Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,589 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 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Kalimba
Lowest review score: 10 Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Score distribution:
1,589 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For ten hours, longer than many entire games, RAGE feels massive, open and beautiful. It's crushing to discover that it's all smoke and mirrors, but while the illusion lasts, it's brilliant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Impossible to play without laughing. [Christmas 2009, p.105]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautiful game, if just a bit too simple. [Sept 2010, p.92]
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Landfall holds up particularly well when you're contesting objectives, as the layout is relatively easy to read and form strategies around, without feeling unbalanced.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's currently missing much of the content that will make it great - online multiplayer, and user-created tracks. But an Xbox One Trials fills a crucial gap in the next-gen lineup.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smart, thoroughly fun and just a little ugly. [Sept 2010, p.100]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So PES steps on FIFA's toes in a massive move forward but in doing so has opened itself up to criticism it could previously dodge thanks to a different take on the game. But for PES to be able step on FIFA's toes yet again after a lengthy drop in form is a big achievement, and one that should please fans and newcomers alike.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The true paradox of Final Fantasy isn't a temporal one. It's how it can conjure a feeling that's a combination of love, hate, derision and awe. XIII-2 gets less love than XIII. And the simplification dampens the open awe of previous games. But it's still the dominant feeling. And the fact I finished the game with only a quarter of the collectible fragments and very little idea of where to find them? Well, I just can't wait for the FAQs to start coming out.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A tasty morsel that won't hurt your wallet. [Feb 2011, p.102]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Our main gripe with BMEII? The battles aren't big enough. Though the unit sizes have been increased from the previous PC version, they're still pitifully small. [Aug 2006, p.8]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While GRID's a nice game, it's ultimately a new selection of cars and tracks for Colin McRae DiRT. You might want to bear that in mind when it comes to buying it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst missing some of the violent intensity of the opening episode, Smoke and Mirrors keeps things interesting with a deepening mystery and plenty of nice character beats.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A tasty slice of puzzling action
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rare's best game in years is quite obviously intended for a younger audience, one that will almost certainly love every minute of it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 doesn't offer quite enough over its predecessor to warrant any sort of classic status, but it's unquestionably another masterful piece of work from a team who have been doing this sort of thing forever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't just another franchise game: it's the closest thing that you'll ever get to a sequel to the movies. It's not the cleverest game ever made, but there's certainly enough excitement, intrigue and massive explosions to keep you interested. [Oct 2008, p.74]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Superb tennis sim, but where's Wimbledon? [July 2008, p.85]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Better still is the four-player competitive multiplayer - it's exactly what was missing from the Dead Rising experience. A gory, obscene gameshow which revels in the whimsical and moral dilemma-free dismemberment of the formerly living.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Short and sweet, a throwback to the old days when you can pick up a game, play it and engage in some brainless, mindless fun. As a videogame, it has its flaws but as an example of big, dumb fun, you won't find any game that does it better. [Oct 2007, p.74]
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not quite the epic journey into the unknown we were hoping for, mostly thanks to poor writing and a reliance on XP farming, but a treasure trove of single and multiplayer adventures nonetheless.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pac-Man made better. [Feb 2011, p.103]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A smartly turned-out squad-based cover shooter, not to mention an authentic-feeling and authentic-looking period piece, The Bureau might not be as good as Enemy Unknown, but it certainly has a style and a charm of its own. The years of development hell have been worth it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A purer, tougher survival game for the core. [Feb 2014, p.95]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is very much a single-player pick, and the game Terminator wishes it could be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's difficult to describe a game with so many choices and different paths, but making them all feel meaningful is what Dragon's Age excels at. Complex it may be, but it's more focused than Fable II, better in combat than Mass Effect, and richer than The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. If you've got the patience, it's a cracker.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best band tie-in to date. [June 2009, p.79]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Surprisingly slick with excellent online play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a blood-soaked love letter to the original series but hauls everything else up to date, making it a tasty treat for newcomers and a nine-course medieval banquet for fans.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Old-school Sega fans will be in heaven. [Apr 2009, p.91]
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