Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,737 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 Project Gotham Racing 4
Lowest review score: 10 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
1737 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who fancy something different. [Apr 2010, p.102]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is how re-releases should be done – Ninja Theory has put a lot of love into emphasising what was great about DmC, and fixing all the niggles that could realistically be fixed. Thoroughly recommended.
    • 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
    Incremental changes in all the right places on the court, coupled with a comprehensive dynasty mode, make this the sports game to beat for the foreseeable future. [Dec 2015, p.82]
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    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where Assassin's Creed 3 kept players at arm's length for hours, refusing to let you make your own way, Assassin's Creed 4 spreads those arms wide. We don't miss Connor, so much, but somebody should get this new guy a trilogy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A clear improvement on its already-excellent predecessor and is now absolutely the dance game that Kinect deserves. Those who can't stomach the more narrow selection of musical genres will be upset, but this is still the slickest, sexiest dance game around.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But if you want a staggering multiplayer fight game that looks better than anything else on Xbox 360, get this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beneath the visuals and the voice-over, Bastion is actually a fairly standard action RPG, but the abundance of different challenges and puzzles, combined with that beguiling narration, makes it something rather special.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Champion Mode's story makes you care more about the fights. [Apr 2011, p.102]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The oddest thing about Oddworld is that nobody's managed to do this kind of game better. An accomplished update of a grotesquely sophisticated platformer that'll turn the stomach of any carnivore.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you've turned off the gesture and voice control, you've got a product that's a simple facelift to a game that scarcely needed it. It's the better of the two, but the game doesn't really stand up to a full replay this soon.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply, GRAW2 is the game the original Advanced Warfighter should have been. It’s GRAW with a proper running time, GRAW without feeling penned in by invisible walls and the endless and constraining "You’re leaving the battlefield!" warnings. GRAW2 promised to be bigger, better and more – and it’s delivered all three.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The repetitive action might be reminiscent of the original games, but it's still repetition, and ultimately that causes things to drag. Fortunately just like Max himself it's also difficult to dislike - the plot isn't something you'll be able to leave alone for long, bullet time still has the capacity to thrill and the multiplayer provides the variety and unpredictability required for genuine longevity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By far the best skate game on any console. [Nov 2007, p.88]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Better is good, but it isn't great. [Nov 2011, p.110]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not quite the evolutionary leap we’d hoped for, but this beautiful and bombastic adventure remains one of the most purely entertaining things you can put in your Xbox One this Christmas.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A triumph in so many respects that lets itself down with some technical issues and a world that needed more variety in the way it looks. That, however, shouldn't stop you from picking this up and loving it until the end of this console generation. Forza Horizon 2 is an accomplishment, and a showcase for what open-world racers can do.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More time-travel sci-fi needs heel kicks. [Dec 2012, p.87]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The main reason you'll keep returning to DJ Hero 2 is for a love of the music. Simply playing along with any of the tunes in the game is a thoroughly entertaining experience - particularly when you get the chance to commandeer the crossfader or perform some freestyle scratching and sampling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've had your fill of Killer Instinct and are looking for another rad fighter on the Xbox One, look no further. Great characters, solid online play and loads of content make this a bit of a kracker.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell Conviction might not have the longest or greatest single-player campaign, but it makes up for this with a substantial selection of alternative modes.