IGN's Scores

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For 13,447 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
13448 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It may be multiplayer only, it may not have bots, and it may have a steep learning curve, but Warhawk lives up to its billing: a AAA experience that is an adrenaline rush for online fans. Large worlds, balanced combat mechanics and impressively deep server mechanics help this fast paced game soar.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's the best beat-'em-up on the system.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It features the same punishing reflex-based gameplay, high speeds and engaging flair that other games in the series have trademarked. While it's unfortunate that the game doesn't radically reinvent the series or vastly expand upon the play, WipEout Pulse is still an extremely enjoyable title for racing fans.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The slightly new structure is subtle but effective in making the game a little less harsh, a little less unforgiving. And perhaps, most importantly, you're sure to feel that old-school sense of satisfaction for having beaten each level and every boss.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An insanely fast, choatic and progressive racing game that betters the second in the series with more accessible racing, without losing its competitive edge.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even though it's not a huge advancement over Diamond and Pearl, it does have a larger list of features. The single player adventure has a bit more to explore, and more importantly the online component is fleshed out a bit more compared to the 2007 releases.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There's a certain strategic subtlety that games like "Dark Reign" and "Starcraft" inspire that is in many ways missing from Age of Empires 2, particularly in the single player mode.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The journey should last around 45 hours for the average gamer, but expect to spend some extra time if you want to unlock everything this game has to offer. Highly recommended.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you want a great DS RPG, and don’t mind that it’s not the true Suikoden many of us have grown up with, Tierkreis is still very much the real deal. You’d be hard-pressed to find a DS game as well produced, beautiful, or polished as this.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A damn fine port. The title offers a pretty engaging story, some thrilling gameplay and dresses it all up with some very attractive graphics.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Despite some dips in overall puzzle difficulty this time around, the game has a massive amount of content to both discover and create from scratch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A pretty darn satisfying experience. The battles are intense, the gore is outrageous, the levels are well designed, the graphics are superb, and there is a save anywhere feature. Thank God for that. So if you are looking for a challenging and beautiful adventure, you'll want to check this one out.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Xbox One version does suffer from some slight stuttering in larger areas like the farm, but developer Chucklefish confirms that there is a planned update to fix it within the coming weeks. Otherwise, Stardew Valley for consoles is still the same great game we first played on PC, and comes just as highly recommended.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hopping through the floaty gravity and feel-good physics of Grow Home is as pleasant a gaming experience as they come.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Belkan War doesn’t change the formula established by its predecessors. It does, however, add yet another layer of polish and refinement to a series that’s near perfect at what it sets out to do.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hohokum is one of those games that could only have been created by a small team, so distinct are the voices within the presentation and design.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you liked Diablo II, everything about this expansion is a huge improvement.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Stardew Valley's transition to consoles is a smooth one. Both the PS4 and Xbox One versions include the great post-launch updates we've seen in the PC version, like the new farm templates, divorce, bug fixes, and more romance options. The controller mapping is taken from the PC version, so they're familiar, but the mouse cursor that's used to navigate menus is a little on the slow side. Still, most of my time was spent farming, talking with neighbors, or in dungeons, so this wasn't a deterrent for me when playing these versions.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's one of the greatest achievements in the history of 3D platform games and should be given the same admiration given to titles like Miyamoto's "Mario 64."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The only real problem is that the game lets you have everything immediately and never really steps up the strategy and tactics into new and interesting territory. Creativity and style aren't necessarily an option.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The game modes offer an enormous amount of replay in their simplistic design; the main game mode has a ton of "combo" strings to discover and pull off.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I simply can't think of an RTS this good that lets you get this close to your units. When dropped down the ground, the camera reveals lots of fantastic detail on each of the units.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The game's integral factors ascend above the fray, giving players a huge, multifaceted game that's rich in skill-based gameplay and replay value. It's fat with a massive array of challenges, and it delivery a distinct Spider-Man style of fun previously unmatched in the action genre.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's got tremendous competitive spirit, and enough changes (10 international tracks) and alterations to earn hard-core gamers' respect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Two Thrones is great. The story is cool, the heroes are likable, the weak are pitiable, the villains are bastards, the major plot points are exciting, the art is grand, the sound is wonderful...and then the gameplay comes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With so many interconnected systems, from the farm simulation to simple combat and cooking to crafting, and each driving the others forward in some way, it’s a deeper and more complex game than you’d expect after the first day on the farm. There’s plenty to do while I wait to uncover more of the Valley’s secrets, and the prospect of filling my days with new adventures or just a better harvest is too enticing to pass up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    My favorite hoops game of the year for its atmosphere, its wondrous meterless free throw system, and its improved Legacy Mode. Though there are still some gameplay flaws and sound bugs, College Hoops 2K5 is a diaper dandy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A highly impressive game, that, while taking the genre to several new levels, still retains the essentials that made playing these games so enjoyable in the first place.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With multiplayer back in full force with two brand new factions to master and a pretty robust single player campaign that provides plenty of good challenges, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts is easy to recommend to players that enjoyed the first game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A wonderful boxing game. There are certainly issues to be found in the new Legacy Mode, but it’s much closer to what players want from a career mode. The online offering, while not hugely different from the previous Fight Night, still delivers where it counts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It may be lighter on girth than where we left off last generation, and still lacking much-requested features like night racing and rain, but wrestling a car through some of the world’s most legendary corners at the very limits of adhesion has never looked or felt this good on console.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A Bird Story uses nuanced visual language to tell a wonderful, heartfelt story about friendship and loneliness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Definitely worth the wait. The campaign is fantastic and the overall presentation is a sim fan's dream.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Though the iPad version's touch controls make movement clumsy, most of its changes are for the better. If you haven’t played it before, or want to experience it again, this is a great way to do it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Valkyria Chronicles is gorgeous, engrossing, and not for the impatient. In other words, it's a great fit for PC gamers, who'll hopefully give the underappreciated Valkyria a wider audience than it found on PS3.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It offers one of the most intuitive and robust fighting systems ever assembled and the customization options and quest mode are great fun. Granted, its AI isn't very good, it has a couple of interface issues and the lack of online is a major negative, but the mechanics here are so amazing, that it doesn't hurt the overall package as much as it would in other games.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fable II has a great combat system, some excellent atmosphere, a smart experience system, and lots to do. It’s only when you start exploring the social aspects that things take a downturn.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of, if not the best handheld baseball games yet developed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The presentation of the cabinets and different views are great, the gameplay is as fun as ever, and there’s tons of stuff to collect as you play through this title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Insomniac's hilarious storytelling doesn't miss a beat even when presented in this year's more limited form either, and the awesome combat sequences are marred only by occasional (but very noticeable) battle slowdown and infrequent camera issues experienced during rail grinding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With loads of courses and plenty of smart opponents and lots of fast cars, you simply couldn't ask for more -- unless you're a shameless ingrate.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For those gamers who only buy Madden as their one game a year, maybe this could be your favorite installment yet, but for everyone else, 2006 feels like a stutter step or experimental addition to the franchise that has failed to outdo itself for the first time in recent memory.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The best NBA sim available on the Xbox, getting the nod over Inside Drive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There is a ton of personality and humor in the game to go along with the great political simulation that hasn't really been done to this extent before.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whether or not you're a Star Wars fan, Angry Birds Star Wars is a ton of fun. With its latest, Rovio has proven that Angry Birds can be more than a casual slingshotting time killer. Although it doesn't stray too far from its pick-up-and-play roots, at its best the game contains real challenge and surprisingly clever twists.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A challenging racer that will rock your world, hopefully the next game in the series will add as much substance as this one added in style.
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    • 88 Critic Score
    The DVD, Championship Moments and Pennant Fever Mode are perfect October additions and well worth the extra five bucks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's true that the developers really missed an opportunity to rework the interface but the graphics upgrade and new campaign options are more than enough to satisfy the legions of Total War fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Amazingly, the online environments look nearly as good as the single player experience and the maps seem to be well balanced and heavily tested. The frame rate was excellent and the architecture of the levels is nearly just as detailed as in the campaign.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Highly addictive...Even after having played in the area of 20 hours of this game, I still find myself distracted by just how good it looks.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Very much a powerful gaming experience and serves as a terrific companion piece to "Hour of Darkness." And it goes without saying that every role-playing PS2 owner out there needs to give this a try.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Criterion has once again delivered a racing experience that can best be described as controlled chaos, one where even crashing is immensely rewarding. If you're even a remote fan of racing games, be sure to check this out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Every change to the Myst formula, from the tablets to the varied control schemes, make End of Ages one of the best entries in the series. And the visuals and sound rank among the series' best as well. Highly recommended to Myst fans and plain adventure fans alike.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On 360 and PS3, Guitar Hero just doesn't hang in there with "Rock Band 2" like we thought it would, but when it comes to the Wii battlefield, Activision's offering is not only the strongest music game on the system, but also the biggest technical achievement we've seen on Nintendo's system software-wise since launch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    But the real kicker here, and the focus of the whole experience, is customizing your ride. If you're not into that element, don't go out and try to buy this as a stand-alone racer. You really have to be dedicated to the car creation, and you have to have the patience for it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you like RPGs, Half-Minute Hero is a refreshing take that mixes in all the quirks the genre is known for, and if you've never been into RPGs, it's light enough for any noob to get behind and enjoy; plus, there are a bunch of other gameplay types to get behind the controls of.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It deserves to be played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This isn't a game that begs you play it. It's a game that knocks on your front door, waits for you to answer in a towel and your favorite pair of slippers, rips your head off, and shoves itself down your throat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just a tad on the short side, but it's an incredible and fun challenge while it lasts...and one hell of a wartime romp on the GBA.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Highly inventive, tons of fun and ridiculously addictive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There are plenty of things that I wish the game had included, but the one thing the game definitely needs to do is build a greater sense of personal involvement between you and your worshippers. As it is they mean absolutely nothing to you beyond their occupations.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Obviously, the game's got a lot going for it -- but we can't help but notice several glaring omissions in the character roster.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I don’t have a clear sense of where the season as a whole aims to go just yet, but “Ties That Bind Part I” is one of Telltale’s strongest openers in recent memory.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As long as you don't come in expecting any serious realism in the driving model, there are many ways to play and enjoy this title...The game is simply PACKED with playing modes and features, all of which look and sound great.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I haven't had this much fun with an open-world game in years. Just Cause 2 is over-the-top and insanely fun. There are some issues in the game's presentation and the checkpoint system is far from perfect, but Just Cause 2 is otherwise a must-play for adrenaline junkies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's as well-rounded a title as we're likely to see on this current generation of platforms. While it lacks a certain degree of charm, it more than makes up for its slight hint of the mundane with a diverse and extraordinarily well-paced sort of action.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the most fun, impressive, and thoroughly designed fighters to hit the Game Boy Advance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's worth checking out for any fan of casual games, RPG games, trading card games, tower defense games (yes these games are so good that fans of the genre should check it out just for that!) or pet training games, whether you are 5 or 50.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The game plays quite well. It's not hugely different from what we saw last year, but the advancements that were made were solid enough.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A fantastic game, just not as much fun to play as it has been the last few years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Delivers hilarious fighting action for those that never took high school too seriously.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A delight. There’s nothing else like its gentle combination of exploration, strategy and discovery, and it made me feel both empathy and responsibility for virtual creatures that most games would treat as disposable fodder.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is by far the best of the three add-ons for the core game, and the most fun I had since I completed the main game last year.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Imaginative, innovative, and engrossing, Braid is a spectacular achievement. If only the experience lasted a little longer and there weren't as many puzzles with singular solutions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s a surprisingly huge, dense world, and I soon realized there were still entire sandboxes I hadn’t even set foot in. Even in my hundredth hour, I’m still discovering.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Mimics the real thing more than ever and therefore the joys of the sport are found in big hits, near misses and brilliant scoring opportunities that barely miss lighting the lamp. If you can get over the fact that scoring is going to be reserved only for those that deserve it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a shame that one little button location in the Sapphire table makes that layout a little more annoying to play than the Ruby board, but both designs are still well done and some of the best pinball action you'll experience on the GBA system.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Despite its less than compelling plot, I still want to go back to explore and fight through every nook and cranny of Dragon Age: Inquisition, until every dragon’s skull is mounted on my wall.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Path of Exile successfully captures the spirit of older action RPGs and updates it for an experience that's as visually appealing as it's fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Not only one of the most expansive RPGs I’ve ever played, but one of the few that successfully fills its gorgeous, massive world with meaningful things to do and see. A frustratingly vague plot and typical BioWare bugginess drag it down a bit, but both in combat and out, Inquisition marks a welcome return to the RPG depth that made Dragon Age: Origins and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic so magnetic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess is a great game. It's funny, pretty, and addictive if you love platforming. If you're mad enough to try and unlock every medal and nail every level, you'll be playing this one for quite sometime.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The design produced for the GBA is a great, challenging one, with many different missions, non-stop action, and satisfying explosions and other effects.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    World Driver is a welcome distraction in a genre overpopulated with stale paint-by-numbers racers. This is definitely not the right game for people with short attention spans -- but a well-crafted title for car fans and gamers looking for a long-lasting gameplay experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the single most significant releases in the history of the PlayStation 2. Regardless of how many massively multiplayer games came before it and after, nothing this big, this ambitious, or this good has ever graced a home console before -- that's pretty important.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The game is definitely a technical marvel, with the skillful Treasure programmers pulling off some of the most impressive sprite tricks ever seen on the Game Boy Advance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I thoroughly enjoyed Jedi Academy. Still, I couldn't quite shake the feeling that "Jedi Outcast" was more satisfying in terms of my involvement with the story. Jedi Academy dishes out more action sooner but fails to put it in as solid a context as the previous game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The balance is still superb, the physics system embraces the new jet-powered vehicles, and the new maps allow for gameplay almost as compelling as you'd find on Wake or Market Garden.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Most of my negative comments center around the AI, or misguided attempts at realism: the inability to erect support structures inside stations, the removal of storage buildings and managers, the hard-to-identify industries.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Many developers have attempted to reinvent the modern and classic platforming genre on buttonless touch screen devices to varying successes and failures, but Rayman Jungle Run's ingenious controls work perfectly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Steamworld Heist stole my heart. The characters are charming, the combat is addictive, and the Firefly-style adventure made every battle a blast. Besides some annoying instances of post-battle maintenance, I rarely felt the need to power down these robots.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is by far the best of the three add-ons for the core game, and the most fun I had since I completed the main game last year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest VIII was one of the finest JRPGs upon its initial release and it manages to retain that lofty status through this 3DS edition. Its adherence to the traditional rules of the genre is where it pulls its strength from, the familiarity of the template allowing the design team to worry about making sure each element is as good as it can possibly can be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Terrific visuals, excellent gameplay features, and lots of style will have Dreamcast "agents" uncovering the secrets of Confidential Mission and loving every minute of it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    PlayStation gamers who are also baseball fans are a lucky lot. MLB 13: The Show is another winner in a series that’s easily the best baseball sim since EA’s since-shuttered MVP Baseball line.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An awesome addition to the DS library.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The best Star Wars experience on the Xbox to date because of an excellent porting job of an already outstanding PC game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The line between cute and cheesy is a fine one, but the game sweetly balances this divide with a fine-tuned game engine the delivers a genuine golfing experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Alpha III" wins hands down in all senses.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Its slow pace, one-hit kills, and ugly graphics may turn off some gamers, but those willing to put some time and effort into the game will find a rewarding first-person shooter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Skiing is a blast even though it's not significantly different from boarding, and the rock star approach is a perfect fit. There's no question that this game is worth your money, but keep in mind that most of new content has more to do with presentation than gameplay.