IGN's Scores

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For 12,640 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 3.7 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:
12,640 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I could go on and on about why Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best games we've ever seen and why even folks who are easily offended should play it, but that would be pointless. The only thing you need to know is that you have to play this game. Period.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I could go on and on about why Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best games we've ever seen and why even folks who are easily offended should play it, but that would be pointless. The only thing you need to know is that you have to play this game. Period.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Is it possible to give a game an 11? If so, this would be the game that would merit that score. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a title that exceeds all of the hype that was attached to the title.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Consider me "wowed." Again. Yes, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is more of what made the original so amazingly good: brilliant gravity platfoming. Incredibly tight and responsive controls. Fantastic musical score. But it's not a "me too" experience -- a significant majority of this sequel is brand new.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Undead Nightmare is what downloadable content should be -- a lot of bang for your buck.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a master class in game design: you will understand it instantly, enjoy it instantly, and want to play again and again.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a master class in game design: you will understand it instantly, enjoy it instantly, and want to play again and again.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Call us crazy, but when the final version of Zelda 64 arrived in the IGN64 offices, we stopped working, locked ourselves into a room with a big-screen TV and a surround system and played 17 hours straight. After only a few hours of sleep, we were back for more and we couldn't stop until we finished the game. Then, we started over again to find all the secrets.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The number one reason to buy a Dreamcast.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From start to finish, single player to multiplayer, this game sings. The characters, the graphics, the sound, the story – they're all top notch. If you're willing to skip Uncharted 3, be prepared to miss one of gaming's finest moments.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Remarkably, this Zelda game manages to reshape its control scheme, design sensibility and pacing all at once while still telling a brilliantly powerful story featuring some very memorable characters. Increasingly Nintendo refuses to compromise cinematic storytelling for gameplay, finding a balance that seems effortless.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Infinity Blade 2 is a must own - it is the App Store's killer app.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its unrivaled presentation in particular sets the bar even higher than the Uncharted trilogy already did, and its writing, voice acting and layered gameplay combine to create what is very easily the game to beat for Game of the Year 2013.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America. It represents a refinement of everything that GTA IV brought to the table five years ago.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s as much a masterpiece on PS4 as it is on PS3, and it’s worth your undivided attention whether you’ve played it already or are about to jump in for the first time.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    In short, it's a terrific unending masterpiece of a game -- and one that will never fall victim to an over-exaggeration of its lofty status. It's the defining piece of software for Sony's successful sophomore system, and it's almost impossible to imagine a PlayStation 2 library without it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Incredibly intense and amazingly addictive...especially when you learn every little nuance of the game design.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    One of the greatest action RPG's of all-time. Combat is easy to learn but immeasurably deep.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    A spectacularly creative, wonderfully satisfying 3D action-platformer that -- ass joke and bloody messes encapsulated -- shines with Nintendo's very best.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Recommended above all other titles this year as the Nintendo 64 game to own.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    One of the best games of all time. There, I've said it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    GT3 offers the finest racing, the best cars and the highest-quality automotive audio-visual feast available on any gaming system anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, it's an absolutely essential purchase for anyone who loves cars and racing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    If you like to kill freaky things with your giant serrated knives, you'll love the s*** out of this... This videogame features sexual situations, bare breasts and excessive brutality. Good with that? Excellent!
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Subsistence goes a long way towards remedying the few problems of ["Snake Eater"] with a brand new camera system that literally rejuvenates the gameplay. The online mode adds a ton of replay value as well, and has dozens of options to keep you returning to blow away friends late into the night.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The genius is hidden away under a wall of rather harsh looking pixels until you realize that every one of the 500-plus replicated vehicles races so exactly like the real thing it's shocking.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I'm in awe...From beginning to end, it comes closer to perfection than any other game in PlayStation's action genre. Beautiful, engrossing, and innovative, it excels in every conceivable category.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It's a noble achievement in storytelling, gameplay balance, and multiplayer design. And it's easily the best console-based, online game on Earth. Easily. Like so many people have said thus far: In 2004, Halo 2 will own you.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    From the amazingly polished gameplay design to the gorgeous visuals and atmospheric soundtrack, Metroid Prime is unquestionably a must-have masterpiece and a show horse that all forthcoming adventure titles will be judged by.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    This is simply the best survival horror game ever created. In fact, had it come out in 2004, it would have been my pick for Game of the Year...You don't own Resident Evil 4. It owns you. An absolute must-have.