IGN's Scores

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For 12,625 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 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
12,625 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The sheer amount of fun you'll have when playing against seven other people in the ten different maps and various gameplay modes here is almost immeasurable -- it's that damn good. But what impresses me most about Up Your Arsenal is the fact that the single-player adventure didn't suffer in the least.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you're looking for art and technical achievement, Jak has it...Jak is it. Characters animate so smoothly it actually makes playing other games painful. Painful, I say! And it never stutters, never glitches, never hitches, and never, ever lets up.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    When combined with the excellent animations, the game feels incredibly cinematic, and on a high-end graphics card the game is stunning. Each level is a grand set piece in which players stylishly accomplish their goals.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It has five difficulty settings (all challenging, most insane), plenty of secret missions, unlockable bonuses and costumes, an easy to use interface, and more brain-twisting puzzles than the first two games combined. In other words, it's the reason you bought a PlayStation 2.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 offers freedom without sacrificing a focused story. It delivers fantastic combat without forgoing a deep role-playing system. The characters you meet are engaging and oftentimes hilarious without feeling out of place in this harsh world.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It's rare that a game can hit the mark in so many different and often conflicting areas. Fallout 3 offers freedom without sacrificing a focused story. It delivers fantastic combat without forgoing a deep role-playing system. The characters you meet are engaging and oftentimes hilarious without feeling out of place in this harsh world.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It's incredibly personal while still retaining a sense of epic sweeping scale. The combat and mission design are outstanding. The visuals, voice acting, soundtrack, and direction are miles ahead of the competition. Perhaps most impressively, Mass Effect 2 manages to fulfill its incredible ambition while only suffering from very few technical hiccups.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It's incredibly personal while still retaining a sense of epic sweeping scale. The combat and mission design are outstanding. The visuals, voice acting, soundtrack, and direction are miles ahead of the competition. Perhaps most impressively, Mass Effect 2 manages to fulfill its incredible ambition while only suffering from very few technical hiccups.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If I ever wind up stuck on a desert island with nothing but a PlayStation and a few select games, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is one game I will definitely own.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    At first glance all I could think about was the PS2 version of this game and feel the dread that I would have to play Tony Hawk on the PlayStation. But once I got past the graphics and low frame rate I actually started to have fun.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Simply put, Vagrant Story is a true work of art and is one of the most cinematic experiences you'll find on PlayStation. It's not only one of this year's best games -- it's one of the greatest of all-time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The game is tighter, longer, and more challenging than its predecessor, with more elements to enjoy, both in single and multiplayer modes.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    This is the kind of game I imagined when I used to dream about the experiences next generation consoles were going to give us. Splinter Cell is one of the smartest games I've ever played.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An outstanding game -- a dazzling, masterful achievement...Thanks to wholly intuitive control, stunning atmosphere and satisfyingly clever environmental puzzles, the title easily ranks as one of my favorite adventure offerings of all time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It is amazing to see the range of gameplay elements that have been squeezed into this title. It is even more impressive to experience how well each of them works.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It's Zelda's unrivaled design, balanced and varied, and its polished play mechanics and control that ultimately set the game apart from just about every other competitor on the market.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    SSB Melee puts the original to shame with its countless options and longevity. This has become and will likely become one of my favorite GameCube titles of all-time. It's that good.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An amazing achievement...a truly intelligent psychological thriller, complete with balanced gameplay and plenty of surprises you'll never forget.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An outstanding game -- a dazzling, masterful achievement...Thanks to wholly intuitive control, stunning atmosphere and satisfyingly clever environmental puzzles, the title easily ranks as one of my favorite adventure offerings of all time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Features the best graphics we've seen on the console, it one-ups Mario 64 in terms of gameplay, it sounds astounding and it may just be the most clever title we've ever played.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It is, without a doubt, the biggest breath of fresh air to sweep through gaming in a good long while, and no Dreamcast owner's library would be complete without it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Not only a game anyone can fall in love with but among the best titles I've played on the Dreamcast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Pokémon Black Version 2 is far more than a traditional mid-generation release, with enough new and repurposed content to keep you occupied for months on end.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem Awakening is the most fluid and stunning strategy RPG experience available on a portable, and features the best storytelling and production value of any 3DS game to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    New Leaf is a truly magical game, one that you can easily expect to invest hundreds of hours in over the course of years. Anyone with access to a 3DS should absolutely give this game a try - just be prepared to kiss your “real” life goodbye.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It fulfills the promise of a multiplayer Mario much better than anything that the Japanese game maker has done before. Super Mario 3D World is marvelous, and its constant variety and fantastic light-hearted co-op play proves that Nintendo still knows exactly how to tweak their Mario formula in fun ways.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An incredibly deep and long-lasting single player mode, and the versus mode never gets stale; there's the included 10th Anniversary mode that's almost a separate game in itself; the graphics have been improved upon and almost perfected, and so has the gameplay.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    You will have to spend some time practicing and tweaking your opponents, your car handling, and your realism settings to find the right spot for you. If you are willing to do all of this, then this is a fine F1 simulation that will ultimately reward you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that this game absolutely kills everything else around in terms of graphics, sound effects, and force feedback. The license tests, circuits, missions, hundreds of cars, and dozens of tracks all add up to what is still one hell of an addictive racing game... The only problem with GT4 being the perfect "GT3" is that after four years we were still hoping for more.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game introduces the two best new features found in football games since the Franchise mode, as Owner mode would be a fun game on its own, and Playmaker control is simply the most useful new gameplay tool introduced into the mix in many a year.