Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,549 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 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Lowest review score: 10 Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons
Score distribution:
1,549 game reviews
    • 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]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Excellent tutorial for beginners. [Sept 2013, p.89]
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    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Feature bloat strips this of its purity, and in parts it's unwieldy and unsatisfying. But find a challenge that sparks your imagination, and you'll become surgically attached to the controller. [Feb 2015, p.75]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A must buy then, but only if the price is right.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perfectly pitched pink platforming. [Sept 2011, p.98]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The thinking man's dispute-settler. [Nov 2007, p.107]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alan Wake is a strange beast - a great story, told clumsily and strewn with odd characters saying vaguely unbelievable things in an earnest way that might or might not be a joke. However, as baffling as it can be, it really does hold its own, keeping you nervous, excited and rolling your eyes indulgently so regularly that it simply won't occur to you to stop playing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dust will see you past ten hours easily, and may last you past 15 if you're serious about completing all the fetch quests and finding all the hidden goodies. It doesn't quite have the repertoire to justify the second figure, to my mind, but the 1200 MP outlay shouldn't give you pause. This is a labour of love for a bygone era that will be remembered just as fondly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's accessible, it's fun and its destruction is novel enough to keep players entertained. If this was about breaking up the Rainbow Six Vegas and G.R.A.W. stranglehold on the squad combat genre, it hasn't quite pulled it off. It's not bad company for the night; it's just not memorable company either.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Completely towers over the rest. [Dec 2009, p.107]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's amazingly easy to play, user-friendly, good fun and looks great throughout, but you may still find yourself completing it in a couple of sittings... A classy game that's a joy from start to finish. [Apr 2006, p.54]
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