X-ONE Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,465 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: 64
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 10 Novadrome
Score distribution:
1,465 game reviews
    • 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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    • 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.
    • 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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    • 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.
    • 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]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We can't think of a more complete package to spend our virtual pounds upon. [Issue#29, p.116]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A study in pure, unadulterated excellence.
    • 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
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Titanfall is a ridiculous amount of fun. Maybe it’ll be surpassed, but right now it’s the best game on Xbox One and one of the best multiplayer shooters ever.
    • 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]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A furiously successful RPG and FPS combination that doesn't fall short on either front. [Issue#52, p.86]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Accessible, surprisingly innovative and completely engrossing. [Issue#95, p.87]
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    • 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]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buy, kiss your life goodbye. [Issue#64, p.103]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's actually very good. [Issue#80, p.103]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Moment on moment action is outstanding, boss battles some of the most hectic and awesome we’ve seen in years and the presentation – from the bonkers cut-scenes to the brilliantly eclectic evolving soundtrack – is top-notch.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Point-and-click gaming at its very best. Ignore it at your own stupidity. [Issue#49, p.102]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Horizon sacrifices purity for spectacle, trades tuning depth for racing equality and shifts to an open road setting where once were trackside barriers and preset circuits, though none of this detracts from the glorious driving mechanics that Playground Games has superbly re-created under the watchful eye of Turn 10.
    • 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]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While many fans will already have BlazBlue, Extend ties together all of the DLC, tweaks and modes that make it the definitive way to enjoy this superb series. [Issue#83, p.89]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    N+
    Its mixture of razor-sharp design and old-school joy make this as close to a must-buy as you're likely to come. [Issue#31, p.116]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The really great thing, however, is the character creation mode. Honestly, it’s brilliant, and about as close to a real character creation as we’ve ever seen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SCV's great mix of spectacle, accessibility and depth make it a fun fighting game that almost anyone with an interest in the genre can enjoy. [Issue #81, p.88]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another lovingly recreated LucasArts adventure. [Issue#62,p.100]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best kinect game yet. [Issue#79, p.82]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay you’ve come to know and love is better than it ever has been and the new additions are downright fantastic. Another step up for the now veteran franchise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the best local and online co-op games available on 360. [Issue#103, p.77]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The greatest Guitar Hero yet. Amazing songs, phenomenal gameplay, and it's online too! [Issue 27, p.86]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A true vintage classic brought bang up to date. [Issue#65, p.103]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely less than magnificent. [Issue#56, p.80]
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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]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The level of customisation, freedom of choice and unending list of things to do makes this one of the most worthy and substantial sequels ever created. [Issue#81, p.79]
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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]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Graphically sumptuous, deceptively deep and utterly essential. [Issue#5, p.96]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic-action game that seamlessly integrates its controller in the same way as Guitar Hero did. [Issue#52, p.80]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Endearing and satisfying. [Issue#107, p.70]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A contender for the title of 2014’s best racer, Forza Horizon 2 builds on foundations laid by its predecessor to make a diverse, entertaining experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In truth, FIFA was pushing an eight last time around, so to award this significant jump anything other than a nine would be absolute cruelty. As they say, bravo.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spectacular. [Issue#58, p.86]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vast, sprawling, beautiful and infinitely playable, Darksiders II is the biggest and best surprise of 2012. So far. It will fill all the time between now and other big hitters. [Issue#88, p.26]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fantasy genocide has never been such fun. [Issue#79, p.102]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Such a joy to play. [Issue#79, p.102]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps still a step away from its freeform goal, but maintains a satisfying illusion of creativity throughout. [Issue#65, p.84]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Maturity be damned! We'll make no excuses for Bulletstorm - it's great precisely because it's fun on such a base level. [Issue#70, p.88]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's so enjoyable that we'd be hard pressed to recommend a better casual sports game for just about anyone. [Issue#79, p.103]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Finishing the game actually burnt out the pleasure centres of our brain. We're unable to enjoy anything else in life now and instead spend our time wallowing in misery. [Issue#29, p.74]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Zombie perfection. [Issue#53, p.86]
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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]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A magnificent gameplay concept. [Issue#70, p.102]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterclass in how to tell stories in games. [Issue#94, p.80]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s more than just a love for the source material here; Alien: Isolation also displays a thorough understanding of what made it work. The game is a worthy accompaniment to Ridley Scott’s film, and there are few bigger compliments we can dish out than that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallout: New Vegas is deeply immersive, hugely engaging and brimming with character and atmosphere. [Issue#65, p.78]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Essential. [Issue#97, p.74]
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    • 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Believability, challenge, intensity and fun - DiRT 3 has the lot. [Issue#73, p.80]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Doom has more personality than "Halo"...you know it's true. [Issue 13, p.116]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply another brilliant title in concept and design. [Issue#67, p.100]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a track list that can rival anything on the market, this has captured the essence of Metallica perfectly. An incredible experience for fans. [Issue#45, p.78]
    • 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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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wholly entertaining, Blood Dragon chucks everything we didn't like about Far Cry 3 in the bin and cranks everything else we did like up to 11. Then adds lasers. Solid. [Issue #98, p.72]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A special little number. [Issue #22, p.114]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fun, frustrating and incredibly well designed, this is the perfect game to see you through the summer next-gen drought.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most detailed, realistic, sprawling, long-lasting, and satisfying racing game ever - Eden has actually pulled it off. A must for any high-definition petrolhead; it's absolutely stunning. [Issue 10, p.80]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A radical evolution of the franchise. [Issue#87, p.78]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a layer of depth in MMA for those who are looking for more. [Issue#65, p.86]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nuts & Bolts is a fantastically fun game. It may threaten to overcomplicate itself from time to time, but it’s impossible to play and not come out with a smile on your face.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Behemoth's follow-up to Castle Crashers has been well worth the wait. [Issue#98, p.79]
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Engrossing and rewarding. [Issue#85, p.88]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Right now, it doesn't get any better. [Issue#77, p.78]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We kid you not, ProStreet is arguably the best driving game yet...A game of extraordinary brilliance.[Issue 26, p.82]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While its other elements hep create atmosphere, they aren't as polished as its peerless gunplay. [Issue#77, p.82]
    • X-ONE Magazine UK
    • 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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A truly fine sequel and one that goes beyond the original. If you’re looking for a game that represents skating in a genuine and authentic way, Skate 2 will serve your every need.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An open-world classic driven by systems over story. [Issue#117, p.76]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Incomparable to the pure fear that accompanies "Rainbow Six Vegas 2" and more akin to taking part in a sport than a war, Unreal Tournament III is the most accessible and technical shooter available, and it’s near impossible to fault it.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hot Pursuit's campaign combines a variety of modes with gorgeous graphics and a sublime driving experience. [Issue#66 p.77]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BioWare is at the top of its game and though Dragon Age does nothing to push the genre forward, it plays with the existing tools to present an incredibly polished and thoughtful RPG experience. [Issue#52, p.72]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combat's a gut-busting harmony of visceral martial arts techniques and, combined with the UFC telecasting experience, this is by far the best MMA game to date. [Issue#59, p.76]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s great to see a developer building on its original game with such love and care. One of our favourite shooters in living memory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you love fighting games, you must get it. [Issue#77, p.100]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A videogame as intelligent and self-referential as it is macabre. [Issue#63, p.100]
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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]
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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
    Dark Souls' world is dense with something new around every corner. [Issue#78, p.76]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent puzzle platformer that introduces new ideas at a breakneck pace. [Issue#121, p.85]