Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,550 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 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Lowest review score: 10 Dragon's Lair
Score distribution:
1,550 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Completely towers over the rest. [Dec 2009, p.107]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That Grid 2 remains so enjoyable despite its reserved approach is to the credit of its formula. It's slick, sexy and hugely accomplished, but without any revolutionary additions or changes that elevate it above what the series did before.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An entertaining, exciting game that looks simply stunning. It really does the genre, and the Xbox 360, justice. And you can't get a higher recommendation than that. [Dec 2007, p.88]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Madden's most impressive showing since the original Xbox days. Now lessons need to be learned from the best sports management sims to lend Connected Careers true longevity. [Nov 2014, p.84]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A game that manages to wrestle some originality out of the point 'n' click genre - with only limited structural problems - while making us laugh in the process, this is an all-too-rare pleasure. [Nov 2014, p.84]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Plenty of fun for seven quid. [Jan 2010, p.114]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monolith might not have the basics quite down, but the Nemesis system is the year's most original game mechanic, and makes for a game that feels - and reacts to your play - unlike any of its peers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never has picking up rubbish felt so good. [Jan 2008, p.92]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Missteps will infuriate those obsessed with consistency, but underneath the messy bits there's something deep, fascinating and exciting. Dull bug-bashers won't abide the rough edges, but they'll be missing out on one of this year's best RPGs. Put up with the shortcomings, and the rest is superb.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there isn't quite the same level of incidental detail as the main game, it still feels just as polished and involving as the rest of Arkham City.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the series' highest points. [June 2014, p.90]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A seductive package. [June 2014, p.91]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By far the best skate game on any console. [Nov 2007, p.88]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By far the best, most revined version of FIFA yet - its presentation and 'big game feel' are second to none. [Dec 2007, p.78]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very welcome nostalgia kick. [May 2012, p.99]
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    • 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just like the original Fable, this is a game that's hugely likeable, but only if you put the effort in. Make no mistake, it's genuinely charming, but everything from unclear storytelling to rubbish mini-games to glitchy graphics to sluggish menus makes an appearance, and you've got to take it all with a smile.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a multiplayer blast, they don't come much more violent, or more entertaining than this. [Sept 2007, p.109]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sugary, sweet and addictive puzzle fun. [May 2008, p.93]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An understated slice of retro-excellence from Double Helix, Strider leans just heavily enough on its 1989 forebear before catapulting itself into its own uniquely spectacular style of energetic and fast-paced side-scrolling platformer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The second DLC pack is definitely the strongest, and with the recent updates you should be loading this up if it's fallen off the rotation. Tell your mates, too - you'll need someone to play with.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Small Arms is pretty blatant about copying the gameplay of Nintendo's "Smash Bros," but it's exactly the kind of frantic action suited for online play. [Jan 2007, p.97]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another great slice of comic book action.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    400 Days is by no means an essential purchase - it unfolds so quickly that you don't have that much needed time to mull everything over. But for 400MP, it's a perfectly decent-sized bite that should whet your appetite for Season Two, adding welcome layers of intrigue and complexity to an already exceptional series.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't bring many new tricks to the table, but Origins is still thoroughly entertaining.
    • 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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fast, realistic, and cool as ice. [Nov 2007, p.98]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Transformers have a great line in banter, and the dialogue is perfect - Saturday morning black and white cartoon morality.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A delicious experience, containing some of the sweetest moments in any console game. The astonishing environment alone is enough reason to give it a shot. However, it's not quite compelling enough as an adventure to make you want to see the set missions through. [Oct 2006, p.82]

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