X-ONE Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,514 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Batman: Arkham City
Lowest review score: 10 Novadrome
Score distribution:
1514 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A superb strategy title. [Issue 21, p.116]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Payday 2's unique brand of co-op mayhem cannot be missed, but for this price and when learning how to pull off a perfect heist is just so much fun. [Issue#102, p.81]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's work to be done, unquestionably, but for the first time, FIFA feels like it's going to capture the essence of football along with the mechanics. [Issue#90, p.82]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In many ways Irrational has combined the best elements of original BioShock and Infinite and returned us to a world we’ve been sorely missing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's every bit as stupid, chaotic, flawed and brilliant as it sounds.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fun for everyone, fans or not. [Issue#49, p.91]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cry Wolf isn’t without its problems, but it provides a satisfying conclusion to an episodic series that we feared would wrap inconclusively.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just make sure you turn the bloody sound off. [Issue#20, p.116]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A rich and varied score attack game of surprising depth. [Issue#90, p.86]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rivals has managed to slip neatly into the middle ground between hardcore and arcade, offering brilliant gameplay mechanics and shameless thrills.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A cracking effort that has everything under control, taking no liberties so far as quality is concerned. [Issue#46, p.100]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Definitely better teamed with friends. [Issue#90, p.91]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A flawed classic. Jericho is stylish, with epic battling, unique gameplay dynamics and satisfying weapons. But variable visuals, too many QTEs and a poor ending leave it wanting. [Issue 26, p.88]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This kind of purity is exactly what's been missing from the series for years. [Issue#89,p.77]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We just cannot deny its addictiveness, nor its ability to draw us into the next battle. [Issue 27, p.116]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A really pleasant experience. [Issue#48, p.78]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As much as it may lack polish and finesse, Sleeping Dogs makes up for its minor shortcomings with pure entertainment. [Issue#89,p.78]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A faithful update with an excellent swing mechanic, giant set pieces and a meaty challenge, Bionic Commando is an action game with a twist. [Issue#46, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You'll get bored before the end, but Dust's fantastic characters, brilliant combat, engaging platforming and beautiful visuals will keep you smiling for the majority. [Issue#89,p.89]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dead Rising 3 might be a little rough around the edges, but it’s unrelenting in its ability to keep you engaged and entertained.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The definitive virtual South Park experience, pulled off with passion and aplomb. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough of it, either in terms of depth or longevity. A must for fans, though.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fun, and an indication that Treyarch is willing to explore ideas that Infinity Ward has thus far ignored. [Issue#93, p.74]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simulation gaming with a sense of fun we haven’t experienced in years. Think Viva Piñata meets Theme Park and you’re close. Plus it actually works really well with Kinect. A winning combo.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a lack of online play and some design niggles, the game rarely misses a beat. [Issue#93, p.78]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's gone slightly crusty and yellowed with age but the sheer difficulty ensures this remains as addictive a challenge as ever before. [Issue 14, p.116]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Find good opponents, play private matches and enjoy. [Issue 14, p.116]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The puzzles lack inspiration. [Issue#53, p.105]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's as fast-paced and addictive as you remember. [Issue#58, p.104]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Flag tightens enough screws and adds enough cool new stuff to make it the best in ages. [Issue#105, p.79]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The biggest surprise of EA’s 2009 American sports round-up, and the most likely to appeal to non-fans.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's still one of the best RPGs out there at the moment, but the NPC invasions and enemy placement felt a little unbalanced this time around. [Issue#124, p.79]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Add another [10 Points] to the score if you've never played the two games. [Issue#124, p.80]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While those that disliked XIII and its sequel might not find anything here to convert them – or at least not allow themselves to be converted by a strong action-RPG due to its cast or past – fans will find an entertaining and surprisingly innovative full stop to this chapter of the Final Fantasy franchise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is top-quality shooter fare, blessed with visuals bright enough to be pleasing on the eye, yet not garish enough for bullets to be easily obscured. [Issue#29, p.119]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Too close to call between NBA Live, do you prefer gameplay or visuals? Stats or modes? Ah, the age-old question for sports fans. It really depends on what you prefer and how you play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So little experimentation yet so few mistakes in a genre that's littered with notorious misfires. More freedom would have wowed us, but this one for impatient "GTA" fans to investigate. [Issue # 11, p.76]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's addictive, it's finely tuned. [Issue#24, p.82]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lack of clear black and white moral choices is as refreshing as it ever was, even if this season opener seems to hint at a slight change in tone.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fun and endlessly moreish. [Issue#124, p.86]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a case of more of the same, but with such good source material this isn't a bad thing. [Issue#105, p.87]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Max: Curse Of Brotherhood is challenging, fun and ultimately enjoyable as it blends precision physics-based puzzles with beautiful visuals.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The latest offering from independent developer Twisted Pixel mixes reference-laden humour and twin stick shooting with considerable aplomb. [Issue#66, p.105]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Feels far more like the world of WWE than it did in 2007, and the new animations and added pace are a blast. [Issue 26, p.84]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One hell of a taster. [Issue#45, p.100]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not quite a revolution, but Halo Wars captures the essence of Halo and presents a fun and demanding RTS experience. [Issue#43, p.70]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Filing stuff. [Issue#23, p.98]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The perfect antidote to Street Fighter's seemingly endless difficulty curve, offering tactical play by the bucketload without that prohibitive dexterity. [Issue#68, p.82]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In many ways, the game is the perfect distillation of the franchise's core appeal. But it's still just Call of Duty, don't expect it to revolutionize the industry. [Issue#118, p.61]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just don't spend much time on your own, as those cheating AI bastards will make your blood boil. [Issue#6, p.98]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big, dumb, and loads of fun. Enjoyable throughout, but even though it’s never quite intelligent enough to push the genre very far forward, it’s still worth your money.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Funny, addictive and engaging. [Issue#69, p.98]
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    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but PES 2015 is bloody good fun. [Issue#118, p.62]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still enjoyable after all these years, the new content of Ultra helps revitalise Street Fighter IV and will no doubt keep it going for a good while to come. [Issue#113, p.81]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An accomplished shooter that just fails to capitalise on the groundwork of its predecessor and offers a shallow and stilted campaign that feels, unfortunately, a bit dated. [Issue#57, p.92]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arguably the best episode of this season so far. [Issue#113, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cutesy looks mask a videogame of near malicious difficulty, though it still proves to be endlessly entertaining for those with the patience. [Issue#69, p.100]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cry Wolf isn't without its problems, but it provides a satisfying conclusion to an episodic series that we feared would wrap inconclusively. [Issue#115, p.76]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Condemned 2 takes every weakness from the original and desperately attempts to eradicte it. It can become difficult to take, but persevere. It's worth it. [Apr 2008, p.76]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It packs a lot into its short playtime but still manages to pack an emotional wallop. With intriguing puzzles and solid gameplay, Starbreeze earns every moment. [Issue#100, p.84]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best fighters around. [Issue#56, p.86]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the same game as FlatOut 2 with a graphic makeover and a generous pinch of "So what? We're not pretending it's different. This is still fun to play." [Issue #22, p.78]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simple, compelling and really hard to put down. [Issue#100, p.87]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smart advances on pitch make the game skillful and extremely rewarding. It's just a shame that a few small niggles haven't been fixed from last year. [Issue#104, p.76]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For fans of F1 both casual and hardcore this is still well worthy of your attention. [Issue#104, p.79]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This adventure doesn't do as good a job of pointing you in the right direction as the original, but all the same, it's a thoroughly entertaining action RPG... [Issue#66, p.103]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The improvements all help make it a much better learning tool. [Issue#104, p.80]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everyone loves karaoke. [Issue#104, p.81]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a lot to love in Mirror’s Edge, times when it reaches potential game of the year material, times when mind, body and control come together to create something almost euphoric on screen. But when that transcendence is shattered by a poorly designed combat section or a moment of utter confusion, it leaves a bitter taste. Kudos, then, for EA’s commitment to new IP, but it’s one that ironically, leaves us wanting a sequel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real problem lies with RE5's focus. Played with two people it's a delight, showing the world that co-op in campaign modes is becoming a necessity in any game that can incorporate it. Even played on the same console, with the most hideous splitting of the screen we've ever seen, it works. Unfortunately, a vast array of individuals will play this as a lone wolf and, to be honest, done this way it can be aggravating. Sheva is simply not competent enough, and her irregular bouts of hopelessness transform a sublime portion into a testing run. [Issue#43, p.76]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pretty, engaging, funny, utterly inoffensive. [Issue#61, p.93]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A festival of both passing and movement, which is probably appreciated best by fans of the series. Pro Evo just - and we mean just - manages to trump "FIFA." [Issue 26, p.80]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the Fable we know and love, which is its biggest strength and weakness. [Issue#66, p.80]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's more of the same, which is both the strength and weakness of Shivering Isles. [Issue 19, p.82]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Solid, addictive and astonishing to behold, Split/Second: Velocity is a shot in the arm for the arcade racer. It's just a shame that you're left chasing the high after the first dose. [Issue#59, p.80]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some will take issue with Dead Space 3 on a fundamental level, given that it shirks many classical survival-horror tenets to pursue and action-heavy path. But when the action is generally so good, it's hard to stay crazy with Visceral for long. [Issue#95, p.73]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you don't intend to play online, don't even bother. [Issue#68, p.102]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Upgraded graphics, improved gameplay and all-new content to see. [Issue#116, p.72]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tactic fiends may fiend it slightly lacking; everyone else will go bonkers. [Issue#20, p.86]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very slick dance floor mover. [Issue#91, p.76]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What FEAR 3 lacks as a horror game it makes up for as a solid shooter. [Issue#75, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid success story for Realtime Worlds. Crackdown initially offers all kinds of wonders, but skim off the top and it becomes a teaser of what could've been or is possible. [Issue 17, p.85]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The big improvements have really enhanced the experience this year. [Issue#116, p.79]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The series is beginning to lose some of the charm of its youth. [Issue#51, p.82]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone with a passing interest will find a lot to like. [Issue#76, p.90]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fighting is surprisingly fun and insanely deep - this is not a game to be taken lightly. [Issue#49, p.103]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fresh take on one of the 360's most established genres, bringing cover shooters, conversely, out in the open. [Issue#64, p.72]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of old King's Quest games will find much to enjoy, and several new additions make this new installment feel fresh and engaging. [Issue#128, p.77]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most of Fracture’s bad points are overshadowed by how much fun changing the terrain can be. Masses of action, huge explosions and a competent shooter with a fantastic gimmick.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gameplay has a wicked flow to it. [Issue#91, p.90]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fantastic stealth action game that offers an insane amount of ways to play, just don't expect it to feel like your typical Metal Gear experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easily the finest platformer on the console (up there with Mirror's Edge) and a touch of genius in its own right. [Issue#59, p.90]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brilliant adventure, platform and puzzle game. [Issue#95, p.84]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Along with the redefined tag team matches, Road To Wrestlemania and create-a-finisher, the multiple tweaks and touches make this the best SmackDown for a while.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One to heartily recommend. [Issue#54, p.104]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crazy acting, crazy units and a crazy story but the gameplay is solid and the visuals are highly stylised. A great edition to the Red Alert series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's cheaper than an actual Starter pack. [Issue#49, p.103]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As pure fan service, it hits all the right notes. [Issue#64, p.88]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A bit more imagination would have been preferable, but you're more than getting your money's worth. [Issue#80, p.85]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You're likely to have as much success doing this as trying to watch a 3D movie without the free Sugar Puffs glasses - it amounts to much the same thing. [Issue#32, p.116]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's the same game as before, but better. Lost Planet isn't perfect, but it looks good and is certainly different from the other third-person shooters out there. [Issue#34, p.97]
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