IGN's Scores

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For 13,140 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 4 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:
13140 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the most enjoyable, deep, and pleasing Role-Playing adventures I've ever experienced, Konami's three-time lucky masterpiece is as close to perfection as I could have hoped.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Rock Band is a great game. The presentation elements are top-notch and take music games to a new level; consider the bar raised.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    An exemplary racing game. It's beautiful, the controls are spot-on, the career mode is satisfying, and the multiplayer component is awesome. But there's still room to grow...This is the best racing game of this generation. Good luck topping it.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The variety in what Yoshi can do and the diversity in level designs, not to mention the wonderful use of scaling and rotation for the level structures and the incorporation of a half-dozen clever mini-games makes Yoshi's Island the best damn platformer ever.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The best snowboarding game I ever played. It's arcade-centric, trick heavy, and on the third peak, it's brutal, but in the end, nothing comes close to SSX 3.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The graphics, as I think I've repeated about 50 times, are monumental, but let me just add that the character designs shine just as much.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Hands down the best adventure game we've ever seen...You'll love Grim Fandango's incredible art, storyline and character development.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    But the team didn't stop setting standards in just the graphics as they combined this level of visual quality with subtle but innovative 3D gameplay mechanics incorporating a new standard of strategy never experienced in a 3D fighting game before.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell is the hardcore's game made excellent by an engaging storyline and a sinfully addictive journey into ordinary places that become extraordinary simply due to the change in how we tackle each of their unique problems.
    • 94 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Any way you look at it, Episode Two stands out, even among the Half-Life series, as something special. It may be shorter than the original, but it's a burly experience packed into roughly six hours or so that offers up all the diversity, level design, and thoughtful gameplay we've known while making sure to propel the story forward and leave us wanting more.
    • 92 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Winning Eleven 8's single-player Master League is enormously good fun, and with its expanded management tools and WE-Shop minigames, the game is easily worth $50. The one-on-one gameplay? Priceless.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    From bouncing the ball off your opponent's noggin to draining a game-winning three, there is just so much opportunity to talk smack, to compete, and best of all, humiliate your friends by dunking on their heads, that I think this is a must-buy for gamers looking for a fun basketball game without having to worry about the differences between a Triangle and a Box formation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    While Rock Band doesn't offer the insanely intense (and perhaps impossible) challenge of "Guitar Hero III," it's a game that everyone will have fun playing. This may just be among the best party games ever released.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    While the game hasn't lost any depth or detail, every aspect of the design has been streamlined to make it easier for new players to jump in and less monotonous for veterans. Die-hard fans will definitely find that the game offers up so much more variety this time around.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This has become one of my favorite fighters of all time and the level of polish and detail this 2D wonder has is amazing. The character designs are excellent, the fighting mechanics are top-notch and there are even extra animated scenes that feature chibi (super adorable) versions of the characters talking about the BlazBlue universe.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    From top to bottom, Bionic Commando Rearmed is an incredible game that's well worth owning.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Not only a great simulation of the 24-hour GT extravaganza, it's the best racer on Dreamcast, period.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Bionic Commando Rearmed sets a new benchmark for downloadable console games...From top to bottom, Bionic Commando Rearmed is an incredible game that's well worth owning.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The story itself is worth of great praise, but the way it's implemented into the gameplay, along with the amazingly fresh missions that all blend into one another, make this easily one of the best games on Xbox this year, if not <I>the</I> best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Extremely tight controls, and the US version enables Dual Shock support! Take that, Japanese version!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Not only has it supplanted Going Commando as the best title in the franchise, it's also the best game of any series on the PlayStation 3 thus far -- and that's saying a lot when you're up against Oblivion, Ninja Gaiden, Warhawk and Insomniac's very own previous effort, Resistance: Fall of Man.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Its incredible gameplay, solid graphics, and fantastic multiplayer arenas are unlike anything you've played before. If you have a computer capable of running it properly, go buy this game. Believe me, you simply can't go wrong.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the best RPGs I've played in years...a beautiful mixture of the traditional makings of a JRPG combined with gorgeous graphics, a wonderful story, a great cast of characters and thoughtful gameplay.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    ICO
    The feeling of simply being in the world that Ico creates is one of the most fascinating things I've ever seen in a videogame...The only unfortunate thing about Ico is that it's over just a bit quickly.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The four-player is, as they say, dope-ass. You have to get a multitap and play this with three other friends. And the edit mode, in fact, all of the various modes, are deep, compelling, and well thought out. It's a true winner.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    My favorite single-player GameCube title to date. It's completely captivating from the start, and I can't rave enough about the tight controls.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I even woke up one night with the revelation, "Oh, I know what I have to do here!" It's one of those pieces of software that gets under your skin in an addictive way. You have to collect those jiggys, you have to find all the secrets.