Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,738 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 52% 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 Project Gotham Racing 4
Lowest review score: 10 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
1738 game reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best family games out there. [June 2008, p.78]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alan Wake is a strange beast - a great story, told clumsily and strewn with odd characters saying vaguely unbelievable things in an earnest way that might or might not be a joke. However, as baffling as it can be, it really does hold its own, keeping you nervous, excited and rolling your eyes indulgently so regularly that it simply won't occur to you to stop playing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Established missions are still there - loverlorn villagers still need perking up, and there are races a-plenty - but much more on offer besides. And alongside flashier fights, a more helpful HUD and gorgeous new locations, it helps build the ideal sequel for every budding Hokage. Believe it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What takes all of this simple arcade fun and elevates it, of course, is Lionhead's flair for detailing, whether the design team's throwing in nods to the rest of the Fable series via the locations - which range from the sunflower meadows of Millfields to the sandy wastes of Aurora - or tossing in classic enemies, including bobble-headed reinventions of hollow men and balverines.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, you'll be left feeling warmer and happier than if you were in the heaving bosom of Lara herself. That's got to be worth the asking price. [May 2006, p.70]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dust will see you past ten hours easily, and may last you past 15 if you're serious about completing all the fetch quests and finding all the hidden goodies. It doesn't quite have the repertoire to justify the second figure, to my mind, but the 1200 MP outlay shouldn't give you pause. This is a labour of love for a bygone era that will be remembered just as fondly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lovely, surprisingly clever reinvention of Plants vs Zombies for shooter fans of all ages and persuasions.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strong characters entertain throughout the game's uncharacteristically involving story, with sheer imagination turning those limited core systems into something just that little bit more magical. There are tears, laughter - and most importantly, the first successful stab at Kinect-enhanced immersion - as Fable: The Journey gallops toward its epic conclusion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a truly entertaining game. There's no pretension - just enjoyable mayhem. It doesn't claim to be the Messiah, but it is a very naughty boy. Volition has tapped into nearly every wanton act we'd want to commit in an open world and more besides. [Nov 2008, p.67]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If we have one complaint, it's the fact you have to waggle the thumbstick for a few seconds to blow up the thing you're occupying. You're not using B or Y, guys. But otherwise this is an intelligent and modestly-priced puzzler that'll lovingly abduct an evening from your life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The phone is smart, but the story is dumb, and all the better for it. Just don't expect major innovation. [Dec 2014, p.90]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Surprise attack from some chopsy 'copters. [Aug 2013, p.91]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the most inventive use of Soulsian systems we've seen yet. [Dec 2014, p.91]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Technically superior in every way to plain Diablo III and still as ruinous to your everyday life as ever before. The hearty challenge remains beyond the credits, making it definitely worth your time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a delightfully tricky exercise in plate-spinning, complicated further by the need to keep every instrument up to speed to maximise your score.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's just too easy to forgive Payday 2 for looking shonky though. This game isn't about appearances; it's about the tension and excitement and thrill found in the heat of a moment. It's about hard work and co-operation and a well-placed bullet coming together to pull off the perfect crime. If you've got a tight team of four bank-busting buddies ready and raring to go, and you can overlook some below-average scenery, you're in for a hell of a time. Mask up.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unique, stylish and addictive.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its difficulty will put off those who want an easy ride, but for the hardcore, those who want something different from their games, it's the Holy Grail on wheels. [Apr 2007, p.96]
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    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you don't already have the previous games, then this is essential.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Addictive, frantic and a worthy sequel. [Nov 2008, p.100]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the series then that will either be enough for you or it won't. We suspect that it will, because stability is as important as progress in those sports updates that already lead their field, and hey, the addition of some serious next-gen sense-candy doesn't exactly hurt.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only downside is that at £100, it's asking you to put your wallet on the line for an experience that offers the same thrills as GH, but still represents a big gamble if you didn't get on with that series. It's just a fraction too expensive for our liking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It looks the same, plays the same, feels the same and, praise the lord, actually is the same. Maybe a bit too 'the same' if you've played it every year for the last five years, but still. It'll do.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is gaming's equivalent of a B-movie. It might not last long, but with no plot, no fuss and no gimmicks, it's a guilty thrill that will live on in pub conversations, impromptu blasts with mates and the knowledge that if you ever want to sit down and enjoy some carnage, all you have to do is reach for this brilliant twist on survival horror.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Truly climactic entertainment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't just an excellent introduction to the series, but a great expansion of it to keep veterans interested. Without Xbox Live you'll miss out on some of the really cool stuff, but for everyone else 2009 is definitely the year of the Tiger.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its enhanced framerate, more responsive controls and extra gameplay modes mean it's the most complete gridiron experience on the console. It's just...didn't we play this last year? [Oct 2007, p.94]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it tries too hard at times, it's difficult to deny D4's zany charm. There's something irresistible about a game where you have literally no idea what's coming next. We're stoked for the next instalment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hindsight be damned, these games are still fantastic.