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 Braid
Lowest review score: 28 Saw II: Flesh & Blood
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 560
560 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a faithful recreation of one of the better animated movies of the year, and nothing about it feels like a cheap rush-job. The graphics are great, the gameplay is surprisingly solid and it's a lot of fun to play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Makes up for the lack of personality in titles like "Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance" and "D&D Heroes" by having enough for the three of them, resulting in quite possibly the most amusing game on the Xbox to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While not a definitive collection of Sonic memorabilia and games, it is damn close and definitely the best available on any console.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Kane's Wrath does well on expanding what Tiberium Wars did to benefit the strategy genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine is that rare gem of a movie-companion game which manages to elevate itself above the source material.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prototype 2 is a great open world action game that manages to take everything that made the original game so great and streamline it to the point where it was more enjoyable to play without compromising any features found in the previous game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    A competent shooter, which is disappointing simply because the previous Rainbow Six's were fantastic shooters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, Binary Domain is worth picking up if you've exhausted yourself on Gears of War 3 and found Mass Effect 3 was too much of an RPG for your liking. It's almost like Gears of War was torn down, and remade by Capcom. It goes from being made by fist-bumping American frat boys to whacky Japanese anime fans.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you are after a guns-out shooting fest then you better get your stealthy ninja mate to play through the first two thirds of the game for you as you will quickly tire of the games slow pace and relentless punishment of mistakes early on. If you are looking for an original well designed devilishly dark gaming experience and can deal with all the gore and swearing then Manhunt is highly recommended.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The Off the Ball feature is absolutely incredibly hard to come to terms with and emphasises how EA are still struggling to come up with gameplay features to match its main competitor "Pro Evolution Soccer."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It’s fast paced, stylish, and genuinely fun to play. However it is held back by sub-par visuals and a decidedly short single-player campaign with only bare-bones deathmatch multiplayer to keep you hooked.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Syndicate is an excellent shooter that does a lot of things right in the gameplay department. A fun combination of excellent gunplay combined with an okay range of abilities and powers and some well put together melee moves makes the game a mixed bag that never gets too old.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The humour may wear thin pretty quickly, but underneath it all is a compelling, enjoyable golf experience that will appeal to newbies and golf nuts alike- the scantily clad women help too!
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    On the other hand Konami have seemed to rest on their laurels, and for possibly the first time have dropped the ball and seen FIFA take the win.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NBA Live 2008 is a considerably decent basketball game. EA's efforts this year are much more noticeable than previous outings, as the game reeks of realism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, it's basic, yes, it's repetitive, but Jetpac Refuelled looks, sounds and plays great, and is well worth the 400 MS Point price-tag, unlike most ‘classic' titles on the Arcade.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    In the end, though, for the now below-average cost of 800 Microsoft Points there is enough to love about Scott Pilgrim vs. the World to make it a worthy addition to your XBLA collection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Through the humour you grow to like the characters, and because of this the experience feels a lot more enjoyable than many other titles aimed at the younger market.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Sure, the game does hold its fair share of problems - average graphics, an unoriginal story, a tendency to become monotonous and the occasional cheesy comment or two, but there’s enough solid content in the game to keep both old and new Pitfall fans happy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be perfect but it is a significant step in the right direction and has breathed life into a series that had all but died.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Omega Five is the kind of game that if you stick with, will reward you with some sense of accomplishment when you take down a boss or just get better as you replay levels.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For better or worse, Commanders: Attack of the Genos is a high-definition homage to Advance Wars, but at a bargain Arcade price rather than a full retail offering.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A solid action-adventure game that offers the exhilaration of participating in a series of intense and large-scaled melee conflicts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Sudeki is a unique blend of dazzling, frantic combat and high adventure, albeit a short one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    If you enjoy first-person action games, Area 51 marks a solid entry that should keep you occupied if not wholly entertained for as long as it lasts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Dead Rising 2: Off The Record is a very interesting retelling of the events of Dead Rising 2. Unfortunately, many of those who have already experienced the game that came before this will inevitably be put off by the repetition, as most of the content here is not new nor is it compelling if you've spent so much time on the original.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If there’s a few small complaints to level at Shrek 2 it’s that the humour is kind of flat and doesn’t feature the witty satire, or any of the more mature in-jokes that the movie had.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its faster-paced take on the Gears of War formula, coupled with the novelty of the bladed glaive mechanic, pull Dark Sector above the mire of mediocre shooters that it could so easily have become.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But if you like a challenge, love RPGs and have the time to really get stuck into it, Sacred 2 is a game you should definitely take a chance on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A pure action epiphany, with awesome gunplay and crazy combat, mixed with a shot of Tequila and South American spirit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It contains more depth than I ever thought it would. The destructible levels break apart satisfyingly and the combo system for each character provides loads of offensive and defensives moves to learn.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What FlatOut does it does exceptionally well. It offers hours and hours of extremely solid racing action with excellent physics and handling that is very enjoyable, offline and online.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    One thing's for sure though: Samurai Warriors has massive potential for refinement and improvement.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    There's plenty of extra goodies to keep you busy if you like to eke out every scrap of play-time for your money, but multiplayer is a fairly token addition that is underwhelming and under-populated as a result.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Those who persist will experience a truly breathtaking example of exceptional storytelling and original gameplay ideas. The rest will dismiss it after a few hours as not their bag and/or too hard.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Providing all the features of its predecessors and more, NHL 2K8 serves as a worthy purchase for any lover of ice hockey.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    While the rest of the game falls back to run-of-the-mill survival horror fare, an overall high production value plus intense combat, interesting and bloodthirsty adversaries, as well as an accessible camera controls during combat makes this game worthy of your time, especially to action fans that are previously put off by the static camera angles that have been mainstays of the genre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Simpsons Game is easily the family's best outing yet: genuinely clever and with a devilish ability to spot gaming's weak spots and exploit them for massive laughs, it's the kind of game that will appeal to fans and gamers of all ages.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fruit Ninja Kinect is a game that many people will instantly enjoy, and the Kinect controls make it much more accessible to those who may be averse to traditional control schemes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Whether it's the story that will remind you of your favourite Japanese animation series, the relentless action and fast paced gameplay or even the unusually likeable angry Asura, it's an action game that many fans of the genre should have a go with at least once.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, The Sims 3: Pets on the Xbox 360 is a fun and addictive game where the time will fly by and you will not notice it. A few bugs do affect the gameplay from time to time but do seem to be rare.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Virtua Tennis 4 is a great tennis game that features more of an arcade like, less realistic feel when compared to the recently released Top Spin 4. The career mode is robust and very interesting, featuring some obscene mini-games that teach the player the ins and outs of the game. If I had to say, though, Virtua Tennis 4 definitely provides a much more accessible and less technical tennis simulation and it is bound to appeal to more people.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It looks great, it's dangerously addictive, and most importantly the wealth of professionally presented and enjoyable content makes it a value-packed purchase for anyone who likes a good puzzle game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I would have liked the building and object acquisition to be a little more worthwhile than it is, as that is a big aspect of the original and brings out the interior decorator and architect in all gamers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While some may fault it for only including a single map for the asking price, this XBLA iteration remains the cheapest way to enjoy the full Ticket to Ride experience!
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Homefront succeeds in many areas. It's an improvement in storytelling and multiplayer in every way over their first game, Frontline: Fuel of War, and Homefront shows that in many areas they've clearly listened to the fans of their (underappreciated) first game. It's not the killer single player experience that having someone such as John Milius onboard should have given us, but it's still an enjoyable, if slightly dated, and short, experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The violence in The Punisher game is over the top, like the comic it is based on. It never seems overly disturbing like in the game "Manhunt," and you never feel that you are playing anything other than a comic based game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It’s actually one of the more enjoyable arcade racers available on Xbox. It looks good, plays well and is stacked with options.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An A-grade platform adventure romp that is enjoyable for anyone regardless of their age. It’s a bit too easy for veteran gamers, and the scenery pop-ups can distract, but neither detracts from the top-notch experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Enchanted Arms could best be described as a Japanese-style RPG for Dummies: it introduces players to the sort of Eastern RPG philosophies that games like Oblivion tend to shy away from: soap-operatic stories, linear narratives, turn-based combat, and lots and lots of collecting things.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's two ways to interpret Earth Defence Force 2017: you can love it for its campy B-Grade trappings, or dismiss it as a crap quality game and go back to your Gears of War.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Conan appeared on the Xbox 360 out of nowhere like a thief in the night, and like its titular hero, it is brutal, powerful, and very rough around the edges.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    One part strategy, one part fighting, with a tasty dressing of polished design. Ageing PC enthusiasts have seen similar in Arcon Ultra and similar games, but for everyone else Wrath Unleashed is an envigoratingly fresh title with a unique look and epic feel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a shame that so many gamers will never even hear about FBI Special Agent Francis York Morgan and the Raincoat Killer, because the game has so much to offer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ninja Blade isn't going to be for everyone, with its many flaws apparent to anyone who plays it. But like a greasy fast food meal, it's difficult to care about them when the overall experience is so scrumptious and filling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    I loved every minute of Advent Rising and haven't been sucked into a sci-fi game like this since the original "Halo" game.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fantastic kid’s game and truly is a breath of fresh air…Er, water for a genre usually plagued by below average cash-ins. It has substantial long-term appeal, as gaining an Elite rating on all chapters is an all but impossible task and there are heaps of extras to unlock.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It’s quite “arcadey” but it also isn’t a simple button masher. It does rely on timing and strategy but its main sore point is that remembering a few killer combos is all it can take to beat the A.I over and over.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Worth your time, although your mileage may vary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It manages to stay close to the tried-and-true formula while implementing features such as a co-op mode that survival horror fans have yearned for since their first screams of terror.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Approach it as a puzzle game, not a driving game and you should be fine.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If you liked the first Godfather title, there's enough here to keep you hooked for a good ten hours, and that's before you try and rob all the banks and crack all the safes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In a year that has seen more than its fair share of outstanding titles in the action/shooter genre, Kane & Lynch manages to set itself apart with an outstanding compilation of levels that are a joy to play through. Therefore, it is all the more disheartening that at the same time, it manages to fumble some of the fundamentals, chief among them the broken hit detection.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Whilst this is Microsoft’s first venture onto the ice, it does quite a respectable job at recreating the action, speed and excitement of the game of hockey.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Choplifter HD is a worthy remake and a fun addition to the arcade library. Its pick up and play gameplay will make it easy for new and old players but difficult to master and complete the game. If you're looking for a quick game of something when time is short then Choplifter HD is the type of game for that situation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It isn't an instant classic, and older games may be a little put off by the cheery brightness and colourful cartoon characters, but if you can get past the aesthetics you will find a rock-solid platformer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is an unsurpassed military simulator with the kind of refined controls and gameplay that only comes from years of productive development time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Wheelman isn't going to win any awards at the end of the year, I wouldn't think. But it does the most important thing casual gamers look for, and that's ‘be fun'.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    While Battlestar Galactica is incredibly difficult to master with unclear objectives, lethal enemies and challenging (read: long and unsaveable) missions, the game still manages to hit all the right notes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The funniest game I have played since "Monkey Island." It was disturbingly addictive and because of this was all over far too soon.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The action comes hard and fast in between moments of tension too, so your hands need never be idle on your controller.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A solid fighting game that had the potential to be something truly brilliant. There isn't much in the gaming world more satisfying than beating others online and it comes to you here in bucketloads.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The graphics are great with plenty of detail, you are never fighting the controls, the speed effects and weapons are great and the storm drain levels rock. There are parts of this game that almost make you feel like you're in the middle of some Jerry Bruckheimer movie.