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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Hitman: Absolution
Lowest review score: 10 Fighter Within
Score distribution:
1514 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fantastic, life-affirming piece of software that has set a new standard for what the medium can achieve, with a magnificent multiplayer mode to boot. If all games were this good, no one would ever leave the house. [Issue#33, p.84]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s just a great game tying to be even better. In some cases it works, in other cases it doesn’t. But, ultimately, if the idea of playing a superior version of one of the best games of all time appeals to you (and why wouldn’t it?) then this is a more than worthy excuse for a double-dip.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    GTA V is funny, genuinely laugh out loud funny – and not in a ’shoving a ten-inch purple dildo up your arse’ funny – the humour is told through situation, through incredibly clever writing and wonderful sense of place. Really, that says everything you need to know about GTA V. Rockstar has spent five years, and an insane amount of money, building a game that is not only bold enough to step away from expectation, but brave enough to revel in its combined history as well.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    BioSchock is amazing. Not only are its visuals, music, sound, gameplay and plot superb, but it's highly polished and runs beautifully on the 360 without any noticeable drop in frame rate. [Issue 23, p.70]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Orange Box offers more value for money than any RPG package in history. Valve and EA could have charged through the nose, but wisely kep it honest. It's the best ?50 you'll ever spend. [Issue#25, p.39]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Both an astonishing RPG and confident shooter, Mass Effect 2 is daring, shocking and often awe-inspiring in its use of choice. This is the future of storytelling in videogames. [Issue#, p.85]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily in line for a game of the year nod and one of the finest adventures this generation has seen. [Issue#79, p.64]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    RDR isn't perfect: there are some control issues to navigate, and sometimes it is unclear what exactly you have to do next...But these are minor quibbles. [Issue#59, p.82]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A truly spectacular sequel that reaches previously unthinkable heights. Portal 2 is an experience to be cherished and already a strong contender for the best game of 2011. [Issue#72, p.78]
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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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A Batman game like never before. Fans will feel like they're dreaming, whereas everyone else has an incredibly large and in-depth world to enjoy and engage with. It doesn't get much better. [Issue#78, p.80]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unsullied by over-complication and masterfully focused, Gears of War aims to offer the most bang per buck yet seen in a videogame, and we're glad to say it does just that. [Issue 14, p.72]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolute triumph that shows how ambition and verve combined with next-gen technology can create an absolute monster of a game. The one game every Xbox 360 owner must try. [Issue#5, p.76]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is bloody marvellous, but we'd rather have a finite number of enemies if it's all the same to you. [Issue 26, p.70]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Single-player is too similar to what has come before to earn perfect marks, whereas all other aspects are worthy of such commendation. [Issue#25, p.72]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must-have game for more than than the multiplayer. [Issue#53, p.82]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply another brilliant title in concept and design. [Issue#67, p.100]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, though, no matter what you read elsewhere, its perfection, or lack thereof, will boil down to your own ability either to forgive, or to be blind to a few inarguable flaws: a slow start for an FPS, an ending that doesn’t feel earned, and too big a contrast in your behaviour versus Elizabeth’s reactions to it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can't put a price on innovation. [Issue#34, p.116]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Don’t let the lack of a third dimension fool you. Street Fighter IV is possibly the best beat-’em-up ever made. A must-have.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Vast, epic, engaging, absorbing, terrifying, horrific, amusing and thoroughly brilliant. Fallout 3 is easily one of the best games ever made and one that deserves and needs to be played.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterclass in design. Brutal, epic, beautiful and harrowing in equal measure, Gears Of War 2 announces Epic’s reign as the king of the action videogame. Absolutely essential.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3's job is one of refinement, and BioWare polishes its ideas to a mirror sheen. [Issue#83, p.72]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite our concerns, Rock Band 3 amazes through its sheer potential. [Issue#66, p.74]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trying disgracefully to squeeze every last penny out of 360 gamers, but nonetheless close to the most fun you can have by playing a videogame. [Issue 18, p.90]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A dream come true for music fans and gamers alike. If you've recently won the lottery, it's a must-buy. [Issue#29, p.88]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lacking a little in polish and bizarrely ordered though it may be, Forza Motorsport 3 nevertheless delivers gaming's most authentic racing experience. Fact. [Issue#52, p.76]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A well-made and mostly fun interpretation of hte Batman universe, Arkham Asylum lacks evolution and can wear thin, but it stands up admirably in a very competitive genre. [Issue#50, p.84]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterclass in how to tell stories in games. [Issue#94, p.80]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock Band 2 includes substantial improvements and a better setlist over its predecessor, making it the must-own music game for the 360. [Issue#39]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SSF4 raises the series' game again and continues its quest to be crowned the greatest beat-'em-up of all time. And extremely worthy and credible update. [Issue#58, p.90]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Only for the bold, Dark Souls II delivers a fearsome challenge, while dispensing with the complexity that bogged down its predecessor. A true triumph of game design.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not quite the technical masterpiece we hoped for, but the mild disappointment soon melts away. The Witcher 3 is a huge, engrossing time-sink of a game that you'll happily spend dozens of hours on. [Issue#125, p.74]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Epic beyond what we'd expect from a Halo game, typically well-polished and boasting impeccable shooter design. [Issue#64, p.80]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A game of such rare emotion that we became attached to our characters to the point of missing them now it's all over. [Issue 27, p.76]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    About as close to the pinnacle of the racing simulation genre as you could reasonable expect to get. [Issue#78, p.72]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Right now, it doesn't get any better. [Issue#77, p.78]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3 has strong, albeit a little forced, RPG elements. And during its better moments it feels more like Skyrim than it does a typical FPS.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An ambitious, immersive experience that somehow manages to revolutionise every key flaw in its predecessor. [Issue#53, p.78]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tough for the many but heaven for the few, Bayonetta soundly trumps the Devil May Cry franchise as the Xbox 360's prime hack-and-slash action game. We eagerly wait for more. [Issue#54, p.74]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As visceral and genuinely 'on the edge' as they come. [Issue#5, p.86]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great value, incredibly addictive and fun no matter what your skill level, Trials Evolution deserves to be another multimillion seller for one of Live Arcade's flagship names. [Issue#84, p.102]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lost and Damned is an absolute behemoth of an expansion, providing a fresh perspective on the same city and setting a devilishly high standard for DLC in the future.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The major additions show real promise, but right now they're doing more harm than good. [Issue#77, p.84]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The undoubted king of videogame football, but beginning to stagnate just a little. [Issue#51, p.80]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easily the best puzzle game to come along in quite some time and arguably up there with some of the best we've seen within the world of videogames. [Issue#38, p.114]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A videogame as intelligent and self-referential as it is macabre. [Issue#63, p.100]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gameplay has a wicked flow to it. [Issue#91, p.90]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A near-perfect mixture of frustration and joy, covering similar millimetre-accurate ground to N+, it's not entirely without problems. [Issue#66, p.105]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not a revolutionary sequel, but still one that improves and enhances the formula in countless ways, only a small few of which prove slightly misguided. [Issue#68, p.76]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The daddy is back. [Issue#37, p.116]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's like The Sims, but with much shorter life expectancies. [Issue#91, p.66]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The perfect racing game for all levels of ability, Forza Motorsport 2's deep customisation options give it an unrivalled lifespan among its genre stablemates. An essential purchase. [Issue#20, p.80]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It would still be worth it even if it was just Metal Gear Solid on its own. [Issue #81, p.86]
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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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most innovative and fun platformers of the generation. [Issue#102, p.82]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Basketball done right. [Issue#78, p.89]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's probably one of the best co-op games you'll ever play. [Issue#90, p.72]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buy, kiss your life goodbye. [Issue#64, p.103]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The simple creativity it showed in blending the player's virtual action into the fabric of each level's trance soundtrack was a breath of fresh air in a world where 'rhythm action' mean "PaRappa" or "Dancing Stage." [Issue#30, p.120]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautifully paced and with the sort of gothic visuals that would scare Marilyn Manson. [Issue 19, p.116]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Peter Molynuex was recently quoted as saying, pre-release, that he felt Fable II is a nine out of ten game. You know what, Pete? You’re spot-on mate.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only the best Assassin's Creed yet, but one of the meatiest, most engaging games of this generation. [Issue#66, p.78]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Zombie perfection. [Issue#53, p.86]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it’s easy to say that it’s not so great offline, Left 4 Dead is supposed to be played with friends and when you do it’s hard to find any flaws. Very fun, very slick and very dead.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark Souls' world is dense with something new around every corner. [Issue#78, p.76]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slightly less satisfying than last time around, but only to the tune of being the second-best piece of downloadable content ever created for a console title. Not bad then. [Issue#52, p.84]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fez
    Its hidden depths might be too obscure for some, but this is the kind of title XBLA was made for. [Issue#85, p.91]
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    • 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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A slow start soon gives way to some exciting action. [Issue#5, p.90]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s very little to denounce Dead Space with. It captures you completely with chilling suspense and leaves you feeling thoroughly thrilled. What can we say? Bring on a sequel!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Atmospheric, mature, detailed, classy and intriguing, but let down sorely by short-sighted design and sloppy mechanics, the worst of which is the feeble AI. [Issue#76, p.84]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderfully crafted, artistically perfect interpretation of The Beatles' music, oozing with love from every pore. [Issue#50, p.80]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We wanted to start it again as soon as we'd finished it, which should tell you a lot about L.A. Noire's quality. In the ways that matter it's genuinely excellent. [Issue#72, p.74]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's just a shame you'll lose all interest in friends or sleep when in Peggle's inescapable grasp. [Issue#45, p.101]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most accomplished, perfectly balanced and dazzlingly polished fighting game ever made - but watch out, it punishes infidels unwilling to invest the time to learn the 'art.' [Issue#25, p.88]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With EA's NBA Elite 11 now canned, there's no reason not to pick up this effort if you're a basketball fan. [Issue#66, p.90]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Repetitive and relatively simple perhaps, but when it's fundamental gratification you're after, Burnout Paradise doesn't go far wrong. A worthy challenger to the likes of "Forza 2," "PGR 4" and "ProStreet." [Issue#29, p.82]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fallout 4 is a genuine achievement, an awesome wasteland survival simulator that suffers from familiar Bethesda problems. Clear your schedule, Fallout 4 will demand all of your spare time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A throwback to an almost non-existent genre on 360 and a superb addition to the list of great titles on XBLA. [Issue#50, p.93]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is easily the best Call of Duty campaign in quite some time. [Issue#79, p.68]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What is there is so compelling that the lack of additional stages can't help but feel like a disappointment. The game's strengths are a double-edged sword. Regardless, this is still one of the best games of this year. With a bit of work, a potential sequel could be one of the best games of any year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We may have to wait until FIFA 15 before we get to play a truly next-gen game of football, but EA still went above and beyond here. An Xbox One essential.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Master it, and you won't be disappointed. [Issue#51, p.91]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely less than magnificent. [Issue#56, p.80]
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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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A considerable leap forward in enemy AI, regardless of concerns some might have about tactical depth and how see-through it occasionally is. A more tense experience on 360 there ain't. [Issue 14, p.76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A huge crowd appeared the second we turned Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix on. [Issue#40, p.115]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Point-and-click gaming at its very best. Ignore it at your own stupidity. [Issue#49, p.102]
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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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While only minor additions to the game, Enemy Within somehow manages to make the greatest console turn-based strategy game even better. [Issue#105, p.88]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fun, frantic and an absolute joy to play through. [Issue#114, p.76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It seems pointless praising a game everyone knows is great, but this version provides a much more stable gaming experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NHL 11 plays a fine game of ice hockey, and it never ceases to surprise us just how much fun every installment of the series is. [Issue#65, p.91]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautifully presented, wonderfully designed game that spins an emotional yard and will challenge every gamer instinct in your body. An essential exclusive. [Issue#123, p.70]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Engrossing and rewarding. [Issue#85, p.88]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Improved in some areas, diminished in others, FIFA is still this year's toast but could be dethroned with committed effort from the competition. [Issue#64, p.87]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a brighter, more entertaining version of Trials HD, and a game that you simply need to download. [Issue #81, p.102]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hot Pursuit's campaign combines a variety of modes with gorgeous graphics and a sublime driving experience. [Issue#66 p.77]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The improvements all help make it a much better learning tool. [Issue#104, p.80]
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