Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,636 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 Super Meat Boy
Lowest review score: 10 The Expendables 2 Videogame
Score distribution:
1,636 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vibrant and vivacious violence. [June 2013, p.91]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sine Mora is a brilliant shooter that doesn't burst immediately into life. But once you pick up the ways in which it tests you, dicks you around, and emasculates you, it'll be one of the best abusive relationships you've ever been in.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's this balance between arcade and sim racing - two apparently conflicting styles - that gives Shift its edge. While it doesn't quite hit the heights of Project Gotham Racing 4 or even RACE Pro, it's a huge leap forward for a series that had definitely lost its way. We're feeling the need for speed all over again.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the most inventive use of Soulsian systems we've seen yet. [Dec 2014, p.91]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It plays brilliantly and is astonishingly easy to get into...For outrageousness and pure entertainment value, Crackdown is the most fun sandbox game to date...It's all-out action. Crackdown is an absolute riot. [Feb 2007, p.8]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A great sim, but poor supporting features. [July 2009, p.95]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's online that Madden 09 really comes into its own. [Oct 2008, p.88]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Excellent tutorial for beginners. [Sept 2013, p.89]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best bit of Fallout DLC so far.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still strong, but starting to show its age. [Dec 2012, p.103]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The big word this year is 'depth', and with 217 new and classic teams (yes, we counted), tons of new gameplay features and both an in-depth Franchise Mode and an all-new Superstar Mode, there's plenty here to keep fans happy until 08 inevitably rears its helmet-wearing head. [Oct 2006, p.74]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A tasty slice of puzzling action
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But these disappointments are dwarfed by the game's vast imagination, ambitious scope, entertaining combat, boss battles, Titan battles, puzzles and power-ups. Lords of Shadow is an epic and slightly unexpected triumph.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, how much enjoyment you take will depend on whether you fall in love with the cartoonish characters and if you're willing to accept the ridiculous, convoluted plot. Darksiders is well made and passes the time, but it just lacks that 'wow' factor which would elevate it to greatness. There are far too many moments that you'll have seen a hundred times before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bluepoint Game kicks anxiety to the curb with a smart, efficient port, that's fundamentally the same as Titanfall on Xbox One. If you can't afford a new console, save your pocket money for this.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Great to look at and the new mazes rock. [Aug 2007, p.103]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 doesn't offer quite enough over its predecessor to warrant any sort of classic status, but it's unquestionably another masterful piece of work from a team who have been doing this sort of thing forever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you never played RAGE, buy it. Then buy this. Play it, love it, and when the "Insert Disc 2" prompt pops up, simply walk away, smiling.