IGN's Scores

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For 12,897 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:
12,897 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The look of both games has been enhanced and this is the area that will receive the greatest amount of attention.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is the most fun I’ve had with Civilization since Civ IV, and the best late-game since Civ II. Brave New World is the rare case of a title delivering exactly what it promises.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Shows more planning, talent (aesthetic, programming, and design) and creative vision than anything I've played in a very long time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Every single person that owns a PS3 should at the very least rent this game to see what all the fuss is about, and those that can remember the good ol' days when games taught through the highly effective use of negative reinforcement and a heavy price for not playing it carefully should scoop this up instantly. It's utterly unique among the offerings on any console right now, and absolutely, positively should not be missed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the best games yet in 2009. And I'm not just talking about the Xbox Live Arcade. The classic, exploration-heavy gameplay is a winner.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If this is the last Sonic game in these declining Dreamcast years, it's satisfying to know that the DC didn't go out with a bang, but with a sonic boom.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Sets a new standard for third-person action games in terms of length, depth, speed, and gore. It is Itagaki's masterpiece, easily Team Ninja's best work, and one of the finest games on the Xbox to date. How many action games combine great controls, amazing visuals, superb gameplay, and incredible design? Not many.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the most complete sports games on any platform.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's simply huge, and just gets better and better as players dig deeper into it, and the intense open-ended gameplay, believable Artificial Intelligence, pumpin' soundtrack, and total immersion in the cityscape make GTA 3 a delight to play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Chrono Trigger alone would get a 10 here for its multiple endings and End Game+. Then you add in FFIV...
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    • 94 Critic Score
    We can't imagine a more complete packaging of one of this year's best PC games.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I don't think I can possibly convey how much of an adrenaline pumping experience the new Mission Mode is with mere words. It has to be experienced. The missions are unadulterated action and if that's all there were to the game, I'd still recommend it.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    An irresistible force that offers plenty of innovative in-game moves and controls, a comprehensive single player campaign and a multiplayer mode that'll turn even the best of friends into vicious enemies temporarily.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One will be hard pressed to find another football game, of the professional variety that will give the player such a profound playing experience as "Madden NFL 2001."
    • 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.