Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,455 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 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Halo: Reach
Lowest review score: 10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Score distribution:
1,455 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Even when we're note marvelling at this marriage of plastic blocks and Death Stars, there's something incredible going on in this game, and it's all in the little details. [Oct 2006, p.68]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At 800 MP, Forces of Nature is hard to resist. Epic's final and most dramatic dose of Season Pass content turns out to be its most conciliatory, a club sandwich of new and warmed-over jollies that belongs on every menu.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    F.E.A.R. is a good-looking FPS with great sound and amazing gunfights, but it lacks variety – sharing Condemned’s bent for basements, air vents, abandoned factories, offices and so on, and the identikit enemies don’t help.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trine 2 is a vivid and stunning game that spins the colour wheel on nature. It's completely absorbing as a single-player experience and bawdy puzzle fun with company. Just remember to turn on the unlimited mode and get stuck in.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has a solid, unrelenting challenge that will remind veteran gamers of years gone by when games made no apologies for being so stupidly, frustratingly, agonisingly tough.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 2 is this year's equivalent of Assassin's Creed... when it comes to enveloping the player in exotic sights and sounds, Ubisoft has absolutely nailed it. [Issue # 40]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 07 is fantastic. The reworked gameplay feels so right and its Xbox Live support is amazing. [Nov 2006, p.66]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those worried that World War II has been done to death, fear not. Treyarch's willingness to push the boundaries has uncovered a side to the war few developers even knew existed, and we'll be damned if it doesn't make for one hell of a game to boot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exploding with multiplayer fun! [Oct 2007, p.98]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crysis 2 skates on the thin ice of its own excellence. There are weaknesses, that might - if the mode-swapping suitplay hadn't been so strong - have dragged the game down. But the story and combat [are] strong enough to carry you through, and if you've got the stomach for competitive multiplayer, the Nanosuit will bring a new world of sneaky, high-jumping tactics to your online game. [Apr 2011, p.84 MC]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s always something to do on your plot of land, and it’ll be a long time before you encounter every species of Piñata and see everything this bright colourful world has to offer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The cruelty of the levels can be frustrating, but you'll keep coming back. The infinite lives and near-instant reloading of checkpoints means stress always loses out to the classic "one-more-go" syndrome.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The passion that BG&E inspires makes it too easy to gloss over the flaws - it'll take you a while to get used to the hyper-sensitive camera, the acting is choppy, and Jade's fighting style is uninspired. But this is a game in which killing comes second to the story, puzzles, the world, and the characters - it's 10-15 hours of genuinely compelling pleasure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hitting a difficulty sweet spot, Top Spin 4 is deep enough to let you spend hours mastering the perfect volley, but won't turn its nose up at you if you don't fancy anything more than an occasional late-night session of backhanding with Federer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's very much one of the year's best shooters, but for all Frostbite 2's volcanic achievements, it's more a triumph of consolidation, blending elements from past games and popular competitors, than a triumph in its own right.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Improves on the original in almost every way. [July 2010, p.90]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The strongest aspect of ACIII is the more mature moral tone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An ambient platforming essential. [July 2011, p.102]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Citadel feels fresh compared to the tired 'haunted house' missions of recent DLC packs, and deserves to be filed alongside Kasumi's Stolen Memory and Lair of the Shadow Broker as one of the best expansions to the Mass Effect universe, as well as a fitting full stop for the trilogy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    NBA 2K7 doesn't have the looks, but its solid on-court action puts you at the heart of the match rather than on the sidelines, with quick-fire tactics that you'd expect to see on ESPN. [Dec 2006, p.88]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is old-school style gaming, sticking proudly with the DMC staple. Nevertheless, Capcom has got the balance right this time. "Devil May Cry 3" was undoubtedly the pinnacle of the series, despite becoming insanely difficult far too quickly. Here it's a much slower incline rather than a sharp spike.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best band tie-in to date. [June 2009, p.79]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Civilization Revolution is currently the best strategy game available on the console. It has the controls, it has the pedigree, it has the depth, it has the multiplayer and most of all it has the accessibility. [July 2008, p.80]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the blatantly rushed execution, it's impossible not to love The Walking Dead Episode 2. This is thought-provoking, clever, and genuinely grown-up entertainment. Heart-rending decisions and spectacular pacing make this one of the most intense gaming experiences we've ever had.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Codemasters has tweaked the driving physics to work surprisingly well with a stock Xbox 360 controller.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Original, beautiful, and one of a kind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's never going to be as surprising or novel as Codies' first stab at Formula One, for a seasonal update there's a remarkable number of tweaks and changes, all of which are for the better. What's more, the game has become one of the most substantial and compelling multiplayer racing offerings around and, with the addition of co-op at whatever diffi culty you choose, is more inclusive for all skill levels than the majority of online racers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is b-ball for the hardcore. You know it!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the series' highest points. [June 2014, p.90]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A compelling argument not just for Criterion's continued stewardship of Need for Speed - assuming Hot Pursuit left you in any doubt on that front - but for the reproduction of those inescapable, irresistible online features across rival genres.