Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,468 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 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 10 The Expendables 2 Videogame
Score distribution:
1,468 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The astounding vistas of each planet combined with swelling synth chords and the cheesy sci-fi plots of Babylon 5, make this a game for lovers of sci-fi and RPG everywhere. Roll on the sequels!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza Motorsport 4 is a racing game that tries to be all things to all people, and you know what? It actually pulls it off.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story isn't amazing, but it takes a cheerful back seat to spending time with the characters we've all grown to love over the last five years. And, best of all, nearly all of the loose ends are tied up. In single-player it's easily the best game of the series - and online the Horde, Deathmatch and Beast modes stand a good chance of making you forget about Battlefield and Call of Duty. Bravo, Epic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3 isn't too much of a departure, once you actually get to grips with the landscape that stretches behind that fidgety, histrionic exterior. It is, however, handily the best game in the series so far, and deserves to hold its head high among this winter's noisy crowd of sandbox offerings. If madness is repetition, this is one reworking of a formula I don't mind losing my mind to.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first Assassin's Creed's charm was in the sumptuous graphics and straightforward action - that incredible climbing and free-running, and the visceral thrill of stapling evil people to the dirt with a wristblade. With AC2 the rest of the game has caught up with the brilliance of those central ideas to create a complete and coherent experience. We can think of plenty of words that could describe Assassin's Creed 2 - involving, exciting, cinematic - but there's only one word that sums it up beautifully. Killer. [Dec 2009, p.74]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is pure videogame from start to finish - escapism at its finest. It reminds you of a time you didn't question why, you just went along for the ride. There's only one question: how the hell do you top it? [Jan 2009, p.92]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you think you can handle the pressure, deal with the pain and put in the hours, then you'll find this one of the most frenetic, tactical and rewarding squad-based shooters ever made (despite a few annoying foibles and glitches), one that will grip and enthrall you for weeks on end - and justify the outlay for your Xbox 360 setup. [Apr 2006, p.15]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It adds visual punch, improved multiplayer, a better sense of progression (as new licenses must now be acquired to unlock further tracks) and an intimidatingly powerful editor with the potential to punt the game's longevity into the stratosphere. For 1,200 MP this is as unmissable an XBLA title as its predecessor and, while it's not quite an evolution, it's certainly an example of intelligent design.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the price, it's unmissable, and it proves that Liberty City can support far more than the two pieces of DLC Rockstar has committed to.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you consider the revised physics engine and fine-tuned player AI, this year's FIFA steps up as one of the best updates in a long time. A goal machine of a game and a compulsive purchase that not even Arsene Wenger could resist.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best in the series by some distance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    None of this package is new, which is why we've deducted a point. Still Alive is a pricey luxury for Portal fans. But hey, if you've never played it before, feel free to slap that point back on and enjoy one of gaming's tastiest treats from the last few years.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautiful game, if just a bit too simple. [Sept 2010, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This ninja is marked for greatness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This may well be the best tenner you ever spend.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unnecessary multiplayer aside, Dead Space 2 is a corker. It's an unpredictable powder-keg of [a] game; even when you get mulched by the Necromorphs it's great to see just how many chunks your corpse has been blown into. [Feb 2011, p.88]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As wonderfully addictive as ever. [Oct 2008, p.94]
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    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The car handling is incredibly complex and varied, and the superb modding Garage lets you tweak handling beyond belief - but only if you want. [July 2007, p.88]
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    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dribbling's expanded, players are fallible, and online modes complement the real world unlike any sports title before it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the most polished and satisfying platformer on Xbox 360. It's another masterpiece from Montpellier.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Co-op is the highlight, adding mechanics like floating sun energy that's reaped by both players hovering their cursor over it, and dividing the job of dropping plants by giving each player four seed packets. It's well-balanced strategy that isn't hardcore, but is fertilised by adorable comedy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you missed the cult the first time round, now is the time to jump on board. If you are already part of the cult, we know you'll be playing this right now.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It was, and still is, a gaming masterpiece. The term ‘Must Buy’ was created for games like this.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just like the original Fable, this is a game that's hugely likeable, but only if you put the effort in. Make no mistake, it's genuinely charming, but everything from unclear storytelling to rubbish mini-games to glitchy graphics to sluggish menus makes an appearance, and you've got to take it all with a smile.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We couldn't help but be slightly disappointed with the main plot - it feels flimsy compared to the huge journey the previous instalment treated us to, and the only truly impactful storytelling occurs when you leave Ezio behind. In spite of this, the sandbox is more complex and there's easily as much to do here as in the previous titles.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And that's L4D2 all over: in every game, the world ends a slightly different way. You'll find a different route to take, you'll hear another dud story from Ellis, you'll try a different weapon combination, or a different tactic in the finale.
    • 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.