Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,589 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 Kalimba
Lowest review score: 10 Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Score distribution:
1,589 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's online that Madden 09 really comes into its own. [Oct 2008, p.88]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately the game proves how powerful a storytelling medium gaming has become. Like the best cinema, the feeling of being privy to this dark world lingers long past putting down the controller. Its memory festers inside you - of a deeply disturbing experience, and an unforgettable one at that.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An amazing sight to behold. [Apr 2008, p.99]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only problem with VT3 is also its greatest asset - it really does play and feel identical to the Dreamcast game we played every day for six months back in 2000 and for large chunks of most years since. [Apr 2007, p.84]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crysis 2 skates on the thin ice of its own excellence. There are weaknesses, that might - if the mode-swapping suitplay hadn't been so strong - have dragged the game down. But the story and combat [are] strong enough to carry you through, and if you've got the stomach for competitive multiplayer, the Nanosuit will bring a new world of sneaky, high-jumping tactics to your online game. [Apr 2011, p.84 MC]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Less a party game than clever learning software, Rocksmith 2014 is a highly personalised, customisable and responsive guitar tutoring tool that improves upon the original in almost every regard.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best music game in the world...ever! [Jan 2008, p.79]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still fresh 15 years on - and just as much fun. [Christmas 2007, p.107]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead offers a level of narrative quality that outshines anything else currently available in gaming. It makes the TV series of the same name look dull, poorly paced, and insignificant. These are the most important games released this year, and we simply can't recommend them enough.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's indisputably an excellent shooter: intelligent, satisfying, and a tiny bit thought-provoking, with big ideas and big fights that are never as clunky, irritating or unfair as BioShock. You should play it. But you should also know that - and here we'll borrow the game's own central theme of parenthood - it's a prodigy that never quite leaves the shadow of its father.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's never going to be as surprising or novel as Codies' first stab at Formula One, for a seasonal update there's a remarkable number of tweaks and changes, all of which are for the better. What's more, the game has become one of the most substantial and compelling multiplayer racing offerings around and, with the addition of co-op at whatever diffi culty you choose, is more inclusive for all skill levels than the majority of online racers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Generous almost to excess, Battleblock Theater is one of Xbox Live Arcade's masterworks, and a reminder that genuine, bona fide imagination is possible even in the twilight of a console generation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The smoothest, best looking and prettiest Hawk game of the lot. It really has been tweaked to perfection. It's going to be impossible to improve on this one next year. [Dec 2007, p.84]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its worst, Rock Band 2 feels like a massive expansion pack that just fills in all the missing gaps from the original game. [Christmas 2008, p.92]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An early contender for game of the year. It really is that spectacular. While the hand of Epic is evident, as the team that did the bulk of the work this catapults People Can Fly onto our list of the most exciting shooter devs on the Xbox 360. Brilliant writing, unparalleled production values and thunderous action: this deserves to be number one with a bullet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without question a better game than the previous three CoD games and easily the most spectacular in the series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's warm, frequently funny, and stylish. It's extremely good value at 800MP. It's just hard enough to keep you biting. And most of all, it's just bloody great.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Earthworm Jim HD is a brilliant example of how games should be remade and remixed on XBLA.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Who knew agony could be so much fun? [Dec 2008, p.100]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's possible someone who doesn't buy into the Saints Row universe with such enthusiasm will find Saints Row IV exhausting and boring. Might we suggest those people attend a local museum, where the paintings of flowers might be more to their taste. If violent psychopathy is the price we have to pay for a world of awesome harmony, sign us up.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's simple what Bethesda's done here - it's taken Oblivion's engine and design ethos, and applied it to a fresh franchise. The results are truly impressive, and we've no hesitation in slapping on a Must Buy badge, but you can't help but notice that for every problem it's fixed from Oblivion, a new leak's sprung.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As wonderfully addictive as ever. [Oct 2008, p.94]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is solidly built, quality gaming, made by a team that's put a lot of care into adapting the license. [June 2006, p.62]
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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
    • 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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    • 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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