Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,491 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 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 BioShock
Lowest review score: 10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Score distribution:
1,491 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Electronica genocide is RTS addiction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A must buy then, but only if the price is right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Truncated but still truly impressive. [May 2010, p.95]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The wrinkles are almost entirely showing on the single-player side, with clunky animation and AI being the worst offenders. But for fans of the original the chance to revisit a favourite in new HD clothing - and take it online - is no-doubt one that should be jumped at, and newcomers will also likely discover a surprisingly deep deathmatch game that's still relevant in 2010.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Magic Sword is merely a peculiar bonus: another side-scroller from 1990 that takes a swing at the fantasy genre. Its button-bashing core contains a few RPG fragments, as you can collect protective shields and rescue imprisoned allies who then serve as a support character, and it's a decent, if limited affair.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Truly climactic entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 5 has to unfortunately go down as one of the biggest gaming disappointments in recent memory, simply because it's merely great rather than unbelievable. It lags behind 2008's better games in each and every facet it seeks to excel in - Dead Space is scarier, Left 4 Dead is a superior co-op experience and Gears 2 is still the best third-person, cover-based shooter money can buy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crackdown 2 looks sharper, the action is fiercer and the increased number of players pays dividends. Despite all this, we can't shake the feeling that it isn't the monumental sequel that the series deserved. The over-familiarity of Pacific City and the cropping of key features like the gangs and transforming vehicles will leave some Agency veterans feeling a little bit disappointed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A surprisingly fun tie-in that'll keep kids busy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Solid - but lacks the intelligence of "GTA"... Without a doubt, Saints Row's biggest contribution to the genre is multiplayer. This also happens to be the most fun part of the game. [Sept 2006, p.8]
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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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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smart, thoroughly fun and just a little ugly. [Sept 2010, p.100]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    F1 2010 is a brilliant recreation of the sport, but as a complete package it can't quite top the dizzy heights achieved by DiRT 2. [Oct 2010, p.96]
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a price that is a fraction of boxed, retail games RRP, it's a surprisingly lengthy and substantial experience. [Nov 2010, p.102]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The changes, especially exploit fixes, will please most but annoy those who feel FIFA 10 didn't need to be messed with - but there's a simple solution there: don't buy it. To everyone else, this is a mighty refined football game, just not quite the Earth-mover FIFA 10 was.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The combination of a compelling plot, plausible characters and a stunning world to explore means that, while rather brief, this is one of the more memorable experiences on the Xbox 360 this year.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sonic returns to his back-to-basics best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The facts remain - there's nothing quite like this on the Xbox 360 and the series is wildly popular for a very good reason.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The depth from Kinectimals doesn't really come from the games but from the connection between child and fluffy pretend animal. In that regard Frontier has nailed it. It's too simplistic for grown up casual gamers, but youngsters will lap it up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only regret is that it's so approachable as to make it less effective as a dancing tutor: the ability to muddle through moves and still succeed, and the lack of a hardcore boot camp that shows what you actually look like, means Jacko-esque proficiency isn't guaranteed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A compelling way to stay healthy. [Christmas 2010, p.108]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We couldn't help but be slightly disappointed with the main plot - it feels flimsy compared to the huge journey the previous instalment treated us to, and the only truly impactful storytelling occurs when you leave Ezio behind. In spite of this, the sandbox is more complex and there's easily as much to do here as in the previous titles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fable III is still a great game, but something this brilliant deserves a more considered - and climactic - ending.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Def Jam Rapstar has the potential to go from very good to great. For now, it's very, very good. [Issue#67, p.89]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In spite of minor grumbles, this is an expansive, varied and satisfying physics puzzler and, while it could do with a smidge more personality, it certainly benefits from a budget price.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not as technically demanding as Street Fighter IV, and feels like a more free-flowing, mobile, nimble fighter in comparison. [Issue#66, p.99]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NHL 11 carries on all the good work of last year's game, but its overall gloss...doesn't quite hide some quirky AI decision making and shonky goal tending. [Issue#66, p.94]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're in any way nostalgic about the original Jam games, at this price it's a slam dunk.