IGN's Scores

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For 12,712 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 IV
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
12,712 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Rare's intelligent 3D shooter features amazing graphics, loads of in-game options, a cooperative mode, a counter-operative mode, extensive bot setups, and a the most well-rounded multiplayer mode ever to grace Nintendo 64.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Complete in every way, and the challenging experience of working toward each new level is far greater than the game's minimal flaws. Nintendo's craftsmanship and zeal for creating fantastically enjoyable games has never shown through more than in Super Mario 64.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Halo 4 is a masterstroke everyone can and should celebrate, and its two guaranteed sequels instantly make the next-generation Xbox a must-own system, with Halo 5 its most anticipated title. Halo has been rebuilt. It has been redefined. And it has been reinvigorated. The Xbox's original king has returned to his rightful place on the throne.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Holds up as a marvelous game full of unique and wonderful surprises that remind me why it’s the best of the 3D Zeldas.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Simply a masterpiece -- a work of art in the genre. Not only does it engage the mind with mysterious happenings, vagaries, and mostly intelligent dialogue, but also captures the senses with a superb visual style made possible by brilliant technology.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It's enormous, packed with an immense amount of gameplay, and it's a truly unique gameplay experience...This year's most impressive title, by a log shot.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Should go down in history as one of the best twitch-fests on PS2. Yes, TH3 is that good. The perfect skating game remains just a tiny hair's breadth out of reach, but if you are not satisfied with your purchase of this game, head examinations are recommended.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A truly miraculous "game." I call it a "game" because it's more of an experience.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    One of the most interesting aspects of MGS2's gameplay, though, is the emphasis on nonviolence. For a game with such a huge arsenal of destructive implements, and such a horribly rich killing experience for the twisted among us, it honestly provides considerable opportunity and incentive to be a benevolent commando.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    There is art here, despite what many would say isn't possible with games, from Roger Ebert to game designers like Hideo Kojima... BioShock stands as a monolithic example of the convergence of entertaining gameplay and an irresistibly sinister, engrossing storyline that encompasses a host of multifaceted characters. This is an essential gaming experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A true masterpiece in terms of art direction and, dare I say, cinematography. From the fights with the colossi to exploring the world to basically just standing back and letting it all soak in, Shadow of the Colossus is an amazing experience and an absolute must-have title.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    God of War II may in fact be the best action game ever made. It outdoes the original God of War in every way.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    One of the greatest platformers I have ever played, Wii's best game, and an absolute must-own experience. And to me, this odd trek through space really does feel like the true sequel to "Mario 64."
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    There is art here, despite what many would say isn't possible with games, from Roger Ebert to game designers like Hideo Kojima...BioShock stands as a monolithic example of the convergence of entertaining gameplay and an irresistibly sinister, engrossing storyline that encompasses a host of multifaceted characters. This is an essential gaming experience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Rockstar has taken the Western to new heights and created one of the deepest, most fun, and most gorgeous games around. You can expect the occasional bug or visual hiccup, but you can also expect a fantastic game that offers the Western experience we've all been waiting for.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A must-play game. Rockstar has taken the Western to new heights and created one of the deepest, most fun, and most gorgeous games around.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A truly epic role-playing game experience that has cemented its place in the annals of RPG history.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    What a tour-de-force! The graphics are top notch, the driving itself is unparalleled and the Director tools are unique and friendly... It's pure driving poetry.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The quest is amazingly long, absolutely gorgeous to look at, a joy to listen to.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Four Swords is Nintendo's way of giving gamers something completely new and different in the Zelda environment, and it's one heck of a good time in each play through.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    With a story good enough for a full length novel, audio and visual elements as detailed as any you've ever seen and excellent pacing, Halo is the reason for Xbox and vice versa.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It takes it all to the next level with a fantastic 3D engine, delightfully realistic physics, intuitive control, brilliantly detailed graphics, ingenious subtleties and tons of options.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    We can say with a clear conscience that Goldeneye 007 is the best single-player first-person game on any system.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Simply put, Wave Race 64 stands shoulder-to-shoulder with "Wipeout XL" and "Sega Rally" in the pantheon as one of the best racers ever...a piece of art.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Reshaping a pristine landscape into new world using your own two hands while things try to kill you isn’t just an amazingly rewarding gaming experience, it’s a clever retelling of human history.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    That sense of creative progression, coupled with the inherent danger of exploring underground caverns full of monsters, makes Minecraft exciting, rewarding, tense, and one of gaming’s most expressive creative outlets.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    This is the best game in the Metal Gear Solid series and it pushes the PS2 just as far as it can go. With a total of 20-25 hours for the first time this provides a fantastic experience that will stimulate multiple parts of your brain and make you feel all fuzzy inside.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It almost seems like the designers at Incog. Inc. felt a certain loathing for every other car-combat game that was shoveled out before it, and felt a violent, bloodthirsty necessity to wipe the slate clean...I am still quite awe-struck with the overall gameplay in this beautiful, incredible title.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A title that is as close to flawless as I've ever seen, both in its ability to entertain and in its finely honed technology and presentation.