IGN's Scores

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For 12,676 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 The Last of Us
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
12,676 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It has that magical feeling that not all games can possess and it's just flat out a joy to play...One of the few games that I can't help but smile and have fun when I'm playing...A true 3D platform/adventure masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A very, very good sequel, one that builds and improves on a game that was already brilliant.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The visuals are excellent, the voice work is superior to what we usually get dealt in the action genre, and I only wish the game was a bit longer. A lot longer actually, but it's more because this kind of game is such a rare find than because that find is relatively meager.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's an impressive, enormous game that's as good as anything else out there in the extreme sports genre.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
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    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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The three character classes add substantial replay value, and the multiplayer mode is a must if you've got a friend who can stick with you for the long haul.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 94 Critic Score
    We can't imagine a more complete packaging of one of this year's best PC games.
    • 91 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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 cinematic design is nothing short of masterful. This is a game that takes the aspects of film that make cinema so compelling and crosses it with the interactivity of games with unprecedented success. Linear storytelling feels quaint by comparison.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A stellar achievement on the PSP. It plays perfectly into the franchise's storyline and offers up the same level of intense action as its console counterparts. It's also the best looking title on the system, without question. Engaging from start to finish.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.