Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,422 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 10 Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons
Score distribution:
1,422 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is b-ball for the hardcore. You know it!
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you can put up with the fact that it's aesthetically rough around the edges, you're unlikely to find a more viscerally rewarding racing experience than RACE Pro. [Feb 2009, p.78]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Booty's multiplayer oozes longevity. [Nov 2008, p.101]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Established missions are still there - loverlorn villagers still need perking up, and there are races a-plenty - but much more on offer besides. And alongside flashier fights, a more helpful HUD and gorgeous new locations, it helps build the ideal sequel for every budding Hokage. Believe it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has a solid, unrelenting challenge that will remind veteran gamers of years gone by when games made no apologies for being so stupidly, frustratingly, agonisingly tough.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Addictive, frantic and a worthy sequel. [Nov 2008, p.100]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gloriously imaginative and heaps of fun. [Nov 2008, p.100]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prince of Persia may not be a world-changing nine, but it is a fantastic eight. The look, the feel of the game, is one one that turns back time and makes what was once the waning memory of an ailing genre fresh once more. [Christmas 2008, p.58]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The smartest dumb game on Xbox Live. [Dec 2008, p.101]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    None of this package is new, which is why we've deducted a point. Still Alive is a pricey luxury for Portal fans. But hey, if you've never played it before, feel free to slap that point back on and enjoy one of gaming's tastiest treats from the last few years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MotoGP 08, like Casey Stoner's Ducati, isn't quite as staggeringly fast as last year's model, but it's still a great bike racer. It also lacks some of the shine and party atmosphere that the fantastic THQ MotoGP series had.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vigilante 8: Arcade is a glorious throwback to a simpler age in gaming, one that older gamers can appreciate and younger gamers can discover. It will only be as fun for as long as the Live community is there to support it but it's damn fun, so jump on while it lasts.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshing change of pace and damn good fun. [Feb 2009, p.82]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Old-school Sega fans will be in heaven. [Apr 2009, p.91]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best band tie-in to date. [June 2009, p.79]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So while Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has improved in single-player, it's the leap in multiplayer that makes it worth the reinvestment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battlefield action polished until sparkling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything's improved except the controls. [May 2010, p.87]
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than anything, it's a game that, even after completion, we want to keep returning to again and again, adding different ingredients to the freeform formula and seeing what kind of explosions we can create. We can guarantee you won't have played an FPS quite like this on Xbox 360, but now that one's arrived, you certainly should. [Nov 2009, p.84]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's this balance between arcade and sim racing - two apparently conflicting styles - that gives Shift its edge. While it doesn't quite hit the heights of Project Gotham Racing 4 or even RACE Pro, it's a huge leap forward for a series that had definitely lost its way. We're feeling the need for speed all over again.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great series addition for fans and newcomers. [Sept 2009, p.79]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure to keep you entertained for hours. [July 2009, p.96]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heaven for the fans, tough love for the rest. [Oct 2009, p.86]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are few titles that are as charming as Overlord II, and only in this distorted fantasy world could playing the bad guy be so fun, engaging and - most importantly - guiltless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Satisfyingly chunky, Pitt's a knockout. [June 2009, p.92]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no denying that PES 2010 is an excellent game of football - it's just that PES's 'E', Evolution, is more suited to its chief rival.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The genre's star might be fading ever so slightly, and this game is no revolution, but it does deliver great music and a more refined band experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    AvP is well worth your time and, with the unique online offering as well, there's plenty to get your teeth, claws and wristblades into. [Mar 2010]