Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,871 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 Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Lowest review score: 10 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
1871 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A clever cross between life sim and silly little collecting game with a lot of fun online party action thrown in, Viva PiƱata: Trouble in Paradise will appeal to a hell of a lot of people, thanks to its superbly created and welcoming open world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Stick with it and there's a lot to love here. [Dec 2015, p.77]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throwing accessibility out of the window like a misjudged motorway Ginsters, Shift 2 is an unashamedly stoic love-letter to hardcore driving fans. For casual fans of the genre, though, it's the kind of correspondence that leads to restraining orders.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Iron Brigade is great on its own - not a perfectly balanced strategy game, but it's great fun finding out what works. With the flesh-filling and reasonably-priced downloadable content, it's an easy recommend.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a tech demo of Xbox 360's power and a showcase of how fast, skilful and enjoyable simple online battling can be when it's taken back to basics, there's nothing better around right now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Brief, reasonably entertaining and mercifully cheap. [Feb 2012, p.103]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resurrection makes a compelling case for a proper sequel.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The actual action-adventure gameplay and the plot is pretty boring for all but hardcore comic book guys, but it's obscured behind a gloss of heroic RPG add-ons. [Christmas 2006, p.84]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately the game proves how powerful a storytelling medium gaming has become. Like the best cinema, the feeling of being privy to this dark world lingers long past putting down the controller. Its memory festers inside you - of a deeply disturbing experience, and an unforgettable one at that.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a fairly subdued second episode, In Harm's Way cranks things up a notch and then some. This is tense, unforgiving and utterly brutal stuff - Telltale at its finest and a breathless reminder of what makes this series so brilliant and unique.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As good as we were expecting and hoping, it delivers on its promise to make an 'always on' Xbox Live race world, plus the car handling, sheer size of its island and the way you're left to make your own fun in your own way makes it a breath of pine-scented air in this world full of bland race games. [Oct 2006, p.108]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's brilliance is distilled in those heroic moments where you shunt the person in first, whip past and then execute a perfect drift between two mines on the final corner of the final lap. This is the Xbox 360's slick, stylish answer to Mario Kart and we absolutely love it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    FIFA is always at its best when the pitch is tilted in the attacking side's favour, and this year's is a peach. It's not the 'true' next-gen FIFA we've been waiting for, but it's as dynamic and thrilling as any entry in the series thus far.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With wit and spot-on style, this is nearly one of Teltale's best, but prioritising action over dialogue means it falls just short of the story-led brilliance we're used to. [Jan 2015, p.83]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The pack feels both more adventurous and more complete - a differently styled distillation of the things Skyrim does best which should last you well into Christmas.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still brilliant, even by today's standards. [Dec 2006, p.99]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Who knew agony could be so much fun? [Dec 2008, p.100]
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a metal fan, you'll love it. But if you didn't have to prise your fingers out of the devil-horn pose to play, you'll finish it in a day and feel underwhelmed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gloriously imaginative and heaps of fun. [Nov 2008, p.100]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's plenty to be getting excited about, despite a slight lack of originality and visual finesse. Make no mistake, Dark Athena is first class stealth/action game with a double dose of top-notch entertainment that competently unites elements of "Mirror's Edge" and the "Splinter Cell" series. [Mar 2009, p.84]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The reason it works is it's so damn accessible.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fluid and uniquely told. A classic reborn. [Aug 2007, p.102]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Satisfyingly chunky, Pitt's a knockout. [June 2009, p.92]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the [single-player] combat is still brilliant and it looks a lot better, the unskippable cutscenes, unvaried locations, irritating characters and mini-games all really grate. However, adding in the much improved multiplayer with a variety of cool vehicles, Treyarch has really rounded off Infinity Ward's vision. [Dec 2006, p.90]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The moment-to-moment action of narrowly avoiding explosions and falling buildings produces hundreds of those heart-in-mouth moments that Burnout is so famous for. While comparisons to Critereon's superlative series are inevitable, Black Rock's effort is, if anything, even more spectacular.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One of the best sports franchises just got... exactly the same. [Xmas 2014, p.85]
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    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a great game in Revengeance, buried under the rubble of a previous franchise collapse. With a little less zatsu and a little more dan, Platinum Games could be on to something.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no denying that PES 2013 is a huge improvement over the last few offerings. However, the years spent fixing the football side of things have allowed FIFA to eclipse it in terms of game modes, so that's what Konami should now focus on evolving for next year's edition.