Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,598 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 Dragon's Lair
Score distribution:
1,598 game reviews
    • 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]
    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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.