Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,622 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 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Kalimba
Lowest review score: 10 The Expendables 2 Videogame
Score distribution:
1,622 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a game that's sometimes frighteningly unfair, it's shocking just how compelling Dark Souls is. While the first game was merely ruthless, its successor feels like full-on psychological warfare - we've played difficult games before, but this is the first we've seen that actively seems to be conspiring against you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the old-school, full-bore ultra-violence that many people felt was missing from Niko's adventures. It's less a brooding crime epic and more a particularly ludicrous episode of Prison Break.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fez
    There's absolutely no doubt that Fez is essential. As a fan of games in general, you should consider it required reading - it's one of the smartest, most charming games you'll ever play, let alone just this year or this console generation. Somehow Polytron has constructed something that tweaks our nostalgia for the 16-bit era and yet presents fresh, imaginative challenges.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In terms of the resolution and textures, it's certainly a lot crisper. Design intricacies can now been seen smattering aspects of the world which could not be made out in the infamously grimy original. The subtle texture of your falconer armour, for example, can be appreciated in all its stitched up glory, while the rivets of a buckler, should you be working on your parry hand, look like actual rivets, rather than indistinct smears of non-detail.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burnout: Revenge is so achingly pretty that this is one of the few occasions where it's actually worth buying all over again. Seeing it in action makes you proud of your Xbox 360 and what it's proving capable of.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might not be adding much to the Resi formula, but it's hugely enjoyable despite this. Roll on the inevitable and much-deserved sequel.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Artorias of the Abyss successfully revitalizes your initial wonder through Dark Souls' world, and for that it's worth every Microsoft Point.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Human Revolution stands proudly alongside the best in cyberpunk fiction, in any medium let alone just games... So few games allow you to carve a subtly unique path through every single encounter and, while major plot points remain the same, you'll feel like your journey was your own. [Sept 2011, p.80]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead offers a level of narrative quality that outshines anything else currently available in gaming. It makes the TV series of the same name look dull, poorly paced, and insignificant. These are the most important games released this year, and we simply can't recommend them enough.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vocally and visually brilliant, but lacks story.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ending lets it down. The most intriguing story arc ends midway through, leaving a grander but less interesting twist to play out in an endgame that ties off the story in a clumsy and unsatisfying fashion. It's an ignoble end to a game that works so hard to keep you involved, but it doesn't stop the journey being a fascinating one, and something that manages to feel like an entirely fresh experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hugely addictive, enormously satisfying and will only set you back 800 points. What are you waiting for? [May 2009, p.96]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is a true classic, and a beautifully made one at that. Rediscover Splinter Cell all over again, and we promise you, there's no way this cracker will stab you in the back.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Is the most ballanced, prettiest, deepest fighting game ever made perfection? No, but being the most balanced, prettiest and deepest fighting game is more than enough. [Nov 2007, p.94]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't 'the perfect Burnout' - but it comes damn close. [Feb 2008, p.86]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shadow Complex is a stunning demonstration of what you can squeeze onto the service. Play it, marvel at it, and hope that it's the future of downloadable games.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without question a better game than the previous three CoD games and easily the most spectacular in the series.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dishonored is an evocative game. Even without knowing the pedigree of its key developers, you won't fail to spot similarities to the angular black steel of City 17 in Dunwall's quarantine barriers. The European twist on old London is true to the concept art, and what the textures lack in up-close resolution, the world makes up for in grand complexity and generous options.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best ice hockey game yet. [Nov 2009, p.96]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's indisputably an excellent shooter: intelligent, satisfying, and a tiny bit thought-provoking, with big ideas and big fights that are never as clunky, irritating or unfair as BioShock. You should play it. But you should also know that - and here we'll borrow the game's own central theme of parenthood - it's a prodigy that never quite leaves the shadow of its father.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great continuation of one of the greatest sports games on 360.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the 'tough as nails' shoot-outs won’t see this on everyone’s must buy list, Ubisoft's run of creating stunning showcases for the Xbox 360 remains unbroken.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finer than a hundred pieces of eight. [Sept 2009, p.90]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So while Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has improved in single-player, it's the leap in multiplayer that makes it worth the reinvestment.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Returning base commanders might want to ponder whether new classes, maps and foes are worth a second investment, but those who slept through the original extra-terrestrial invasion should pick Enemy Within up immediately.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NHL 11 carries on all the good work of last year's game, but its overall gloss...doesn't quite hide some quirky AI decision making and shonky goal tending. [Issue#66, p.94]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful picture book... that slams shut on your fingers. Get over the initial shock, and this challenging, thoughtful puzzle platformer is an adventure to cherish.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A huge, complex and expertly written RPG that has the capacity to consume weeks, maybe even months of your life. While its roots are on the PC, it's translated effortlessly to the Xbox 360 with no compromises and stacks up well against the prettiest games on the system. It's more hardcore than Skyrim but by no means inaccessible.