IGN's Scores

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For 12,928 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 V
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
12,928 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    GTR2 offers a more polished package than it did last year, with the most notable improvements being a serious graphics facelift and much improved networking code.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Easily the best ATV racer in existence and it also represents a sizeable, appreciated step forward for the franchise and online console gaming in general.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While NHL 2002 certainly shares a lot of the elements from 2001, it's by far one of the biggest steps forward that we've seen in the series in years, and as good as 2001 was, 2002 is even better.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The sum of its parts come together to craft a whole that's so wonderfully and lovingly polished that fans of games in general owe it to themselves to pick up a copy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Dynasty Mode was already massive. With the addition of Owner mode, you may be playing this game until EA gets its third party license back.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While graphically MC3 doesn't have the chops of Criterion's "Burnout" (which runs at 60 FPS), Rockstar's game does offer open city courses, more cars on screen simultaneously, a custom feature, special moves, and what appears to be a more robust and much deeper online component than its opponents.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The most amazing thing about Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, though, is just how incredibly fun it is. Humorous, entertaining, and different from just about anything else in its category, we aren't afraid to say that it's one of the best PlayStation 2 titles this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    EA has not only closed that gap, but they have exceeded Papyrus' efforts in many significant ways, such as the excellent physics model, featuring "drivable oversteer," third-party extensibility, and just about every option imaginable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    New modes, new characters (the slow-but-powerful Dragunov and the speedier mash-friendly Lili), incredible graphics, and plenty of other add-ons not only make Tekken a fantastic fighting experience, but one hell of a great PSP game as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An action fan's dream game...Every night I play MechAssault and every day I'm thinking about getting home so I can get in my mech again.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The experience is layered, unique, and shows an incredible attention to detail. This is one case where the sequel has triumphed over the original by catching the gameplay up to the already excellent visuals. No matter what your preconceptions are about Assassin's Creed II, the game is well worth your time and money.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy could go on forever re-creating its particular spin on the traditional heroic quest, and it would be a success every single time, but I can't help feeling as if something that features this kind of majestic visual craftsmanship ought to host a story built with equal care.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A sweet middle ground between the Panther-like action of Conviction and the Ghost-like stealth of Chaos Theory. The delightful improbable success of this compromise is a testament to game design that always has choice in mind.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An immensely good time. And because the game is so beautifully crafted, deep with scenarios, long and filled with various challenges, weapons and gadgets, it's a winner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Abundant with options, cars, and a ton of racing modes, GT is easily the most realistic game of its type on the Dreamcast.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell is back on the right shadowy track.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The equipment helps boost Blacklist’s gameplay to highpoints in the tense moments when quick thinking gets you out of a jam.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    06 has so many different game options to choose from. Race for the Heisman, Dynasty, Recruiting, and revamped online play. It'll stay in your console for a very long time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Fusing fast-paced arcade racing with tons of authentic cars, realistic rally tracks, and gorgeous graphics, DICE has created a riveting game that no racing fan should be without.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero is pure bliss, on a stick even. It's got a fantastic soundtrack that's blended incredibly well into the game, a great peripheral in the SG guitar controller and well, that's really what it's all about. The game is just fun. Pure, unadulterated fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The real star is still the ability to play on the couch with up to three friends, tearing through the angry hordes that await you in adventure mode, where the wildly randomized dungeons form the backbone of Diablo 3's endgame.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Now, with the Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 and Xbox One, Diablo 3 takes on its highest form, melding the successes of two years of patching with the positive side-effects of porting to current-gen consoles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Its airtight control, breathtaking weather effects, and stunning wave complexity combine for an irresistible racing experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Unlike "SimCity 3000," SimCity 4 really is a major evolutionary step in the series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The wealth of new features like the extra stadiums, wind effects and play editor still play second banana to the skull crushing gameplay that we loved in last year's game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Vast improvements have been made to tighten up the gameplay in all the areas it needed most, and the results make this the most accessible and fun football game I've ever played; and I've played them all.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Rhythm Game, strategy game, mini-game collection, action game, light RPG – Patapon is all of these and much, much more. It's a genre onto itself, a title that not only exalts in creativity and unique style, it delivers a fun, addictive, engaging experience that keeps you playing over and over again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    CryTek has done a fantastic job of avoiding artificial path restriction. In the jungle, you'll never walk into an invisible wall, and almost never be hemmed in by impassible slopes that force you to take one path and one path only. There are almost always at least two distinct ways you can approach any position on the island, often times more than that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is a solid, confident shooter with plenty to offer the casual and hardcore alike.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Its stealth and puzzle mechanics are first rate, but its foreboding look and feel are what really set it apart. This is not one you want to miss.