Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,521 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 6.5 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 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
1,521 game reviews
    • 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]
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    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still awesome online. [Aug 2009, p.94]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only downside is that at £100, it's asking you to put your wallet on the line for an experience that offers the same thrills as GH, but still represents a big gamble if you didn't get on with that series. It's just a fraction too expensive for our liking.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An early contender for game of the year. It really is that spectacular. While the hand of Epic is evident, as the team that did the bulk of the work this catapults People Can Fly onto our list of the most exciting shooter devs on the Xbox 360. Brilliant writing, unparalleled production values and thunderous action: this deserves to be number one with a bullet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallout: New Vegas does betray the age of its engine every now and then, but it also shows why it has aged so well, powering the same tasty mix of great gameplay, endless side-quests and a world to get lost in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A glorious example of how much fun there is to be had when you let rip with both barrels. Screw reality - ridiculous overblown madness like this is exactly why video games are so great. Thanks for justifying our pastime, Volition.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    4A Games can't turn back time, but it's done everything to ensure that both Metro games feel comparable to today's standards. Beautiful, compelling and distinctly original, Redux is a must.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much more than the sum of its parts, but unfortunately said parts are only an okay FPS and an okay RPG, both fairly no-frills and functional. It's a roast dinner without gravy followed by an apple pie without custard. Nothing's wrong, but you can't shake the nagging feeling that something's missing. Borderlands is a good time, but it should have been a great time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden 11 is without a doubt the best American football game on the Xbox 360. [Issue#65, p.85]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 14 represents a difficult step forward for a very popular franchise, but a successful one nonetheless. The changes have such a significant effect, that returning fans may find them off-putting through the first five to ten games. But those that embrace them will be rewarded with perhaps the most satisfying, engaging FIFA yet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The definitive version of an already excellent fighting game, Ultra Street Fighter is the pinnacle of Capcom's tinkering with the title, and shows just how far one game can go with a little bit of love from its fans. That said, we're ready for Street Fighter 5 now, please.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A faithful upgrade of a handheld classic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Haunting, amazing, but not for everybody.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Vanquish plays a one-note song, but thankfully that note is 'slow motion exploding robot face'. [Issue#66, p.92]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't just an excellent introduction to the series, but a great expansion of it to keep veterans interested. Without Xbox Live you'll miss out on some of the really cool stuff, but for everyone else 2009 is definitely the year of the Tiger.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    F1 2010 is a brilliant recreation of the sport, but as a complete package it can't quite top the dizzy heights achieved by DiRT 2. [Oct 2010, p.96]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battlefield action polished until sparkling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's wonderful art direction, fun combat, a great range of quests and some cute cutscenes. But it's the video game equivalent of a variety show. In offering everything, Darksiders II never once achieves greatness. Which is a shame, because if there is a Darksiders III at some point in the future the odds are it's going to be even broader.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    N+
    Simple, elegant and hopelessly addictive. [Feb 2008, p.103]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best DLC for Fallout 3 so far. [Sept 2009, p.84]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For pure boxing realism, Fight Night Round 3 takes the crown. The way you can bust out little jabs and finish off with a crunching uppercut, or bat away a badly timed hook and follow through with a breath-stealing gut-punch is spot on. [April 2006, p.78]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who've already purchased the DLC might look at that £40 price tag with concern, but - make sure you're seated - we reckon its quality, not quantity that matters most here. And ODST has bundles of in both it's superb single-player and sublime online modes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You play "Forza" for the modding, community stuff and realism; you can play Colin because it's a bloody good, old-fashioned arcade rally game. [July 2007, p.96]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 5 has to unfortunately go down as one of the biggest gaming disappointments in recent memory, simply because it's merely great rather than unbelievable. It lags behind 2008's better games in each and every facet it seeks to excel in - Dead Space is scarier, Left 4 Dead is a superior co-op experience and Gears 2 is still the best third-person, cover-based shooter money can buy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastically substantial fighting game. If Marvel vs Capcom 3 was too wacky for your tastes, this sits comfortably between it and Street Fighter IV on the lunacy spectrum. The tag mechanic is brilliantly robust, there are loads of new moves to master and the Tekken characters slot in more comfortably than a bum in a favourite armchair. Welcome to your new favourite fighting game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a multiplayer game, Black Ops 2 is one of the best shooters around - sprawling and sagging under the weight of interesting systems. Offline, however, it's merely adequate. Despite some commendable ambition, Black Ops 2 isn't quite the match-stealing assault on Infinity Ward's turf we hoped it would be.