XGN's Scores

  • Games
For 1,899 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 98 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
1,899 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto V is the magnum opus of the current generation. It has an amazing game world filled with loads of content and the feeling that you can do literally anything you want. Add three fantastic main characters to it, with their flaws and virtues and you have the recipe for this magnificent game. Nothing less than a masterpiece.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Portal 2 is better in every possible way when compared to its predecessor. The writing is brilliant and the voice actors have managed once again to bring the robots to life perfectly. Valve proves to be an amazing developer and brings us what could be the best game this generation has ever known.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Portal 2 is better in every possible way when compared to its predecessor. The writing is brilliant and the voice actors have managed once again to bring the robots to life perfectly. Valve proves to be an amazing developer and brings us what could be the best game this generation has ever known.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Portal 2 is better in every possible way when compared to its predecessor. The writing is brilliant and the voice actors have managed once again to bring the robots to life perfectly. Valve proves to be an amazing developer and brings us what could be the best game this generation has ever known.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim does not only equal its legendary predecessor Oblivion; it surpasses it. The immense and atmospheric world and insane amount of content will have gamers captivated for months, while the more dynamic level structure and improved fighting possibilities won't allow for a single boring moment. Plus, Skyrim has dragons. Epic!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim does not only equal its legendary predecessor Oblivion; it surpasses it. The immense and atmospheric world and insane amount of content will have gamers captivated for months, while the more dynamic level structure and improved fighting possibilities won't allow for a single boring moment. Plus, Skyrim has dragons. Epic!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A brilliant game that has so many small details that you'll get lost in its world. The conversations could have been a bit better but this never becomes a bother. The amount of freedom will overwhelm you and will bring you back for many more play throughs to come.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A brilliant game that has so many small details that you'll get lost in its world. The conversations could have been a bit better but this never becomes a bother. The amount of freedom will overwhelm you and will bring you back for many more play throughs to come.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is actually an overwhelmingly good title that every PS3-owner should purchase. And those who don't have a PS3, now have a really good reason to buy one.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Batman is coloer than ever in this all new adventure. You'll fly from one magnificent moment to the other, with absolutely no time for boredom. Batman: Arkham City offers you the ultimate package, the best of the best and has everything you can ever ask for from a superhero game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Batman is coloer than ever in this all new adventure. You'll fly from one magnificent moment to the other, with absolutely no time for boredom. Batman: Arkham City offers you the ultimate package, the best of the best and has everything you can ever ask for from a superhero game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is one of the most unique games out there and offers a very complete package. It is the duty of every PlayStation 3 user to go out and buy this game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Red Dead Redemption performs very well on all fronts and has little to no mistakes. This game is a must have for fans of the sandbox genre.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Nothing less than a masterpiece. The game looks absolutely phenomenal and Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe deliver a great accomplishment with their acting. Writer David Cage grabs us with his compelling and emotional story. There are a few downsides, gameplay is pretty much the same as Heavy Rain, but that doesn’t spoil the greatness of this game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With the second episode of Season 2 of The Walking Dead, TellTale delivers it's best episode yet. Everything you want from this kind of story driven game is here: difficult choices that really matter, a high pace and no glitches or technical difficulties. You are probably already invested in the story, but if you still need to begin with this great series, this is the time to do so.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This world is so special, the game itself is so brilliant, fabulous, and dreamy. It is, no doubt, a must have for gamers.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With BioShock Infinite, Irrational Games shows how to really tell a story in a video game. But not only is the story amazing, the combat is more fluid and dynamic than its predecessors, and Columbia is a place that begs to be explored. BioShock Infinite offers a journey that every gamer needs to experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword shows that neither the series nor Nintendo has lost its touch. The innovative controls add to the gameplay and turn every fight into a challenge. Furthermore, the traditionally strong level design proves itself once again, with the superb music and visuals making this one of the greats of this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Inquisition is BioWare's new masterpiece and they weren't bluffing. The RPG has everything a fan of the genre could wish for: an amazing amount of gameplay, a great story and extreme beauty. A must-have for everyone that calls himself a gamer.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Red Dead Redemption performs very well on all fronts and has little to no mistakes. This game is a must have for fans of the sandbox genre.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Trials Evolution just might be the best Xbox Live Arcade game out there. There's a ton of trial and error going on, but you'll keep coming back for more no matter what.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Uncharted 3 brings a unique adventure that you'll never forget. We love the Hollywood cinematics, we love the gameplay, we love the graphics. The game can be linear but the fantastic storyline and the spectacular cut scenes will keep you going until the credits appear.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3 isn't a perfect game, but what you get is one hell of a science fiction experience that you'll never forget.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Fez
    Fez is a videogame with brilliant puzzles that will kill your brain. It might take you a while to crack one of these puzzles, but the payoff is great! Together with the beautiful and atmospheric graphics, Fez makes for one hell of an Xbox Live Arcade game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A must-buy. Loyal fans should play it again, because the adventure looks better then ever in 3D. Furthermore the game is suitable for new people. It is the best 3DS-game one could find in stores right now.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat goes back to its roots, making it even better than past Mortal Kombat games. There is so much content and there are so many improvements that this title is the best fighting game you'll find in stores right now.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat goes back to its roots, making it even better than past Mortal Kombat games. There is so much content and there are so many improvements that this title is the best fighting game you'll find in stores right now.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The new Smash Brothers has a lot to live up to, but it manages to deliver on all fronts. Smash Tour is slightly disappointing, but everything else is top-notch. From the addictive gameplay to the pretty graphics and new modes; this is Nintendo's best Wii U game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    God of War is back and better than ever before! It's a worthy end of a trilogy. A tear for the last fight from our favourite Spartan. Let there be more Kratos in the future!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Thanks to the new possibility's, GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony will bring you even better content than GTA IV: The Lost and Damned. And when you decide to buy GTA: Episodes from Liberrty City, you will get them both on one disc.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Forza 4 truly is the best racing game for the Xbox 360 and improves on almost every aspect. We would have liked to see more damage being done to the cars but the ton of online modes and the improved career mode will make you forget about the few errors.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The Witcher 2 is amazing! Not the graphics, but the gameplay is the thing that will keep the players happy. This just might be the greatest PC-to-console port ever made.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Gran Turismo 5 is an extremely realistic racing game that has a lot of options. Polyphony Digital made us wait a very long time, but it was definitely worth it!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's not common for an editor to beg a consumer to buy a game. This time I'm going to beg you to buy one of the greatest role playing games this year. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings definitely brings the RPG genre to a higher level. And damn, it's totally not linear either. Buy it!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Rayman Origin proves that multiplatform games don't have to be a load of bull on the Wii. The game may even be better on Wii, because the offline co-op mode better fits the console. The Wii Remote may come with its own problems but they are easily resolved by adding a Nunchuck or Classis Controller. Good job, Ubisoft!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    NBA 2K15 might be the best sports game of the year. NBA Live is not a competitor for NBA 2K15, as 2K15 is way better thanks to the great gameplay, thorough MyGM-mode and the phenomenal A.I.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Without a doubt: DiRT Showdown will be the best racing game for this year. Because you will laugh your ass off during the multiplayer and won't be able to put down the controller.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Bioware has managed to surpass the first Mass Effect on many fronts. For us as gamers, the new year couldn't have had a better start than this.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins is the best platform game for the current generation of consoles. The old fashioned gameplay will be loved by many gamers, and the offline co-op mode is outstanding. Hail Rayman!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins is the best platform game for the current generation of consoles. The old fashioned gameplay will be loved by many gamers, and the offline co-op mode is outstanding. Hail Rayman!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The FIFA franchise claims the victory over the Pro Evolution Soccer series again this year. FIFA 11 is definitely the best football game available, at least for the next twelve months.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The FIFA franchise claims the victory over the Pro Evolution Soccer series again this year. FIFA 11 is definitely the best football game available, at least for the next twelve months.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Minecraft on the Xbox 360 is just as fun as it is on the PC. The only limitation is your own imagination.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Dishonored is an essential purchase for the self-respecting lover of videogames. The game offers an intelligent and exciting experience which makes this one of the best games of the year. Dunwall is just as impressive in Dishonored as Rapture was in BioShock, and the magic powers are incredibly awesome to use. Eventually there is nothing to criticize this game for. A true must have.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Torchlight II is a modern fairytale and offers a surplus of great action RPG elements. Comparable to Diablo III you say? We dare to claim it's even better. An awesome, colorful dream coming to you from your computer screen. Definitely a thumbs up for developer Runic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    From the first moment you boot up this game you will know you are playing the future of Pokémon.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    From the first moment you boot up this game you will know you are playing the future of Pokémon.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    From Software has clearly learned from its earlier mistakes by creating an absolutely wonderful PC version this time around. Shame about the monstrous keyboard and mouse controls, but nothing a controller won't fix. Aside of that, the core gameplay really shines, because of the many subtle improvements the PC version enjoys. The biggest achievement, however, is that one of the greatest games of 2014 has managed to become even greater.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is definitely the best PS Vita game so far! The game makes full use of all the motion possibilities that are available. Furthermore, Sackboy proves to be more than just a pretty face. The game contains enough innovative content and is so a lot of fun to play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Mark of the Ninja has almost everything you can wish for in a game like this. The animations are wonderful and the soundtrack suits the game well. You can play the game in various ways and this extends its lifespan. With a minor flaw the game may not be perfect, but the game is very close to it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The remasters of both Final Fantasy X and X-2 are the perfect tributes to the fact that the older Final Fantasy games still provide breathtaking journeys which every RPG fan owes himself to experience at least once in his lifetime.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Heavy Rain is a risky game but it offers you an unique experience and therefore it's definitely worth your money!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This game can get a little chaotic but that doesn't matter considering how developer Monolith Soft has executed everything nearly perfectly. Agreed, the voice acting isn't perfect at all but the deep and beautiful world and the great fighting system make up for that, creating a wonderful experience for fans of the better role-playing games.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Forza Horizon 2 is perfect in many ways. Visually it is awesome, the details are awesome, the music is awesome and the Drivatars are awesome. That plus lots of different modes makes us forget the lags.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minecraft is finally available for the PlayStation 4 and it's still a great game. With a bigger world and more view-distance, Minecraft is a perfect game for both beginners and PS3-veterans, though the game doesn't offer anything new.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gears of War 3 is a must buy shooter that offers you hours and hours of gameplay. It's got a long campaign and the multiplayer is better then ever. Epic Games has made good adaptations. But don't expect really big innovations.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In comparison with the current-gen of consoles, Battlefield 4 is the shooter for the next-gen consoles. The graphics are even more stunning than before and there’s an ability to play with more gamers on the console. Choose the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One-version above the current-gen versions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Guitar Hero 5 Neversoft almost succeeded in creating the perfect music game. Only some small mistakes prevent this game from scoring the complete 100 points. Still this game is the best music game at this moment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ending is finally here and it was worth the wait. With five different endings your decisions really matter. It is amazing to have that choice and to be able to look into your own heart for the ending that your Clementine deserves.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Last of Us: Remastered is an enhanced edition of the succesfull game, exclusively for PlayStation 4. The remastered graphics, especially the improved ambiance and lighting, are a great asset to this game and make it a must-have for every PlayStation 4 owner, especially if you haven't played it yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So, you want to play a 2D platformer and you think you have some skills? Spelunky will put you to the test. This game is pure gold with its excellent controllers, appealing graphics and fun gameplay. This game offers hours of fun thanks to its always changing levels.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is an even greater version of a already amazing game. Rebirth addresses the frame-rate issues of the original and adds new items and bosses to shoot your tears at.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game features a whole bunch of additions, of which the main innovation is the new multiplayer mode. This new game in the franchise is once again a top shelf production, but it's not for people who like quick action, because the use of stealth is always needed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At first Frozen Synapse looks like a very basic turn-based strategy game, but when you look closer you'll find that it has a ton of strategic options and possibilities. Running simulations and thinking things through can keep you busy for endless amounts of time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is the definitive version of a great game. It builds on popular games like Metroid and does this in a unique, colorfull style. If you skipped the original one, this is a great way to experience it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn't matter if you're a Minecraft-veteran or a total noob: the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition is just as addicting as all of it's predecessors. A larger world and higher resolution only adds to the experience, making this the best console version out there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With more than 100 playable characters to choose from and an enhanced fighting system, the new Naruto game is more addictive and diverse than ever. An absolute must have for every Naruto fan.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fisher is back more than ever. Play stealth, kill people without making noise and more important: have some fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crytek has delivered an extraordinary shooter. The Nanosuit with all its functions is a real joy and it keeps gameplay exciting in both the long singleplayer and the fantastic multiplayer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crytek has delivered an extraordinary shooter. The Nanosuit with all its functions is a real joy and it keeps gameplay exciting in both the long singleplayer and the fantastic multiplayer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 11 is definitely the best game in the franchise and adds to the formula that only seems to improve every year. GameFlow is a fantastic feature and makes the game accessible for even those who aren't familiar with American Football.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From Dust shows that a cheap, downloadable game can compete with the biggies. You'll find yourself lost in this games for hours, just to create a perfect world. It requires some thinking, but most of all it requires enjoyment. Just sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy the beauty that is From Dust.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All improved aspects together with a smooth gameplay, make the God of War Collection worth it's money. The God of War Collection provides the best preparation you can get for God of War III.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 11 is definitely the best game in the franchise and adds to the formula that only seems to improve every year. GameFlow is a fantastic feature and makes the game accessible for even those who aren't familiar with American Football.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only thing we don’t like about Rain is its playtime: it’s too short, we want to enjoy more of this game. A stunning display of story, with a magnificent soundtrack and we haven’t even talked about the gameplay yet. Puzzling in the rain has never been this beautiful and good.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the next-gen consoles the public looks more alive than ever. The feeling of a ‘twelfth man’ behind you is overwhelming. A steady home victory for FIFA.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Normally you just want to avoid an asylum. But Batman's Arkham Asylum is one you just want to explore. Never before was it so much fun to fight with a bat!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rocksmith 2014 is an amazing game for beginners and guitar pro's alike. The game offers a lot of variation, a lot of modes and is one of the best music games on the market.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Colin McRae: DiRT 2 has beautiful graphics, great gameplay and contains more than enough races and tournaments for hardcore racing fans. But besides all that, the game is also very accessible for gamers without any racing experience. Therefore DiRT 2 is truly is a great title.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game features a whole bunch of additions, of which the main innovation is the new multiplayer mode. This new game in the franchise is once again a top shelf production, but it's not for people who like quick action, because the use of stealth is always needed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Guitar Hero 5 Neversoft almost succeeded in creating the perfect music game. Only some small mistakes prevent this game from scoring the complete 100 points. Still this game is the best music game at this moment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first handheld version in the Super Smash Bros series is a great one. The action we know and love translates perfectly to a smaller screen, and the new fighters and game modes will keep you coming back for hours and hours on end.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remedy did an excellent job creating a brand new kind of action thriller. Alan Wake is an awesome game that grabs you by the throat and makes you scream for more.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ezio is the evolution of Altaïr. The game shows improvement and keeps you fascinated because it offers enough variation. The graphical performance is high and the sound is just fine. This game just simply can't be missing from your collection!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Team Bondi and Rockstar have made something completely unique and appealing. Los Angeles is full of bad guys and finding them may not always be that difficult. It is however always fun to do so. Making L.A. Noire a truly inspirational game that will last for hours.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Team Bondi and Rockstar have made something completely unique and appealing. Los Angeles is full of bad guys and finding them may not always be that difficult. It is however always fun to do so. Making L.A. Noire a truly inspirational game that will last for hours.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bungie has listened to the fans and brings them the good old Halo formula with a brand new twist. Halo: Reach will keep gamers locked in their rooms for months to come thanks to a ton of new game modes and options.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is not just the best strategy game at the moment, it is also the most challenging 3DS game yet. It takes some time to learn the ropes, but when you take some time to invest in the world of Fire Emblem: Awakening, you won't leave until you saved the land of Ylisse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Am Alive is a great game and it clearly has its similarities with Assassin's Creed. But don't worry, you'll definitely get that typical survival feeling. Unlike Altair and Ezio, you are not a superhero and have you'll have to take a stamina bar into account. The combination of the AC feeling and the survival theme makes I Am Alive a great game. It's a pity that the controls aren't always as smooth.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the fact that the new Tactical Defending isn't as good as we expected it to be, FIFA 12 plays like a wonderful soccer game. The new features for the online and career mode are really good, just as the Impact Engine. This is soccer at its best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It seems that number seven is indeed a lucky number, because Mario Kart 7 is the best 3DS-game yet and the most succesfull Mario Kart-game in the series. Thanks to the superior additive of air gliders, which can be useful for navigating through the air, and of propellers to drive underwater, the levels are better than ever. We've got ourselves a new favourite Mario Kart!
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the fact that the new Tactical Defending isn't as good as we expected it to be, FIFA 12 plays like a wonderful soccer game. The new features for the online and career mode are really good, just as the Impact Engine. This is soccer at its best.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the developer of The Last of Us, Naughty Dog, we find the king of action-adventurers more and more. Its last game brings us storytelling that is as endearing and emotional as it gets. A definite must-play for every gamer worldwide.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark Souls is one of the most difficult games of the year and adds a lot of crazy enemies and surroundings. The co-op could have been done better but that shouldn't stop you from engaging in this sixty hour long adventure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark Souls is one of the most difficult games of the year and adds a lot of crazy enemies and surroundings. The co-op could have been done better but that shouldn't stop you from engaging in this sixty hour long adventure.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Call them your slaves, minions, little kids or whatever. Pikmin are there to help you. Together you will explore a beautiful game. The best Wii U title to get, its got a huge x-factor.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark Souls II is a sequel done right in every way. There is more to explore, mechanics from the first game are polished and further expanded. Fans will be happy to know that the game is still challenging and at the same time it is more accessible for newcomers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first DLC ever of this size, and Rockstar succeeded in creating a must have for every GTA-fan.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gods & Kings is a very complete expansion pack. The added espionage and the new and improved religion system make this game a lot better. Civilization V has become a lot deeper with this DLC and almost all of the original problems have been fixed.

Top Trailers