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
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It has taken 14 years to get to this point, this peak of performance, and I can say, as someone who has actually played all 14 years of the series' various incarnations, that Madden NFL 2004 is the best playing, deepest, most complete Madden to date.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Any way you look at it, Episode Two stands out, even among the Half-Life series, as something special. It may be shorter than the original, but it's a burly experience packed into roughly six hours or so that offers up all the diversity, level design, and thoughtful gameplay we've known while making sure to propel the story forward and leave us wanting more.
    • 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    From bouncing the ball off your opponent's noggin to draining a game-winning three, there is just so much opportunity to talk smack, to compete, and best of all, humiliate your friends by dunking on their heads, that I think this is a must-buy for gamers looking for a fun basketball game without having to worry about the differences between a Triangle and a Box formation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This has become one of my favorite fighters of all time and the level of polish and detail this 2D wonder has is amazing. The character designs are excellent, the fighting mechanics are top-notch and there are even extra animated scenes that feature chibi (super adorable) versions of the characters talking about the BlazBlue universe.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    From top to bottom, Bionic Commando Rearmed is an incredible game that's well worth owning.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Not only a great simulation of the 24-hour GT extravaganza, it's the best racer on Dreamcast, period.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Bionic Commando Rearmed sets a new benchmark for downloadable console games...From top to bottom, Bionic Commando Rearmed is an incredible game that's well worth owning.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The story itself is worth of great praise, but the way it's implemented into the gameplay, along with the amazingly fresh missions that all blend into one another, make this easily one of the best games on Xbox this year, if not <I>the</I> best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Extremely tight controls, and the US version enables Dual Shock support! Take that, Japanese version!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the best RPGs I've played in years...a beautiful mixture of the traditional makings of a JRPG combined with gorgeous graphics, a wonderful story, a great cast of characters and thoughtful gameplay.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    ICO
    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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The four-player is, as they say, dope-ass. You have to get a multitap and play this with three other friends. And the edit mode, in fact, all of the various modes, are deep, compelling, and well thought out. It's a true winner.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    My favorite single-player GameCube title to date. It's completely captivating from the start, and I can't rave enough about the tight controls.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I even woke up one night with the revelation, "Oh, I know what I have to do here!" It's one of those pieces of software that gets under your skin in an addictive way. You have to collect those jiggys, you have to find all the secrets.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The most superior skateboarding game I've ever seen or imagined, and it's got to be one of the most technically impressive games I've ever seen.
    • 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
    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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This has become one of my favorite fighters of all time and the level of polish and detail this 2D wonder has is amazing. The character designs are excellent, the fighting mechanics are top-notch and there are even extra animated scenes that feature chibi (super adorable) versions of the characters talking about the BlazBlue universe.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A brilliant and addictive romp through Spira that we're certainly glad to experience and one that could definitely mark the beginning of future opportunities for the franchise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    After a day with Shadow of Mordor on Xbox One, I can confidently recommend it just as strongly as the PS4 and PC versions. True, this is probably the worst-looking of the bunch by a small margin.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The greatest comic book videogame of all time. This is an adult Dark Knight story that is well-told, packs some truly fun gameplay elements, has topnotch voice talent, and feel like it's part of Batman cannon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It has its shortcomings, but I already sense that Prince of Persia will be one of the few games from this generation that I carry with me for the next decade.
    • 93 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even for pros there's definitely a thrill associated with MX vs. ATV Unleashed that makes it simply an outstanding product. The hard setting lets us move through a remarkably deep career mode replete with an excess of vehicles.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of the most polished, best-conceived, and downright enjoyable real-time strategy games in recent memory.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is among the best games, visually, across all platforms. There's really nothing that compares to the visual quality of PSO.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It was a huge risk deviating from the trial-and-error style that made the series famous, but it paid off. Splinter Cell Conviction is awesome.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With the exception of some occasoinally sticky controls and stuttering areas, this game is deep, varied, and fun as hell.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The amount of variety for toe-to-toe fighting is the best the series has ever seen.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Clearly one of the best Castlevania games in the series, and an absolutely top-notch, beautiful, and most importantly, fun DS game that doesn't try to push a lot of unnecessary touch-screen "gimmicks."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A blisteringly fast, high-end driving experience that really is in a class of its own.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A remarkable exercise in innovation, smart design, and excellent technology. If you like to fight, whether it's via first-person shooters or through fighting games, you've got to play this.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Its sense of speed is unparalleled, its control mechanics unmatched, its level design mesmerizing, and its graphics and audio presentations superb.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Far and away the best DDR compilation available on the home market, and fanatics will find it more than worth the investment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    By giving players the option to craft relationships and make choices that fill out the story, The Walking Dead wraps you up in its events and makes you care in a way few video games can.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Using player choice, award-winning writing, and your own emotions, The Walking Dead: The Game delivers an experience that's flawed but unforgettable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead: The Game is like a coloring book: we each have the same black and white sketch, but it's up to us to fill it in as we see fit. The relationships I've built, the emotions I've felt, the choices I've made – that's what makes The Walking Dead: The Game so endearing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Despite controls that are a bit touchy and online gameplay that can be awkward, Daytona USA 2001 is the true flagship racing game that we've been waiting for.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Obisidan has delivered with an interesting story, great dialogue, and strong morality system. There are aspects of KOTOR II that are stronger than the first and one or two things that are perhaps a little weaker, but overall The Sith Lords is one of the best RPGs on Xbox.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero 5 on Wii isn’t a must-own game because of one standout feature or option; it’s the total package through and through.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's very difficult to enter this world without thinking about the promises made (but not kept), all of the things that once had everyone so desperately hyped for Fable, but if you can go in with an open mind, I think you'll find a game that will become one of your treasured Xbox favorites.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    NBA 2K14 is simply the best hoops sim I’ve ever played.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    But exciting as the mission design is, the one thing Ghost Recon scores biggest on is atmosphere...Do not miss this one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s a credit to NBA 2K14 that despite not one but two new basketball sims looming on the next-gen horizon, it still managed to draw my attention squarely to the current-gen court and keep it there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Combined with the host of subtle and overt improvements to the array of other systems, the additions to make it more appealing to Esports, and the more fleshed out Zombies mode, this is not just a fantastic Call of Duty game, but one of the best shooters of the last decade.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It has its shortcomings, but I already sense that Prince of Persia will be one of the few games from this generation that I carry with me for the next decade.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I played this so much about a month ago I got blisters. This game is blissful in every way... A quintessential, must-have fighting game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you've never played Ninja Gaiden before, you should stand in line for this one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It sincerely believes that imagination really is the most important faculty, and in turn, succeeded in transporting me back to a time when I built strange worlds equipped with nothing but crayons and card.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The game has an incredible sense of scale and space, so that you really feel like you're out there, right in the middle of a series of incredible battles... Brilliant. Awesome. Spectacular. Trouser-creamingly good... Best PlayStation action game yet.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Rocksteady nailed what Batman is supposed to feel like. Fans, rejoice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I'm hooked and I won't stop playing for a long, long time. What is Deathrow? Pure joy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Through its brilliant use of an SSX-styled trick system and the way that the developers have managed to make blocked shots as important and every bit as exciting as slam dunks, NBA Street has taken the arcade basketball genre to all-new heights.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Shows Nintendo at its inventive best. It’s an essential game in the 3DS’ increasingly impressive line-up, and though I sometimes wished that it would leave me alone to explore more at my own pace, it’s otherwise difficult to fault a game this detailed, absorbing and masterfully made.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Note: this experience is for trigger happy, technique twitch gamers. If "Baldur's Gate II" makes you feel a little bit stressed by its pacing, then Tony Hawk 2 will give you a serious migraine, and possibly dry mouth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    From top to bottom, Bionic Commando Rearmed is an incredible game that's well worth owning.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It may not be a radically new Resident Evil 5, but the PC version of the game still manages to hold its own with an improved control scheme and extra Mercenaries mode.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Offering up engaging, squad-based battles and presenting it all in an authentic yet undeniably cinematic setting, Brothers in Arms is a game that, to borrow a phrase from General Patton, "grabs you by the nose and kicks you in the ass."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The artwork on display is stunning, and the combat is constantly engaging, and the characters openly defy genre convention. But perhaps the best thing I can say about Child of Light is that I was often unsure as to whether I was headed in the direction I was supposed to, and I never once cared. I just wanted to fly to every corner of the world, take it in, and smile.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A fantastic complete package. It's a real ornament for the genre and a benchmark that won't soon be surpassed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    You have to love a game that glues you to your seat and keeps you interested... A thrilling piece of software that action fans should grab a hold of and love fiercely.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Although the game will take the average gamer about a dozen hours to complete, it's a non-stop thrill-ride the whole way through, and you never go for more than a few seconds without seeing a gangster who's ready to take you down with extreme prejudice.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    We play nearly every multiplayer game that comes out here at work and nothing, not even "Warcraft III" has pulled in the kinds of crowds we're getting here at work.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    My weapon of choice is the PS2, mostly because of the Dual Shock 2, which I think is the perfect controller for THPS3...While the network play [of the PC version] is damn fun, I'm not sure if it's robust enough to warrant the $50.00-or-so expenditure.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The finest hockey video game we've ever played...The graphics have been refined, the gameplay has been considerably tightened, the already great control has been made better, and there are several new modes to keep everyone quite happy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While Spirit Tracks has some obvious deja vu elements and can drag on from time to time, Nintendo's latest pocket Zelda trumps the first game hands-down, delivering amazing bosses once again, now complemented with impressive dungeons, a truly epic challenge in the Spirit Tower, and a substantially longer adventure overall.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A truly fantastic title. It's extremely well done and offers the best MX and ATV racing combination in town.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy X is a brilliant game that every JRPG fan should have played by now, and whether you’re experiencing it for the first time or returning for another playthrough, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is outstanding.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Very few puzzle games have ever managed to marry impeccable challenges with a mature storytelling quite like this – there's no fluff or extraneous content here, only a prime example of how to create a tight, unforgettable gaming experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    SSX
    A brilliant blend of fast-paced racing with high-flying trick performing, blended together so beautifully that it has produced a game that feels completely original and in a class all of its own.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This game does more than just recreate the nostalgic experience of old school adventure gaming, it actually reinvents how stories can be told in the medium, and gives us a glimpse of what we can expect in the years to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Better balancing, a ton of gameplay modes, smarter AI, and high-quality presentational elements are tough things to beat -- but Tekken 5 has all of them.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is the tightest offering of the series to date, with improved AI--especially in the passing game-- and loads of features.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s not very often that a real-time strategy title comes along and changes the way you think about the genre. World in Conflict is one of those, not because all of the ideas are totally new, but because they’re all put together in such a successful way.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's almost time to stop thinking of this as a game and just as a flat out simulation, a tool which will be useful for years to come and a very riveting hobby to engage in, alone or with friends.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Dark Mirror packs an uncommon amount of detail, variety and overall quality. It blends intense action sequences with stealth in a way no portable game has before, and it does so with style to spare.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The game's clever design and meticulously well-thought out, considerate presentation are accentuated by innovative gameplay that professionally melds the genres of RPG and strategy into a completely interactive and lively world.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There might not be a better deal on iOS this year. Punch Quest delivers a wallop, all for free. It delivers a 1-2 combination of exceptional endless-running action and the sheer quantity of depth and additional content. It's a knockout.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Chances are you'll find Xtreme racing through Tokyo to be an experience worthy of being called this year's best Dreamcast racing game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The co-operative gameplay options are outstanding and set the bar quite high for every online shooter on the way to Xbox including the mighty "Halo 2."...The game just keeps drawing you in with one feature or another until you're completely under its spell.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor stands out from other open-world action games by putting a great new layer on top of the trail that Batman blazed. I was surprised at how well it integrates its excellent combat with rewarding feedback and progression not just for me, but also for my enemies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor stands out from other open-world action games by putting a great new layer on top of the trail that Batman blazed. I was surprised at how well it integrates its excellent combat with rewarding feedback and progression not just for me, but also for my enemies. I
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The sprawling levels like the glowing Fremont Street or the Hoover Dam open up Rainbow like it's never been before, and the result is a balanced shooter that is as much close-quarter combat as long-range head shots...The best first-person shooter on the Xbox 360.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The best PC Soccer game available at the moment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Are you kidding me? This game rivals "Madden" in every way and surpasses it in feature set. Plus it's only twenty dollars.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    But almost more impressive than the actual gameplay in many ways are the graphics. When the settings are turned up to high and you pump up the resolution from the lowest option of 800x600, you're in for the first real visual feast of this year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Chinatown Wars is outstanding. The story is great, the game itself is a blast, running drugs is a welcome addition, the new cop takedowns are cool, and there’s so much to do.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    As a single-player game, Doom 3 is a rocking, frightening, tension-filled yet straight-forward, linear, and redundant single-player game. It packs superb visuals and some of the best audio useage of any game on Xbox, and the atmosphere is thick enough to slice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A marvelously done, tight, invigorating experience with few shortcomings but no real problems that destroy the universe.