Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,580 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 Joe Danger: Special Edition
Lowest review score: 10 AMY
Score distribution:
1,580 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than anything, it's a game that, even after completion, we want to keep returning to again and again, adding different ingredients to the freeform formula and seeing what kind of explosions we can create. We can guarantee you won't have played an FPS quite like this on Xbox 360, but now that one's arrived, you certainly should. [Nov 2009, p.84]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The thinking man's dispute-settler. [Nov 2007, p.107]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Transferable save games, unlimited fast travel access and 100,000 rift crystals to spend might help swing the deal. For those on the fence however, the full game with hours of new content should be all you need to hop off. We wouldn't be surprised if this is the best budget release all year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Relic's game achieves so much, almost creating a new console genre, combining the shoot-'em-up with the RTS. While it fails slightly in not being tactical enough (at least in Campaign mode) or quite compelling or consistent enough as an action shooter, the range of game modes and levels on offer means you get plenty of bang for your buck.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Peggle 2 is exactly, but not enough of, what we wanted. When you make something this addictive, you gotta supply, man.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An extremely polished, utterly playable update.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing Lost Planet is like battering "Ghouls and Ghosts" for the first time. You simply won't believe how stunning it looks. But more imortantly, it's one of those games that pits you against incredible odds and satisfies by making it just about possible to beat them! [Jan 2007, p.8]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some control issues, the game could have been a full retail game rather than a Live Arcade title; it's graphically superior to any xbox or PS2 game, it's not short and it features some innovative mechanics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Other open world games dabble with the undead, but none of them do it on such a scale. Dead Rising 3's technical shortcomings mean that it isn't a game that easily justifies the purchase of an Xbox One, but it absolutely won't cause you to regret it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What FIFA does well is give you time in possession. Play a through ball and get yourself in the opponent's penalty area and you're allowed to control it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's very much one of the year's best shooters, but for all Frostbite 2's volcanic achievements, it's more a triumph of consolidation, blending elements from past games and popular competitors, than a triumph in its own right.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Panorama-baitingly addictive. [Mar 2011, p.103]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best D&D experience on console. [Sept 2013, p.91]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hitman: Blood Money is a unique and hugely enjoyable experience. Sure, it's violently amoral and the controls aren't fantastic, but what really makes it is a palpable sense of freedom.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A third-person shooter packed with thrilling set-pieces that tries to make you think about why you are doing the shooting. It's utterly bleak, occasionally gruelling and falls just short of the thought-provoking masterpiece it was aiming for, but it's still a relentlessly compelling experience if you've got the stomach for it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Satisfyingly chunky, Pitt's a knockout. [June 2009, p.92]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Supreme Commander 2 circumvents most limitations of a console RTS and focuses more on strategy than how fast you can click. If you want a truly cerebral experience, accompanied by jaw-dropping mega units, it's the one to have.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    American Nightmare is good value, but it hints at more than it delivers - a world in which urban myths can come true never materialises in this episode. But that just makes us wonder what Remedy has got in store.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The interaction between the two main characters extends beyond the trivial buddy moves from the first game and becomes an integral part of the journey. Marry that to some satisfyingly chunky gunplay and the odd spectacular, building-levelling explosion and you have an action game that is far more fun than it has any right to be.

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