XGN's Scores

  • Games
For 3,092 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 98 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
3093 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Resident Evil Village is a deliciously gruesome game. Ethan Winters gets it again and once more has to go through hell to save his family. This time no crazy family, but a bigger setting that gives you more freedom. Although the game is somewhat linear initially, the level of horror continues to rise but this time combined with more puzzles and exploring. The enemies are terrifying and next to that survival is truly back with the RE4-inventory system.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Returnal is an amazing game from Housemarque that translates the arcade gameplay the studio is known for to an intriguing 3D world. Gameplay doesn't get better than this, making Returnal a must-play for anyone who wants to experience what next-gen is truly about.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NieR Replicant hits home thanks to some amazing combat and an intriguing story that keeps you entertained throughout. Although the story does drag a little sometimes there is a lot to love, especially thanks to the different endings.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Balan Wonderworld looks great but feels incomplete. The game lets you journey through six different stories while collecting golden statues and morphing from one outfit to another. There are 80 different outfits in the game, but some of them feel double or not useful at all. Where the game is great to play alone, the multiplayer feels rushed, where player two doesn't get to do all the things player one can. That being said, the game feels like a great way for kids to spend time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Obsidian managed to hold on to their unique brand of humor throughout The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos, with the expected gags about capitalism and the value of human life. The story was fun and engaging, even though the mystery wasn't quite as mysterious as we had hoped.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is brimming with content, both offline and multiplayer online. Even if you are only interested in one of the two, you'll find plenty to do. The port to Switch can be considered a success, as only the local co-op split screen seems to be missing. It's quite a feat to pack this much content into one package.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    DOOM Eternal The Ancient Gods Part Two is a great finale story-wise, but when it comes to gameplay it is rather disappointing. The few new enemies and mechanics feel shallow and the actual final boss fight is a flop compared to what we've gotten in Eternal and the previous installment of DOOM. So just like Doomguy, we'll patiently have to wait until we can get going again because there's an itch that needs scratching.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Outriders is the new looter shooter from People Can Fly and Square Enix. It takes you to the planet Enoch, where mankind has to fight to survive and earn its place among the wild animals and hostile factions. It's got some great ideas, but lacks an interesting story and more importantly, good loot.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It Takes Two is an amazing game that keeps players on their toes with its impeccable pacing in both story and gameplay. This 3D platformer mixes genres every step of the way in a magical ride through different locals. At the center, though, is a great love story full of heartwarming moments and plenty of laughs to boot.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the Rampage Mode was a bit disappointing, Monster Hunter Rise ultimately manages to incorporate the excellent gameplay of its predecessors while introducing the interesting new Wirebug mechanics. The game also brings back the interesting and often wonky weapon designs that many fans missed in Monster Hunter World. While graphics may have been sacrificed somewhat for this timed Switch Exclusive, Rise's personality more than makes up for it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bravely Default II returns to what gamers loved about the first installment while using the better hardware to upgrade the graphics. The return of the Brave/Default system, a wide variety of jobs, and the many interesting, outspoken characters are offset by quite a difficulty spike in story-related fights which too often require extensive grinding.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Capcom Arcade Stadium is a really cool collection of games from the past. All of the games can be played together with friends. There really is only one downside and that's the fact you can't play together online.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ghost 'N Goblins is back! The arcade classic looks great in its new style and plays just like the old days. It challenges you and makes you die a lot before you get somewhere. This time Capcom mixed elements from two games into one really great resurrection which you can play together. The biggest downside is that the game is somewhat short. In just a few hours you can reach the end of run one (of two needed).
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    • 60 Critic Score
    Werewolf the Apocalypse Earthblood offers an intense combat scheme, but this is incorporated in a really simple game. The story is not interesting at all and you keep doing the same things the whole time you are playing. The only really cool thing to do is, wrecking everyone and everything as a werewolf. Because of this, the game keeps up its chin and stays a mediocre title to play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D World already was a great game worth buying, but with the online coop and Bowser's Fury, it justifies another purchase on the Switch. The game looks and feels great, even with four players. It also brings a bit of a challenge for anyone trying to find all secrets but stays accessible for kids who just want to play. Bowser's Fury on the other hand feels a bit short and lacks a worthy coop. Still, this content is great to play, but don't expect a full adventure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Little Nightmares 2 offers a fresh adventure with Mono while keeping Six one of the main protagonists. The game yet again successfully combines horror, suspense, and puzzle/platforming action in a sweet mix, you will never get enough of. The new elements like coop gameplay with Six give some fresh feeling to the game, but also make you wonder. Why is it not possible to play with a friend? In the meantime, the trial and error can frustrate, but allover the game will make you want even more of this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Persona 5 Strikers offers a different kind of experience than Persona 5, but this game wins you over with the successful, original combination of the action-packed real-time strategy combat system and the delicious Persona 5 style.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Destruction Allstars provides an interesting experience for a short time. The game doesn't have a lot of variation and lacks quite a bit of content. Since it's a free PS Plus game right now it's worth it to check it out, but if you have to pay full price for this game it's better to leave it on the roadside. Especially because of the shady microtransactions that are present in the game, which give an extra bitter taste to an experience that isn't amazing, to begin with.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Immortals Fenyx Rising A New God DLC focuses on the trials from the Greek gods but it could be more than just this. The mount from the main game almost got forgotten and the fights get little to no attention. Still, A New God offers 10 hours of extra puzzle-gameplay next to the main game. The puzzles are much more challenging than those in the main game too. Only for this fact, the content is a must-have for puzzle fanatics that wanted more. The fighters will have to wait for the other DLC packs to release.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This racing simulator isn't for the faint at heart. Without any real introduction or soft landing, you're expected to drive like a pro and be able to drive near-perfect laps. Without that, you're locked out of the main course, the career mode, and have to resort to riding single tracks. AI is hit-or-miss and races very aggressively. Definitely not a game for beginners or those looking for an arcade racer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Pathless is a really entertaining game from the creators of Abzû. The game lets you explore a vast world with a huntress and her eagle. Saving the world is no terrible job since the world is truly amazing, but the lack of enemies and the lack of unlockables don't really invite you to do. Where everything in the game is balanced really good from the puzzles to the boss fights, you get the feeling something is missing eventually. The game is great but could be much, much more than this.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the complete edition is a fun blast from the past Scott Pilgrim vs The World The Game it is just that. It's a game from a different time that has some trouble keeping up with the new games in town. The addition of an online co-op is nice though.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A great new entry in the MXGP series that uses the additional power and features of the PlayStation 5 to eradicate load times while introducing haptic feedback and improved graphics. While all expected features career, time attack, quick mode playground, and inline) are there, they do feel a bit bare-bone, especially the new track editor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fitness Boxing 2 is a decent fitness game that will get you to sweat, provided you can muster up the discipline. The game provides a good variety of exercises and incentives to come back each day. The best and worst part of Fitness Boxing is that it doesn't need any additional hardware but instead relies on joy-con movement, which isn't always very accurate. Fitness Boxing 2 is a good alternative to Ring Fit Adventure if you don't want any additional equipment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A Dontnod game without signature episodes and supernatural powers, but with an intriguing murder-mystery and tensions between all involved as protagonist Sam returns to his hometown to visit the funeral of his best friend - and his partner, Sam's ex-girlfriend. Dontnod introduces some interesting new concepts like the mind palace, but they are not fleshed out enough to be memorable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst nog being the most revolutionary entry in the series, Hitman 3 truly does deliver the best the new trilogy has to offer. With six stunning and diverse locations, plenty of opportunities to kill and all the finetuning, Hitman feels better than ever before. There are some minor technical flaws and bugs, but overall Hitman 3 is a worthy ending of this modern Hitman-era.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    World of Warcraft is already 15 years old, but you won't notice that playing Shadowlands. The new expansion offers interesting new customization options through the Covenants, the new areas look stunning and Torghast adds a new challenge for players. While there is more focus on the story, it does mean a much more linear experience however and the new antagonist, The Jailer, hasn't convinced us yet. Hopefully, that changes as Shadowlands gets new content updates, such as the upcoming raids.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While it's a shame the game is just a port of the Switch version from last year, there is no denying this is one of the best JRPG's in recent memory. The game is excellent in almost every way. If you can't get the Switch version, this is the way to go.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The newest edition in the Let's Sing series brings 30 new songs to sing along to. The songs consist of several current stars and golden oldies. With the use of either a microphone or mobile phone, the setup is a breeze, and access to the songs and game modes is easy. All in all an accessible party game that could have benefitted from having access to the content of the previous editions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Immortals Fenyx Rising is a refreshing mix between Assassin's Creed and Breath of the Wild. The cartoon style gives it a unique look, while the game combines Greek mythology with puzzles, battling epic enemies, and next-gen looks. The open-world is one to remember, but the narration is one to forget at times. All said and done, this is a game that is not perfect, but deserves a spot between the big releases and definitely a spot in your console.

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