IGN's Scores

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For 13,559 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: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Witness
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
13560 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The most amazing thing about Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, though, is just how incredibly fun it is. Humorous, entertaining, and different from just about anything else in its category, we aren't afraid to say that it's one of the best PlayStation 2 titles this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    EA has not only closed that gap, but they have exceeded Papyrus' efforts in many significant ways, such as the excellent physics model, featuring "drivable oversteer," third-party extensibility, and just about every option imaginable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    New modes, new characters (the slow-but-powerful Dragunov and the speedier mash-friendly Lili), incredible graphics, and plenty of other add-ons not only make Tekken a fantastic fighting experience, but one hell of a great PSP game as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An action fan's dream game...Every night I play MechAssault and every day I'm thinking about getting home so I can get in my mech again.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The experience is layered, unique, and shows an incredible attention to detail. This is one case where the sequel has triumphed over the original by catching the gameplay up to the already excellent visuals. No matter what your preconceptions are about Assassin's Creed II, the game is well worth your time and money.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A sweet middle ground between the Panther-like action of Conviction and the Ghost-like stealth of Chaos Theory. The delightful improbable success of this compromise is a testament to game design that always has choice in mind.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An immensely good time. And because the game is so beautifully crafted, deep with scenarios, long and filled with various challenges, weapons and gadgets, it's a winner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Abundant with options, cars, and a ton of racing modes, GT is easily the most realistic game of its type on the Dreamcast.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell is back on the right shadowy track.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The equipment helps boost Blacklist’s gameplay to highpoints in the tense moments when quick thinking gets you out of a jam.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    06 has so many different game options to choose from. Race for the Heisman, Dynasty, Recruiting, and revamped online play. It'll stay in your console for a very long time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Fusing fast-paced arcade racing with tons of authentic cars, realistic rally tracks, and gorgeous graphics, DICE has created a riveting game that no racing fan should be without.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero is pure bliss, on a stick even. It's got a fantastic soundtrack that's blended incredibly well into the game, a great peripheral in the SG guitar controller and well, that's really what it's all about. The game is just fun. Pure, unadulterated fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    My time with Zero Time Dilemma was one of great pleasure and anguish, mainly because I knew I was saying goodbye to one of my favorite series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This final chapter brings the beloved Zero Escape trilogy to a gratifying end, featuring beautiful character moments, elaborate puzzles, and a mind-bending plot. Not many games will keep me glued to the screen like Zero Time Dilemma did.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The real star is still the ability to play on the couch with up to three friends, tearing through the angry hordes that await you in adventure mode, where the wildly randomized dungeons form the backbone of Diablo 3's endgame.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Now, with the Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 and Xbox One, Diablo 3 takes on its highest form, melding the successes of two years of patching with the positive side-effects of porting to current-gen consoles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Its airtight control, breathtaking weather effects, and stunning wave complexity combine for an irresistible racing experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Unlike "SimCity 3000," SimCity 4 really is a major evolutionary step in the series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The wealth of new features like the extra stadiums, wind effects and play editor still play second banana to the skull crushing gameplay that we loved in last year's game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Vast improvements have been made to tighten up the gameplay in all the areas it needed most, and the results make this the most accessible and fun football game I've ever played; and I've played them all.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Rhythm Game, strategy game, mini-game collection, action game, light RPG – Patapon is all of these and much, much more. It's a genre onto itself, a title that not only exalts in creativity and unique style, it delivers a fun, addictive, engaging experience that keeps you playing over and over again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    CryTek has done a fantastic job of avoiding artificial path restriction. In the jungle, you'll never walk into an invisible wall, and almost never be hemmed in by impassible slopes that force you to take one path and one path only. There are almost always at least two distinct ways you can approach any position on the island, often times more than that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is a solid, confident shooter with plenty to offer the casual and hardcore alike.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Its stealth and puzzle mechanics are first rate, but its foreboding look and feel are what really set it apart. This is not one you want to miss.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The new play-by-play commentary (featuring Al Michaels, Madden's new booth partner on "Monday Night Football"), is superbly on target. It's also fresh and lively, compared to all those years of Pat Summerall's at-times dry delivery.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Not only is the gameplay tight, but the addition of 24/7 mode adds a whole new level to the term "must buy"... Overall the best playing basketball game this season.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The gameplay is still as stellar as ever: Neversoft's brilliant collage of on-the-fly experimentation and lighting-fast trick-popping is still as addictive as any drug and as intoxicating as any exotic woman.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Black Ops 3 isn't the best Call of Duty game ever, but it's the biggest and most feature-packed game we've seen out of the series yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    From its four-player co-op campaign to the brand-new powers and a fleshed-out Zombies mode, Black Ops 3 meaningfully pushes the Call of Duty series forward on several fronts. Even where it doesn't innovate, it still meets the high bar Call of Duty fans should expect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It is a very solid game that will draw you in and will beg you to play "just fifteen more minutes."
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that it stands alongside "Resistance" as the system's crème de la crème even if it does have its own share of bugs and a lack of downloadable content found elsewhere. A must buy for fans of fun games -- no RPG bias required.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Cole's powers are cool, the graphic novel cutscenes are stunning, the story is intriguing, and the city is alive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The amount of creativity that is packed into the different quests and the various characters is nothing short of amazing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A finely tuned, highly customizable, intensely exciting first-person console shooter...deep with choices, options, and tons of cheats, rewards, and bonuses.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The gameplay and features are the slickest out there, and in terms of simulating the experience of hockey, NHL 2K2 delivers the most authentic representation I've seen yet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A magnificent game. It's a wonderful treat that will have you shouting at the TV in anger, cursing puny pigs wielding giant hammers of destruction, and jumping with excitement at having beaten a boss or a mere single level.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's definitely one of the best multiplayer games out there and is so addictive you might lose a whole weekend with nothing to show of it but sore thumbs and the memory of the five lateral double reverse that you ran the length of the field only to fumble when getting blasted into a wall.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An incredibly enjoyable port. Veterans of the series will appreciate the spaced out levels and new pace, as well as the serious increase in difficulty late in the game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The addition of tank combat thematically clashes with everything Batman stands for, but it is fun, and having access to the Batmobile for the first time gives us a new world of possibilities for interacting with Gotham City. Arkham Knight is an outstanding game on almost every level.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The experience is layered, unique, and shows an incredible attention to detail. This is one case where the sequel has triumphed over the original by catching the gameplay up to the already excellent visuals. No matter what your preconceptions are about Assassin's Creed II, the game is well worth your time and money.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The game is flat out fun like a good online shooter should be, it's as simple as that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's definitely one of the best multiplayer games out there and is so addictive you might lose a whole weekend with nothing to show of it but sore thumbs and the memory of the five lateral double reverse that you ran the length of the field only to fumble when getting blasted into a wall.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's a game for the masses, to be sure, but it offers more than enough the way of career, offline, and online depth to warrant a purchase for the enthusiast fan, for the diehard "Thunder" lover, and most importantly, for the person who passed up previous console efforts simply because they were not up to par.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It offers amazing visuals, intense gameplay and a compelling story. Most games only make it with one or two of these advantages but with StarLancer you get all three.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you take your football seriously, you owe yourself this game. It's now the deepest football game on the market.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you want to know what Borderlands 2 is all about, Campaign of Carnage is the perfect crash course.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Because of the depth of the physics, setups, and customizable AI, you'll have your hands full as long as you want.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It takes the satisfying shooting action, the well-tuned loot hunt, and the inimitable character of the core game, amps it up, and beams it straight into your brain without ever stopping to breathe.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If for some reason you absolutely cannot stand its sense of humor, you may want to think twice, because it's as prevalent and over-the-top as ever here. Otherwise, Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage represents Borderlands 2 at its distilled, unapologetic best.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's got enough depth to keep you entertained for a VERY long time..., and perhaps most importantly, it's a hell of a lot different than anything else that's ever been released.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Combined with a fantastic battle system, great customization features, and wonderful visuals, Grandia II may have the same story all the RPG-world around, but it tells it with brilliant gameplay design and excellent style
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I am very happy; Skies of Arcadia is not just one of the most beautiful Dreamcast games to play, but one of the most addicting RPG I've played in years.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you want the most detailed, most accurate simulation of NASCAR racing and even multiplayer up to 43 drivers, NASCAR 4 is the only obvious choice and the game deserves to be a best seller, but only if they patch the AI!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is a solid, confident shooter with plenty to offer the casual and hardcore alike.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Essentially more of the same great stuff that made its predecessor the genre-defining game that it was, but in the context of the present day and the corresponding competition, the impact of such a game has been greatly reduced.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With the aid of PS2 graphics, not only is Klonoa the star of a superior platformer, he's the star of one of the most beautiful games available.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A next-generation game in the fullest sense, whether it's the loaded package of impressive graphics and special effects, the top-notch sound, or the tactically enhanced gameplay. Red Storm's four-plus months of extra time have served the game incredibly well.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Essentially more of the same great stuff that made its predecessor the genre-defining game that it was, but in the context of the present day and the corresponding competition, the impact of such a game has been greatly reduced.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Silent Hill 3 still freaks me out, sucks me in and makes me awfully frightened to play this game in the dark by myself. And isn't that what's it's all about?
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Part of what makes the main Portal experience so successful is that the game draws you in quickly, subtly creates a believable world with every new room and then begins to slowly draw back the curtain. Much like a fine malt liquor, Portal sneaks up on you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I can honestly say that FIFA 2001 is a damn fine game without any guilt or remorse. The animations are great, the sense of speed is solid, and the overall sense of the game is comprised of refinement and depth.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Mafia is dripping with style and class and has certainly shoved itself into the ranks of the best games of this year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While the visuals and hefty number of cars stand out quickly, the first thing I noticed was the special attention developer DICE paid to tweaking the handling. Cars are now more responsive and there's a much greater sense of control overall.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Isn't a huge step visually from the last version in the franchise...but the enhancements to the game design make this sequel a much more enjoyable extreme sports title.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Aside from the smaller-feeling plot, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided improves upon its excellent predecessor in every other way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Its impeccably designed environments are flush with possibility, remaining completely coherent while supporting a wide variety of routes and character builds, and Jensen’s prodigious new feats of techno-wizardry make add new dimension to both combat and exploration. Mankind Divided never stopped challenging me or rewarding my curiosity, which pushed me to thoroughly explore its beautiful, ruined world while carefully weighing my decisions along the way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Looks so much better than its predecessor that it's hard to believe there's any kinship between the two. Everything has improved.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Its impeccably designed environments are flush with possibility, remaining completely coherent while supporting a wide variety of routes and character builds, and Jensen’s prodigious new feats of techno-wizardry make add new dimension to both combat and exploration. Mankind Divided never stopped challenging me or rewarding my curiosity, which pushed me to thoroughly explore its beautiful, ruined world while carefully weighing my decisions along the way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Not only is the gameplay tight, but the addition of 24/7 mode adds a whole new level to the term "must buy"... Overall the best playing basketball game this season.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Galaxies are much bigger, available researches are more extensive, and there's far more information to track than in any previous 4x space game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The gameplay is still as stellar as ever: Neversoft's brilliant collage of on-the-fly experimentation and lighting-fast trick-popping is still as addictive as any drug and as intoxicating as any exotic woman.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Harder hits, smarter AI, better gameplay, a deeper Franchise Mode, and online leagues? Yeah, there's a lot going on this year to be happy about. It's not all perfect -- in fact, there are a few things I have major issue with -- but overall NHL 2K5 is the only hockey game you need.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Taking Terraria with you on-the-go puts an exciting spin on the absorbing formula, and the Vita version thankfully doesn't skimp on the goods. There's no depth sacrificed here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Bad Piggies is the best title Rovio has released yet, eclipsing Angry Birds Space.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A Crooked Mile represents a new high point in Telltale's take on Fables. It's a smart, brutal, and emotional episode that pushes the story forward and fleshes out nearly every player on the board.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Monolith forges new shooter territory with some truly freaky elements, challenge, fun, and beauty. If there is a fly in the ointment, it's that the environments aren't too varied, and the game is kinda short.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Fury pack is, without a doubt, one of the most significant additions to the franchise... well, ever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's also one of the prettiest games of recent years. The art direction is nothing short of incredible, and it's matched with a visual aesthetic that makes the world look like an oil painting in motion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The greatly improved arenas, the plethora of costumes, the addition of slope moves, and the implementation of Xbox Live play makes DOA Ultimate one of the best games this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is a solid, confident shooter with plenty to offer the casual and hardcore alike.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Players who really take the time to enjoy the experience are rewarded too. The more runes, bone charms and money you find, the more you can augment and upgrade your character, and the more bad-ass you'll become.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An insanely fast, chaotic, and progressive racing game that betters the second with more accessible racing, without losing its competitive edge.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's a shame that Dishonored's story isn't greater than the sum of its decidedly memorable parts, but its gameplay absolutely is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Even with its bugs, Giants is still one of the most creative, innovative, and entertaining games I've played in years.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Harder hits, smarter AI, better gameplay, a deeper Franchise Mode, and online leagues? Yeah, there's a lot going on this year to be happy about. It's not all perfect -- in fact, there are a few things I have major issue with -- but overall NHL 2K5 is the only hockey game you need.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Addictive, fun, and fantastic, this one is a true demonstration of the power of Xbox. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful game, and you won't find a better rail shooter anywhere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Probably one of the most complete packages ever to come to the PSP. It has an engaging storyline, a likeable main character, tons of reasons to play it again, and one of the greatest multiplayer outings we've ever seen on this system.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It almost goes without saying that BioWare remains one of the very top single-player RPG makers on the planet, and Mass Effect only reinforces their position.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Beautifully rendered women and solid volleyball is what was required for this game to be taken seriously, so in this regard, the game was very satisfying.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This game trounces the original in almost every way, making the adventure a much more fun and ultimately more satisfying adventure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I never expected to compare Gears of War 4 to The Force Awakens, but I couldn’t be happier to do so. Like the latest chapter in the story from a time long ago in a galaxy far, far away, Gears of War 4 is directed by a new generation of creators, shares a lot of similar narrative structures to the beloved first piece of the trilogy it succeeds, and is an experience you’ll walk away from with a big smile on your face.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Pirates! is unlike any other game in the current PC catalog. Unless you hate fun, you'll love it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With eight to 10 hours of brand-new enemies and locations that have been built from the ground up to look like nothing else in all of Borderlands, it offers a great value, especially to those who can appreciate the cavalcade of nerd culture references it makes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Gears of War 3 appeared to exhaust what third-person, cover-based shooters do best. Judgment makes Gears of War feel young again.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition isn't a vapid rebranding or a blatant cash-in, but a welcome infusion of the original game with new areas, monsters, and bundled-in DLC.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition isn't a vapid rebranding or a blatant cash-in, but a welcome infusion of the original game with new areas, monsters, and bundled-in DLC.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The final sum is far greater than the individual parts. Maybe you don't dig the combat or maybe the pop-in gets you down, but the overall package of an endearing story, outstanding score, great performances and fun gameplay should put this title on the top of your holiday wishlist.