Game Releases by Score

Gears of War 1.

Gears of War

Platform: Xbox 360
November 7, 2006
Gears of War blends tactical action with survival horror and thrusts gamers into a deep and harrowing story of humankind's epic battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. Lead war hero Marcus Fenix and his fire team as they face the onslaught of merciless warrior fiends. A revolutionary tactical combat system and breathtaking, high-definition visuals from the Unreal Engine 3 immerse you in a horrifying story of war and survival. A.I. teammates are indiscernable from human players. Voice recognition and real-time lip synching heighten the experience. The battlefield is a lethal place. To survive, suppress your enemy with blindfire, take cover in interactive environments, or use weapons and teammates to outwit your foes. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.4
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Platform: Xbox 360
March 20, 2006
Oblivion is a single-player game that takes place in Tamriel's capital province, Cyrodiil. You are given the task of finding the hidden heir to a throne that sits empty, the previous emperor having been killed by an unknown assassin. With no true Emperor, the gates to Oblivion (the equivalent of hell in the world of Tamriel) open, and demons begin to invade Cyrodiil and attack its people and towns. It's up to you to find the lost heir to the throne and unravel the sinister plot that threatens to destroy all of Tamriel. In keeping with the Elder Scrolls tradition, players have the option to experience the main quest at their own pace, and there are plenty of opportunities to explore the vast world and make your own way. Numerous factions can be joined, such as the thieves or mages guilds, and each contains its own complete storyline and the chance to rise to the head of the faction and reap further rewards. Oblivion features a groundbreaking new AI system, called Radiant AI, which gives non-player characters (NPCs) the ability to make their own choices based on the world around them. They decide where to eat or who to talk to and what they say. They sleep, go to church, and even steal items, all based on their individual characteristics. Full facial animations and lip-synching, combined with full speech for all dialog, allows NPCs to come to life like never before. [Bethesda]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.7
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 3.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Platform: Xbox 360
March 9, 2006
In 2013, the U.S. Army will implement the Integrated Warfighter System (IWS), evolving what we know as the modern soldier. IWS combines advanced weapon systems, satellite communication devices and enhanced survivability into one fully integrated combat system. The IWS program has been developed to meet these new threats head on. Now, it can be tested on the battlefield. Following an insurgence in the heart of Mexico City, the U.S. Army's most elite Special Forces team is deployed to the center of the conflict to regain control of the city. Greatly outnumbered but fully equipped with the IWS, this elite team is the first and last line of defense on the battlefield. They are the "Quiet" professionals. They are the Ghosts. Gain access to the future of military technology. Using a fully integrated combat system with cutting-edge weapons and revolutionary communication systems, gamers embody the soldier of the future. Based on actual U.S. Army research, the Ghosts give gamers a realistic view of how war will be fought in the next decade. Use the revolutionary Cross-Com, a communication device powered by satellite technology. Attached to the soldier's monocle, the Cross-Com provides full situational awareness and command of the battlefield. Command the Ghost squad and remote allied forces and drones, and direct artillery and air strikes. See what the squad sees and receive visual and auditory intel from allied forces and unmanned drones. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.9
Burnout Revenge 4.

Burnout Revenge

Platform: Xbox 360
March 7, 2006
Burnout Revenge lets gamers rip through rush hour traffic and lay waste to scores of rubbernecking roadhogs in an over-the-top scene of vehicular mayhem. In addition to tricked out new race, crash and road rage modes, Burnout Revenge takes the series' blistering speed and spectacular destruction to dizzying new heights with an all-new Revenge mode, challenging gamers to battle the clock and unleash their frustrations on rush hour traffic. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.3
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 5.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

Platform: Xbox 360
November 20, 2006
The stakes are high when the world's most elite counter-terrorism unit enters Las Vegas, where over 36.7 million men, women and children visit each year. "Sin City," the home of the famous Las Vegas Strip, flashy hotels, high-rolling casinos and world-famous celebrities, becomes the setting for a terrorist threat of global proportions. What happens when one of the world's most famous cities is held hostage by terrorists? [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.2
Fight Night Round 3 6.

Fight Night Round 3

Platform: Xbox 360
February 20, 2006
Go toe-to-toe with greats such as Ali, De La Hoya, Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones. Outside of the ring, gamers can establish intense rivalries through pre-fight events putting purpose and passion behind every hit. Three new Impact Punches a la the EA Sports Haymaker keep gamers at the edge of their seat as players are only one punch away from the entire dynamic of the fight changing. Land a perfectly timed Flash KO or jump into a quick mid-fight mini-game to land a humiliating knockdown punch. Thrown using EA Sports Fight Night's innovative analog punch system, Impact Punches are high risk and high reward - put down your opponent or get knocked on the canvas. Boxing's Greatest Rivalries - Watch ESPN Classic footage of real-life bouts or re-create the greatest fights from past and present including Arturo Gatti vs. Mickey Ward, Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Eric Morales, and Ali vs. Frasier. Establish intense rivalries of your own by intimidating opponents before the big fight with heated press conferences full of hype, trash talkin', and fights at weigh-ins. Relive the best rivalries of your career in ESPN's Instant Classics! Create a style of your own, then see how you match up against the authentic signature styles from the world's best fighters. Licensed boxers use tactics and strategies that match their real life counterparts. Self Determinant AI adapts its style to match user strengths and to exploit weaknesses. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.8
The Elder Scrolls IV - Knights of the Nine 7.

The Elder Scrolls IV - Knights of the Nine

Platform: Xbox 360
November 21, 2006
Knights of the Nine is a compilation that includes all the other Oblivion downloadable content released to date: Horse Armor, The Orrery, Wizard’s Tower, Vile Lair, Thieves Den, Mehrunes' Razor, and Spell Tomes. Knights of the Nine features an all-new faction and quests for noble characters and answers many of the questions surrounding the Ayleid ruins found throughout Oblivion. Players can join a new faction and found their own order of holy knights – leading them into battle against a sorcerer-king and his demonic minions while exploring massive dungeons and searching for legendary relics – the holy armor and weapons of the Divine Crusader. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.5
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent 8.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent

Platform: Xbox 360
October 17, 2006
Veteran agent Sam Fisher is back. But he's never faced an enemy like this before. To stop a devastating terrorist attack, he must infiltrate a vicious terrorist group and destroy it from within. For the first time ever, experience the relentless tension and gut-wrenching dilemmas of life as a double agent. As you infiltrate a terrorist organization in its American headquarters, you must carefully weigh the consequences of your actions. Kill too many criminals and you'll blow your cover. Hesitate too long and millions will die. Do whatever it takes to complete your mission, but get out alive. Dual objectives to fulfill: NSA government agents and terrorists will each want you to accomplish opposing tasks at the same time. Discover the tension of being a double agent: Use actual tactics employed by today’s real-life double agents to sabotage the terrorists' plans. Explore a branching storyline with multiple endings: Your choices have an impact on how the story and game play unfolds. Missions from all over the world, from Asia to Africa to the heart of the US. Experience extreme situations: underwater or in a sandstorm, hiding behind the dust or smoke – and even skydiving. Master the latest weapons and gadgets used by NSA government agents in addition to black-market terrorist weapons. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.1
Dead Rising 9.

Dead Rising

Platform: Xbox 360
August 8, 2006
Dead Rising follows the harrowing tale of Frank West, an overly zealous freelance photojournalist on a hunt for the scoop of a lifetime. In pursuit of a juicy lead, he makes his way to a small suburban town only to find that it has become overrun by zombies. He escapes to the local shopping mall, thinking it will be a bastion of safety but it turns out to be anything but. It will be a true struggle to survive the endless stream of enemies, but players will have full reign of a realistic shopping center, utilizing anything they find to fight off the flesh-hungry mob and search for the truth behind the horrendous epidemic. Dead Rising features an open level of freedom and offers a vast array of gameplay possibilities. As part of a real time system, time is dynamic in Dead Rising, marching on whether Frank is actively engaged or if he is stationary. Time also plays a role as zombies become more powerful when the sun goes down. Though they move slowly during the day, the zombies become stronger and faster at night, making it even more dangerous for players to survive. The unprecedented numbers of enemies come in never-ending waves and consist of a diverse population of former humans that have retained some memory of their previous lives, which is reflected in their behavior and appearance. The variety of different stores in the mall offers players an endless supply of resources including vehicles, makeshift weapons and more. Players will also encounter other survivors along the way and by helping them can acquire valuable clues as to what has happened.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.7
F.E.A.R. 10.

F.E.A.R.

Platform: Xbox 360
October 31, 2006
F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault and Recon), is an intense first person close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging storyline. The story begins as an unidentified paramilitary force infiltrates a multi-billion dollar aerospace compound. The government responds by sending in Special Forces, but loses contact as an eerie signal interrupts radio communications. When the interference subsides moments later, the team has been literally torn apart. As part of a classified strike team created to deal with threats no one else can handle, your mission is simple: Eliminate the intruders at any cost. Determine the origin of the signal. And contain this crisis before it spirals out of control. [Vivendi]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.5
Viva Pinata 11.

Viva Pinata

Platform: Xbox 360
November 9, 2006
Viva Pinata is a customizable, social and spontaneous game that invites players of all ages and skills to explore an immersive world where they are challenged to create and maintain a living garden ecosystem that grows in real time. Beginning with a few basic tools, players build and take control of their environment to attract and host more than 60 species of wild pinata, utilizing hundreds of customizable elements to create their very own distinctively unique thriving paradise. Viva Pinata gameplay continues to evolve with new content available via the Xbox Live service and the ability to play, trade and interact with more than 2 million gamers via the online service. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
NBA 2K7 12.

NBA 2K7

Platform: Xbox 360
September 25, 2006
Be a Sharpshooter - The award winning technical achievement of 2K6 is new and improved. Take complete control of all of your shots with the shot stick. Run the Streets - Hit the street courts and showcase your playground game with completely all new streetball mode. Virtual Identity Profile - Learn the play style of your friends and foes with the V.I.P. System. The Association - Be the GM of your NBA team with the deepest Franchise Mode around. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.8
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 13.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

Platform: Xbox 360
October 24, 2006
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is an action/RPG that features the largest roster of comic book characters ever seen in a video game. Players assume the roles of more than 20 Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Captain America, and through their actions determine the fate of both planet Earth and the Marvel universe – revealed in one of multiple epilogues. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance offers total team customization, where players create their own team name, icon and vehicle, as well as establish their team reputation as they play throughout the story. Gamers also have the option to level up each character individually to their liking, or all team members at the same time to keep their heroes balanced. With the game's new combat system, players battle against the world's most notorious Marvel Super Villains in the air, underwater, and on the ground, using grappling, blocking and dodging moves, by charging up their Super Hero powers before unleashing them, and using environmental objects as one and two-handed weapons. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance features a storyline where the missions players accept, the objectives they complete, and their interactions with other characters throughout the game directly impact how the story plays out. The game also features a robust multiplayer component where fans can band together with friends as their favorite Marvel Super Heroes, and fight evil in both on and offline cooperative story modes. There's also a Competitive Mode where the game tracks various in-game stats so players can see how well they stack up against one another – affecting the amount of experience points earned and how equipment is distributed. [Activision]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.6
Test Drive Unlimited 14.

Test Drive Unlimited

Platform: Xbox 360
September 5, 2006
Test Drive Unlimited is the only game that immerses you into the car and bike enthusiast lifestyle, with total freedom to race however and wherever you want within a huge, online-persistent environment. Visit the most sophisticated car and bike dealers to purchase new vehicles or simply take them for a spin. Collect and trade rare performance parts and customize each vehicle to make it one-of-a-kind. Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages. Features more than 125 licensed vehicles from exclusive manufacturers including Lamborghini, Ducati, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Saleen, Shelby, and Jaguar; Upgrade each car or bike with options from the actual manufacturers' catalog. Players create characters, buy new homes and garages, and tune and upgrade vehicles with aftermarket parts; Extracurricular activities such as expanding your garage, getting clothes and fashion accessories for your avatar, helping hitchhikers catch planes, picking up girls, chasing car thieves, and escaping from a psychopath. [Atari]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
DOOM 15.

DOOM

Platform: Xbox 360
September 27, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Originally released in 1993, DOOM introduced millions to the white-knuckle excitement of the First Person Shooter. Relive the classic demon-blasting action, now with up to four players over Xbox Live, 5.1 Surround Sound, and smoother graphics. You're a Marine stationed on Mars when a military experiment goes wrong. Your mission: Blast your way to freedom through the classic world of DOOM. Face off against Hell's army, including stampeding demons, and lay waste to rooms of monsters with an arsenal of classic weapons. Take the deathmatch online via Xbox Live and battle your friends for dominance of the leaderboards. Gameplay: Experience all the classic DOOM levels, monsters, and weapons. Play the entire single-player game solo or in co-op mode via split screen or over Xbox Live. Multiplayer: Play up to four-player deathmatch, either in split-screen or on Xbox Live. Earn achievements and check the leaderboards for the high scores. Next-generation features: With 1080i HD support, 5.1 Surround Sound, and smooth textures, this is DOOM for the next generation. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Hitman: Blood Money 16.

Hitman: Blood Money

Platform: Xbox 360
May 30, 2006
When assassins from Agent 47's contract agency, The ICA, are systematically eliminated in a series of hits, it seems a larger, more powerful agency has entered the fray. For Agent 47 it's business as usual, until suddenly he loses contact with The ICA. Sensing that he may be the next target, he travels to America, where he prepares to make a killing. Agent 47 is back and this time he's paid in cold, hard cash. How the money is spent will affect his passage through the game and the weapons at his disposal, resulting in a unique gameplay experience for each player. Powered by a new version of Io's stunning Glacier engine, Hitman: Blood Money delivers the most brutal and realistic simulation of life as the world's deadliest assassin. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
Call of Duty 3 17.

Call of Duty 3

Platform: Xbox 360
November 7, 2006
Call of Duty 3 delivers the intensity of being closer than ever to the fury of combat during the battle for the Liberation of Paris, the most harrowing campaign of WWII, known as The Normandy Breakout. Through a seamless narrative, Call of Duty 3 delivers the rush of unrelenting battle and breathtaking action of the Allied offensive that changed the fate of the world. [Activision]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.6
College Hoops 2K7 18.

College Hoops 2K7

Platform: Xbox 360
November 20, 2006
With over 325 NCAA Division I schools, College Hoops 2K7 defines the college basketball experience. True College Atmosphere - The most immersive college game yet, College Hoops 2K7 puts the fans in the game and makes them a part of the team. No "I" in Team - Revamped defensive AI and defensive controls means that better teams come up with the big stops. Leadership Matters - Team chemistry becomes an important factor in the game as teams with strong leadership tend to get the big upsets come tournament time. Improved Legacy Mode - Legacy mode gets a complete upgrade in College Hoops 2K7, with improvements in everything from a new simulation engine and recruiting tools to bracketology, NCAA record books and new broadcast shows like College Hoops Tonight. More Customization - Make your own schools with customized uniforms and uniquely designed arenas. With an even more robust player creation system, you can bring your own NCAA team to life like never before. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Tony Hawk's Project 8 19.

Tony Hawk's Project 8

Platform: Xbox 360
November 7, 2006
Reengineered from the ground up, Tony Hawk’s Project 8 immerses players in the definitive skateboarding experience using ultra-realistic graphics, enhanced physics and responsive controls that simulate the feeling of skating with every trick and bail. The game challenges players to experience the intensity and pressure of skating against some of the world’s top pros in true to life competitions as they aim to become the #1 skater. [Activision]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.6
Saints Row 20.

Saints Row

Platform: Xbox 360
August 29, 2006
Welcome to Stilwater, a city where the streets are everything but tranquil. Divided by rivaling gangs, you’ll need to adopt savvy street smarts to build respect, make money and gain notoriety, let alone stay alive. As a member of the 3rd St. Saint’s, you need to push back against a city looking to wipe you out, in order to rise up the ranks and eventually control the streets. If it takes theft, extortion or tried and true brute force, then that’s what ya gotta do. Only then will you rule the streets. BUT watch your back – on your purpose to rise as the city’s controlling syndicate, reputable and powerful gangs, including politicians have you in their crosshairs. [THQ]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.6
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy 21.

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Platform: Xbox 360
September 12, 2006
LEGO Star Wars II takes the fun and customization ability of the LEGO play pattern and combines it with the epic story, characters and action from the revolutionary Star Wars: Episodes IV, V and VI. With a unique tongue-in-cheek take on the Original Trilogy, LEGO Star Wars II lets you build and battle your way through your favorite film moments. From Darth Vader's pursuit of Princess Leia aboard her Blockade Runner to Luke's final confrontation with Emperor Palpatine. For the first time ever, characters can get in and out of vehicles, as well as ride creatures. Because it's LEGO style, you can also mix and match the body parts of more than 50 playable characters to create one of millions of possible LEGO Star Wars heroes. And on PS2, Xbox and Windows platforms, a game save from the first LEGO Star Wars can unlock another 50-plus additional characters for Free Play mode -- that's more than 100 total characters. Other exciting additions include free-roaming vehicle levels, the ability to switch ships at will in Free Play mode, cool new character-specific attacks and maneuvers, playable mini-kit vehicles, an adaptive difficulty option and more. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.0
Uno 22.

Uno

Platform: Xbox 360
May 9, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Compete against three other players to match colors and symbols, go Wild with special command cards such as Skip and Reverse, and be the first to play all your cards. Add-on theme decks offer new art and new card effects, keeping the game fresh and challenging. So connect with friends, choose your favorite house rules, and get ready to shout "UNO!" Three game modes: Choose from Standard UNO, Partner UNO, or House Rules UNO. House Rules UNO: Customize 10 different game rules to suit your preference. Single player: Go up against three computer players. Multiplayer play: Go online via Xbox Live against three other players. Downloads: Get add-on theme decks to customize the visual appearance and game rules. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis 23.

Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis

Platform: Xbox 360
May 22, 2006
"Our goal was to create a game that is perfectly addictive in its focused simplicity, a game that showcases the true possibilities of a next gen experience, not just in looks but in feel and pace," stated Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. "We wanted to use the power of the new hardware and the resolution of new televisions to give the game an immediacy, an intensity and a sense of physicality and reality, resulting in a purer, more visceral experience that simply was not possible previously." Houser continued, "It is a distillation of game design philosophy, focusing on removing the traditional areas of compromise inherent in managing size and scope and concentrating the hardware's entire power on one activity, with the aim of doing that better than it's ever been done before." [Rockstar Games]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.6
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 24.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007

Platform: Xbox 360
November 14, 2006
A brand new Analog Control System makes fighting more realistic than ever with intuitive movement and new elements of control. An enhanced Season Mode provides multiple branching storylines and unprecedented levels of player choice. In and out of the ring, dozens of user-controlled environmental hotspots let players take advantage of anything at their disposal to inflict damage on opponents in new and unique ways. Additionally, new high impact combination moves let players take the power of WWE Superstars into their own hands. Experience the intensity of WWE fans in a brand new, fully loaded interactive fighting area. Players can take advantage of multiple weapons, environmental damage and grabbing signs and weapons from the crowd. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007 offers multiple enhancements, including incredible high definition graphics, updated rosters for both RAW and SmackDown, an expanded General Manager Mode, online multiplayer game play with voice chat support and more. [THQ]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.0
Madden NFL 07 25.

Madden NFL 07

Platform: Xbox 360
August 22, 2006
With the exclusive video game license of the NFL and its players, and currently in its 17th installment, Madden NFL 07 puts you in control the running game like never before. For the first time ever, step up as the lead blocker to create a hole, and then take control of the tailback and smash through, overpower, or slash away from would-be tacklers as you fight for every yard. Innovative rushing controls give you a game-breaking ground attack featuring all-new jukes, cutbacks, and the distinct running styles of your favorite backs. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.0
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 26.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07

Platform: Xbox 360
October 17, 2006
Tiger Woods Comes Alive — See and feel every emotion in complete detail with the introduction of all-new Universal Capture (UCAP) technology. Play Under Pressure — With bigger galleries, mass crowd movement from hole to hole, and cheers from nearby greens, all eyes are on you in tournament play. Enhanced Career Mode — From working on your driving to mastering your putting skills, craft your game with training challenges in the Practice Facility, then take on the world's best golfers on the World Tour. All-New Championship Courses — The course content doubles with the addition of new licensed courses, including Firestone Country Club, Glen Abbey, Princeville, Spyglass Hill, St Andrews, and Bandon Dunes. The game features 15 of the world's top players, including Tiger Woods, John Daly, Vijay Singh, Ian Poulter, Michael Campbell, and Annika Sorenstam, the most decorated golfer on the LPGA Tour. Show Your GameFace — The innovative character creation tool is revamped with deeper modifications, more apparel, equipment licenses, and specialty items. Challenge up to three players in five new game modes, or play in online tournaments complete with money lists, full stat tracking, league leaders, and more. More Game Modes — Work on your game or take on a friend in Match Play, Battle Golf, 21, OneBall, and more. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
Tomb Raider: Legend 27.

Tomb Raider: Legend

Platform: Xbox 360
April 11, 2006
Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars, frag grenades, personal lighting device and communications equipment, allows gamers to experience tomb raiding as never before. Eidos and Crystal Dynamics shaped Lara's look and movements to be an inherent extension of her skills, motivation and personality. Lara's character model features natural structure, realistic textures, detailed facial features, reactive eyes and fluid motion, all of which make her part of a living environment. New character animations and controls allow her to move through stunning environments with grace and precision, while an understanding of the game's original appeal reinvigorates the fundamental explore-and-solve adventure experience. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.4
MotoGP '06 28.

MotoGP '06

Platform: Xbox 360
June 12, 2006
(Also known as "MotoGP 2006") With the inclusion of the new 2006 bikes, riders and tracks, for the first time ever MotoGP fans will be able to recreate the brand new season as it unfolds. MotoGP Mode: The Official game of the MotoGP Championship. Features the new 2006 season bikes, riders and tracks, as well as the full 2005 season. 17 GP tracks, including the new Shanghai, Laguna Seca, and Istanbul circuits. Extreme Mode: 17 Extreme Mode street tracks, including new Monterey Costal Highway. Redesigned Extreme mode tracks to increase speed and raceability. Online Gaming: Up to 16 riders per online race. Superb online features including Spectator Mode & Commentator Mode. [THQ]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.4
Cloning Clyde 29.

Cloning Clyde

Platform: Xbox 360
July 19, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Have you ever been cloned? Ever wonder what it would be like to be a chicken? A monkey? A frog? Cloning Clyde is a 3-D side-scrolling adventure, featuring (of course!) multiplayer gameplay. Play split screen on a single console, or mutate online with your friends across the world. Can you free yourselves from the myriad sinister traps and mutations that await you? Get Cloning today and find out. Play as a variety of mutant Clydes, each with unique abilities, including Chicken-Clyde, Frog-Clyde, Sheep-Clyde, and more. Play not only as Clyde himself, but also as his hundreds of clones. On a single console, join with a friend in co-op mode, or go crazy with four player versus mode. Solve exciting and addictive puzzles with a variety of resolutions. Enjoy hours of fun with two distinct game modes including 40 cooperative levels and six versus arenas. Play online through Xbox Live with up to eight friends. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
NHL 07 30.

NHL 07

Platform: Xbox 360
September 12, 2006
The golden age of console hockey returns with NHL 07, featuring gameplay innovations that make players feel like they are actually on the ice. Featuring an unmatched level of freedom and control, NHL 07 allows hockey purists and casual fans alike to feel like they can play like a pro. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
5.3
NCAA Football 07 31.

NCAA Football 07

Platform: Xbox 360
July 18, 2006
Momentum changes everything - now college football's most celebrated videogame turns the tide with NCAA Football 07. Whether battling your biggest rival or playing for the first-ever BCS National Championship Game in Dynasty Mode, success on the field depends on your ability to maintain momentum. Featuring unprecedented graphics that capture every moment in complete detail—from the authenticity of the stadiums, mascots, and marching bands, to the true-to-life look and feel of the players on the field. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.0
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II 32.

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II

Platform: Xbox 360
July 5, 2006
Based on the PC version of the same name, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II for the Xbox 360 will bring players into the heart of Middle-earth to live the battles seen in the blockbuster New Line Cinema films and classic J.R.R. Tolkien literary fiction. The game boasts a new and intuitive console-specific control scheme that will allow novice players to enjoy the game’s signature strategy gameplay while giving expert players the flexibility needed to engage in a deeply complex strategy experience. Players will directly control hundreds of units in an attempt to defeat enemy armies, conquer new lands, and seal the fate of Middle-earth. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.1
Prey 33.

Prey

Platform: Xbox 360
July 11, 2006
Prey tells the story of Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic stuck on a reservation going nowhere. Abducted along with his people to a menacing mothership orbiting Earth, he sets out to save himself and his girlfriend and eventually his planet. [2K Games]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.4
Assault Heroes 34.

Assault Heroes

Platform: Xbox 360
December 13, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] As the only surviving members of an elite Special Forces unit, it is up to you to find the secret underground lab. Go the mission alone or fight side-by-side with a friend in the two-player cooperative mode. Navigate your heavily armed 4x4, speed boat or travel on foot and blast your way through enemy-infested territory. Prepare to be assaulted by waves of formidable enemies with unrelenting attacks. Play online or offline two-player (same screen) cooperative mode with enhanced weapons to encourage teamwork. Operate an armed 4x4, speed boat or simply fight on foot to for a quick change of pace. Equip yourself with damaging Mini-Guns, Flak Cannons, Flamethrower, Grenades and Nukes to destroy everything in your path. Activate cooperative attacks with increased firepower and range (specific to co-op) to add new dimension to weapon capabilities. Features destructible terrain and advanced physics engine for the most engaging arcade experience. Most Intense Arcade Experience - Challenging and graphically compelling levels and bonus sublevels for fast-paced, and addictive play. [Sierra Online]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.4
Marble Blast Ultra 35.

Marble Blast Ultra

Platform: Xbox 360
January 23, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Marble Blast Ultra is the latest in the classic Marble Blast series. Suitable for players of any age, Marble Blast Ultra transports you to a futuristic 'astrolab' arena suspended high in the clouds. Compete against each other by navigating your marbles through moving platforms and dangerous hazards, while collecting rare gems and power-up enhancements, in an effort to complete each course in record time. Compete head to head in Xbox Live ultra blast multiplayer mode. [Xbox.com]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
AstroPop 36.

AstroPop

Platform: Xbox 360
March 22, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Fire your rockets and blast off to fast-paced, arcade-puzzle action. Astropop blends fast twitch challenge with an offbeat, fun storyline. Choose from four space pilots, each with unique abilities and weaponry. Then grab, group, and blast bricks to create combos and clear a path to the stars. As you progress, a mysterious link between the pilots unfolds against a backdrop of spectacular graphics, captivating sound effects, and myriads of scoring opportunities. Astropop's two different gameplay modes (Classic & Survival), coupled with 33 challenging bonus rounds, offers hours of extraordinary replay value for players of all ages and skill levels. [Xbox.com]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
5.5
NHL 2K7 37.

NHL 2K7

Platform: Xbox 360
September 12, 2006
Hundreds of new skating animations have been captured for NHL 2K7. Not only will skating look much more natural, players will also experience the true momentum of skating whenever players dig into the ice to accelerate or carve the ice to make sudden stops. In addition to the numerous new skating animations, several new checking, passing, and shooting animations have been added, making all the action in NHL 2K7 flow with amazing detail. New gameplay enhancements have been added to Pro Control, giving users offensive and defensive tools to utilize on the ice. While on offense, players now have the ability to execute drop passes, allowing users to setup new screen plays and create new scoring opportunities to catch the goalie off-guard. Pressure Control brings a tactical element to defensive hockey as players now can instruct teammates to defend opposing players while on the ice. Varying degrees of pressure can be selected - whether it's telling your teammate to shadow a selected opponent or deliver a big check - allowing players new defensive options on the fly. Pro Control in NHL 2K7 delivers the offensive and defensive options hockey fans have been asking for, truly delivering the next generation of hockey. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
Far Cry Instincts Predator 38.

Far Cry Instincts Predator

Platform: Xbox 360
March 28, 2006
Far Cry Instincts Predator features both Far Cry Instincts Next Chapter and an enhanced version of the original Far Cry Instincts game. Offering the kind of lush and deep natural environment true to the Far Cry brand, Far Cry Instincts on Xbox 360 captivates gamers with its enhanced graphical reality and gameplay. Giving gamers the opportunity to discover the Far Cry universe in an optimized, high-definition environment, the game takes advantage of Xbox 360's multi-core next-generation engine for improved performance. Gamers will experience advanced pathfinding and new enemy and vehicle artificial intelligence for improved chase scenes and more enemies on-screen at one time, allowing for more adrenaline-rushing fast-action sequences. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.5
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat 39.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

Platform: Xbox 360
April 11, 2006
Warfare-wage all-out war with the most extensive range of vehicles and weaponry ever assembled. An all-new story-driven single-player mode drops players deep into an action-packed war obscured by government sponsored propaganda, forcing you to choose sides and decide the outcome. Engage in online multiplayer action for up to 24 players on more than a dozen maps. The revolutionary new HotSwap feature in single player mode gives you instant tactical control. Pull every trigger on the battlefield to lead your army to victory. Clan support, VOIP, and a deep stat-tracking system help round out one of the deepest online console shooters to date. Take control of more than 30 land, sea, and air vehicles, including tanks, helicopters, and amphibious craft, and master more than 50 state-of-the-art weapons. Put on the uniform of one of four armies, each with their own unique arsenals and soldier classes including Sniper, Special Ops, Combat Engineer, and more. Complete each unit's unique Battlefield Moment to earn Battlefield Points and unlock rewards, including upgrades and promotions. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.2
Lumines Live! 40.

Lumines Live!

Platform: Xbox 360
October 18, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] A fresh installment to the original blockbuster puzzle series has landed on Xbox Live Arcade: Lumines Live! Harnessing the power of Xbox 360, Lumines Live! is a deep and entertaining game experience, enhanced with vibrant music and newly designed skins that you can custom-select in Skin Edit mode. Lumines Live! features full multiplayer mode on Xbox Live, unleashing leaderboards, achievements, gamer scores, online competitive modes, and more on Xbox Live gamers. Expand your Lumines Live! experience with additional downloadable content via Xbox Live Marketplace, including new puzzles, skins, and music - such as music videos performed by artists like Madonna - all offered through the Artist Pack. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
Need for Speed Carbon 41.

Need for Speed Carbon

Platform: Xbox 360
October 31, 2006
What starts in the city is settled in the canyons as Need for Speed Carbon immerses you into the world's most dangerous and adrenaline-filled form of street racing. You and your crew must race in an all-out war for the city, risking everything to take over your rivals' neighborhoods one block at a time. As the police turn up the heat, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve. Need for Speed Carbon delivers the next generation of customization giving you the power to design and tweak your crew's cars in every way using the ground-breaking new Autosculpt technology. Represent your car class, your crew, and your turf in Need for Speed Carbon, the next revolution in racing games. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.7
The Godfather 42.

The Godfather

Platform: Xbox 360
September 19, 2006
The book by Mario Puzo and classic film by Paramount Pictures serve as inspiration for The Godfather, as gamers join the Corleone family and earn respect through loyalty and fear as they rise through the ranks to become Don in a living 1945-1955 New York. Gamers create their own mob character in the game, putting themselves into the action while reliving classic moments from the fiction and experiencing original missions alongside memorable characters from the film. After a life of small-time jobs and petty thefts the player is accepted into the Corleone family, America's most famous criminal organization. It is up to the player to carry out orders, earn respect and make New York City their own. Featuring non-linear action-adventure gameplay, The Godfather offers gamers countless choices for solving the family’s problems with brutal violence, skillful diplomacy, or a cunning mixture of both. From mob hits and bank heists to drive-bys and extortion, step deep inside the world of The Godfather where intimidation and negotiation are your tickets to the top. Players use their powers of loyalty and fear to earn respect through interactions with characters in the world. Decisions made by the player in the game have lasting consequences, just as it was in the mob underworld featured in The Godfather fiction. James Caan, Robert Duvall, and the late Marlon Brando provided voice acting and likenesses for the game. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.8
Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting 43.

Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting

Platform: Xbox 360
August 2, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] In addition to several offline modes and numerous leaderboards and achievements, the game takes advantage of the new online features of the Xbox 360's powerful processing capabilities to create a seamless online multiplayer experience. Among several online game options is an exclusive mode called "Quarter Match", which introduces a new way of reliving the exhilarating arcade experience at home. Xbox 360 users can connect to the Xbox Live online game service and access Xbox Live Arcade to download a free, feature-limited version of the game which offers two playable characters for one match. When they are ready for the ultimate retro gaming experience, users can then unlock the full version of the game, enabling players to choose from all eight original characters as well as four boss characters, each with their own special endings and home levels. [Capcom]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.8
RoboBlitz 44.

RoboBlitz

Platform: Xbox 360
November 28, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] RoboBlitz is a humorous, physics-driven action game full of inventive gizmos, weapons, and environments. Players take on the role of Blitz, a multi-talented robot who must activate an aging Space Cannon to save his world from a band of maladjusted space pirates. Set in seven distinct environments, RoboBlitz features 19 levels of puzzle-solving and high-intensity action. [Naked Sky Entertainment]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.3
Top Spin 2 45.

Top Spin 2

Platform: Xbox 360
March 29, 2006
Everything you loved about Top Spin is back and made even better. The peerless player-creator is reborn with the powerful Digital Identity that truly puts you in the game. Experience the pro tour in venues that are alive and dynamic with environmental elements that react to your play. Characters are even more stunning with the addition of HD technology and the inclusion of the top players in the world like Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer. Create realistic player models and customize them with the highest level of details. Hairstyles, sweatbands, shirts, shorts, shoes, and more allow you to create a player with your look and your style. Silky smooth animations, vibrant colors, and hi-definition technology delivers illustrious depictions of players, stadiums, and crowds bringing tennis to life on the Xbox 360. Take on, play as, or team up with 24 of the world's top ranked professionals, featuring tennis stars: Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Carlos Moya, Tommy Haas, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, Guillermo Coria, Tim Henman, Max Mirnyi, Alex Kuznetsov, Brendan Evans, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Ai Sugiyama, Lindsay Davenport, Anastasia Myskina, Daniela Hantuchova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Amelie Mauresmo, Alicia Molik, Angela Haynes, Jamea Jackson, and Corina Morariu. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.8
Just Cause 46.

Just Cause

Platform: Xbox 360
September 27, 2006
Assume the role of the flamboyant Rico Rodriguez – an undercover CIA operative specializing in regime change - as he tries to overthrow the corrupt government of San Esperito. This rogue South American island is suspected of stockpiling WMDs and it’s your job to negate the threat to world peace. It could be to your advantage that this tropical paradise is about to implode as various factions vie for power – it just needs a gentle nudge in the right direction. Just Cause offers the freedom to tackle your assignment however you want: play the island’s factions off against one another; incite a rebellion among the masses; or build alliances with rebel forces and drug cartels. The game world consists of 1,225 sq. miles of mountains, jungles, beaches, cities and villages which can be explored by land, sea and air. And you will have at your disposal a varied and exciting array of vehicles, planes and watercraft. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.1
Jetpac Refuelled 47.

Jetpac Refuelled

Platform: Xbox 360
October 24, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Jetpac Refuelled takes tried and tested laser-driven arcade gameplay and brings it right up to date, crowbarring in masses of new levels, enemies and weapon upgrades while polishing the visuals and soundtrack to a space-age shine. Veteran twitch gamers and eager rookies are all well catered for, with over 100 stages challenging allcomers to build and refuel their rockets under heavy pressure from disgruntled locals. The ultimate point of all this? Same as it always was: to stay alive and get rich. Online components include access to global high score Leaderboards and a good spread of Achievements, while the inclusion of simultaneous multiplayer action marks another first for the franchise. Two players can quickly and easily set up a head-to-head battle on a single Xbox 360 console or over Xbox Live. So if you fancy giving your trigger finger a proper arcade workout for the first time in ages, this is the game for you. Feel free to storm Xbox Live Arcade and download the Trial version if you're still not sure. Jetpac Refuelled is much more than a simple nostalgia trip, though to show due reverence we've also included a recreation of the classic 1983 original under the heading of Retro mode... we did, however, stop short of making it take five minutes to load. [Rare]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.4
Small Arms 48.

Small Arms

Platform: Xbox 360
November 22, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Small Arms is the frantic multiplayer brawling game with the action and precision of an arcade shooter. Up to 4 players can join in the battles across many dynamic and richly detailed levels. Choose from a cast of awesome fighters like cyborg tabby cats, assassin truffle pigs and mutant chimney sweeps. Jump from platform to platform shooting each other to pieces with 360° aim. The side-scrolling action is easy for anyone to pickup, and hard to put down. [Gastronaut Studios]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.4
FIFA 07 Soccer 49.

FIFA 07 Soccer

Platform: Xbox 360
October 31, 2006
FIFA Soccer 07 on the Xbox 360 moves away from the traditional animation-based game engine and now enables raw physics and data to drive the action, creating true-to-life movement and the most advanced visuals seen in a soccer game. Player characteristics are based on brand-new traits and twice the number of attributes, so you won't see two players moving in exactly the same way. Instead they look and behave like the athletes we see gracing the pitch week-in, week-out. Improved fundamental controls that are easy to pick-up-and play but difficult to master and enhanced AI enable you to truly enjoy the virtual recreation of the beautiful game. The ball and players react to your slightest touch with an unprecedented level of responsiveness, giving you complete control. For the first time ever the ball is alive with its own independent physics, resulting in truly unpredictable gameplay. Now any type of pass or shot is possible and goals will feel natural and unique. Using the physics-based and data-driven technology, the FIFA Soccer 07 engine creates a wealth of data that gives you the power to make real tactical decisions when managing your players. FIFA Soccer 07 offers never-before-experienced real-time player analysis. Monitor each player’s performance in the game by viewing complete passing, shooting and defending stats. Detailed feedback pinpoints where the player was located on the pitch and his contribution to the match. Now you can make informed decisions during halftime with the aid of this in-depth match analysis, enabling you to locate problem areas in both attack and defense. Check the areas of possession to make subtle adjustments to your play and spot defensive weaknesses in the opposition. All the shots, assists and goals are marked out so you can see who did the most damage. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.5
FIFA World Cup: Germany 2006 50.

FIFA World Cup: Germany 2006

Platform: Xbox 360
April 24, 2006
2006 FIFA World Cup features 12 official stadiums used at 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany and stadiums from each qualifying region. Gamers can play as their favorite team from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the tournament in Germany. With enhanced player animations, EA SPORTS has emulated close to 100 of the world's superstars, capturing their playing styles and individual likenesses. In addition to enabling gamers to participate in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany by taking control of one of 127 national teams, the game features new compelling modes of play, including the groundbreaking Global Challenge that tests even the most hardcore soccer fan by recreating classic moments in FIFA World Cup history. Furthermore, the game supports up to eight-way multiplayer matches and features a plethora of in-game unlockable content such as legendary players and exclusive apparel. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.6
Chromehounds 51.

Chromehounds

Platform: Xbox 360
July 11, 2006
This squad-based action title puts gamers in control of giant mechanized military weapons of war. Chromehounds offers an intense, photorealistic look at war from the cockpits of colossal metal vehicles. These heavily-armed weapons of war, called HOUNDSs, dominate ground battles during warfare in the near-future. Squads of HOUNDs take to the field in international factions, cooperating with and complementing each other in terms of firepower, range of movement, and abilities. Domination of the world is the prize for the mightiest army on the field. Strategic planning, snap reflexes and communication are key to winning the day in this battle-hardened action title. Players take the role of either a Squad Member or a Tactics Commander, who is responsible for strategically guiding the team to victory with verbal commands on Xbox Live. In addition to supporting both cooperative and competitive online modes, the game offers thousands of upgrade options, which effect both the look and performance of player mechs. Strategic gameplay puts the player in the role of 'tactics commander'; manage your squad while testing your reflexes on the battlefield. Xbox LIVE support offers cooperative and competitive campaigns for up to 12 players at once. [Sega]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.0
The Outfit 52.

The Outfit

Platform: Xbox 360
March 13, 2006
THQ and Relic Entertainment take explosive World War II combat to the next generation in an all-new 3rd Person Action Game. Combining intense squad-based combat with the freedom of total destruction, The Outfit takes players behind enemy lines, battling the Nazi War Machine through a variety of combat missions. Choose from three playable squad leaders - each with their own skills and abilities, as you lead a squad of battle-forged soldiers on missions ranging from reconnaissance and rescue to search and destroy. With interactive and fully destructible environments, you have the freedom to shoot, blow up or demolish anything in your path. As you complete mission objectives, you'll gain Field Units (FUs), a currency that can be used to order "Destruction on Demand" - air-dropped into the action at any time. With "Destruction On Demand" (D.O.D.) you can order in everything from tanks, jeeps, half-tracks and other combat vehicles to machinegun nests and anti-tank emplacements, or call in for squad reinforcements, air-strikes or artillery strikes. Experience the cinematic intensity of WWII combat through 12 epic Single-player missions or go online for a variety of Multiplayer modes, including Co-Op and Versus. [THQ]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.6
College Hoops 2K6 53.

College Hoops 2K6

Platform: Xbox 360
March 7, 2006
Player Disposition: Each player has an inherent set of attributes: consistency, focus, and confidence. Utilize practice drills, scrimmages, and weekly meetings to raise these attributes to their peaks, so that you can heighten your Player Psyche and optimize your players’ performances. Coach's Clipboard: Whether it's a full court press or a quick shot at the end of the half, coach your team to victory through specific timeout directions with Timeout Focus. Improve your zone defense efficiency and exploit your opponent's weaknesses by having total control over individual zone replacements with Zone Substitutions. Selection Sunday: No day in college basketball is bigger than Selection Sunday. Watch a broadcast of your team’s placement into the NCAA Tournament. Listen to commentary as video clips give you the low down on all the bracket match ups. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.1
Full Auto 54.

Full Auto

Platform: Xbox 360
February 14, 2006
Full Auto combines fully-automatic, weapon-equipped vehicles with highly detailed urban landscapes, offering the most destructive environments ever featured in the racing genre. In Full Auto, the city of Staunton is held hostage by a mysterious group known only as The Shepherds. As a retired driver, you are coerced by the Shepherds into a series of lethal street races, where the cost of competing is far greater than anyone ever expected. 'Unwreck', a new feature that makes mid-race "restarts" a thing of the past, allows players to rewind short periods of time. Botch a turn? Correct it. Miss a shortcut? Go back and take it. Under heavy fire? Use a second chance to evade the competition. And Xbox Live support ensures significant replay value for gamers itching to take on human opponents in both grand-scale arena modes and full-throttle races. Full Auto allows players to choose from a wide selection of unique vehicle designs and arm them with any combination of machine guns, cannons, and other deadly weapons before taking to the streets. The rules of the road don't apply in this high-octane, no-holds-barred competition. [Sega]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.7
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 55.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Platform: Xbox 360
October 22, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 on Xbox Live Arcade stays faithful to the arcade version by allowing players to choose from 22 fighters (including additional secret fighters), each of which has their own good or evil motives and a common goal – the destruction of Shao Kahn. Included in the XLA version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is the classic "2 on 2 kombat mode," as well as a variety of multiplayer modes including a new Challenger Versus Mode which allows up to 4 players to play in a "winner-stays-on" style tournament. The game is available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points. A large variety of environments to fight in including Scorpion's Lair, Jade's Desert, Kahn's Kave, River Kombat, Noob's Dorfen and more. Detailed Leaderboards: Captures the player's win and losses both for all time and for the current week. Challenger Versus Mode: A new multiplayer mode which allows up to 4 players to play in a "winner-stays-on" style tournament. Statistics are recorded to allow for maximum bragging rights. 12 achievements: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 achievements offer rewards for both the novice and expert players. [Midway]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.6
World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions 56.

World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions

Platform: Xbox 360
September 21, 2006
World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions takes a story-based approach putting players on the Pro Circuit as a new pro and protégé of Chris "Jesus" Ferguson. Players test their skills at the premier Circuit Events in hopes of qualifying for the winner-take-all, invitation-only Tournament of Champions at the Rio Resort in Las Vegas. Along the way, they face-off against more top pros than ever before, including Joseph Hachem, the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion and Jennifer Tilly, the Academy Award nominated actress and World Series of Poker bracelet holder, among others in hopes of bringing home the Tournament of Champions trophy. [Activision]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.3
Enchanted Arms 57.

Enchanted Arms

Platform: Xbox 360
August 29, 2006
(Known is Japan as "[eM] -eNCHANT arM-") In Enchanted Arms, players embark on an epic adventure filled with unique characters and more than 75 special controllable creatures that players can unlock as they progress. Players take on the role of Atsuma, an Enchanter-in-training who will transform from a naïve student to the most powerful savior in a war 1,000 years in the making. As the story develops, players face increasingly difficult challenges and learn to master Atsuma's special fighting and magical abilities. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
6.9
Blitz: The League 58.

Blitz: The League

Platform: Xbox 360
November 13, 2006
The game which revolutionized pro football videogames is back and better than ever, starring new bad boy, Bill Romanowski, as Baltimore Bearcats linebacker Bruno Batagglia, and the return of Lawrence Taylor, as Quentin Sands. Step onto the field with more customizable options than ever before, with new cities, logos, and unlockable players which will help you to create what could be the greatest franchise in League history. Take your team online and dominate your opponents using new offensive and defensive evasion moves, or try and defeat the new all-star teams stacked with the best talent on the field. Get ready for another dramatic season of Blitz and experience The League like never before. [Midway]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
6.6
Jewel Quest 59.

Jewel Quest

Platform: Xbox 360
March 3, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Jewel Quest is a unique new take on the classic-style matching game. Explore the ancient ruins of Mayan civilization while discovering hidden treasures and priceless artifacts. Rearrange valuable relics to turn sand tiles into gold. Watch out, though ... as you venture deeper into the jungle, you will encounter increasingly difficult puzzles containing secret twists, cursed items, and buried artifacts. Earn the respect of your fellow archaeologists and collect oodles of treasures and jewels. Your quest is complete when you have solved every puzzle, uncovered all the gold statues, and proven yourself a Chief Explorer. Map your progress through 180 challenging puzzles. Encounter buried relics, cursed items, and mind-boggling boards. Immerse yourself in stunning graphics, captivating music, and the wild sounds of the jungle. Earn bonus points and extra lives as you advance through the quests. Get special hints help you with your battle against time. [Xbox.com]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.8
Galaga 60.

Galaga

Platform: Xbox 360
July 26, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Galaga was released in the arcades in 1981 and became an instant classic. This exciting title soon became know for its innovative fighter combination system and the varied enemy attack patterns. Take control of a fighter space craft and shoot down the invading aliens. Watch out for the swooping motherships, which will try to steal your fighter. Rescue captured fighters to double your firepower. Earn Perfect Bonuses as you battle your way through wave after wave in different challenging stages. [Namco Bandai]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.0
Final Fantasy XI 61.

Final Fantasy XI

Platform: Xbox 360
April 18, 2006
The world of Vana'diel stands at the brink of war. Three powerful nations, united in their plight against the beastmen forces, look to their last hope -- brave adventurers like you! Will the beastmen gain the upper hand, and thrust the once-peaceful Vana'diel into another war? Step into the world of Vana'diel and journey forth on grand adventures with players from all across the globe! Final Fantasy XI is the first online game in the award-winning FINAL FANTASY series. How you play is up to you, with limitless possibilities for adventure. Set out on your own to discover the countless secrets of Vana'diel, or form a party with your friends to purge the beastman forces and bring home sensational spoils! With the release of Final Fantasy XI for Xbox 360, Square Enix expands its cross-platform strategy, making the award-winning MMORPG available to a much wider audience across the world. The powerful next-generation capabilities of Xbox 360 provides a much more dynamic and visually impressive gateway to Vana'diel. In addition, players can finally experience Final Fantasy XI in high-definition and 5.1 channel surround sound, only on Xbox 360. Final Fantasy XI is accessible through the Xbox Live online game service. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
6.5
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII 62.

Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII

Platform: Xbox 360
March 23, 2006
During the course of the 18-mission campaign, players will evolve along with their wingmen into an ace fighting force. Spectacular graphics enhance the combat experience in true World War II battle sites such as England, Germany, France, Morocco, Pearl Harbor, Midway and Tokyo. The heroic storyline that follows the evolution of a single squadron and the cinematic presentation create moments reminiscent of classic World War II movies. Pilots fly in close to Germany’s industrial terrain during a bombing raid or emerge from the fog and cloud cover over London to engage the enemy. Up to 16 players online can engage over Xbox Live online game service in head-to-head dogfights or cooperative team play between squadrons in 10 additional missions. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.9
Major League Baseball 2K6 63.

Major League Baseball 2K6

Platform: Xbox 360
April 10, 2006
As the exclusive and official Major League Baseball multi-platform video game, Major League Baseball 2K6 includes innovative features such as a new movement system and realistic player collisions on the infield and outfield. New broadcast elements include flashback replays, and a unique player morale system will unfold the drama like never before in a baseball video game. The World Baseball Classic is featured exclusively in Major League Baseball 2K6. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
4.1
Dig Dug 64.

Dig Dug

Platform: Xbox 360
October 11, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Experience the fast-paced action of this quarter-cruncher from 1982 as you take control of Dig Dug himself and vanquish Pookas and Fygars. Using your trusty pump, inflate your enemies until they pop, or squash them under rocks. Don't hesitate, or you could get squashed yourself. Drive your high score up by taking out enemies further underground, or making more difficult kills. Dig! Propel Dig Dug through underground tunnels as he hunts down monsters. The more dirt you move, the more points you get. Watch out for treacherous rocks and use them to your advantage. Fight! Just because your enemies start in tunnels doesn't mean they have to stay there. Watch out for them sneaking up on you and make them pay! Collect! Drop more than two rocks and look for icons to start appearing in the center of the map! Collect these items, including the ship from the Xbox Live Arcade game Galaga, to drive your score higher. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
65
User Score:
6.7
Feeding Frenzy 65.

Feeding Frenzy

Platform: Xbox 360
March 10, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Slurp, gulp, and crunch your way all along the Frenzy Coast in Feeding Frenzy! The rules here are simple: Eat anything that's smaller than you and swim clear of everything else. The more you eat, the bigger you get, and the bigger you get, the closer you come to taking on the fearsome Shark King. Starfish bubbles don't help you grow, but they’re an easy way to boost your score. Oysters offer up bonus points in the form of pearls, but be quick or the shell could snap shut with you inside! Nibbling on the tail of a patrolling barracuda is a risky way to earn extra points—he can turn on you in an instant. And the jellyfish - well, it's best to swim clear of them altogether. Did you know that tuna can swim up to 50 miles per hour? Or that a parrot fish can change its gender? Feeding Frenzy includes more than four dozen fascinating fish facts like these - one between each game level. [Xbox.com]
Metascore:
65
User Score:
7.1
Cars 66.

Cars

Platform: Xbox 360
October 23, 2006
Race to the finish line as you live all the fun and excitement of the next Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, Cars. Play as all your favorite characters as you help Lightning McQueen capture the coveted Piston Cup Championship. Story-based adventure that relives key moments of the movie. Burn rubber in over 30 races and mini-games. Explore the open-world of Radiator Springs. Speed to the finish line with over 10 playable characters. Make your friends eat your dust in multiplayer mode. Features all of the major voice talent from the movie. [THQ]
Metascore:
65
User Score:
7.2
Crystal Quest 67.

Crystal Quest

Platform: Xbox 360
February 5, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] The 1987 classic, Crystal Quest, returns with updated graphics, enhanced special effects and Dolby sound! Pilot your ship through 60 waves, collecting crystals and evading the Nasties. These unique baddies - each one different - emerge from portals on each side of the screen. Fire your weapon at them, or deploy a smart bomb to vaporize every Nasty on the screen. Grab all the crystals to open the gateway at the bottom of the screen. And don't forget to gather up the goodies in each wave... you can find bonus points, extra smart bombs and even an occasional mega-crystal for massive points! [Xbox.com]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.6
Star Trek: Legacy 68.

Star Trek: Legacy

Platform: Xbox 360
December 12, 2006
Star Trek: Legacy places you in the role of the Admiral of a task force of warships, which you control in small and large-scale battles. Test your strategic and tactical skills in real-time combat featuring authentic spaceships, full damage modeling, and spectacular visual effects. The storyline spans the entire Star Trek Universe, including the Original Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise eras. Taking advantage of next-generation consoles, Star Trek: Legacy features dynamic three-dimensional battlefields with graphically stunning space environments filled with fully realized nebulas, wormholes, planets, and stars. With full multiplayer support, you can to choose from small-scale engagements to all-out war involving multiple star systems in addition to tracking stats and player rankings. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
5.7
Phantasy Star Universe 69.

Phantasy Star Universe

Platform: Xbox 360
October 25, 2006
Phantasy Star Universe offers two complete RPG experiences - a single-player action adventure spanning multiple planets, and a robust online multi-player component. The game offers long-time fans the epic experience they have been clamoring for. The solo adventure features more than 40 hours of gameplay, an emotionally engaging story, traditional cut scenes, and strong character development. The title's hero is Ethan Waber, a 17-year old cadet intent on saving his sister, who is living on a planet under siege by mysterious life forces called THE SEED. In Online Mode, players are given the opportunity to create their own characters from a range of races, and they get to explore all three planets in the Grarl solar system. Fans can travel with a squad of other adventurers, enter urban sprawls teeming with hundreds of other players, and build their avatars into powerful warriors. [Sega]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.4
Big Bumpin' 70.

Big Bumpin'

Platform: Xbox 360
November 19, 2006
[Playable on the Xbox and Xbox 360. Available only at Burger King Restaurants from Nov. 19 through Dec. 24, 2006 for $3.99 and the purchase of a BK Value Meal.] Big Bumpin' looks like a traditional carnival bumper car ride and features familiar Burger King icons, including the Subservient Chicken and Brooke Burke. But, there's a catch – Big Bumpin' arenas come with some big hazards, like surprise saws, bottomless pits and "power up" items that let gamers dole out thundering bumps. With several different types of game play, gamers have a chance to hone their bumper car skills in a variety of challenging scenarios. The game features theme parks, including the "Ice Box," "Broiler," "King's Court," "The Deep" and "Monsoon of Doom," and three modes of play for each – intense four-player and XBOX Live-supported. Easy to learn. Fun to play. Difficult to avoid a major crash. [King Games]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
5.8
Texas Hold 'Em 71.

Texas Hold 'Em

Platform: Xbox 360
August 23, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Whether you're a beginner or a pro, enjoy the thrill of the perfect hand or the perfect bluff. Test your skills in ring games and tournaments, or fine-tune your skills playing the scenario you always wanted to be in. Customize the game however you want. The comprehensive help provides details on each aspect of the game. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
6.7
Contra 72.

Contra

Platform: Xbox 360
November 8, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] The Red Falcon organization is plotting to conquer the Earth and two commandos, Lance and Bill, must infiltrate their base. Travel through eight stages in the jungle armed with a machine gun and the ability to capture upgraded weapons including a Fireball, Laser, Rapid Fire gun and a Spread Gun. Lance and Bill are all that stand in the way of Red Falcon and their plans for global domination. [Konami]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
5.2
Time Pilot 73.

Time Pilot

Platform: Xbox 360
August 30, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Pilot a jet fighter with the capability to travel through time to destroy wave after wave of enemies. Start in 1910 and gun down biplanes and work your way through to the 21st century piloting your craft against UFOs. Collect parachuting pilots to gain point bonuses and destroy enemy ships to call forth the boss in order to advance through time. [Konami]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
tbd
Rumble Roses XX 74.

Rumble Roses XX

Platform: Xbox 360
March 28, 2006
The vixens of wrestling are back. Sure Rumble Roses XX delivers the visual "enhancements" that you would expect for a next generation game, but this is more than just another pretty face. Get in the ring and unload submission holds, reversals, and an increased number of other new moves to take down your opponent. Go online and team up with another beauty in the all-new Tag Team mode or compete in a free-for-all to determine who is Queen in the all-new Battle Royal mode. Fight fair or fight dirty - humiliation is the name of the game. The first and only all-female wrestling experience for the Xbox 360. New gameplay modes include Tag Team, Battle Royal, Elimination and more. New moves: A wider variety of moves and combinations offer a more realistic wresting experience. Compete online as a team or go head-to-head. Choose from more than 20 wrestlers each with a variety of costume changes, and new moves. [Konami]
Metascore:
62
User Score:
6.4
Pac-Man 75.

Pac-Man

Platform: Xbox 360
August 9, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Play one of the all-time classic videogames with Pac-Man. Move through treacherous mazes and eat all the Pac-Dots to clear each stage while avoiding the sinister ghosts. Eat Power Pellets to become temporarily invincible. Turn the tables on the ghosts and chase them down. Eat all four ghosts to ear the most bonus points. Are you skilled enough to stay alive through all the stages? This classic video game was released in 1980, and became a phenomenon around the world. The Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged Pac-Man as the "Most Successful Coin-Operated Game in History" in 2005. Now you won't need a pocketful of quarters to play this classic arcade title. [Namco Bandai]
Metascore:
62
User Score:
5.1
Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires 76.

Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires

Platform: Xbox 360
March 28, 2006
In Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires, the armies of the kingdom are at your command. The player's ultimate goal is to conquer the 25 regions of Ancient China and build an entire Empire using cunning diplomacy and uncompromising force. Before each battle, the player will meet with the war council to decide upon military and political policies for the kingdom, then it's time for war. The game gives armchair generals total control of their kingdom. Now, gamers can issue direct orders to each officer or signal general commands to officers on the field. Players will order when the army will take the offensive, defend their ground, or have all officers gather for an ambush. Gamers can also choose the officers for an attack force, entice captives into joining the kingdom's service and even expel officers from the kingdom. There's even greater authority over Government, Product Development, Diplomacy and Battle Tactics with the game's 25 new policies for a total of 75 in all. The game's imperial-sized action includes 4 scenarios to unlock, 2-Player Co-Op play in "Empire" and "Free" modes, new items to unlock, and control of over 200 officers! Once the dust has settled, there's the real history of Ancient China to discover in the game's detailed Encyclopedia. [KOEI]
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.2
Ninety-Nine Nights 77.

Ninety-Nine Nights

Platform: Xbox 360
August 15, 2006
From the collaboration between famed game developer Tetsuya Mizuguchi of Q Entertainment and director SangYoun Lee of leading Korean developer Phantagram comes the Xbox 360-exclusive Ninety-Nine Nights. The title is a fantasy action game for Xbox 360 that allows players to experience an immersive and emotional story though the eyes of good and evil while they fight among hundreds of fellow soldiers through an epic adventure of fantasy and action. Each playable character will feature their own strengths and weaknesses, as players must choose the right combination of magic and might to overcome their adversaries. With hundreds of combatants on screen at once, players wield their armies with precision and skill in massive scale battles against ever evolving virtual opponents. In the epic and emotional campaign, gamers play through the heart of a fabulous fantasy realm with unparalleled depth. Each character has his or her own dedicated plotline that ultimately intertwines with that of a larger story. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
61
User Score:
6.6
Frogger 78.

Frogger

Platform: Xbox 360
July 12, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Enjoy the classic game Frogger, revitalized and brand spanking new on your Xbox 360. Features enhanced artwork building on the original title's style, modernized sound and music, and all new play modes. Versus speed mode: Race a friend in split screen or Xbox Live action with this exciting new mode. Take as many frogs as you need to be the first to get five across the street for a new, intense competition. Co-op play: With a friend in the room, or on the other side of the world via Xbox Live, put your competitive nature aside and work together to push your frogs to the limit. All new bonuses: Rescue extra frogs, discover Frogger's friends, and search out tasty insect bonuses to push your score higher. There's an all time high score for this title, and someone's gonna have to beat it. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
61
User Score:
5.3
Open Season 79.

Open Season

Platform: Xbox 360
September 19, 2006
Team up with a cast of crazy critters, unleashing your animal instincts in Open Season, the game – a riotous romp in the great outdoors in which a rowdy brood of forest animals turns the tables on a bunch of unsuspecting hunters. When a domesticated grizzly named Boog gets lured into leaving the creature comforts of home by a fast-talking mule deer named Elliott, he finds himself lost in the woods just three days before hunting season begins. Forced to "rough it" in the great outdoors, Boog goes native, rallying all the forest animals to take back their home and send the hunters packing. Interact with Beth, Shaw, and all your animal favorites from the Open Season film. Throw skunk bombs, hurl rabbits, use acorn-firing squirrels, and pull outrageous woodland pranks to scare the pants off the hunters. Roll in a giant snowball, ride the rapids on a floating outhouse, zip through tunnels in a crazy mine cart ride, and take on more madcap adventures as Boog discovers how to go from "Mild" to "Wild". Challenge your friends or team up together in 4-player mini-games. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
59
User Score:
7.3
Bionicle Heroes 80.

Bionicle Heroes

Platform: Xbox 360
November 15, 2006
Bionicle Heroes brings to life the most powerful and exciting LEGO characters ever seen in one game, in an action-packed world of adventure and discovery. Take control of a young hero as he steps out of the real world and into the strange and dangerous universe of Bionicle. Only by mastering the powers and special abilities of the greatest Bionicle heroes will he be able to overcome the many challenges ahead. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
59
User Score:
6.2
NBA Live 07 81.

NBA Live 07

Platform: Xbox 360
September 25, 2006
NBA LIVE 07 plays as good as it looks with gameplay advancements that build upon the depth and authenticity that the NBA LIVE franchise has delivered for more than a decade. NBA LIVE 07 introduces the next generation of basketball gameplay with EA SPORTS Total Freestyle Control, a new feature that gives users more control over athletes than ever. By introducing a next generation AI system that is both intuitive and intelligent, combined with advancements to fan-favorite features like All-Star Weekend and Dynasty Mode, NBA LIVE 07 continues to deliver its award-winning gameplay experience. This year NBA LIVE 07 partners with the worldwide leader in sports to deliver more ESPN content in-game while you play than ever before. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
59
User Score:
5.0
Defender 82.

Defender

Platform: Xbox 360
November 15, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Protect the humans on the planet surface by destroying the invading alien abductors. In the future, the galaxy is invaded by hostile alien forces. Attacking in countless swarms, the aliens decimate any planet they encounter. Those who survive the initial invasions are harvested and forced serve the alien invaders. Mankind's only hope lies in you, the Defender. Classic and enhanced modes: Play this arcade classic the way it was back in the day, or play it with sound and visual enhancements for next-gen. Full Xbox Live support: Access leaderboards for single player, versus, co-op, and weekly stats, and earn 12 achievements for a total of 200 gamerpoints. Multiplayer mania: Test your skills against rivals or team up with your friends. Play on or offline in co-op or versus mode, combining your scores or matching them against each other for the win. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
58
User Score:
tbd
Pocketbike Racer 83.

Pocketbike Racer

Platform: Xbox 360
November 19, 2006
[Playable on the Xbox and Xbox 360. Available only at Burger King Restaurants from Nov. 19 through Dec. 24, 2006 for $3.99 and the purchase of a BK Value Meal.] Welcome to the wild world of Pocketbike racing where players race the King and his miniature motorbike crew through five fun, yet challenging speedways. Each track varies in level of difficulty and players navigate long straights, tight bends and sharp turns at high speeds while attempting to earn enhancements and tools that they can use to gain an advantage over opponents. Featuring HAVE IT YOUR WAY customization options, players select a bike and a driver and then hit the track of their choice of a BURGER KING restaurant parking lot, a construction site, a backyard, the King's garden or the fabled Fantasy Ranch set. In addition to individual play, four players can race against each other in classic split-screen set-up or eight players can battle it out online using XBOX Live. [King Games]
Metascore:
54
User Score:
6.4
Import Tuner Challenge 84.

Import Tuner Challenge

Platform: Xbox 360
September 26, 2006
Import Tuner Challenge is an authentic and extremely customizable street-racing game that challenges racers to immerse themselves in Tokyo's underground to take on the fastest street-racing teams. Players can customize and race licensed import sports cars using real tuner parts and tuning techniques. Includes real Tokyo highways and regions, all the hottest licensed import sports cars and concept vehicles and the most prized import tuner part manufacturers. More than five million customizations: Select from a vast warehouse of specialized parts to customize a car's interior, exterior and engine. Includes everything from authentic aero kits from Mazdaspeed, C-West and Veilside to racing seats from Recaro and Bride. Tune your car like a mechanic: Install custom parts with the click of a button and hit the streets wheels spinning. Players can fine-tune their parts to suit a specific race. Conquer the toughest and fastest street-racing teams: With more than 400 unique opponents with different strengths, weaknesses and custom cars, never play the same game twice. Take your ride to the Xbox Live online gaming service: See how your custom tuner stacks up in head-to-head in Versus mode – take your most extreme mods straight to the streets to dominate all who challenge. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
54
User Score:
7.8
Sneak King 85.

Sneak King

Platform: Xbox 360
November 19, 2006
[Playable on the Xbox and Xbox 360. Available only at Burger King Restaurants from Nov. 19 through Dec. 24, 2006 for $3.99 and the purchase of a BK Value Meal.] Only the King can turn an everyday act into an art form and now players can step into the King's royal shoes and use cunning stealth to sneak up behind unsuspecting people and bestow them with a delicious meal. The goal of Sneak King is to surprise hungry citizens with BURGER KING sandwiches and other menu items throughout the day before they pass out from hunger. Whether in a logging yard, construction site, suburban neighborhood or downtown urban scene -- each rich with detail and hidden pathways -- players can hide out and earn points based on how elaborate the delivery is executed. [King Games]
Metascore:
54
User Score:
5.6
The History Channel: Civil War - A Nation Divided 86.

The History Channel: Civil War - A Nation Divided

Platform: Xbox 360
November 14, 2006
The game casts players in the role of a Confederate or Union soldier battling through 12 of the most famous battles in U.S. history. Each mission is introduced with a documentary video describing the historic moments in a battle, movements of armies, local fights, historical photos and battle statistics. Gamers experience the intense conflicts of the Civil War in famous locations like Little Round Top and Lookout Mountain to the diverse landscapes of train yards, saw mills and military forts while using bayonets, sabers, the butt of a gun and even their fists to take down the enemy. A wide arsenal of rifles, multiple types of grenades, exploding artillery, revolvers, muskets and more are at the soldier's disposal to set charges, place explosives, sabotage enemy lines, destroy buildings and more to complete mission objectives. [Activision]
Metascore:
53
User Score:
6.7
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 87.

Dead or Alive Xtreme 2

Platform: Xbox 360
November 13, 2006
Join the DOA girls at the beach--frolic at your own pace, compete in new beach games and see all their curves up close and personal. Play as Kasumi, Christie or any of the nine female characters that appear in the DEAD OR ALIVE series. This is the way resort life was meant to be enjoyed. Admire the girls of DOA like never before... The gorgeous women of the award winning DOA franchise come to life in a fun, beautiful, island environment complete with all new cinematics. What would a tropical vacation be without some beach blanket games? Play games from the original DOAXBV including Beach Volleyball and the fan-favorite Hopping Game or try out the all-new additions, the innovative Hip Wrestling or experience an adrenaline rush in the personal watercraft" racing mode. Do you feel lucky? Gamble the night away as the Casino feature is back with even more games to test your luck. A DOA game without a little competition? Never! Play by yourself or challenge others in versus mode or through Xbox Live. [Tecmo]
Metascore:
53
User Score:
7.0
Samurai Warriors 2 88.

Samurai Warriors 2

Platform: Xbox 360
September 19, 2006
Long before the twilight of the samurai, Japan was ruled by powerful leaders hungry to unite the land under one banner. The samurai and ninja who defended their land and honor became legends. Features 26 playable characters in all. 10 new warriors are ready for battle including the legendary Musashi Miyamoto, the unifier of Japan Ieyasu Tokugawa, and the enigmatic ninja Kotaro Fuma. Once forbidden secret techniques for each warrior are revealed. Set traps, summon ninja decoys, and more. Use powerful Linked Charge attacks and for the first time power up to three Musou gauges. Now castle warfare blends seamlessly with field combat. Take control of castles on the battlefield to gain a significant morale advantage. Experience new tales in Story, Free, and Survival modes. Team up with friends for two-player Co-op play or compete with them at "Sugoroku," a bonus party game for up to four players. Challenge an opponent in two-player Vs. play exclusively through Xbox Live. Over 70 cinematic sequences supervised by Shinsuke Sato, director of the cult hit, "The Princess Blade" and new music from fusion artist Minoru Mukaiya. [KOEI]
Metascore:
52
User Score:
8.7
X-Men: The Official Game 89.

X-Men: The Official Game

Platform: Xbox 360
May 16, 2006
Master the power of the X-Men—Obliterate enemies and objects as Wolverine, using your lethal adamantium claws and crushing brute force. As Nightcrawler, scale walls, swing from rafters and teleport through environments to surprise enemies. Shoot ice bursts and create hailstorms as lightning-fast Iceman. For even more power, utilize fury and adrenaline modes. Become a part of the X-Men movie universe—Embark on a globe-spanning conflict featuring every element of the X-Men universe—from favorite villains to famous locations such as Alkali Lake, plus the voices and likenesses of key actors from the films. Battle fierce enemies, join forces with comrades—Face off against movie villains such as Pyro, Magneto and Sabretooth, plus added foes like legions of Sentinels. Storm, Colossus and Cyclops join forces with you in gameplay that includes melee fighting, stealth-style action and time-based missions. [Activision]
Metascore:
52
User Score:
6.0
Superman Returns 90.

Superman Returns

Platform: Xbox 360
November 20, 2006
True to the fiction in every respect, this is the game based on the Superman universe that fans have been anticipating for decades. From excited citizens to the traffic on the streets, every detail of this vibrant city has a mind of its own. These 80 square miles are brought to life for the first time in a videogame. Go anywhere and do anything in Metropolis as Superman. Non-linear gameplay allows you to explore and play the game exactly how you want to at your own pace. Where and how you fly – to the top of skyscrapers, dodging elevated trains – is completely up to you, since gameplay is designed as a true open world experience. With notorious villains like Metallo and colossal challenges only Superman can overcome, you must navigate the Man of Steel to monitor and protect Metropolis from destruction. Three distinct types of gameplay — Flying, Rescue, and Combat — will keep the action constant and the challenges relentless. Play both film-inspired missions as well as original content created exclusively for the videogame. Graphics, sound, and gameplay have been taken to the next level to create a Metropolis like you've never seen it, with three dimensional sound, a complete orchestra soundtrack, and Oscar-wining sound designer. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
51
User Score:
6.0
Novadrome 91.

Novadrome

Platform: Xbox 360
December 20, 2006
Novadrome puts gamers behind the wheel of an armed, buggy-style vehicle to face off in gladiatorial combat on a distant planet. Offline, players can battle enemies or explore sprawling arenas filled with obstacles and power-ups. After learning the basics, they can then vie for ultimate bragging rights by engaging friends and other Xbox Live Arcade combatants through the highly customizable online multiplayer mode. 24 unique vehicles from which to choose 15 arenas of continuous, furious action. Includes car-mounted beam, particle and physics weapons. Play for bragging rights – Top the leaderboards to become the ultimate champion. Multiple gameplay modes and event types to choose from -- featuring Career, Arcade, Free Play and Multiplayer Modes. Challenge your captors – Obliterate the your alien abductors in action-packed boss encounters. [Buena Vista Games]
Metascore:
50
User Score:
7.5
Over G Fighters 92.

Over G Fighters

Platform: Xbox 360
June 27, 2006
In Over G Fighters, a terrorist organization threatens the world's peace and security as players take to the skies in a united world air force. Players command more than 30 of the most powerful jet fighters ever conceived and battle for air superiority in massive dogfights in the skies above Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Players combat enemies in the air and on the ground with challenging and dangerous strike missions against well defended targets deep in the heart of hostile territory. Fly the world's most powerful fighters: Fly every modern jet fighter in the Western arsenal including the F-22A Raptor, the US air superiority fighter of the 21st century. Face more than 90 Western and former Soviet enemies and get in the cockpit of the F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16C Fighting Falcon, F/A-18C Hornet, Su-27 Flanker, MiG-29A Fulcrum, and F-117A Nighthawk. Attempt more than 80 intense missions in a modern-day global conflict: Players take the fight to the enemy in aerial battles all over the world and face massive, challenging missions with interlocking sub-missions. After successfully completing the sub-missions, players will attack the most challenging primary mission objective. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
49
User Score:
6.2
World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer - All In 93.

World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer - All In

Platform: Xbox 360
August 29, 2006
All In features some of the most recognizable and successful poker stars in the world, including Howard Lederer, his sister Annie Duke, Greg Raymer, Amir Vahidi, Paul Darden, and Robert Williamson III. Joining the roster for this year's edition are noted international poker superstars Marcel Luske, Thomas Bihl, and Erin Ness, who parlayed a victory at a Maxim Magazine office tournament into a seat at the 2004 World Series of Poker. Features 18 types of poker, including Texas Hold'em, Five Card Draw, Seven Card Stud Omaha and More. Multi-Table Online Tournaments. Scenario Mode: Players are presented with a series of poker "puzzle" challenges that gradually increase in difficulty. Lucky Charms: Players can improve their luck through this Career Mode skill. Mixed Games: Play two or more variations of poker during a single game, with the game changing every time the dealer button makes it around the table. [Crave Entertainment]
Metascore:
49
User Score:
tbd
Cabela's Alaskan Adventures 94.

Cabela's Alaskan Adventures

Platform: Xbox 360
September 19, 2006
Players use a combination of skill and strategy to complete 38 hunting and fishing adventures across 12 vast Alaskan regions from the North Slope to Ketchikan. With more customization than ever before, each adventure begins at an Alaskan outpost where players choose from thousands of gear options including rifles, shotguns, bows and arrows, fishing tackle, clothing, scents, calls and more. Gamers are also able to go exploring or get to their next hunting spot by choosing to ride a snowmobile, truck or ATV. With more than 20 species of the most sought after Alaskan Trophy Game including Yukon Moose, Barren Ground Caribou, Grizzly and Kodiak Bears, Roosevelt Elk, Dall Sheep, Sitka Black-Tailed Deer, and 10 different species of Alaskan fish, including Sockeye Salmon, Dolly Varden and Arctic Char, hunters and fisherman alike will be challenged for hours in the virtual Alaskan wild. [Activision]
Metascore:
48
User Score:
5.9
Eragon 95.

Eragon

Platform: Xbox 360
November 14, 2006
Play as Eragon and his dragon as they set out to fulfill their destiny. Endure perilous travels, adventure and heart-pounding combat as you live the epic events of the movie. Disable and dispatch enemies with the unparalleled skills of a true Dragon Ride. Eragon's combat system features a variety of blistering attacks and defences, including a unique degradable block system. Extensive Dragon Combat – Ride Saphira and blast your enemies with bursts of fire, and call in devastating dragon attacks during melee battles. Eragon features multiplayer co-op with team attack bonuses and dragon fight/flight combo gameplay. Full cooperation from the film production team provides faithful implementation of the movie's look-and-feel. As Eragon discovers the powers hidden within him he learns to unleash magical attacks to decimate his foes. [Vivendi Games]
Metascore:
48
User Score:
5.7
Scramble 96.

Scramble

Platform: Xbox 360
September 13, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] Control a spaceship that must infiltrate the enemy Scramble system in a classic side-scrolling shooter. Armed with guns and bombs, players must navigate swarms of enemies, meteors, missiles through six fiendish levels. Shoot fuel canisters to replenish your reserves in order to make it to the enemy base at the end of the system. [Konami]
Metascore:
47
User Score:
7.7
Sonic the Hedgehog 97.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Platform: Xbox 360
November 14, 2006
Sonic celebrates his 15th anniversary by blazing his way onto the next-generation consoles, with his first adventure set in the human world. Featuring interactive 3D environments and a large cast of returning and new characters, get ready for the reinvention of Sonic The Hedgehog, in his most intense, high velocity escapade to date. [Sega]
Metascore:
46
User Score:
5.0
TotemBall 98.

TotemBall

Platform: Xbox 360
October 4, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] The members of the ancient Ptolmec tribe compose striking and innovative music in TotemBall. When they simultaneously discover gunpowder and barbeque, the explosive results scatter their musical totems across the breadth of the jungle. Now Pterry the Pturtle must roll across mountains, islands, bridges, and through giant pinball games to retrieve the lost totems and bring the groovy Ptolmec music back to the party. Using your Xbox Live Vision camera, help Pterry recover all the musical totems while moving to the totem beat. Join in with a friend to juggle your totem collection using the camera and a controller. Use Free Play mode to practice and explore environments without affecting your progress. Sway to the sounds of the music generated in-game by you! [Microsoft]
Metascore:
44
User Score:
3.0
New Rally-X 99.

New Rally-X

Platform: Xbox 360
December 27, 2006
[Xbox Live Arcade] New Rally-X, the sequel to "Rally-X," is an arcade classic that was released in 1981. It features new courses and adjustments to the enemy cars, improving the overall game balance, as well as new graphics and background music. Flags: Collect all the flags while avoiding enemy cars with new features such as the Lucky Flag, which awards you points depending on your remaining fuel. Specials: Collect the Special Flag to double the points of all remaining flags. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
43
User Score:
5.3
Pimp My Ride 100.

Pimp My Ride

Platform: Xbox 360
December 6, 2006
Enter Pimp City, where bling is king, and style is everything. On these streets, if your car isn't fully pimped out, you'd be better off walking. You and Xzibit will take on the challenge of hooking up your homies, and transforming their hoopties, buckets and beaters into the hottest whips on the street, while redlining through the highways and alleyways of Pimp City. You choose the mods, you choose the route, but pimpin' ain't easy. It will take speed and style to hook them up. Do you have what it takes to Pimp Their Ride? Xzibit will guide you through every stage of the pimping process - true Xzibit hilarity with lines and voice recording from Xzibit himself. Authentic people, broken rides - each mission will feature a person who truly needs their ride (and their life) pimped. Outrageous car modifications not for your typical car. Intense redline street racing through the city's 'hoods to create the most pimped out ride. New School meets Old School - an MTV generation focus in delivery of art, music and sound, featuring Zxibit's latest hip-hop tracks, and retro whips in need of modern bling. 5 unique boroughs , all free roam envorinments for the ultimate combination of racing and pimping. 16 vehicles in all - one for each of the 15 "customers" plus Xzibit's own high-rolling feature ride. Over 15 suppliers per borough and 100s of parts, from tires and rims to bumpin' subwofer systems and high-def display panels. So many parts, so many combinations, so much replayability. [Activision]
Metascore:
38
User Score:
3.8

Titles with fewer than 7 critic reviews are excluded.

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