Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,598 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:
1,598 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The presentation, the career game, the online stuff, the load times...everything's better. And with streets packed with spectators, signs and flags, it's a much more vibrant lace than Gotham's sterile cities of old. We simply have no alternative but to crown Gotham 4 the best racing game on Xbox 360. [Nov 2007, p.102]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fast, realistic, and cool as ice. [Nov 2007, p.98]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The proof is in the songs, better balanced and offering enough range to please everybody. Here's to another six months of hard rock heaven.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guardian of Light crackles with energy, and Crystal Dynamics has clearly relished adding a different dynamic to the franchise. By marrying top-down shooter mechanics with a tidy co-op mode, it adds something the series was long thought to have lost: a sense of fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rupturing quality and oozing tension, this is stealth gaming of the highest calibre, full of imagination and augmented by an excellent two-way Trust system that leaves you pondering every choice you make and then having to deal with the consequences. [Nov 2006, p.8]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heaven for the fans, tough love for the rest. [Oct 2009, p.86]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not as technically demanding as Street Fighter IV, and feels like a more free-flowing, mobile, nimble fighter in comparison. [Issue#66, p.99]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a massive amount to say about GHWT, from the factoid videos teaching you the real guitar, and the vastly improved backdrop for gigs, to the superb way you can play as a band. This is a vastly entertaining package and a must buy for music lovers and GH fans.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tight, fun and fast-paced racing action that just about anyone can enjoy. [Nov 2008, p.89]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's fortunate the series can now rest on the safety net of online play and character customization because, without it this would be a slender, anorexic package - a tad ironic, when you consider just how much attention Namco has lavished on its buxom babes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a street-legal version of a purebred racer, Horizon is something that anybody with an interest in cars can pick up quickly and play for ages. And if you don't like cars already, well, it might just persuade you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply a must-have puzzle game. [Sept 2010, p.101]
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