Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,791 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Lowest review score: 10 Dragon's Lair
Score distribution:
1791 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a game that's sometimes frighteningly unfair, it's shocking just how compelling Dark Souls is. While the first game was merely ruthless, its successor feels like full-on psychological warfare - we've played difficult games before, but this is the first we've seen that actively seems to be conspiring against you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no downside, save an easily-forgiven sense of familiarity and the absence of online co-op. You can't even resort to the usual retro-gaming caveat of high difficulty - the learning curve is perfectly judged, the checkpoints agreeably spaced. This is the year's best platformer without the faintest shadow of a doubt.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In terms of the resolution and textures, it's certainly a lot crisper. Design intricacies can now been seen smattering aspects of the world which could not be made out in the infamously grimy original. The subtle texture of your falconer armour, for example, can be appreciated in all its stitched up glory, while the rivets of a buckler, should you be working on your parry hand, look like actual rivets, rather than indistinct smears of non-detail.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza Motorsport 4 is a racing game that tries to be all things to all people, and you know what? It actually pulls it off.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perfectly priced, and long enough to leave you satisfied but with room for dessert, this is a fantastic family-friendly puzzler that deserves a place on every Xbox One.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best puzzler on Xbox Live Arcade. [Jan 2008, p.98]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still brilliant, even by today's standards. [Dec 2006, p.99]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are very few ways that Gears of War 2 could be improved on. Only the story and the final boss in particular are a slight disappointment. Fanboys will love the fact that only one of a multitude of story arcs is concluded; everyone else will feel slightly unfulfilled. But aside from this, Gears 2 is not just the most exhilarating game you'll play this year, but possibly the most heady and downright shocking piece of entertainment full stop. Hollywood, your days are numbered. [Dec 2008, p.61]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautifully executed stealth game. [May 2016, p.76]
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    • 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.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    On the surface this might look like just another pixellated roguelike, but enter the nightmarish rabbit hole and you'll find a mastery of the genre that is relentlessly addictive. [Oct 2015, p.84]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best bit of Fallout DLC so far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply a must-have puzzle game. [Sept 2010, p.101]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shadow Complex is a stunning demonstration of what you can squeeze onto the service. Play it, marvel at it, and hope that it's the future of downloadable games.
    • 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.
    • 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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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hydro Thunder Hurricane is absolutely what we hoped it would be - a colourful, anarchic arcade racer. Your mileage will vary depending on how gripped you are by score chasing, but the multiplayer should keep you busy - not least because you can bring three split-screen friends online with you. For a measly tenner, Hydro Thunder Hurricane is a steal.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like all things immoral, this is tremendous fun. Buy it now...No better way of spending 400MP. [Dec 2007, p.109]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Diablo 3 isn't an experience for the time-poor, though it's surprisingly possible to nip in for half an hour, just to level yourself up. But treat it like a casino: set yourself a limit, and stick to it. Otherwise, you might find yourself wide-eyed on Nephalem Glory at 5am.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ubisoft has taken a huge gamble by not making wholesale changes to Rainbow Six Vegas 2, but it's come up smelling liike roses. It's still one of the very best-value, high-quality FPS packages available on the 360. [Apr 2008, p.72]
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As good as we were expecting and hoping, it delivers on its promise to make an 'always on' Xbox Live race world, plus the car handling, sheer size of its island and the way you're left to make your own fun in your own way makes it a breath of pine-scented air in this world full of bland race games. [Oct 2006, p.108]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s the realisation of a vision Rocksteady has been working towards since 2009. Now that gaming tech has finally caught up, we’ve been given the swansong the Dark Knight deserves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is how re-releases should be done – Ninja Theory has put a lot of love into emphasising what was great about DmC, and fixing all the niggles that could realistically be fixed. Thoroughly recommended.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The car handling is incredibly complex and varied, and the superb modding Garage lets you tweak handling beyond belief - but only if you want. [July 2007, p.88]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Juggling impossibly huge gaming areas with varied, consistent, imaginative gameplay, it has managed to create a slice of Southern American comic violence that begs to be played. [Oct 2006, p.64]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ironically, Fight Night Round 4 may be the best argument for banning boxing yet. After all, when a game can get this close to the fluid, organic technicality of the real thing, why does anyone need to get hit in the face?... Solid, satisfying and totally revolutionary. [July 2009, p.81]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's brilliance is distilled in those heroic moments where you shunt the person in first, whip past and then execute a perfect drift between two mines on the final corner of the final lap. This is the Xbox 360's slick, stylish answer to Mario Kart and we absolutely love it.