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 Super Meat Boy
Lowest review score: 10 The Expendables 2 Videogame
Score distribution:
1,521 game reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A third-person action-adventure with the beating black heart of a survival horror, Alone in the Dark is a game that needs to be experienced by everybody. Its novel approach of applying shocks into an episodic structure, eight hourly segments in all, is a masterstroke.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just like the original Fable, this is a game that's hugely likeable, but only if you put the effort in. Make no mistake, it's genuinely charming, but everything from unclear storytelling to rubbish mini-games to glitchy graphics to sluggish menus makes an appearance, and you've got to take it all with a smile.
    • 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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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the series then that will either be enough for you or it won't. We suspect that it will, because stability is as important as progress in those sports updates that already lead their field, and hey, the addition of some serious next-gen sense-candy doesn't exactly hurt.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Small Arms is pretty blatant about copying the gameplay of Nintendo's "Smash Bros," but it's exactly the kind of frantic action suited for online play. [Jan 2007, p.97]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It looks great and plays amazingly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This Middle Eastern adventure is one of the most beautiful cinematic games ever devised, but not one of the most rewarding to play. It's also one of the most mature, thoughtful games of recent years, challenging you with ideas and concepts that are far from clear cut. But where is the freedom of choice? Unless you count the difference between the dagger or the sword, there really isn't any.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By far the best skate game on any console. [Nov 2007, p.88]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You'll be asking for an encore come the end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some control issues, the game could have been a full retail game rather than a Live Arcade title; it's graphically superior to any xbox or PS2 game, it's not short and it features some innovative mechanics.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It looks the same, plays the same, feels the same and, praise the lord, actually is the same. Maybe a bit too 'the same' if you've played it every year for the last five years, but still. It'll do.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s strategically strong, with custom setups, objectives and teams available. The ten or so maps are, as always, well balanced though uninspired, and the AI can be a beast – humans even tougher.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully thought through, has wonderfully coloured and varied levels and crazed bosses. [Mar 2007, p.92]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The minimal animation style underscores that this is the deepest strategy and most hardcore game on Live Arcade, if not on the Xbox 360. [Jan 2007, p.96]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is gaming's equivalent of a B-movie. It might not last long, but with no plot, no fuss and no gimmicks, it's a guilty thrill that will live on in pub conversations, impromptu blasts with mates and the knowledge that if you ever want to sit down and enjoy some carnage, all you have to do is reach for this brilliant twist on survival horror.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The frantic 2D play, the limited movement options and the massed death from above make it a challenge even to twitch gamers. Throw in four-player survival, a boss battle mode and great co-op and it’s a must-buy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are countless days of single- and multiplayer amusement to be had, ensuring that you'll be kept suitably entertained until the next FIFA installment rolls off the EA conveyor belt...which will no doubt be in a few months' time. [Apr 2007, p.86]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perfect multiplayer customisation. [May 2007, p.94]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its difficulty will put off those who want an easy ride, but for the hardcore, those who want something different from their games, it's the Holy Grail on wheels. [Apr 2007, p.96]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't just another franchise game: it's the closest thing that you'll ever get to a sequel to the movies. It's not the cleverest game ever made, but there's certainly enough excitement, intrigue and massive explosions to keep you interested. [Oct 2008, p.74]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best team FPSs to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent slice of '80s nostalgia. [Sept 2009, p.88]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sequel adds considerable depth to the original's plus points, without turning it into a serious economic simulation of trying to work out how to get the right amount of Snickers bars to feed your hungry mercenaries.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An entertaining, exciting game that looks simply stunning. It really does the genre, and the Xbox 360, justice. And you can't get a higher recommendation than that. [Dec 2007, p.88]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Refreshingly unique. [July 2007, p.104]
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    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The thinking man's dispute-settler. [Nov 2007, p.107]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never has picking up rubbish felt so good. [Jan 2008, p.92]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't 'the perfect Burnout' - but it comes damn close. [Feb 2008, p.86]