Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,818 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 7 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 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
1818 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In its natural habitat, with two players sitting on a sofa together, this evokes the best of the '90s 2D fighting boom. It may lack the glossy finish of recent Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Tekken releases, but it still feels slick and rapid enough to stand by its polygonal brethren. If you like your fighting games with a dash of nostalgia, this fits the bill beautifully.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    United Front has created a version of Hong Kong packed with things to do and the excellent combat and driving ensure it's always fun. If you've not played it, we're a bit jealous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Full of an overwhelming amount of stuff to do this is insane value for money and pretty to boot. Still, we can't help but feel a shake-up is needed for Far Cry 5 to prevent series fatigue.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Well designed and addictive. [Aug 2008, p.95]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 5 has to unfortunately go down as one of the biggest gaming disappointments in recent memory, simply because it's merely great rather than unbelievable. It lags behind 2008's better games in each and every facet it seeks to excel in - Dead Space is scarier, Left 4 Dead is a superior co-op experience and Gears 2 is still the best third-person, cover-based shooter money can buy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You play "Forza" for the modding, community stuff and realism; you can play Colin because it's a bloody good, old-fashioned arcade rally game. [July 2007, p.96]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    AvP is well worth your time and, with the unique online offering as well, there's plenty to get your teeth, claws and wristblades into. [Mar 2010]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Glosses over the changes and additions made in Black Flag, but it's more than deserving of recognition. The skill and attention to detail make this hugely accomplished, if flawed. It's a return to Brotherhood - but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like its heroes, Revelations 2 is a mix of elements weak and strong. But what a team they make when they're mixed together.
    • 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]
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    • 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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