Official Xbox Magazine [with DVD]
|Issues:||12 issues / 12 months|
Availability: Your first issue should arrive in 6-10 weeks.Average customer review:
(186 customer reviews)
Every issue of the Official Xbox Magazine has exclusive inside information on Xbox, games, in-depth authoritative and bluntly honest reviews. Plus cheats, tips and ways to make sure you get the most out of your Xbox!
- Brand: Future US, Inc.
- Formats: Magazine Subscription, Print + DVD
"Like Maxim, but about Xbox!" was clearly the mandate given to Mike Salmon, former editor-in-chief of PC Accelerator and current editor-in-chief of The Official Xbox Magazine. He got it half right: this gamer lifestyle magazine has the locker-room feel of Maxim but lacks Maxim's intelligent, tongue-in-cheek style. The result is something that looks like it was written by high-school sophomores. For example, a bio of Kasumi, a character in the game Dead or Alive 3, reads "A redhead with a difference--she can take on all comers. And if DoA 3 has the "[breast] bounce on/off" option, she'll definitely have a lot of comers." On the plus side, the game reviews and previews are informative and mostly free of bull. --Mike Fehlauer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
A pretty average experience
First off, to clear up an item I've seen mentioned in quite a few reviews. There are two kinds of subscriptions - one with a disc and one without. The disc contains digital versions of the content in the magazine and several game demos. However, by the time you get the magazine in the mail, the demos will already be available on Xbox LIVE. So unless your 360 is not hooked up to the internet or if you are willing to pay about $1 per issue to view the magazine content on your Xbox, the subscription without the disc is fine.
Another issue mentioned quite frequently: yes, there is a delay between when you order the subscription and when you get it. You order the subscription, Amazon processes it and hands it off the the magazines, and then they send it to you. This puts in a potential 1-to-2 week buffer on top of the normal magazine cycle. An example: if the magazine comes out monthly on the first and you order it on September 15, you may not get your first magazine until mid-November (the two week handoff puts you past Oct. 1, so the first issue sent to you would be the Nov. 1 issue, which if sent on the first may take 2 weeks to get there).
Now that that is all out of the way, I found the magazine itself to be pretty average. I subscribe to Game Informer regularly, and picked this up as a deal of the week a while back. I don't have a Wii or a PS3, so I figured this magazine would be a better fit. However, after reading it, I get the sensation that I'm missing something. Game Informer is very good with putting things in perspective, covering a wide range of topics fairly in-depth. OXM is very focused on games either just out or about to come out, so there isn't as much coverage of hardware or games in development. The reviews also tend to be of a more moderate tack than Game Informer, which isn't afraid to tell you if a game is absolutely epic or horrendously bad.
I've also noticed Game Informer tends to get information quicker. For example, today is October 26, 2010 (I've edited the review to add this example, hence the different date above). I got the December 2010 issue of OXM today (why so early? no idea) that touted "Holy First Look: Batman Is Back!" across the top of the cover, a reference to an article previewing the upcoming Arkham City game. However, this was a cover story in Game Informer several months ago (I've received two issues of GI since that one). Not only that, but the OXM article contained no new information and only slightly different photos. It was obvious from reading both articles that they both experienced the same demo build, but Game Informer beat them to the press by almost three months.
Given the choice, I'd stick with Game Informer (for its wider range of topics, ability to get info to me sooner, and in-depth previews of things in development), but if you only care about what's hot in Xbox-land right now, OXM is a good choice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
I finally got my first issue, 86 days after I ordered and well past the estimated delivery date. I can understand problems that arise or unexpected delays but what makes matters worse is ZERO customer service support... I used amazon's message system to send the publisher a message 15 days ago and I never got any response or help. Sent another 4 days ago and I sent one to amazon customer service at the same time and as of yet no response from either. I guess the email support is just for show and they don't actually respond???
Hopefully this has been sorted out now and come this time next year I will have actually received 12 issues because my start issue was supposedly August and the first issue I got was October. I would be a little more angry if I didn't only spend $5 even though I don't think the price I paid should matter, I couldn't imagine paying full price for this level of service anyway.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
I loved getting this magazine
By Nick H.
I loved getting this magazine. The articles are well written, pictures are great and information about the games are always there. Nothing is missing!