Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,447 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 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
1,447 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no downside, save an easily-forgiven sense of familiarity and the absence of online co-op. You can't even resort to the usual retro-gaming caveat of high difficulty - the learning curve is perfectly judged, the checkpoints agreeably spaced. This is the year's best platformer without the faintest shadow of a doubt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The love that's gone into this HD remake makes it more than worth its budget price. If you've never checked out this series, don't get bogged down by details: Halo is about a big bloke shooting cool guns at cool aliens in cool places. Ten years later, that's still enough.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A glorious example of how much fun there is to be had when you let rip with both barrels. Screw reality - ridiculous overblown madness like this is exactly why video games are so great. Thanks for justifying our pastime, Volition.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the years haven't been too kind to their spruced-up SD assets, the chance to fully experience the MGS saga is one Xbox 360 owners definitely shouldn't pass up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trine 2 is a vivid and stunning game that spins the colour wheel on nature. It's completely absorbing as a single-player experience and bawdy puzzle fun with company. Just remember to turn on the unlimited mode and get stuck in.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the best shooter-stories we've seen in years - justifying its own ludicrous nature in interesting and unexpected ways. If the ending didn't feel like such a cop-out, The Darkness II could have been on par with BioShock. As it is, the gripping narrative and wonderfully empowering combat mean you'll be talking about it for months after completing it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SSX
    As a series reboot this is perfectly acceptable, but it's the new and innovative online aspects that make SSX feel absolutely superb. Packed to the brim with clever ideas, SSX is a truly unmissable surprise. While most other online modes feel like painting-by-numbers, SSX shrugs and tries something refreshingly different. This isn't just brave - it's brilliant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastically substantial fighting game. If Marvel vs Capcom 3 was too wacky for your tastes, this sits comfortably between it and Street Fighter IV on the lunacy spectrum. The tag mechanic is brilliantly robust, there are loads of new moves to master and the Tekken characters slot in more comfortably than a bum in a favourite armchair. Welcome to your new favourite fighting game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At 800 MP, Forces of Nature is hard to resist. Epic's final and most dramatic dose of Season Pass content turns out to be its most conciliatory, a club sandwich of new and warmed-over jollies that belongs on every menu.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sine Mora is a brilliant shooter that doesn't burst immediately into life. But once you pick up the ways in which it tests you, dicks you around, and emasculates you, it'll be one of the best abusive relationships you've ever been in.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A huge, complex and expertly written RPG that has the capacity to consume weeks, maybe even months of your life. While its roots are on the PC, it's translated effortlessly to the Xbox 360 with no compromises and stacks up well against the prettiest games on the system. It's more hardcore than Skyrim but by no means inaccessible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Relentlessly clever and deviously charming. [May 2012, p.85]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The brilliant thing is how carefully stage-managed this madness is... A bizarre but brilliant online brawler. [May 2012, p.98]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trimming off dead-weight as often as it adds something new, this is the strongest LEGO game yet. We've had seven years' worth of iterations, but these cheeky blocks of plastic are still fantastic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the blatantly rushed execution, it's impossible not to love The Walking Dead Episode 2. This is thought-provoking, clever, and genuinely grown-up entertainment. Heart-rending decisions and spectacular pacing make this one of the most intense gaming experiences we've ever had.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you're confined to single player, Spelunky is yet another small but perfectly formed nugget of joy to be unearthed on the Games Marketplace. Like Fez, Joe Danger and Super Meat Boy before it, the charm simply oozes out of the screen and leaves a saccharine sticky patch at the base of your TV. That initial infuriation crystallises into solid determination and 1200MP buys you an endless supply of levels against which to test your wits and skills.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game of rich variety and strong personality that never gets boring over its ten essential hours - many more if you stop to check out the full and entertaining world... It's shorter than GTA IV, for sure, but it's also much sweeter. [Sept 2012, p.82]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Virtua Fighter 5, only tarted up. [Sept 2012, p.105]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lee is the best protagonist we've seen in years, and his relationship with the group continues to fascinate. Delicate, thoughtful, and unreservedly brutal - The Walking Dead is one of the most mature gaming experiences that money can buy. This is the most exciting game of 2012, and you won't even find it sitting on shelves. Hop onto Xbox Live and buy it immediately, before we're forced to destroy your head and/or brains.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This ninja is marked for greatness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Codemasters has tweaked the driving physics to work surprisingly well with a stock Xbox 360 controller.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The words "awesome" and "badass" are used a lot in this game, but Gearbox has earned the right. When you gunzerk into a crowd of bandits, get killed, and your shield's nova kicks in, wiping everyone out and bringing you back to life, you'll think so too.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dribbling's expanded, players are fallible, and online modes complement the real world unlike any sports title before it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dishonored is an evocative game. Even without knowing the pedigree of its key developers, you won't fail to spot similarities to the angular black steel of City 17 in Dunwall's quarantine barriers. The European twist on old London is true to the concept art, and what the textures lack in up-close resolution, the world makes up for in grand complexity and generous options.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sophisticated, unnerving and reliably unforgiving, XCOM: Enemy Unknown isn't just Xbox 360's finest strategy experience - it's also a strategy game which changes how you think about strategy games. Go into it expecting a deadening flow of unlocks and build queues, and you'll get a nasty surprise. Approach the game as you would an odd noise in the basement, and the Earth might just have a fighting chance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a street-legal version of a purebred racer, Horizon is something that anybody with an interest in cars can pick up quickly and play for ages. And if you don't like cars already, well, it might just persuade you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Artorias of the Abyss successfully revitalizes your initial wonder through Dark Souls' world, and for that it's worth every Microsoft Point.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    343's attempts at endowing this carefully constructed husk of a protagonist with psychological depth are predictably timid.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything about the world revolves around entertaining you, whether it's the wide scope of murder-options or the amazing dialogue in between. Whatever kind of killer you decide you want to be, Absolution is an unmissable hit. [Dec 2012, p.68]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Indie fun that jumps through all our hoops. [Dec 2012, p.79]