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
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Call us crazy, but when the final version of Zelda 64 arrived in the IGN64 offices, we stopped working, locked ourselves into a room with a big-screen TV and a surround system and played 17 hours straight. After only a few hours of sleep, we were back for more and we couldn't stop until we finished the game. Then, we started over again to find all the secrets.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If I ever wind up stuck on a desert island with nothing but a PlayStation and a few select games, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is one game I will definitely own.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I could go on and on about why Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best games we've ever seen and why even folks who are easily offended should play it, but that would be pointless. The only thing you need to know is that you have to play this game. Period.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The number one reason to buy a Dreamcast.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I could go on and on about why Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best games we've ever seen and why even folks who are easily offended should play it, but that would be pointless. The only thing you need to know is that you have to play this game. Period.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    One of the greatest platformers I have ever played, Wii's best game, and an absolute must-own experience. And to me, this odd trek through space really does feel like the true sequel to "Mario 64."
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Consider me "wowed." Again. Yes, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is more of what made the original so amazingly good: brilliant gravity platfoming. Incredibly tight and responsive controls. Fantastic musical score. But it's not a "me too" experience -- a significant majority of this sequel is brand new.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I’m glad to have had a reason to revisit it, and am happy to find it even more impressive than it was before.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America. It represents a refinement of everything that GTA IV brought to the table five years ago.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    One of the best games of all time. There, I've said it.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Should go down in history as one of the best twitch-fests on PS2. Yes, TH3 is that good. The perfect skating game remains just a tiny hair's breadth out of reach, but if you are not satisfied with your purchase of this game, head examinations are recommended.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its world is a truly astonishing achievement in so many ways, and these two versions are currently the best way to experience it, aside from the hobbled multiplayer matchmaking.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A massive scale operation that just gets better and better as players dig into it, even though its gets ridiculously difficult at points.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If ever there was a must-own sports game on any console, NFL2K1 is that title. Unless you're some sort of fun-nazi, this game will rock your world.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    World of Goo is a perfect fit for the iPad. Using your fingers to interact with the goo is such an organic experience – there is nothing mechanical about it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s technically more accomplished in every conceivable way, but it’s also tremendously ambitious in its own right. No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem...It is one of the very best video games ever made.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    There is art here, despite what many would say isn't possible with games, from Roger Ebert to game designers like Hideo Kojima...BioShock stands as a monolithic example of the convergence of entertaining gameplay and an irresistibly sinister, engrossing storyline that encompasses a host of multifaceted characters. This is an essential gaming experience.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    We can say with a clear conscience that Goldeneye 007 is the best single-player first-person game on any system.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's very, very good. It's easily one of the best games on the system, blending fantastic presentation and visuals with gameplay that is practically second to none. And then there's the stellar multiplayer which you'll probably be playing until Uncharted 3 ships. No, Uncharted 2 is not perfect, but it's closer than pretty much any other game out there these days.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The puzzles are incredibly fun and satisfying. The art direction is top notch. For three bucks you get a deliriously cool and fun puzzle game that really lets the iPhone shine.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    That so much great content is offered at the standard single-game price is astonishing.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not only do you get the best single player first person shooter ever created, you also get the two next chapters, a 3D puzzle game that also happens to live in the Half-Life universe and a terrifically fun team-based multiplayer first-person shooter. This is a lot of game in one package for only 50 dollars.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City isn't just better than Batman: Arkham Asylum, it's better than most games on the market.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The only gripe that we'd have with it is that Namco's set the bar so high that we shudder with anticipation and dread over what the designers'll have to do to top this.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It's incredibly personal while still retaining a sense of epic sweeping scale. The combat and mission design are outstanding. The visuals, voice acting, soundtrack, and direction are miles ahead of the competition. Perhaps most impressively, Mass Effect 2 manages to fulfill its incredible ambition while only suffering from very few technical hiccups.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As someone who has played both the GameCube and Wii versions of Twilight Princess, I can confidently state that I prefer the latter for its handful of extras, including what I consider to be enhanced controls and an exclusive 16:9 widescreen mode. That being said, though, I can certainly understand why purists might want to stick with the more conventional controls of the GCN build and as far as a traditional setup goes, Twilight Princess is definitely as good as it gets.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Featuring the same kind of thrilling freedom of choice The Elder Scrolls series is known for along with beautiful visuals and a stirring soundtrack, playing Skyrim is a rare kind of intensely personal, deeply rewarding experience, and one of the best role-playing games yet produced.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It constantly presents you with variety, surprises, and new challenges to keep you hooked. It is a tour de force in game design, the definitive single player game in a first person shooter.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's easily one of the top 10 PlayStation 2 games you can lay your hands on. For me, it's probably one of my top 10 games of all-time. There's so much to enjoy, and even though PS2's visuals aren't quite as good as they were on GCN, my jaw still drops at the art design and how immersive the worlds are.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It's Zelda's unrivaled design, balanced and varied, and its polished play mechanics and control that ultimately set the game apart from just about every other competitor on the market.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the most exquisite racers ever to hit the PlayStation. Its alluring features will keep you glued to your seat for months, if not years. In fact I haven't driven my real car in three weeks.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    There is art here, despite what many would say isn't possible with games, from Roger Ebert to game designers like Hideo Kojima... BioShock stands as a monolithic example of the convergence of entertaining gameplay and an irresistibly sinister, engrossing storyline that encompasses a host of multifaceted characters. This is an essential gaming experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Baldur's Gate II has no peers. It commands your attention and will command your life for months. It's exactly the RPG I've been waiting for.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Media Molecule has created a brilliant platformer, and then given you the tools to recreate the whole thing over again, or better yet, to create your own ideas from scratch. It's not perfect - the controls could be tighter, automatically shifting between planes can be problematic, the editor isn't quite as robust as you might hope - but what's there is nothing short of astounding.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Recommended above all other titles this year as the Nintendo 64 game to own.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its unrivaled presentation in particular sets the bar even higher than the Uncharted trilogy already did, and its writing, voice acting and layered gameplay combine to create what is very easily the game to beat for Game of the Year 2013.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The greatest Zelda game ever created and one of the best launch titles in the history of launch titles – second only, perhaps, to the at-the-time ground-breaking "Super Mario 64." It is also one of the finest games I have ever played.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A can't-miss because it accurately simulates NFL gameplay, NFL commentary, NFL uniforms, NFL stadiums and NFL players and that's what football gamers are looking for.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A technical marvel, providing the first true polygonal game on the system -- and it's only the system's first year out of the gate!
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s as much a masterpiece on PS4 as it is on PS3, and it’s worth your undivided attention whether you’ve played it already or are about to jump in for the first time.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Makes the original look like the prototype it was. It's filled with a larger cast of characters vividly brought to life through brilliant writing and some of the best voice acting in video games...From the beginning of the single-player story to the end of the co-op mode, Portal 2 is a novel, unforgettable experience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Rockstar has taken the Western to new heights and created one of the deepest, most fun, and most gorgeous games around. You can expect the occasional bug or visual hiccup, but you can also expect a fantastic game that offers the Western experience we've all been waiting for.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Makes the original look like the prototype it was. It's filled with a larger cast of characters vividly brought to life through brilliant writing and some of the best voice acting in video games...From the beginning of the single-player story to the end of the co-op mode, Portal 2 is a novel, unforgettable experience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Makes the original look like the prototype it was. It's filled with a larger cast of characters vividly brought to life through brilliant writing and some of the best voice acting in video games...From the beginning of the single-player story to the end of the co-op mode, Portal 2 is a novel, unforgettable experience.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's packed full of brilliant, challenging levels. It's gorgeous. It's got beautiful music. And it controls really well. So if you value any or all of these qualities, and hopefully you do, you should be delighted to know that Nintendo's downloadable service is about to rock your world, goo style.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Infinite comes through as a true, worthy follow-up to BioShock, one of the most-renowned shooters of this generation. In my book, it becomes one itself.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For those planning to check out everything Modern Warefare 2 has to offer – online competition, full co-op Spec Ops mode, as well as the campaign – you’re looking at a no-brainer purchase. For the strictly single player crowd, however, Modern Warfare 2 is surprisingly short, and doesn’t live up to the standard set by previous Call of Duty games.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Easily the best Tony Hawk game yet, and online multiplayer makes it the best complete package in the genre.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A pure work of art, a stylish, heart-pumping, tour de force of action and pure arcade gameplay that gets better, deeper, and harder as the game progresses. It's an absolute must-have for the system.
    • 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
    • 89 Critic Score
    Hands down the best iPhone racer since Real Racing, Need for Speed Shift offers a superlative single-player career that will keep your hands glued to your iPhone for hours.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    When you take these two factors together -- great single player and great multiplayer game -- what you get is a football fan's wet dream and one of the greatest sports titles that have ever graced a videogame console.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City isn't just better than Batman: Arkham Asylum, it's better than most games on the market.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Featuring the same kind of thrilling freedom of choice The Elder Scrolls series is known for along with beautiful visuals and a stirring soundtrack, playing Skyrim is a rare kind of intensely personal, deeply rewarding experience, and one of the best role-playing games yet produced.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Moki's 70 environmental puzzles will challenge you for days and the hundreds and thousands of user-generated levels will keep you busy for months. As far as I'm concerned, this is a must-own title and a showpiece for Apple's portable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It's incredibly personal while still retaining a sense of epic sweeping scale. The combat and mission design are outstanding. The visuals, voice acting, soundtrack, and direction are miles ahead of the competition. Perhaps most impressively, Mass Effect 2 manages to fulfill its incredible ambition while only suffering from very few technical hiccups.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If the graphical boost isn't enough - and let's be honest, we're already seeing some games on the 3DS that look better than this - you're not going to have much else to satisfy your interests. It's clear this game is being released to find a new generation of gamers that are just discovering Nintendo's franchises. The rest of us will have to determine if it's worth re-visiting a Hyrule we've known for nearly 13 years.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A truly epic role-playing game experience that has cemented its place in the annals of RPG history.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If you never experienced the halls of Rapture and have been waiting for its appearance on the PS3, there really is no discussion to be had. Go out and get your hands on Bioshock -- you will thoroughly enjoy exploring the incredible story and the excellent action that the game is known for.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 essentially does everything it does exceptionally well, and it shows from beginning to end. PlayStation 3 gamers had to wait a year to get their hands on Mass Effect 2, but the wait was well worth it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Still, the new additions and control tweaks for the PC are slowly but surely tearing me away from the television.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its obvious cribbing from Halo (and, in all likelihood, because of it) N.O.V.A. is the best first-person shooter on the iPhone right now. The excellent pacing and great set pieces never allow for a drop in the action, save for a few "calm before the storm" moments. The controls are fantastic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The gameplay can be challenging, and it may not look as pretty as its big brother on the PC, but don't count it out. Anomaly: Warzone Earth is a perfect challenge for any strategist, and will have people looking over your shoulder to see what fate you've decided to bestow upon those evil aliens.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game introduces the two best new features found in football games since the Franchise mode, as Owner mode would be a fun game on its own, and Playmaker control is simply the most useful new gameplay tool introduced into the mix in many a year.
    • 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
    • 93 Critic Score
    The best single-player role-playing experience to come along in years.
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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
    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
    • 95 Critic Score
    The PC version, as run on mid-range hardware, makes no such visual compromises, with gorgeous high-resolution textures, detailed faces, and smooth performance...A brilliant shooter that nudges the entire genre forward with innovations in both storytelling and gameplay.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An amazing iPhone racer that you should absolutely buy if you grew up on and enjoyed games like San Francisco Rush. It's got heavy car physics, excellent controls, a great drift mechanic, crazy track designs and lots of opportunity for huge, satisfying hang time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The campaign, which is very good, is Halo 3's weakest point. It doesn't capture the cavalier spirit of the original Halo, but you'll still have fun playing through it. There's no first-person shooter on 360 that can equal Halo 3's blend of cinematic action, adrenaline-pumping shootouts, and male- (and female)-bonding gameplay. Look beyond the gameplay and you have a rich feature set unlike anything ever delivered in a videogame.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The best single player role playing experience to come along in years.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Street Fighter IV is a fantastic game overall and Capcom should be commended for designing a game that can work on so many levels by appealing to both casual and hardcore players.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 95 Critic Score
    Its timeless design holds up well into its 15th anniversary. But the fact that players can continue the experience with brand new level designs is phenomenal and just opens up a whole new dimension for replayability.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It is, without a doubt, the biggest breath of fresh air to sweep through gaming in a good long while, and no Dreamcast owner's library would be complete without it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It is amazing to see the range of gameplay elements that have been squeezed into this title. It is even more impressive to experience how well each of them works.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 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. It's one of the best arcade racers I've ever touched.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Real Racing 2 is without a doubt the best racing game in the App Store today.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bastion on iPad features all the same surreal artwork, frantic battling and clever dialogue found in its original console & PC release, with the added bonus of streamlined touch-powered controls. It is as solid as iOS ports come.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For those planning to check out everything Modern Warefare 2 has to offer – online competition, full co-op Spec Ops mode, as well as the campaign – you’re looking at a no-brainer purchase. For the strictly single player crowd, however, Modern Warfare 2 is surprisingly short, and doesn’t live up to the standard set by previous Call of Duty games.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Is it possible to give a game an 11? If so, this would be the game that would merit that score. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a title that exceeds all of the hype that was attached to the title.