this one with your friends.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    I can honestly say I had hoped for more from Dragon Age II. Considering Bioware have a history of nailing their sequels, I can't help but feel this was handed off to their reserves developers as the big guns work on Mass Effect 3.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A number a gameplay and game mode enhancements don't advance the series as much as could be expected and in the search for new ideas and directions, EA BIG have largely struggled to come up with anything substantial.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although quite a fun game, LEGO Indy shrinks in stature when compared the previous LSW games.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is a solid and streamlined sortie through the RTS battlefield, if a little flawed in parts. I have to mention again how impressed I was with how easy it was to pick up and play.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    After the plot falls over dead, the wonderful action stands up and carries it home, bearing the weight of the game's many failures on its back.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    LEGO Batman is new territory for the team at TT Games, with no memorable film scenes to recreate or iconic moments to build out of bricks. The results are surprisingly great, with detailed levels and three fun episodes of vexatious villainy for Batman to foil.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Offers so much potential but ultimately falls short of its ambitions and as such fails to stand out from the crowd (or even its own antecedent).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Well, to be truthful, you'll probably tire of The Club long before you'd get sick of some new cool restaurant as the variety on offer here in this game is even more limiting, but we hope you see the point we're trying to awkwardly make.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    NHL 2K6 seems more like a game made for the original Xbox. While the game play is still fantastic, the new features brought to the table by the Xbox 360 version in my opinion, do not warrant the extra 30 dollars.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although I did know what kind of game Dragon's Dogma was when I picked it up, I was hoping that it would be different, have something I found compelling, something I could get addicted to and want to spend my time with. But for me, this kind of 'old school' gaming found in Dragon's Dogma is simply tedious and rarely enjoyable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It is unfortunate that many of the implemented features aren't as polished as they could have been, and that the enemy AI is so woefully inadequate. Still, its unique blend of stealth action and psychic powers warrants it as at least a rental.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is absolutely nothing here that is different to the xbox version apart from minor graphical advancements. So, on the one hand there is still a great game here, but with annoyingly random game crashes (and THAW is the only game I've had crash on my 360) and the fact it's anything but next-gen I really can't recommend it to anyone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The modes on offer are skeletal and offer little that can't be found in exhibition. It looks great and plays smoothly, but there isn't enough lasting appeal to recommend the purchase.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Even if there are new levels or characters added as DLC down the track, it's difficult to view Raskulls as anything but a short-term injection of fun and nothing more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The game looks brilliant using a revved-up Doom 3 engine, although its coding creates some inconsistent framerate mayhem.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gun
    Its last-generational visuals aside, the game offers intense shoot-outs, horseback chases and loads of explosions all packaged in a succinct, and rather violent, story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The "one hit" action of the game is a great take on shooter titles as it makes you more cautious about what you are doing, but it can also cause some frustrating moments.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Kinectimals is adorable, cute and endearing all in one neat package. Despite a repetitive selection of mini-games, it remains the most efficient use of Kinect technology in crafting a game for children and casual gamers, who are the main demographic for Kinect at this stage.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I cannot recommend more than renting Mafia II unless you have a particularly strong affection for the subject material. Mafia II is not broken nor does do any one thing particularly badly; the overall experience is just a real disappointment and I would rather swim with the fishes than play it again.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It really is one of the easiest games I’ve played. The problem is there is nothing in the game that’s quite spectacular enough to make up for it either.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    It's obvious the game could've used another couple of months in development, and with a more engaging protagonist, perhaps some branching narratives and a vastly overhauled driving experience, Just Cause could have been a real show-stopper.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Airborne is a competent addition to the series. If you're a fan of these games then most of our complaints will be nothing new to you, and you'll probably approach the new jump mechanic and ostensibly open levels with gusto.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Singleplayer is pretty weak yet enjoyable, but the real fun to be had here is with the insane multiplayer action.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As long as you're prepared for that you'll enjoy a great Star Wars story with incredible graphics and a bunch of ultra powerful Force Powers at your disposal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Nothing but a rushed, messy and lacklustre attempt to cash in on a popular PC franchise during the Christmas rush period.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dante's Inferno could have offered more. It's heavily influenced by God Of War, but never seeks to do anything to differentiate itself from its influence beyond a superficial weapon development tree that has ultimately no impact on the game or the story.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn't really bring a lot of new ideas to the third-person action game genre but the period of history it depicts is interesting and the decision to incorporate mythological elements was a good one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Serious Sam 2 may be a pun prickling pap of a sequel, but it delivers exactly what it promises –mindless action and plenty of it. It's got guns, several shiny things to ogle over, and a cavalcade of monster scum to slaughter. But its slapstick humor alone cannot save this game from its incessant repetitiveness and less than innovative gameplay; albeit it is executed rather well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It seems the guys over at Neversoft never got the memo. You know, the one that said, "Hey all, there is this other game called Skate coming out around the same time as ours so we better do our best to make this Tony Hawk game as good as we can.”
    • 72 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Mercenaries 2 feels like a rush-job sequel to a game that came out years ago, and for every step forward it takes at least two or three back.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Better looking, better sounding, and better gameplay should be a winner in anyone's book, so if you liked Blazing Angels but hoped for more, then your prayers have been answered. It isn't perfect, but getting to fly futuristic jets and take down giant Nazi zeppelins goes a long way to balancing out the problems!
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The presentation is absolutely first rate and even though some of the control options I loved from past games are gone, the controls are finely tuned and it's possible to score some awesome goals.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Dragon Knight Saga may be a little rough around the edges and seem like a poor man's Oblivion, but there's enough here to interest fans of Western RPGs and, although it can be totally frustrating at times, it's the sort of game that draws you back in to see just what that next cave around the corner might have in the form of enemies and loot.
    • 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
    • 65 Critic Score
    The multiplayer components mean the whole family can get involved, especially the mini-golf which is great.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed the original, the sequel is basically more of the same, just a little more refined.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Lips does a good job at being a Karaoke simulator. The problem is it's not very good at being a game, especially compared to the other music games available.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    In a climate of next-gen gaming, Rogue Trooper comes across as an anachronistic ode to the Xbox third person shooter. Not exactly rough around the edges but then not entirely polished either, it's a game best suited for either rabid fans of the comic upon which it is based or those who simply must experience every game out there that lets you play with big guns.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    While tactics are required the crux of battle really comes down to brute force, which may diminish the longevity of the game's appeal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The strategy is basic at best, while the audio-visual presentation is tepid and uninspired.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    A slow paced game that will turn away many potential gamers. On the other hand it has a story which is of the highest quality and will keep patient gamers happy the whole way through the game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    There are a lot of great ideas contained in the game, but overall the game falls flat and leaves you feeling greatly unsatisfied.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sega Rally Online Arcade is a very arcade-like racer that is bound to impress those who loved to get their race on in arcades whenever they could, but be warned that the formula has not been shaken up too much since the original game hit, which is a bit unfortunate.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Just Dance 3 is evidence that despite the questionable quality of the franchise that the series is here to stay. While it's not particularly a bad game, it's just more of a case of it not feeling like a game at all but rather an interactive jukebox. This will be a hit with anyone who has Kinect and a group of rather confident or at least willing friends, but the whole experience feels notably half baked.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even with new levels, added extras and a new multiplayer mode with Xbox Live support, it really doesn’t scrub up and match the polish of some other recent titles.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It's fun to play through though and the Career mode is quite long and challenging but a few more game modes such as a couple of arena style levels and a few extra weapons to mix things up a bit definitely would not have hurt.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    As such it really boils down to that third group, the Guitar Hero fan who doesn't care about Aerosmith one way or another, and sadly this game won't do anything much to win them over either.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The bizarre weapons are a lot of fun, but with the woeful A.I. and lack of Xbox Live support, it's hardly worth it unless you are a serious fan.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A better game than the original and is full of potential for further releases in the franchise.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It just doesn't have that unique style or irreverent humour of GTA. It's a driving game, first and foremost, which has stepped somewhat tentatively into a much larger gaming pool.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Wet
    WET is easy to recommend as an overnight rental, but chances are it's something you don't want hanging around the morning after.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Silent Scope Complete would have been a wonderful package for fans of light gun games, only it’s let down by an intrinsically flawed calibration system.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    For me, there's too much 'on paper' that is wrong with this game – the music, the characters, the clichés, the lack of options and lack of variety. Yet, in practice and in spite of all this, I did enjoy Def Jam Icon.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It isn't without its faults, in particular the controls, hokey dialogue and cheap voice acting, but if you can see past these minor imperfections, you'll discover that Scaler is a first-rate platformer that gives the offerings of some big-name characters like Crash Bandicoot a real run for their money.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    It's effectively a dumbed-down version of a fairly engaging PC release, one that removes a lot of the depth, strategy and team-oriented gameplay of the original.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Good level design and multiplayer options raise CCFTF to a higher standard but it is not enough to make up for abysmal AI, rough graphics and questionable realism.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Powerdrome doesn't improve on the genre as much as I was hoping.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    I find it such a shame that EA take the great and imaginative world of Harry Potter and choose to merely give us these tired half-efforts of a game, when there are so many more interesting ways they could use their license.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    It’s fun to play, but the dull missions and average graphics make it the kind of game you’ll probably enjoy for a week and then let gather dust on your shelf.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Suffers from a real distinctive lack of style. Nothing about it stands out, even the fancy hard disk recording Time Control mechanism.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Order of the Phoenix is another inoffensive entry into the Harry Potter videogame archive. It does little to frustrate or impress, but there's plenty here for fans of the series.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    It really is a crying shame that Infinite Undiscovery turned out to be exactly the sum of so many disparate parts that don't even work on an individual level.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    The greatest challenge in the game is really overcoming the controls and camera though, so if you are the kind of person who is easily put off by unconventional control schemes, perhaps you should look elsewhere for buried treasures.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    At the end R:Racing is not a terrible game, but nor is it even a good game, it should probably come with a sticker on the front saying Rental only, and then only if you’re desperate for a new racing game.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It doesn't stray much outside the established action/adventure genre, and while not particularly challenging, it is quite fun to play and would be particularly well suited to those who like their games to be quite cruisey.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Outlaw Tennis offers enough variety to keep most players busy for quite some time, but it suffers from cheating AI and annoying humour.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Perhaps this is part of a sinister marketing ploy by Microsoft to encourage Xbox owners to upgrade to the Xbox 360 by ensuring that Xbox ports suck compared to their hotted up counterparts?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    If you are a serious fan of the original game, you may wish to purchase and play through this expansion pack, but there's a pretty good chance that, by the end of it, you'll have had more F.E.A.R. than you'd C.A.R.E.D for.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its hefty premium pricetag, it plays and feels like a second-string budget title, albeit with a coat of shiny graphical gloss.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You shouldn’t need double-jointed thumbs nor the kind of patience required to endure its faults. As it is, I can only recommend Mafia to those that for one reason or another cannot play the game on the PC. It isn’t a bad game, it’s just not all that it could be.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A surprisingly solid movie-to-game effort, one that is quite refreshing given the usual level of substandard trash that usually gets trotted out to cash in on a popular film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Quantum of Solace is a solid, above-average game that does the two new films justice without really pushing the envelope.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Like cinema coke, the gameplay has been watered down to the point where it almost feels like an occasionally-interactive movie, where you only need to pay attention during fight sequences.
    • 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.