Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,491 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 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Score distribution:
1,491 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but Hot Pursuit is still the kind of collision between Criterion and Need For Speed you'd hope for. It pays respect to the classic NFS games, borrows the best bits from Burnout and is a technical masterpiece. The chase to reclaim NFS's once legendary chart topping form is well and truly on.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Less a party game than clever learning software, Rocksmith 2014 is a highly personalised, customisable and responsive guitar tutoring tool that improves upon the original in almost every regard.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    343's attempts at endowing this carefully constructed husk of a protagonist with psychological depth are predictably timid.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best game in the franchise to date. It's genuinely good enough that it might even convert diehard PES fans if Konami's update this year ends up being as lacklustre as last year's.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An amazing sight to behold. [Apr 2008, p.99]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DiRT 3 is one of those rare games that delivers both quality and quantity. Everything is laser-engineered to improve on the brilliant previous game. The only misstep is the anodyne Career mode interface - lots of people will be baffled by the decision to replace the bustling 3D service area with something stylish yet hollow.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Red Dead's outstanding DLC in a box. Simple as.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, this is the 'proper' Call of Duty fans have been waiting for. [Issue#67, p.84]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ironically, Fight Night Round 4 may be the best argument for banning boxing yet. After all, when a game can get this close to the fluid, organic technicality of the real thing, why does anyone need to get hit in the face?... Solid, satisfying and totally revolutionary. [July 2009, p.81]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Temporary frustrations aside, Runner2 is a simple, lovely jog to the right that slowly builds into a manageably hectic rightward run. The easy difficulty might speed your passage through the world, but it's less fun. So don't rob yourself of a new and entirely needless motor skill. Put it on Rather Hard, and stick at it until the skills lodge in your fingers. It's worth it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exceptional racing with brilliant atmosphere.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no downside, save an easily-forgiven sense of familiarity and the absence of online co-op. You can't even resort to the usual retro-gaming caveat of high difficulty - the learning curve is perfectly judged, the checkpoints agreeably spaced. This is the year's best platformer without the faintest shadow of a doubt.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you're confined to single player, Spelunky is yet another small but perfectly formed nugget of joy to be unearthed on the Games Marketplace. Like Fez, Joe Danger and Super Meat Boy before it, the charm simply oozes out of the screen and leaves a saccharine sticky patch at the base of your TV. That initial infuriation crystallises into solid determination and 1200MP buys you an endless supply of levels against which to test your wits and skills.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Diablo 3 isn't an experience for the time-poor, though it's surprisingly possible to nip in for half an hour, just to level yourself up. But treat it like a casino: set yourself a limit, and stick to it. Otherwise, you might find yourself wide-eyed on Nephalem Glory at 5am.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monolith might not have the basics quite down, but the Nemesis system is the year's most original game mechanic, and makes for a game that feels - and reacts to your play - unlike any of its peers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most addictive games we've enjoyed in recent years. [Christmas 2007, p.106]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While GRID's a nice game, it's ultimately a new selection of cars and tracks for Colin McRae DiRT. You might want to bear that in mind when it comes to buying it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s definitely a worthwhile Live Arcade download for Oblivion fans, rejuvenating it and giving your character some wonderful new tricks. Frankly, you’d have to be mad to miss it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unexpected Xbox One knockout and a year-on-year improvement in every respect - but its spectacular visuals make the clunkier elements painfully obvious.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who fancy something different. [Apr 2010, p.102]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's difficult to describe a game with so many choices and different paths, but making them all feel meaningful is what Dragon's Age excels at. Complex it may be, but it's more focused than Fable II, better in combat than Mass Effect, and richer than The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. If you've got the patience, it's a cracker.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An imperfect but utterly unmissable tour de force of multiplayer design, bustling with so many new ideas that it's a wonder it doesn't fly apart in mid-air.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent game that, while paying tribute to Lara Croft's heritage, certainly feels like a new beginning - mechanically as well as thematically. It's visually dazzling, narratively affecting, dangerously near best-in-class when it comes to solid shooting, vertiginous platforming and ballsy set plays... and bodes fantastically for any future instalments.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all works together to make this the funniest and most thoughtful expansion of the Season Pass. Whether you've got the energy to go back and blow the cobwebs off your old gun hoard is up to you. We'd definitely recommend it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With such layered and near-endless challenges, not to mention the addition of a remarkably powerful level creator, you'll be firing this up for a quick blast for years to come. We don't say this often, deeply cynical as we are, but if for some ludicrous self-abusing reason you only buy one XBLA game this year, make it Trials HD. [R. King]
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a blood-soaked love letter to the original series but hauls everything else up to date, making it a tasty treat for newcomers and a nine-course medieval banquet for fans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite some slight technical let downs, and a few underwhelming aesthetics, Brothers is a rather beautiful tale of love and loss, of fables and fairy tales, and of family most of all. [July 2013, p.78]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Street Fighter nuts will already have bought this without a second thought; if you remember the good old days of 2D fighters, this is the pinnacle.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat system is deep, satisfying, and just welcoming enough to let you in, before losing the smile, slapping your face and making you pay attention. Ninja Theory has bottled Danté's soul, and given him an excellent new life.