Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,650 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons
Score distribution:
1,650 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hitman: Blood Money is a unique and hugely enjoyable experience. Sure, it's violently amoral and the controls aren't fantastic, but what really makes it is a palpable sense of freedom.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A third-person shooter packed with thrilling set-pieces that tries to make you think about why you are doing the shooting. It's utterly bleak, occasionally gruelling and falls just short of the thought-provoking masterpiece it was aiming for, but it's still a relentlessly compelling experience if you've got the stomach for it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Satisfyingly chunky, Pitt's a knockout. [June 2009, p.92]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Supreme Commander 2 circumvents most limitations of a console RTS and focuses more on strategy than how fast you can click. If you want a truly cerebral experience, accompanied by jaw-dropping mega units, it's the one to have.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    American Nightmare is good value, but it hints at more than it delivers - a world in which urban myths can come true never materialises in this episode. But that just makes us wonder what Remedy has got in store.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The interaction between the two main characters extends beyond the trivial buddy moves from the first game and becomes an integral part of the journey. Marry that to some satisfyingly chunky gunplay and the odd spectacular, building-levelling explosion and you have an action game that is far more fun than it has any right to be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Call of Duty is, and has always been, a series about instant gratification. It's fast food gaming at its most refined, a continual adrenaline rush that never thinks beyond the next kill. Ghosts maintains that heady, intoxicating momentum of shoot, kill, win, reward - but pales at the thought of taking the franchise in any interesting new directions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    HAWX is an enormously exciting shooter, and manages to take modern combat, strip away the technical side favoured by the Ace Combat series, and create a game that's inspired more by the myth of fighter pilots than the reality. And as any three-headed fire-breathing griffin will tell you, the myth is far more entertaining. [Mike Channel]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're stuck for a Devil May Cry substitute, give this a whirl. It's a little too scanty to qualify as God's gift to action gaming, but it's definitely going to heaven when it dies.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell Conviction might not have the longest or greatest single-player campaign, but it makes up for this with a substantial selection of alternative modes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tight, fun and fast-paced racing action that just about anyone can enjoy. [Nov 2008, p.89]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simmers quietly but enjoyably, before boiling over in a tense final act. [June 2015, p.80]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An exceptionally pleasant surprise. Assembled with a lot of care, a little flair and plenty of conviction. There's little you won't have seen before, but it's an invigorating romp all the same.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A smart, bloodthirsty blend of ideas from MOBAs, action games and the RTS, with intense yet rewarding multiplayer. Beware the microtransactions, though.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With practice, intelligence, and a steady aim, you'll find your own satisfying path to greenskin genocide. [Dec 2011, p.99]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So cheap our small complaints are trivial. [Dec 2011, p.101]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brilliant, bite-sized entertainment. [Dec 2011, p.101]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A clever cross between life sim and silly little collecting game with a lot of fun online party action thrown in, Viva PiƱata: Trouble in Paradise will appeal to a hell of a lot of people, thanks to its superbly created and welcoming open world.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Plays to Sunset Overdrive's obvious strengths while offering a few neat surprises along the way. [June 2015, p.91]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be as sprawling as The Phantom Pain, but this is one of Xbox 360's greatest sneakathons and plays as well as it ever did. If you didn't buy it before, reach for your wallet immediately.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has the wind beneath its wings. [Dec 2011, p.103]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A better way to learn how to play. [Sept 2012, p.102]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Truncated but still truly impressive. [May 2010, p.95]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent game that, while paying tribute to Lara Croft's heritage, certainly feels like a new beginning - mechanically as well as thematically. It's visually dazzling, narratively affecting, dangerously near best-in-class when it comes to solid shooting, vertiginous platforming and ballsy set plays... and bodes fantastically for any future instalments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Titanfall's first load of DLC is a mixed bag of three maps, one dud but two gems. Fans of the game will find it essential, and if you're looking to come back in this is a great temptation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't 'the perfect Burnout' - but it comes damn close. [Feb 2008, p.86]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a multiplayer game, Black Ops 2 is one of the best shooters around - sprawling and sagging under the weight of interesting systems. Offline, however, it's merely adequate. Despite some commendable ambition, Black Ops 2 isn't quite the match-stealing assault on Infinity Ward's turf we hoped it would be.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just enough to justify. [Sept 2012, p.115]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sequel adds considerable depth to the original's plus points, without turning it into a serious economic simulation of trying to work out how to get the right amount of Snickers bars to feed your hungry mercenaries.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    VT has always been a party game, and it pulls that off well enough to excuse the rough edges. If the more technical Top Spin 3 is posh dinner in polite company, this is a pie and a pint with friends - a little boisterous, maybe, but you don't need etiquette to have a good time.