IGN's Scores

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For 13,284 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:
13284 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If the purpose of games is to provide absolute escapism, to immerse us deeply in another world that never was, and then to give us the ability to go through it and do what <I>we</I> want to do, then Morrowind accomplishes that brilliantly.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It has taken 14 years to get to this point, this peak of performance, and I can say, as someone who has actually played all 14 years of the series' various incarnations, that Madden NFL 2004 is the best playing, deepest, most complete Madden to date.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I haven’t been so challenged by a Zelda since Ocarina of Time, and rarely have I been so consistently surprised by one.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    With all of the plot twists and branching character paths, this is one game that you'll definitely want to play through after you finish...again and again and again...
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Okami is one of the finest games to come out of Japan in the last decade, and Okami HD is absolutely the best way to experience this epic adventure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A hugely robust game overflowing with character and creativity. Sacrifice shines like a freaky star in a field of overused ideas and clones. Go get it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Even if you already have done all of this before, you may yet find a reason to grab the Xbox 360 re-release. With reworked graphics, sound, new songs, downloadable content and more, this is easily the best Guitar Hero game yet.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    ESPN might have plenty of sizzle, but Madden is still the steak...The defensive improvements alone are worth the price of admission, but when you add to that the expanded franchise mode and all of the online improvements, you realize just how different this year's game not only looks but feels.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    There is a healthy learning curve to the cover system, but those who master it will find Epic's twisting and turning and rolling an exciting change-up in the shooter genre, a blend of fast-arcade action and basic, tactical maneuvering. The Insane difficulty level gives Gears legs months after you've finished the relatively-short campaign, and even with a friend it is an impossible, irresistible challenge.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Though the single-player lacks length, the multiplayer should keep you invested in COD4 for the long winter. This is a truly fantastic multiplayer offering that's as deep as any other online game available.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is some fast, well designed gameplay with enough options to allow players to use their own style of attack with satisfying suit abilities and weapons. Crytek has upped their attention to detail in presentation and dropped the worst parts of "Far Cry’s" story.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The single-player experience is a truly enjoyable campaign across the Helghast home world that will test your skills, particularly on the higher difficulty levels, and the game simply looks phenomenal for a console shooter. But perhaps the strongest segment of the game is the extremely deep multiplayer, which gives seven basic classes with which you can create your own customized super-soldier after performing your class-specific duties.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The transformation from a idyllic little town into a heap of crushed buildings and burned out husks of vehicles can be shocking. Seeing and hearing major explosions that cause bodies (and bits of bodies) to fly across the screen along with rubble from a nearby building simply puts you more into the battle than any RTS in memory.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Personally, I've never given a score this high before but Rome Total War is without a doubt one of the best games I've ever played. The combination of subject matter, game mechanics, and outstanding visuals add up to one of the best experiences you'll have on the PC.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If you never experienced the halls of Rapture and have been waiting for its appearance on the PS3, there really is no discussion to be had. Go out and get your hands on Bioshock -- you will thoroughly enjoy exploring the incredible story and the excellent action that the game is known for.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The look of both games has been enhanced and this is the area that will receive the greatest amount of attention.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is the most fun I’ve had with Civilization since Civ IV, and the best late-game since Civ II. Brave New World is the rare case of a title delivering exactly what it promises.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Offers up insane speed, unequaled crash sequences, and a truly new style of gameplay. It has reinvented the wheel, so to speak....Burnout 3 is astonishing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Shows more planning, talent (aesthetic, programming, and design) and creative vision than anything I've played in a very long time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Every single person that owns a PS3 should at the very least rent this game to see what all the fuss is about, and those that can remember the good ol' days when games taught through the highly effective use of negative reinforcement and a heavy price for not playing it carefully should scoop this up instantly. It's utterly unique among the offerings on any console right now, and absolutely, positively should not be missed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the best games yet in 2009. And I'm not just talking about the Xbox Live Arcade. The classic, exploration-heavy gameplay is a winner.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Not only has the game shown that you can build a statistics heavy game without making it boring or confusing, but it has shown that it's possible to build them with style and beauty.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If this is the last Sonic game in these declining Dreamcast years, it's satisfying to know that the DC didn't go out with a bang, but with a sonic boom.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Sets a new standard for third-person action games in terms of length, depth, speed, and gore. It is Itagaki's masterpiece, easily Team Ninja's best work, and one of the finest games on the Xbox to date. How many action games combine great controls, amazing visuals, superb gameplay, and incredible design? Not many.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The best of the series by far, I would be surprised if there's a better arcade sports game released in 2005.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the most complete sports games on any platform.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Throughout its core fabric, Going Commando is improved in every way. If I had to pick just one platformer this year -- and that's a tough call, considering the incredible game that "Jak II" is -- it would be this one.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The new features like aging, aspirations, character design, community property, and all of the great story building tools help to make The Sims 2 a more complete game in every way possible.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's simply huge, and just gets better and better as players dig deeper into it, and the intense open-ended gameplay, believable Artificial Intelligence, pumpin' soundtrack, and total immersion in the cityscape make GTA 3 a delight to play.