Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,616 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 The Expendables 2 Videogame
Score distribution:
1,616 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]
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    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rogue Legacy mixes up genres and, through some inspired design choices, brings out the best in both. A deep and challenging game designed for small sessions and maximum satisfaction.
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    • 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.