IGN's Scores

For 13,599 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:
13600 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Playing Splinter Cell in the dark with a brightly lit GBA SP glowing in sync with the television is a brand-new way of enjoying this already highly enjoyable game, and we fully recommend that GBA owners check it out. Our hats go off to Ubi Soft for taking the extra time to include it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I have to recommend the PS2 version of the game over the GameCube one for the simple reasons that the PlayStation's D-Pad ultimately feels a bit better and that the system supports online play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s still well-written, sympathetic, exciting, beautiful, and just incredibly well-made.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The upstep in visual detail from the older console versions is a nice bonus, but Tomb Raider didn’t need massaging. It’s the same well-realised action reboot for Lara Croft that came as such a pleasant surprise last year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you love the extreme sports genre, this game is an absolute must. It's a ton of fun and will suck away so many hours all your friends will think you've died.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is absolutely, without a doubt, the most complete and impressive edition of the THPS series yet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Occupies the same space that "MechAssault" held this time last year as one of the most addictive multiplayer games on Xbox Live but with improved visuals and a more rewarding single player experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What all of Marvel Puzzle Quest’s interlocking mechanics add up to is a game that's compelling at each level.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's an extremely satisfying experience...and the inclusion of the Game Boy Advance connectivity is absolutely brilliant and should not be missed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    NFL Street is what arcade sports are all about and proudly carries the torch onto the next generation who never truly knew what it was like to be on fire. It's time to forget the rest, Street is as hot as they come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While its story, or rather stories, are enough of a draw in their own right, it also happens to be one of the most gorgeous 2D creations I've ever seen, and possessed of such original game systems that even veteran RPG'ers might find themselves at sea for a little while.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best console baseball game I've ever played. If you love baseball, there is no other choice.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's graphically excellent, it sounds great, it puts the link cable features to outstanding use, and its GameCube connectivity opens up potential never before available.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The few Wii U-exclusive options are hardly worth double-dipping over if you've already bought it for another console, though, and odds are you won't use them much regardless.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Quite possibly the most beautiful title we've seen on any home console...There are a few issues with a still unpolished camera scheme and unrefined ship physics. But in the end the play experience is damn near great, if a little short.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's one of the few games where I've never felt my options were artificially limited by the developer within the environment, though obviously that's the case; and where every actions I took had a host of logical secondary choices attached to it. If you're into strategic trading simulations, it truly doesn't get any better than this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tomb Raider is well-written, sympathetic, exciting, beautiful and just incredibly well-made.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It is a superb action game that brings a new emotional dimension to one of gaming's most enduring icons, and repositions her alongside Nathan Drake at the top of gaming's action-hero heirachy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's gorgeous, fast-paced, polished to a T and jam-packed with weapons, enemies, playable characters and challenges. It's one of the best action games on the App Store and the new mobile twin-stick shooter gold standard.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    a game that any self-respecting PlayStation 2 owner should pick up simply because you've never played anything like it before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mercenaries offers this -- all that makes MechWarrior great -- and then packages it into an incredibly robust, varied, distinct, and different offering that enthralls, engrosses, and begs to be played.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A brilliantly simple and addictive title, which is basically what we've come to expect from Q-Games. The mix of elements and the way they're handled is nothing short of fantastic, and all of the collection mechanics make for an experience that you can really dig in to. Absolutely do not miss this.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a game in which story, setting, and gameplay are expertly blended to create an experience that's as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It requires a distinct sense of focus. And once you delve into it and get the feel of the game, you'll feel yourself riding along with a particular sense of rhythm and with a distinct sense of flow that is unlike any other game I've played.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Get past the slow-moving first chapter and some clunky NPC path finding routines in chapter 2 and you'll be hooked. The story is funny, the gameplay varied, and the world so charming, you'll want to explore every last corner of it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Considering Battlefield is such a fundamentally awesome game, Road to Rome managing to significantly improve the base in the ways that it does is at the very least commendable and the very most fantastic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s every bit as amazing on the PC as it is on its native PlayStation 3.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of the best wrestling games we've ever played...With its ultra-improved gameplay mechanics, enhanced visual engine, smarter career mode, and established create-a-character feature, Yukes and THQ are definitely the track to success.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mutant Mudds is a throwback sculpted charmingly out of equal amounts of old-school platforming and unique plane-shifting. The experience has translated exceptionally from 3DS to iOS thanks to a set of excellent, responsive virtual buttons.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The bottom line with this game is that it brings more to the table, it's faster and better. Newcomers and Wipeout fans alike are going to be all over it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Darkest Dungeon is a grim and merciless tactical strategy game whose great tension comes from its many layers of complexity, unpredictable randomization, and willingness to put our fragile characters in mortal danger if we dare to venture into its depths in search of treasure and glory. Brilliant narration and stiff yet surprisingly expressive animation make it easy to be drawn into its vague but tantalizing world, though the end feels artificially out of reach.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Nothing short of pure unadulterated entertainment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    By leaps and bounds, 2001 beats all other previous efforts, scoring a hat trick with hockey fans in the process.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It may not be nearly as deep as the first game in terms of levels, but LocoRoco 2 delivers the same kind of visual flair, solid gameplay and musical addictiveness that the first game had.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    From creating schools to recruiting players to fighting for your shot at number one, every aspect from the gameplay to the gridiron has been improved over its predecessor and once again takes the series to that next level.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    FIFA 14 isn’t a leap into the future of the series; it has a lot in common with the version of FIFA 14 that's already out. There are real flashes of potential, though, and hints at where it may go in the future.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An absolute must-have game for the PlayStation 2, and it's the best single-player first-person shooter by a long shot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 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."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The online mode which is exclusive to the PS2 version is absolutely fantastic. I couldn't gush enough about it. Buy a modem or broadband adapter and get online with this game. It's free and it rocks -- the replay value is through the roof if you go online.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What FIFA 14 on next-gen consoles does right now is add an impressive visual layer to an already brilliant sports game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After months of missteps, Legion shows World of Warcraft finding its footing again and asserting its relevance after more than a decade. Many elements make this an expansion worth enjoying, including class halls, gigantic zones filled with memorable stories, better socialization, the actiony new Demon Hunter class, and world quests.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In depth campaigns and three open-ended sandbox modes give you all the game you could ever want.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A drop-dead gorgeous game. The textures are impeccable, the animation's top-notch, and the special effects kick some serious booty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Nintendo's approach here strikes a great balance in all areas, ranging from its difficulty to design to enemies and bosses.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I had just experienced one of the best role-playing games this year...The battle system is great, the characters are awesome, the storyline is among the best of the year, and the presentation is top-notch.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even when left with a clear, unobstructed path to the basket, 2K13 throws down a monster jam with this year's edition – probably the last one developed solely for this generation of consoles.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's obviously the best hoops game out there, and it might even be the best sports game of all, period.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With such smooth, realistic gameplay held together by truly astounding presentation – meaning Jay Z's intros, the series' dead-on perfect animations, and note-perfect commentary – it's hard not to love and appreciate NBA 2K13 if you have any affinity for pro basketball whatsoever.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Darkest Dungeon is a punishing and awesome game of tactics, management, and pushing your luck to the breaking point.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Do you want a more balanced game that plays better, is a little easier, has an extra level, and tells a better story [PS2 version], or the prettier, more difficult game that is a little less user-friendly, but has downloadable content [Xbox]? The choice is yours.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a game in which story, setting, and gameplay are expertly blended to create an experience that's as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Joe Danger Touch should become the textbook example of how you adapt a console title for a mobile device. It isn't a lazy port. It's been lovingly crafted for its new platform, which it evidently understands. The controls have been sensitively adjusted to work with for a touchscreen, while the levels are finely constructed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Vol. 2 is off the hook this year and is easily one of the best arcade b-ball titles that money can buy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's better than "GoldenEye," "Perfect Dark" and "Turok" and ranks right up there with "Halo" on Xbox.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The reorganization of the career mode produces a superb effect, the range of cars and courses is wonderfully overwhelming, and the overall feel is one of having just bought a treasure chest of rallying racing. Also, heck, for $29.99? What an unbelievable steal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Reaper of Souls, and the recent round of content patches, Blizzard has transformed Diablo 3 into something far more akin to what long-time fans like me wanted all along.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    From the unparalleled sense of speed and unmatched control accuracy and comfort to the amazing cooperative mode, unbelievably deep and brilliant multiplayer modes, sheer options, and MapMaker feature, there is some much to love about this game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The way Sledgehammer has integrated its enhanced abilities and choices into every aspect of how we fight went above and beyond.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is a Call of Duty game to its core, but one that rehashes as little as possible while still retaining its strengths.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    By designing the levels in the campaign, co-op, and multiplayer to facilitate those new mechanics, Advanced Warfare is granted a weight and importance that changes how the fast-paced shooting action feels in all three modes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Wipeout 64, Psygnosis first N64 effort, is one hell of a ride that is all about new additions, better control, more speed and enhanced graphics. And guess what? Even the music rocks. We think Nintendo 64 owners are in for a real surprise with this one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For music and rhythm fans, this is a sure bet, and for gamers in general, Amplitude is an incredibly compelling, addictive game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    F.E.A.R. has made it from the PC to 360 with everything that made it an outstanding experience along with a few new additions including the fantastic Instant Action mode, making it hard to lodge any huge complaints against the game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Everything from the animations to the character models and textures to the cutscenes and the facial expressions on the players themselves have significantly improved. The new graphic engine is also faster, enabling those new animations...The gameplay is still the best in the business.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After some entertaining but hollow-feeling detours for the franchise, D2 puts Disgaea back where it belongs: the top of the strategy-RPG heap.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even with noticeable problems, "Tenchu II" is a rich ninja experience worth its weight in gold.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The title just has it all. A deep, intuitive control scheme mingles wonderfully with gargantuan levels filled with challenges.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    From start to finish, Fall of Man is one hell of an outstanding roller coaster ride that every last PS3 owner needs for day one...Above all else, it's the multiplayer elements that truly ascend this one to the next level. It's a must have for sure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Starbound excels as a crafting and exploration game, as a 2D platformer with varied and engaging combat, and as a Zelda-esque story RPG with a detailed world and memorable alien cultures to interact with. The sheer volume of different kinds of locations to discover, items to craft and build great structures with, and flashy ways to vanquish aliens prevent any part of the experience from getting boring quickly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In the grand scheme of things, F-Zero X will probably appeal to older gamers more, who want pure racing over arcade frills and still have a soft spot fot the original F-Zero. An excellent update to the grand daddy of cyber racers that only suffers under its generic look.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Another one of those games that looks almost real, to the point where you can't quite peg exactly what it is that tips you off it's a videogame.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An impressive, and more importantly, fun game that overcomes its faults with depth, breadth, and variety.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There’s an incredible power to unlocking its mysteries, and in succeeding, despite its demand for a pound of your flesh.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Torchlight II doesn't do anything radically new, but does everything incredibly well. It fits all the pieces of varied monster behavior, interesting items, excellent skill design and random surprises together into a near-perfect formula, where the action never stops and rewards are never far away.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you take your football seriously, you owe yourself this game. It's now the deepest football game on the market.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are no two ways about it: if you like space strategy games, you have to play Galactic Civilizations II. And if you play Gal Civ II, you have to play Twilight of the Arnor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A wild ride of pure action and destruction. It's a long, deep game that continues to deliver on its promise (it's marketed with the tagline "playground of destruction") with an unending amount of military might, muscle, and variation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A brilliant game from head to toe.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you already own ISS64, see if you find a trade-in deal to get your hands on the new one, otherwise, the amount of additions is not quite enough to warrant purchase of the sequel.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 2 for Nintendo 64 is, quite frankly, the best version of the game anybody living in the US is going to get. It boasts improved visuals thanks to the 4MB Expansion Pak, enhanced high-resolution mode and smoothened out pre-rendered backdrops with no jaggies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s packed with incredible voice acting, gorgeous visuals, and intense, rewarding combat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Darwinia+ is one of the most impressive packages available on Xbox Live Arcade. For $15 you get two complete games set in a fascinating virtual reality.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While it's not quite up to the complexity of "Deus Ex," NOLF combines a first-rate plot, grandiose explosions, superb dialogue, and plenty of trigger-happy action to make for one of the best gaming experiences we've had all year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even after completing Unmasked’s 12 levels, which took around 10 hours, I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of the creative ways to unravel its enigmas - which makes me want to keep playing it even more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's so much new content that working your way through all of it will easily take more time than the actual Sons of Liberty game.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Act II of Kentucky Route Zero provides another sharp walkabout into a beautifully surreal world. Though it poses more questions than it answers, it still left me pining for the next chapter. If the final three acts manage to be as powerful and evocative as the first two, Kentucky Route Zero is going to be looked back on as a tremendous and singular accomplishment in gaming.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    More wrestlers, more match types, a deeper create-a-wrestler feature and a true season mode are just what Raw 2 needed to surpass its predecessor and that's just what we're getting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The single-player campaign, unfortunately, seems a little short and even a little too easy, which is a bummer. But the co-op mode and the MP modes are deep, highly customizable, and great fun so for some players, that might make up for the single-player campaign's brevity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Deep and complex yet easy to play, the tight game mechanics and beauty of the visuals serve an invitation to brilliance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a game in which story, setting, and gameplay are expertly blended to create an experience that's as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It looks and plays great, it’s easy to dive into for beginners, and rewarding to learn for veterans.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Its irresistible sense of style speaks for itself, but given how much I love its predecessor, the biggest compliment I can pay it is that it’s 100% the sequel that Persona 4 Arena deserved.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like the Takedown system in "Burnout 3," the new Nitro system in the PSP Ridge Racer takes a great game and, by maximizing one mechanic, makes it even better.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a real shame that Mass Effect's legacy feels doomed to be That Ending, when this DLC far more appropriately sums up why the series meant so much to so many. Citadel doesn't change the destination, but it does offer a fantastic second chance to celebrate the journey and remember why it was worth taking.

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