IGN's Scores

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For 12,938 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 3.9 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:
12,938 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.