IGN's Scores

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For 13,277 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
13277 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy X is a brilliant game that every JRPG fan should have played by now, and whether you’re experiencing it for the first time or returning for another playthrough, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is outstanding.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Very few puzzle games have ever managed to marry impeccable challenges with a mature storytelling quite like this – there's no fluff or extraneous content here, only a prime example of how to create a tight, unforgettable gaming experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    SSX
    A brilliant blend of fast-paced racing with high-flying trick performing, blended together so beautifully that it has produced a game that feels completely original and in a class all of its own.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This game does more than just recreate the nostalgic experience of old school adventure gaming, it actually reinvents how stories can be told in the medium, and gives us a glimpse of what we can expect in the years to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Better balancing, a ton of gameplay modes, smarter AI, and high-quality presentational elements are tough things to beat -- but Tekken 5 has all of them.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is the tightest offering of the series to date, with improved AI--especially in the passing game-- and loads of features.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s not very often that a real-time strategy title comes along and changes the way you think about the genre. World in Conflict is one of those, not because all of the ideas are totally new, but because they’re all put together in such a successful way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It comes together brilliantly. Thanks to a new spin on the same great tactical combat, plus unpredictable maps and randomized objectives and loot, XCOM 2 is an amazing game I’ll easily put hundreds of hours into.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's almost time to stop thinking of this as a game and just as a flat out simulation, a tool which will be useful for years to come and a very riveting hobby to engage in, alone or with friends.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Dark Mirror packs an uncommon amount of detail, variety and overall quality. It blends intense action sequences with stealth in a way no portable game has before, and it does so with style to spare.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The only gripe that we'd have with it is that Namco's set the bar so high that we shudder with anticipation and dread over what the designers'll have to do to top this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Rise of the Tomb Raider raises the bar set by Lara’s last outing with a rollicking adventure story, strong villains, gorgeous vistas, and smart puzzles – go off the main path to find the best stuff in dastardly optional tombs. Though the mandatory combat doesn’t distinguish itself with challenging enemies unless you crank up the difficulty, Lara’s newfound versatility on the battlefield makes fighting a lot more fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The game's clever design and meticulously well-thought out, considerate presentation are accentuated by innovative gameplay that professionally melds the genres of RPG and strategy into a completely interactive and lively world.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There might not be a better deal on iOS this year. Punch Quest delivers a wallop, all for free. It delivers a 1-2 combination of exceptional endless-running action and the sheer quantity of depth and additional content. It's a knockout.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Chances are you'll find Xtreme racing through Tokyo to be an experience worthy of being called this year's best Dreamcast racing game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The co-operative gameplay options are outstanding and set the bar quite high for every online shooter on the way to Xbox including the mighty "Halo 2."...The game just keeps drawing you in with one feature or another until you're completely under its spell.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor stands out from other open-world action games by putting a great new layer on top of the trail that Batman blazed. I was surprised at how well it integrates its excellent combat with rewarding feedback and progression not just for me, but also for my enemies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor stands out from other open-world action games by putting a great new layer on top of the trail that Batman blazed. I was surprised at how well it integrates its excellent combat with rewarding feedback and progression not just for me, but also for my enemies. I
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The sprawling levels like the glowing Fremont Street or the Hoover Dam open up Rainbow like it's never been before, and the result is a balanced shooter that is as much close-quarter combat as long-range head shots...The best first-person shooter on the Xbox 360.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The best PC Soccer game available at the moment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Are you kidding me? This game rivals "Madden" in every way and surpasses it in feature set. Plus it's only twenty dollars.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    But almost more impressive than the actual gameplay in many ways are the graphics. When the settings are turned up to high and you pump up the resolution from the lowest option of 800x600, you're in for the first real visual feast of this year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Chinatown Wars is outstanding. The story is great, the game itself is a blast, running drugs is a welcome addition, the new cop takedowns are cool, and there’s so much to do.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    As a single-player game, Doom 3 is a rocking, frightening, tension-filled yet straight-forward, linear, and redundant single-player game. It packs superb visuals and some of the best audio useage of any game on Xbox, and the atmosphere is thick enough to slice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A marvelously done, tight, invigorating experience with few shortcomings but no real problems that destroy the universe.
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    • 93 Critic Score
    An incredibly addictive game, and for fifteen dollars, the combination of the original and expansion pack is a great value for PS3 owners that haven't had a chance to play it or for fans that are interested in checking out the new content.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    So many characters to unlock, so many modes of play, so many variations in even versus play. Well done, Capcom.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is the tightest offering of the series to date, with improved AI--especially in the passing game-- and loads of features.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Retains the same fundamental play mechanics and mission rules that made the first a hit, but also one that improves upon just about every aspect of the original formula.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Every aspect of Child of Light has an unmistakably artisinal, organic feel to it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    None of it feels focus-tested, or designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience; rather, it always comes off as exactly the expression its creators intended.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A must buy for anyone with an interest in a credible simulation of the cars and the sport.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The PC version is the best looking of all of the Madden games this year, but you'll need a high-priced system to check out the high-priced graphics.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The greatest comic book videogame of all time. This is an adult Dark Knight story that is well-told, packs some truly fun gameplay elements, has topnotch voice talent, and feel like it's part of Batman cannon.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even if the plot isn’t terribly interesting, the many characters who play a part in it are, and along with the excellent combat and RPG gameplay, they elevate The Witcher 3 to a plane few other RPGs inhabit.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The fun of playing online and the addictiveness of Lone Rush far outweigh any lingering problems. It's better than the original.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It has its shortcomings, but I already sense that Prince of Persia will be one of the few games from this generation that I carry with me for the next decade.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Everything in the box, from the game itself to the terrific manual that has tons of info plus loads of extra background story for each of the races, is top notch and adds to the overall luster of the game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Lara controls like a dream... Level design is exceedingly impressive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Level for level, gun for gun, the campaign, multiplayer and zombies content of Black Ops 2 on Wii U is almost the same. This version may cut the livestreaming feature, and currently doesn't have Elite, but it makes up for it with some nifty GamePad functionality.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Let me tell you, this is the sh*t. Dino Crisis 2 is a pure action-packed adventure/shooter that satisfies my urge to bloody my shirt with dinosaur guts, all the while weaving a great story with worthwhile characters whom I care about.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the game doesn't do much of note besides bringing the 2008 title to the HD era, it doesn't need to. The story hooks you, dungeon crawling makes for a great time, and exploring your relationships while building a better army is the kind of tinkering you can get lose hours to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The fact that so little needed to be done to modernize it only reinforces its place as a classic of the genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Time has done little to diminish Grim Fandango’s beauty or relevance. It is an adventure game not to be missed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The Wolf Among Us Episode 5: Cry Wolf is a wonderful cap to Telltale’s season. It made me not only want to replay the episode to see various outcomes, but the entire series to see if I had missed any clues planted early on.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is already great way to play these classic RPGs on the PS3 and Vita, and the even prettier PlayStation 4 version comes with the visual improvements you’d expect for the new-generation platform.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The Wolf Among Us Episode 5: Cry Wolf is a wonderful cap to Telltale’s season. It made me not only want to replay the episode to see various outcomes, but the entire series to see if I had missed any clues planted early on.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The best single player role playing experience to come along in years.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 2 should be sponsored by Huggies - it's both pant-creamingly good and trouser-soilingly scary!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The finest hockey video game we've ever played...The graphics have been refined, the gameplay has been considerably tightened, the already great control has been made better, and there are several new modes to keep everyone quite happy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Not only a technically excellent shooter, the ambiance and level of detail is just plain amazing...[yet] The opponent AI was way too sensitive, as enemies can spot you in heavy cover from quite a distance, making the idea of quietly sneaking up on your foes an impossibility. This was the biggest downfall of the game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Simply put, Top Spin is the best overall tennis game out there. While "Virtua Tennis" and even "Mario Tennis" are great games, Top Spin's added depth, online play, and beautiful graphics make it the tennis game to have, no questions asked.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Such an ambitious game - and one that achieves nearly everything it sets out to do - that few games come close to it. This game puts Tomb Raider to shame.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, with some uneven storytelling and progression here and there, but it's still a fantastic overall package. The combat is stellar once again, it's bloodier than ever, and it is at times the best looking game ever released.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The interface is much better implemented this time around...To make a long story short, Civ. III is a worthy heir for the franchise and a definite must have for any strategy gamer who doesn't want us to make fun of them.
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    • 93 Critic Score
    Threes is a brilliant puzzle game that can pass spare minutes, hours, or pretty much however long you’ve got.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    About as fun as they come. Zombies, Nazis, Nazi Zombies... it just doesn't get any better than this... It's the best Xbox Live experience to date.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even though it takes a simple weekend to finish the game, you haven't beaten it until you've opened all 96 levels...the game has so much challenge and replay value because of all the hidden treats.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    "Harmony of Dissonance" was, and still is fantastic. Aria of Sorrow is better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Each of the game's eight new standard racing circuits are marvelous to behold; while the course design in the series has always been wonderful, never has so much effort been spent to ensure that each track feel as though it's part of a vast, living world.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Easily the best Tony Hawk game yet, and online multiplayer makes it the best complete package in the genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It is among the very best of the first-person narrative genre, and it reminds us what video game storytelling is capable of in the right hands. It’s a game I can see coming back to every year or two just to revisit its beautiful sights and memorable characters – just like a good book.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The best single-player role-playing experience to come along in years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Firewatch is amazing for many reasons, but above all because it’s an adult game that deals with serious issues, with realistic adult dialogue to match. And it deals with those issues just like actual adults would: sometimes with humor, sometimes with anger, and sometimes with sadness.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A huge game. If you're into exploring and finding all the secrets, this should keep you entertained forever. Story gamers will find plenty to keep them occupied as well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    MVP 2005 addresses, corrects, and improves upon almost every issue fans had with the previous instalments. With the addition of Owner Mode and the mini-games, EA Canada's proven that it wasn't just polishing up last year's version.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Honestly, I've never experienced as frantic, hectic, intense, or smooth a gameplay as this without ever stuttering (assuming you play at levels inline with the power of your system). Why more games don't opt to license this piece of technology is a mystery to me and everyone else at IGNPC.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A must-have Xbox game. It's that simple. This "adventure" game comprises a little bit of strategy, touches of RPG, it's got fighting and collecting, and it's designed in an ingenious way so that the goals, economy, and mini-games, all tie into, bolster, and support one another.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Ballad of Gay Tony is the perfect way to close out the GTA IV saga.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This game is not at its best with a standard Dreamcast controller. You need a mouse and keyboard.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's a phenomenally deep and highly playable single player experience and the multiplayer gameplay is a enjoyable as it ever has been. Bottom line -- this is the best game ever released in the series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It has been a joy to witness the progression of the MVP series. MVP 2005 addresses, corrects, and improves upon almost every issue fans had with the previous instalments.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The overall GTA formula has been refined and retooled in this version to be more convenient, more realistic, and ultimately more mature, though it still gets stuck on brambles held over from games past.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A rich, Oh-My-God experience thanks to its innovative game design, its beautiful graphics and excellent technology, and because it's one of those genre-bending games that does something few have imagined before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While I'll be the first to admit that the series could still work on its list of recurring problems, there's no other wrestling game since "No Mercy" that offers this much replay, value, or depth.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    GTR2 offers a more polished package than it did last year, with the most notable improvements being a serious graphics facelift and much improved networking code.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Easily the best ATV racer in existence and it also represents a sizeable, appreciated step forward for the franchise and online console gaming in general.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While NHL 2002 certainly shares a lot of the elements from 2001, it's by far one of the biggest steps forward that we've seen in the series in years, and as good as 2001 was, 2002 is even better.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The sum of its parts come together to craft a whole that's so wonderfully and lovingly polished that fans of games in general owe it to themselves to pick up a copy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Dynasty Mode was already massive. With the addition of Owner mode, you may be playing this game until EA gets its third party license back.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While graphically MC3 doesn't have the chops of Criterion's "Burnout" (which runs at 60 FPS), Rockstar's game does offer open city courses, more cars on screen simultaneously, a custom feature, special moves, and what appears to be a more robust and much deeper online component than its opponents.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The most amazing thing about Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, though, is just how incredibly fun it is. Humorous, entertaining, and different from just about anything else in its category, we aren't afraid to say that it's one of the best PlayStation 2 titles this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    EA has not only closed that gap, but they have exceeded Papyrus' efforts in many significant ways, such as the excellent physics model, featuring "drivable oversteer," third-party extensibility, and just about every option imaginable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    New modes, new characters (the slow-but-powerful Dragunov and the speedier mash-friendly Lili), incredible graphics, and plenty of other add-ons not only make Tekken a fantastic fighting experience, but one hell of a great PSP game as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An action fan's dream game...Every night I play MechAssault and every day I'm thinking about getting home so I can get in my mech again.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The experience is layered, unique, and shows an incredible attention to detail. This is one case where the sequel has triumphed over the original by catching the gameplay up to the already excellent visuals. No matter what your preconceptions are about Assassin's Creed II, the game is well worth your time and money.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy could go on forever re-creating its particular spin on the traditional heroic quest, and it would be a success every single time, but I can't help feeling as if something that features this kind of majestic visual craftsmanship ought to host a story built with equal care.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A sweet middle ground between the Panther-like action of Conviction and the Ghost-like stealth of Chaos Theory. The delightful improbable success of this compromise is a testament to game design that always has choice in mind.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An immensely good time. And because the game is so beautifully crafted, deep with scenarios, long and filled with various challenges, weapons and gadgets, it's a winner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Abundant with options, cars, and a ton of racing modes, GT is easily the most realistic game of its type on the Dreamcast.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell is back on the right shadowy track.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The equipment helps boost Blacklist’s gameplay to highpoints in the tense moments when quick thinking gets you out of a jam.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    06 has so many different game options to choose from. Race for the Heisman, Dynasty, Recruiting, and revamped online play. It'll stay in your console for a very long time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Fusing fast-paced arcade racing with tons of authentic cars, realistic rally tracks, and gorgeous graphics, DICE has created a riveting game that no racing fan should be without.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero is pure bliss, on a stick even. It's got a fantastic soundtrack that's blended incredibly well into the game, a great peripheral in the SG guitar controller and well, that's really what it's all about. The game is just fun. Pure, unadulterated fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    My time with Zero Time Dilemma was one of great pleasure and anguish, mainly because I knew I was saying goodbye to one of my favorite series.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This final chapter brings the beloved Zero Escape trilogy to a gratifying end, featuring beautiful character moments, elaborate puzzles, and a mind-bending plot. Not many games will keep me glued to the screen like Zero Time Dilemma did.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The real star is still the ability to play on the couch with up to three friends, tearing through the angry hordes that await you in adventure mode, where the wildly randomized dungeons form the backbone of Diablo 3's endgame.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Now, with the Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 and Xbox One, Diablo 3 takes on its highest form, melding the successes of two years of patching with the positive side-effects of porting to current-gen consoles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Its airtight control, breathtaking weather effects, and stunning wave complexity combine for an irresistible racing experience.