Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,549 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 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Lowest review score: 10 Dragon's Lair
Score distribution:
1,549 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very balanced, very precise game: you can see how it's managed to endure for 12 years. It's also a basic game, and one that offers no reward beyond the inner glow of self-improvement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forza 5 is often simulation racing at its best, but Turn 10 hasn't quite rendered all its previous work obsolete. Given the reduced track and car count, and the present wobbliness of Drivatars, the game sometimes feels like it hasn't quite burst out of its shell. As a launch game, though, it's a wonderful achievement.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Your Shape provides decent replacements for both of these things, with all the arbitrary but absorbing nonsense of levelling up, medals and badges. This might be the first fitness game we'll use after reviewing it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even on Normal mode, you'll find yourself overwhelmed until the combination of dodge rolls, grabs, pounces, and combos becomes second nature. It's a testament to Shank's new-found competence that this does, eventually happen. Shank 2 has that satisfying feeling of re-mastering a forgotten motor function.
    • 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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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An accomplished intertwining of robust mechanics, beautiful aesthetics and delicate storytelling make this a game not to be missed, but a slight shallowness stops it just short of brilliance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want more of the same but shinier, and slightly more serious Tony Hawk action, this is the best skate game for some years.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vocally and visually brilliant, but lacks story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Retro City Rampage has all the charm, scattershot wit and entertainment value of a drunk, gabbling child. It's shallow, mindless and simple - that's the point.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Temporary frustrations aside, Runner2 is a simple, lovely jog to the right that slowly builds into a manageably hectic rightward run. The easy difficulty might speed your passage through the world, but it's less fun. So don't rob yourself of a new and entirely needless motor skill. Put it on Rather Hard, and stick at it until the skills lodge in your fingers. It's worth it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This Middle Eastern adventure is one of the most beautiful cinematic games ever devised, but not one of the most rewarding to play. It's also one of the most mature, thoughtful games of recent years, challenging you with ideas and concepts that are far from clear cut. But where is the freedom of choice? Unless you count the difference between the dagger or the sword, there really isn't any.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More of the same, which is fine for now. [May 2010, p.96]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still the best golf game out there, but a short list of new extras means it's not worth the cash if you already own "06." [Nov 2006, p.68]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's plenty to be getting excited about, despite a slight lack of originality and visual finesse. Make no mistake, Dark Athena is first class stealth/action game with a double dose of top-notch entertainment that competently unites elements of "Mirror's Edge" and the "Splinter Cell" series. [Mar 2009, p.84]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fast, frantic, furious and fun. [Jan 2008, p.99]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great series addition for fans and newcomers. [Sept 2009, p.79]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best of the bunch is Oasis, a posh Middle-Eastern hotel complex full of corridors, courtyards, and shining surfaces. This map has a lot in common with the Hotel level from Black Ops, and provides a real treat for fans of modes like Domination, with plenty of pillars and balconies favouring tactical progression over rush-tactics or camping.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gloriously shallow co-op shooting. [July 2013, p.79]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    FIFA is always at its best when the pitch is tilted in the attacking side's favour, and this year's is a peach. It's not the 'true' next-gen FIFA we've been waiting for, but it's as dynamic and thrilling as any entry in the series thus far.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We're happy to sing this game's praises. [Jan 2010, p.113]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Kinect controls for all these activities feel intuitive, accurate, and responsive. Considering the range of gestures, there's impressively little frustration involved.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    About as good as non-human poker gets. [July 2013, p.79]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure to keep you entertained for hours. [July 2009, p.96]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be tough, but Crown of the Sunken King delivers some of the series' best, most intricate level design so far. [Oct 2014, p.96]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battlefield 4 hasn't been too stable since launch, but this pack helps. Varied maps and a fun new mode - we like. [Oct 2014, p.97]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By permitting Traveller's Tales to parody the movies to such an extent, they've allowed the developer to create something above and beyond the standard movie tie-in. [July 2008, p.86]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully thought through, has wonderfully coloured and varied levels and crazed bosses. [Mar 2007, p.92]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On top of its game - this is the one to get. [Christmas 2009, p.92]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fable III is still a great game, but something this brilliant deserves a more considered - and climactic - ending.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best team FPSs to date.

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