Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,612 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 Project Gotham Racing 4
Lowest review score: 10 Dragon's Lair
Score distribution:
1,612 game reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply put, Oblivion is a game where the story never ends. The story of your exploits in any other game would have natural gaps, but here you can just keep telling it, with every yarn feeding logically into the next.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    4J has turned in an accomplished port, boasting crisp, high-resolution visuals and a reorganised inventory...In terms of console sims, nothing touches it. Minecraft's world is one that everybody should experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Human Revolution stands proudly alongside the best in cyberpunk fiction, in any medium let alone just games... So few games allow you to carve a subtly unique path through every single encounter and, while major plot points remain the same, you'll feel like your journey was your own. [Sept 2011, p.80]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So good that it almost seems deceitful: like a CG trailer of what the highest level of fun might look like. After 17 years, it's incredible that the series still has such power to astound and excite.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's got a world you believe in, a cast you care about and a script stuffed with brilliant moments... Utterly stunning in every resepct. [May 2008, p.79]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rockstar's Xbox 360 swansong is probably the console's greatest technical achievement, and as such it's unmissable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a textbook example to other developers of the love, care, attention, polish and guile needed when crafting a sequel. An essential purchase for all FPS fans. [Ryan King]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The presentation, the career game, the online stuff, the load times...everything's better. And with streets packed with spectators, signs and flags, it's a much more vibrant lace than Gotham's sterile cities of old. We simply have no alternative but to crown Gotham 4 the best racing game on Xbox 360. [Nov 2007, p.102]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While it's worth replaying to catch the dialogue you missed the first time round - a spectacular rarity in any game - and to hunt out the hidden Rat Man rooms, there isn't enough variety in the way you solve puzzles to sustain repeat runthroughs. We're going to need DLC, and plenty of it, to keep our co-op partnership going.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brilliantly charming and consistently entertaining, it's a true XBLA classic.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skyrim may frustrate you at times, but it will work its way inside your skin and replace the marrow of your bones. It never gives you an opportunity to neatly stop playing. Even if you manage to tear yourself away, the locations and the people will rattle around in your head. It'll give you stories to tell your friends, (although you should remember that many people simply won't be interested), and it'll give you an entire region to bend, beautifully slowly, to your will.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's mature: not because of profanity or nudey bits, but because it tackles complicated themes without telling you what to think. Having already sunk a distressing number of hours into ME2, the second this sentence is finished we're firing it up and exploring the rest of the universe.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This may well be the best tenner you ever spend.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game oozes perfection in its simplicity. Its ideas are well-executed and spot-on, the dialogue is witty and clever, and though it's often tricky, you're always willing to hop in for another blast.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fez
    There's absolutely no doubt that Fez is essential. As a fan of games in general, you should consider it required reading - it's one of the smartest, most charming games you'll ever play, let alone just this year or this console generation. Somehow Polytron has constructed something that tweaks our nostalgia for the 16-bit era and yet presents fresh, imaginative challenges.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3 is brave enough to threaten to destroy its very own legacy. Everything you've worked for is genuinely at risk, and horrifying things are going to happen because of some of the choices you've made. If you've spent as long as we have with these characters, the impact of this final journey will be one you don't forget for years. Brave, thrilling, and incredibly emotional, Mass Effect 3 is a sci-fi masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The FPS epic comes full circle. Pure quality.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Amazingly written and beautifully constructed, it's a complete emotional rollercoaster which we can't drawn any parallels with...You'll be playing this game for months to come, exchanging story elements to build up the bigger picture, and arguing about what it all means. [Sept 2007, p.88]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    N+
    Simple, elegant and hopelessly addictive. [Feb 2008, p.103]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Even when we're note marvelling at this marriage of plastic blocks and Death Stars, there's something incredible going on in this game, and it's all in the little details. [Oct 2006, p.68]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is a true classic, and a beautifully made one at that. Rediscover Splinter Cell all over again, and we promise you, there's no way this cracker will stab you in the back.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Under seven quid for one of the best one-on-one fighters since "Street Fighter II"? Bargain!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burnout: Revenge is so achingly pretty that this is one of the few occasions where it's actually worth buying all over again. Seeing it in action makes you proud of your Xbox 360 and what it's proving capable of.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deliciously slow to unravel, full of character and gripping from start to finish. [Jan 2015, p.88]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game doesn't benefit from the novelty of Rocksteady's first, pitch-perfect effort, but based on the quality and beauty of Gotham's pair of correctional institutes, we're perfectly happy to be incarcerated again.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's tough, but also bloody funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't be fooled by the identikit visuals: Crimson Alliance is frantic, fresh, and utterly brilliant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each world is packed with mysterious treasures and treacheries just waiting to be discovered, and learning how to use them to shape the world to your benefit is enormously satisfying. [Jan 2015, p.89]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3 isn't too much of a departure, once you actually get to grips with the landscape that stretches behind that fidgety, histrionic exterior. It is, however, handily the best game in the series so far, and deserves to hold its head high among this winter's noisy crowd of sandbox offerings. If madness is repetition, this is one reworking of a formula I don't mind losing my mind to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From giant pandas to Streets of Rage-inspired brawling, this is the most complete fighting game available to-date.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's aspirational, inspirational, educational, and eminently valuable. It's not only an achievement within its own genre, but a landmark for the entire medium as well.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only major disappointment is final boss Seth. Given how imaginative the rest of the crew are, going toe-to-toe with a bald, blue baddie that bears more than a passing resemblance to Bioshock's Fontaine feels like something of an anticlimax.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trimming off dead-weight as often as it adds something new, this is the strongest LEGO game yet. We've had seven years' worth of iterations, but these cheeky blocks of plastic are still fantastic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And that's L4D2 all over: in every game, the world ends a slightly different way. You'll find a different route to take, you'll hear another dud story from Ellis, you'll try a different weapon combination, or a different tactic in the finale.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat system is deep, satisfying, and just welcoming enough to let you in, before losing the smile, slapping your face and making you pay attention. Ninja Theory has bottled Danté's soul, and given him an excellent new life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vampire Smile is the product of just one man. Everything, from the slick lo-fi graphics layered with intense lighting effects, to the urgent, industrial music, is by James Silva....Don't be too quick to be jealous.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the old-school, full-bore ultra-violence that many people felt was missing from Niko's adventures. It's less a brooding crime epic and more a particularly ludicrous episode of Prison Break.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still awesome online. [Aug 2009, p.94]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dishonored is an evocative game. Even without knowing the pedigree of its key developers, you won't fail to spot similarities to the angular black steel of City 17 in Dunwall's quarantine barriers. The European twist on old London is true to the concept art, and what the textures lack in up-close resolution, the world makes up for in grand complexity and generous options.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sophisticated, unnerving and reliably unforgiving, XCOM: Enemy Unknown isn't just Xbox 360's finest strategy experience - it's also a strategy game which changes how you think about strategy games. Go into it expecting a deadening flow of unlocks and build queues, and you'll get a nasty surprise. Approach the game as you would an odd noise in the basement, and the Earth might just have a fighting chance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you want your Christmas to be characterised by tears of laughter, this is an essential purchase.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The proof is in the songs, better balanced and offering enough range to please everybody. Here's to another six months of hard rock heaven.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wildly chaotic but obscenely enjoyable. [Mar 2011, p.91]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Excellent tutorial for beginners. [Sept 2013, p.89]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The astounding vistas of each planet combined with swelling synth chords and the cheesy sci-fi plots of Babylon 5, make this a game for lovers of sci-fi and RPG everywhere. Roll on the sequels!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strong, simple concept, executed beautifully. [Mar 2011, p.102]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But if you want a staggering multiplayer fight game that looks better than anything else on Xbox 360, get this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our favourite addition is the brilliantly insane Karaoke mode, which enables you to sing along to instrumental versions of the famous theme music. Less hilariously, but more usefully, there's support for eight players over Xbox Live to replicate the legendary showdowns that occurred at amusement arcades around the world in the mid-'90s.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you consider the revised physics engine and fine-tuned player AI, this year's FIFA steps up as one of the best updates in a long time. A goal machine of a game and a compulsive purchase that not even Arsene Wenger could resist.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best ice hockey game yet. [Nov 2009, p.96]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exceptional racing with brilliant atmosphere.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's this kind of smooth, easy perfection that floods the game. [Nov 2007, p.92]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first Assassin's Creed's charm was in the sumptuous graphics and straightforward action - that incredible climbing and free-running, and the visceral thrill of stapling evil people to the dirt with a wristblade. With AC2 the rest of the game has caught up with the brilliance of those central ideas to create a complete and coherent experience. We can think of plenty of words that could describe Assassin's Creed 2 - involving, exciting, cinematic - but there's only one word that sums it up beautifully. Killer. [Dec 2009, p.74]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a massive amount to say about GHWT, from the factoid videos teaching you the real guitar, and the vastly improved backdrop for gigs, to the superb way you can play as a band. This is a vastly entertaining package and a must buy for music lovers and GH fans.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It was, and still is, a gaming masterpiece. The term ‘Must Buy’ was created for games like this.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A genuine treat that excels in escapist shooting and rah-rah bad-guy killing, yet still finds time to be soulful, emotional and occasionally melancholy. It's better than it has any right to be.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best game in the franchise to date. It's genuinely good enough that it might even convert diehard PES fans if Konami's update this year ends up being as lacklustre as last year's.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the price, it's unmissable, and it proves that Liberty City can support far more than the two pieces of DLC Rockstar has committed to.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the blatantly rushed execution, it's impossible not to love The Walking Dead Episode 2. This is thought-provoking, clever, and genuinely grown-up entertainment. Heart-rending decisions and spectacular pacing make this one of the most intense gaming experiences we've ever had.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 07 is fantastic. The reworked gameplay feels so right and its Xbox Live support is amazing. [Nov 2006, p.66]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A faithful upgrade of a handheld classic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hugely addictive, enormously satisfying and will only set you back 800 points. What are you waiting for? [May 2009, p.96]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Virtua Fighter 5, only tarted up. [Sept 2012, p.105]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A clear improvement on its already-excellent predecessor and is now absolutely the dance game that Kinect deserves. Those who can't stomach the more narrow selection of musical genres will be upset, but this is still the slickest, sexiest dance game around.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, this is the 'proper' Call of Duty fans have been waiting for. [Issue#67, p.84]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The beauty of Guitar Hero II is it's just as playable and addictive in single-player, with a career mode taking you and your band out of the sticks and onto the road of rock stardom. [Apr 2007, p.80]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unnecessary multiplayer aside, Dead Space 2 is a corker. It's an unpredictable powder-keg of [a] game; even when you get mulched by the Necromorphs it's great to see just how many chunks your corpse has been blown into. [Feb 2011, p.88]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you're confined to single player, Spelunky is yet another small but perfectly formed nugget of joy to be unearthed on the Games Marketplace. Like Fez, Joe Danger and Super Meat Boy before it, the charm simply oozes out of the screen and leaves a saccharine sticky patch at the base of your TV. That initial infuriation crystallises into solid determination and 1200MP buys you an endless supply of levels against which to test your wits and skills.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    COD4 is cutting-edge entertainment, but the downside to this dense and gripping delivery is that it's over far too quickly: five to six hours on Normal difficulty...COD4 is short but immensely satisfying and we can't wait for a post-modern revival. [Dec 2007, p.73]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unique stealth-horror thriller that combines great pacing and smart design with razor-sharp AI that's unpredictable in all the right ways. It's an arduous undertaking, but it begs to be experienced.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gears of War is absolutely rammed with excitement, innovation and atmosphere. This is a next-generation game in every respect, trampling convention and really rewriting the shooter genre with flourish and pace.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kinect aside, it's genuinely smashing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    IL-2 feels like two separate games: one a solid, fun arcade flyer, the other a testing simulation of true aerial combat circa Hitler-times. It's inevitable then, that if you're at all interested in planes, or just want to embarrass yourself at a different altitude, IL-2 can hardly come more recommended.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ending lets it down. The most intriguing story arc ends midway through, leaving a grander but less interesting twist to play out in an endgame that ties off the story in a clumsy and unsatisfying fashion. It's an ignoble end to a game that works so hard to keep you involved, but it doesn't stop the journey being a fascinating one, and something that manages to feel like an entirely fresh experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Champion Mode's story makes you care more about the fights. [Apr 2011, p.102]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The passion that BG&E inspires makes it too easy to gloss over the flaws - it'll take you a while to get used to the hyper-sensitive camera, the acting is choppy, and Jade's fighting style is uninspired. But this is a game in which killing comes second to the story, puzzles, the world, and the characters - it's 10-15 hours of genuinely compelling pleasure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mixing tense action sequences and clever character development with thoughtful scripting and meaningful dialogue, Cry Wolf is a spectacular end to an excellent series.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the most polished and satisfying platformer on Xbox 360. It's another masterpiece from Montpellier.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GRAW is brimming with atmosphere, has brilliant, open levels and challenging AI that will put your shooting skills to the test. [April 2006, p.74]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best sports game on Xbox Live Arcade. [Feb 2008, p.103]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Battlefield 4 combines a middling campaign with some of the finest larger-scale online warmongering ever conceived. As a package it constitutes extraordinary value. Levolution aside, it hasn't reinvented any shooter tropes, but it has refined and improved them to impressive degree.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best fitness title on the Xbox 360.
    • 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]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Official Xbox Magazine UK
    • 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.