IGN's Scores

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For 12,837 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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
12,837 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Puzzle Craft is the most addictive puzzle mash-up to hit the App Store this year. Spending collected puzzle blocks to build a town is smart. But allowing that bustling town to power-up the puzzle minigame is brilliant.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you’ve never heard of Flower or you replay it regularly, the PlayStation Vita version is an excellent, unforgettable return to one of PlayStation’s finest games. It’s still profound, but feels worse in terms of controls than the superior console versions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s no better endorsement I could give the game than to proudly state that I’ll be dropping ten of my own greenbacks down on the game when I get home just so I can show it off to friends and roommates. It really is a fantastic puzzler, and something I think belongs on every PS3. Yep, every one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is easily one of the greatest games of all time, this is a pretty solid version minus a few oddities and a piss-poor d-pad (if Konami brought the game, the least Microsoft could do is give us a decent pad for it now), and at the price of $10 it's a steal.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The prettiest, most atmospheric and all-around scariest game we've ever played.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A few relatively minor complaints aside, Borderlands 2 improves not only the narrative, but almost every major game system. If you've been itching for a reason to jump back into the world of Pandora, Borderlands 2 provides a more than ample supply.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This kind of "ambient game" is truly a perfect match. With touch controls there is no disconnect between you and the game, which in turn pulls you deeper in Osmos' spell. Do not hesitate for one second to download this, otherwise you will miss out on something truly special.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The one thing worth pointing out between the various platforms is how cool Borderlands 2 can look if you have an awesome PC. The PC version allows plenty of tweaks to draw distance, frame rate and more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The creepy suspense of the earlier games has been replaced with an action-packed intensity that will instantly appeal to some gamers and disappoint others. As an action game, RE5 is a success, and there’s a wealth of replayability through item collection, weapon upgrades, score chasing and the unlockable Mercenaries mode. But this is no gentle nudge to the formula of the previous main RE games; it’s an evolution.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the character roster should have been larger, and a cheap blue shell can still screw up an otherwise perfect race, MK7 still offers enough innovation to keep this old formula feeling fresh. With memorable new tracks, well implemented gyro controls, the triumphant return of coins and a handful of new modes, Mario Kart 7 is full of win.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Radiant Silvergun has a lot to offer: you can play it like a manic shooter and enjoy the weapons and skillful dodging, or you can make it more cerebral and go for the ridiculous color combos. Either way, you're getting one of the very best 2D shooters ever made.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent shooter no one even remotely curious should overlook. Prepare to level. Prepare to loot. Prepare to get lost in the hilarious, bizarre and wonderful world of Pandora.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shogun 2 is an expertly tuned turn-based strategy game filled with exhilarating real-time tactical battles against a capable artificial intelligence or others online.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, some people will say that the game's made too many concessions to convenience -- no more skills and one kind of ammo spring to mind -- but all this means is that you have fewer concerns distracting you from the main point of the game, your experience making decisions within the game's story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I was worried that the smaller screen might cramp Osmos, but that wasn't the case at all. It's still an amazing play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From top to bottom, this is the most expertly put-together Layton game in the series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Meat Boy is one of the best modern platformers. It's infuriating, exasperating, and arduous, but it's also delightful, thrilling, and hilarious.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The consequences of your actions and nonactions are huge in True Crime and dramatically change your level of recklessness...It doesn't, nor should it, replace "Grand Theft Auto" by any means. True Crime has enough good to counter the bad and stand on its own.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What matters above all else, though, is that even in 2007, FF6 is exceptional fun. Even with its dated visuals and familiar concepts, it's one of the greatest games the world has ever seen, and it's just as entertaining now as it was during Clinton's first term.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If I had a choice to take with me only one football game to a deserted island and only have that game to play for the rest of my life, it would be Madden NFL 2001 on PlayStation 2. It kicks major butt.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nano Assault Neo is their boldest, more beautiful shooter yet, and Wii U owners absolutely shouldn't miss out on its shiny twin-stick shooting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although most gamers can expect great 2D visuals from SNK, Mark Of The Wolves features some of the best 2D animation in a 2D fighting game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Age of Zombies is a great game to have in your pocket. It's clever, the soundtrack is fun with different tracks for every time period, the voice announcing what weapon you picked up changes depending on what era you're in, and -- most importantly -- it's great to jump in and play for a bit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As of right now, you can't find a better handheld shooter than Duke Nukem's first GBA adventure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best multiplayer titles around. Hundreds of unlockables in the Pro Shop, 30 scenarios, and real-time calendar events that always surprise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Duodecim is hugely rewarding and could be one of the best additions to your PSP library.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s the most exhilarating competitive game I’ve played in years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is a slick package, a lot of unlockables, and 49 games; it can all be yours for $30. That's a steal, and I can't recommend picking this one up enough.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A glorious return to greatness (and even excellence) for EA's seminal racing franchise. Slightly Mad Studios has delivered a driving experience that, while not completely accurate in terms of its simulation aspects, is practically dead-on in terms of what it's like to race around some of the world's best racing circuits.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is simple yet satisfying, but it's entirely in the service of a strongly-authored narrative. Players aren't at the liberty to roam, to explore, or to shake things up. Some might find this too controlling, but in return for your freedom, you're rewarded with a mature genre piece which is also a finely-realised character study.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredibly original title that also happens to be a barrel of fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its skillful blend of witty writing, fun shooting, and tactical tower defense makes for hours of replayable gameplay. Take into account the loot grind that Iron Brigade inspires, and the online co-op, and Double Fine's created a title I hope turns into a franchise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's unquestionably the best F1 console game on the PlayStation 2. In fact, I'll go one step further: It's the best F1 console game ever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a game for the masses, to be sure, but it offers more than enough the way of career, offline, and online depth to warrant a purchase for the enthusiast fan, for the diehard "Thunder" lover, and most importantly, for the person who passed up previous console efforts simply because they were not up to par.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If anything, the Dreamcast version just looks outstanding.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With some truly imaginative level design, a compelling story with dramatic highlights, good voice acting and dialog, and more interesting weapons, Prey earns a spot on this shooter fan's hard drive.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Silent Hill HD Collection reminds adults that, like children, they have deep, irrational fears.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing The Walking Dead: The Game on an iPad might just be superior to experiencing the gut-wrenching story on consoles or PC. The port has made the transition to mobile with no compromises.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In an overcrowded genre of music games, DJ Hero resides at the very top with the best of 'em. The original mixes are stunning and scratching the turntable is just as fun as it seems.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Online play] makes a superior multiplayer game even better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imagine last year's innovative gameplay system multiplied by two. Sure the Haymakers need some work, but the clenching, enhanced AI, cutman mini-game, and other additions make up for it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Little of what makes Silent Hill HD Collection excellent has anything to do with its enhancements. Slight improvements certainly help refresh Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 visually, and the new voice recordings sound far more human than the laughable original acting. Really, the best thing about this re-release is what hasn't changed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sword & Poker is just awesome. The poker battles with monsters are spectacularly entertaining, especially as you dig deeper into the dungeon and pick up new weapons and items that serious affect the outcome of a hand.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The definitive LittleBigPlanet game...Yes, the jumping is still floaty, the creation complicated and the load times a bit too long, but that doesn't stop LittleBigPlanet PS Vita from being an amazing experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Turbine has managed to create an immersive introduction to this expansion with excellent use of graphics, music and quests.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's nearly impossible not to enjoy Turok 2. The core game has its flashes of brilliance, but it also has some problems. Turok 2 really lives off its visuals and the art design, and the multiplayer experience pushes it over the top. If you enjoy console deathmatches, then you MUST own Turok 2!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing exists in Infamous 2 just because, and that's something developer Sucker Punch should be commended for. When combined with how well-executed just about everything in the game is, the overall package is one of PlayStation 3's best and a must-play for fans of the first game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Add in one of the most thorough attempts at multiplayer and GameCube connectivity in a GBA game, and the result is a wonderfully deep action platformer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's absolutely no doubt that Left 4 Dead is one of the most social and exciting multiplayer games that we've ever played. It's almost pitch perfect in how it captures the tension and the action of a Hollywood zombie movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you bundle together three games that people define as "classics," you expect an amazing product. The Metal Gear Solid Collection delivers that.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I loved the first game and I'm glad to say the second is on par as one of the best first-person shooters on PlayStation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are stunning, the sound is beautifully done, the puzzles are what one expects from a Myst game, the story is deep and the lore is massive and interesting. I really loved this game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's just a ton of golf to experience here, and I highly recommend Tiger 2004. The online scene is sure to be crawling with activity, too, which is going to extend this replay value significantly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the time involved in advancing and all the perks that comes with, coupled with competitive tournament play, this game should keep you entertained for a good long time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's something that's fun, something that's happy, and something that's so well put together and so enjoyable, whatever faults it may have fade behind the laughter and smiles it so effortlessly creates.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best Street Fighter game to be released on the downloadable market yet. It's the same game many of you have been playing for the last 12 years, only improved in every area.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The team has certainly used the past year to polish up what was already an addictive golf videogame, but much like with 2004 most of the advancements come in the form of features and not necessarily gameplay enhancements.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While rough around the edges, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories offers a deep, console-like GTA experience. There's so much to see and do that finishing the main story portion leaves around 60% of the game to experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multi-level dungeons, versus mode races and battles, baby dragons, class skills that level-up behind the scenes, humor, color, addiction -- I could sit here for hours and tell you how good this game is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shovel Knight is my favorite game of 2014 so far, and a true testament to the power of the old-school. Whether you were weaned on an NES like I was, or don't yet know what you missed in a time before you were born, Shovel Knight is an absolute must-play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The location is right, the car list extensive, the handling nuanced but accessible, and the visuals are excellent. Above everything it’s always fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is my favorite two-player sports game of the year so far. The Superstar moves really change the way you play the game, and for the better, as for the first time in years you can really tell the difference between players like Shaq and Eric Dampier.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it can definitely be beaten the first time through in less than eight to 10 hours, its plethora of hidden goodies, unlockable playable characters, and incredible Halloween-like atmosphere should give fans more than enough reasons to go back. But more than anything else, it's just plain fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once again, the Pokemon crew create a game that works extremely well for the handheld market. It doesn't have quite the same variety as "Ruby/Sapphire," but it's still incredibly satisfying.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best Street Fighter game to be released on the downloadable market yet. It's the same game many of you have been playing for the last 12 years, only improved in every area.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s no wonder 360 and PS3 fans are begging for the game to see a multi-console version, as Ultimate All-Stars is a true gem worthy of the Capcom fighting legacy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are absolutely gorgeous, with some of the best light sourcing and effects ever. The control is smooth, the gameplay is fast, and the music is just awesome.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastically challenging and fun ride...[but] if you have high blood pressure and don't react well to stress and frustration, don't buy this game. You'll go crazy and your heart will explode.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has that elusive "special something" that gets its hooks in you and convinces you to forego food, sleep, and other essentials just to see what the next level has in store. Even if you've already played through the game on PC or iPhone, the versus multiplayer mode is definitely worth checking out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I loved my time with Catherine. In many ways, I was completely blown-away by it. While I'm sure some gamers will be turned-off by its anime-style presentation and difficult gameplay, I implore those of you who are looking for something authentically different and outright fun to give Catherine a go.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've managed to make non-lethal tactics both important and fun with great sound bytes, exciting tactics, and a good selection of weapons.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It remains one of the most distinctive co-operative titles out there, and allows for some of the most nerve-searing team-based multiplayer gaming on the market.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Game Freak has really outdone itself this time, and Pokemon X and Y will be remembered as great transition point for the series’ transformation into an even more social, beautiful, and strategic game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you combine the fantastic single player story with the tried and true gameplay design, you get a title that benefits from years of refinement and iterations while also offering up a completely new experience you haven't seen before.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controls, stories and content so many fell in love with years ago are here, but time shows up as Solid Snake's greatest enemy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, some people will say that the game's made too many concessions to convenience -- no more skills and one kind of ammo spring to mind -- but all this means is that you have fewer concerns distracting you from the main point of the game, your experience making decisions within the game's story.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Building on five generations of games, a digital menagerie of captivating creatures, and a wide range of diverse regions to explore, Pokemon X and Y proves this formulaic portable role-playing series can still deliver an innovative experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Real Racing 2 is without a doubt the best racing game for the iPad in the App Store today. Don't balk at its $9.99 price tag. You see every cent of it in the game (especially on an iPad 2), from the moving gauges on the dashboard to the robust 16-player online matches.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is multiplayer at its finest, and it's among the best you'll find on any platform.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But the real kicker here, and the focus of the whole experience, is customizing your ride. If you're not into that element, don't go out and try to buy this as a stand-alone racer. You really have to be dedicated to the car creation, and you have to have the patience for it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sequel's as good as the original. Not only does it preserve everything we liked about the first game but it also takes a few steps in some rewarding new directions.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've never played the PS2 version of Metal Gear Solid 2, then this game is a definite must-play. Even though the game is year old, it is still an unbelievable game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This collection delivers more than a huge Halo fan like myself could have reasonably imagined and, even with its (hopefully temporary) online issues, it packs an insane amount of first-person shooter greatness onto one disc.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Four hundred quests, lots of customization options, and some of the best turn-based strategy around will keep you playing for a long time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The port is great, the game is fantastic, and despite no multiplayer support, the sheer size of the game (if you include the VR Missions) means that your money will be well spent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buzz! Quiz World is outstanding. Yes, I could’ve done with more names, more variation on round introductions, and the ability to log-in different PSN profiles, but none of that can overshadow the fact that Relentless Software listened to what critics and fans had to say about the last game and fixed the issues.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The end product is really fantastic and stands right up there with PopCap's other hits like Peggle and Bejewelled.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of GameCube's best games this year, so don't overlook it, despite its lack of online.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its added story elements, new play features and improved game engine, Descent 3 has clearly distinguished itself from its other 'descentants' (I swear, it's really late right now) and is one of the best vehicular shooters I have ever played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its impetus on platforming, combat and collecting will intrigue players that like any number of genres, and that's a good thing, because Outland does just about everything it does exceptionally well.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bumpy Road is one of the best purchases I've made on the app store. Not just because the gameplay has a hook unlike anything I've played on an iOS device, but also because it's got a fantastic aesthetic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A delight. Sure, there are tons of puzzle games in the App Store, but amongst them Feed Me Oil stands out for its addictiveness and character. The aesthetic just works.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As good as the original Sonic Advance was, the sequel is a much better platformer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The multiplayer modes are sure to have gamers deeply involved over the next several months. The options, technical experience, and the amount and quality of online games are straightforward fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Orcs Must Die embellishes your devious side, encouraging you to devise clever ways of fulfilling the command of the title. For the not-so-clever, mowing down invaders with an automatic crossbow is also a great time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A true sequel in nearly every aspect, Suikoden II manages to achieve the rare feat of actually picking up where the former game left off, taking gamers for a familiar ride that proves to be deeper and much more detailed than the original.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has that elusive "special something" that gets its hooks in you and convinces you to skip food, sleep, and other essentials just to see what the next level has in store. If you've never played a tower defense game before, this is the one you should try.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a brand new IP, based on an idea that could have completely blown up in EA's face, skate is an amazingly complete experience. Those who choose to relax and skate leisurely -- looking for cool lines and taking on the occasional challenge -- will likely find the most enjoyment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you haven't played these titles before -- and even if you have -- recommending God of War Origins is easy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's got enough Star Wars to satisfy the fans and enough pure fun to draw in people who normally wouldn't get into role-playing games.

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