IGN's Scores

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For 13,504 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: 70
Highest review score: 100 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
13505 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Incredibly intense and amazingly addictive...especially when you learn every little nuance of the game design.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    One of the best games of all time. There, I've said it.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Recommended above all other titles this year as the Nintendo 64 game to own.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Nearly every aspect of Smash Wii U seems fine-tuned not only to appeal to the nostalgia of long-time Nintendo fans, but also to be accessible to new players. Once they’re hooked, it draws them in deeper with a set of great modes and tempting rewards.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A truly epic role-playing game experience that has cemented its place in the annals of RPG history.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Dishonored 2 is tough in its first few chapters, and - in particular - made me work for those runes, which are more-often-than-not surrounded by hostile NPCs - tricky if you want a low-chaos playthrough. It’s fun to work for it in the face of high-chaos temptation.