IGN's Scores

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For 13,472 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:
13475 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of the most refreshing games to come out of Nintendo in a while...It's a great adventure indeed, but when the 30 days are over and the last level is complete you find yourself feeling somewhat slighted.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A universally excellent game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The MMO we've all been waiting for. It does not blow away the genre, but it does hone it to near-perfection. I think the biggest problem you'll have is managing to play it in moderation.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Arrives as a breath of fresh air in a genre that hasn't moved forward in years. The tracks are unbelievable, physics are cool and the handling is dead-on.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another excellent, thrilling platformer from the insane team at Twisted Pixel. This one is a little harder than the first, so be warned that you are in for a serious challenge. But there is more creativity packed into one Ms Splosion Man level than many other games can muster in their entirety.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I loved my time with Catherine. In many ways, I was completely blown-away by it. While I'm sure some gamers will be turned-off by its anime-style presentation and difficult gameplay, I implore those of you who are looking for something authentically different and outright fun to give Catherine a go.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The scale of PlanetSide 2's battles is often breathtaking, as lines of tanks fire at bases while aircraft light up the sky and hundreds of players fill the scene with healing beams and lethal weapons fire.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It takes the characters that we fell in love with long ago, and sets them off on their most gorgeous quest yet. The deep and rewarding weapon system, beautiful and varied worlds, and charming-as-heck story make it an adventure that anyone with a PlayStation 4 should strap in for.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With plenty of options, great tutorials and an easy-to-master interface, Colors! 3D is the 3D painting application 3DS owners have been waiting for.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not the modest price that makes you love Velocity, though, it's the ideas – the casual, confident creativity and gradually unfolding scope of its levels. It's a super experiment with the 80s vertical shooter form, sticking conservatively to a familiar aesthetic whilst it innovates wildly elsewhere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pokémon Conquest represents a complete re-imagining of the Pokémon universe - a thoughtful, masterful take on what a Pokémon RPG can be.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who have a love or even just a fondness for the Fab Four, Harmonix has created a fantastic tribute. It won't teach you the full history of the world's most celebrated band nor give you even a quarter of their extraordinary catalogue of music, but it's still great.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trine 2 throws players into a dazzling fantasy world and gives them three fun tools with which to save it. It's delightfully open-ended, from how you solve problems to whether or not you go it alone. Fans of puzzle games will not be disappointed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best hockey simulation anywhere on any platform.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Peggle 2 is one-button joy. You think, you aim, you fire, and you sit back and watch as massive combos and bright popping colors take over. That it’s such a joyful sequel to an all-time classic stretches my grin from ear to ear, just like most of the rest of Peggle 2.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    My mind, I hope, is nearly finished unraveling. After three straight days, nights and early, early mornings spent playing through the entirety of 999 and accessing each and every alternate ending, the enrapturing spell this game has cast on me is finally beginning to let me think straight again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only did Square 'rekindle' the side-scrolling genre with Einhander, but it has literally surpassed and set the standard - it's one of the best shooters I have ever played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In an overcrowded genre of music games, DJ Hero resides at the very top with the best of 'em. The original mixes are stunning and scratching the turntable is just as fun as it seems.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a huge game. I've been playing it for weeks now and am only now just getting an idea of what's possible.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An amazing game. It's fun, clever, deep, engaging and great to try out with friends. The only issue is that some of the same frustrations from the last game are still present. Still, the ability to make games and not just levels outweighs any con.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredible achievement. Very few games are as original, atmospheric, and consistently brilliant. It belongs in everybody's collection. The journey may be over too quickly, but you will be entertained every minute. This is one of my favorite games.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Absolutely gorgeous, offering multiple scrolling backgrounds with superbly detailed, painted look to them.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A delight from beginning to end...Shatter stands right up there with Breakout and Arkanoid as one of (if not the) best brick-breaking games ever made.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some may prefer FIFA's more studied approach to football realism, but when it comes to pick-up-and-play fun and intensity, PES 2011 gets my vote this year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock Band 2 improves in several areas over the original. The track list is better, the difficulty has been bumped up, it's more accessible, all previously released DLC works from the get-go, and Battle of the Bands is a brilliant online mode. But there's no getting around the fact that almost nothing was done to the main mode, World Tour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Connection problems and online funkiness aside, Sound Shapes absolutely floored me. Just about everything it does – and with its grand aesthetic taken as a whole – will blow you away.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the inexplicable sobbing of an unseen child in a blood-stained school hall to the loud rattling of an invisible "something" underneath the floorboards that you're standing on, the game never sinks into predictability. Imagine all of this while never quite being able to see past arm's length into the darkness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    40+ friggin levels! 40 LEVELS! And there's something really addicting when you combine frenzied shooting and fruit collecting together.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There isn’t much more that can be said about Hatsworth without coming right out and telling you to buy it, which is exactly what I’m doing. The game blends the action/patforming genre with traditional puzzle gaming very well, the music, visuals, character design, and story is all completely over the top, and the action elements are a total love letter to dozens of different games spanning a handful of different schools of design.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're at all interested in history or empire-building games, you owe it to yourself to play this game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rolando 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid is just a cool, cool game. Hand Circus built on everything that was wonderful about the original, but did not add anything that didn't fit just for the sake of making a big sequel.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best kart racing game Nintendo has made in a long time. It strikes a careful balance between refining old ideas while introducing fresh new ones. Admittedly, its gorgeous graphics and jazzy orchestrated soundtrack bolster its presentation, but you’re getting a lot more than just looks with this one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The time I’ve spent with Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has been non-stop fun and surprises, with just a tad too much frustration when I lose a rare item.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though Guitar Hero: On Tour might not feel like playing guitar, it definitely feels like playing Guitar Hero: it’s an excellent portable representation of the full experience, and it’s incredibly hard to think of any way to do it better than how Vicarious Visions did it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is amazing and you owe it to yourself to download it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These games have aged remarkably well, they’re still an absolute to play, and their characters are as charming and memorable as ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remedy's done a great job of mixing elements of written work, television, and videogames to create an experience full of scares, laughs, and thrills that's just as fun to play as it is to watch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It lures you from one challenge to the next, and just when you think ah ha, I've finished the game, a quietly compelling little voice asks whether you might have even more fun restarting the thing with a completely different party.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an experience that, excuse the Chaucerian, is sure to freak the crap out of you.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blast Corps never denies that it is primarily a video game, and that is very refreshing. A great first generation game that shows off Rare's potential and game-making skill.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Journey celebrates the poignancy of nature, it startles you with the unexpected, and empowers you in an exhilarating, unforgettable conclusion...The hours spent completing Journey will create memories that last for years.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    it remains one of the most distinctive co-operative titles out there, and allows for some of the most nerve-searing team-based multiplayer gaming on the market.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's absolutely no doubt that Left 4 Dead is one of the most social and exciting multiplayer games that we've ever played. It's almost pitch perfect in how it captures the tension and the action of a Hollywood zombie movie.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Peggle is pure happiness distilled into a low-cost digital download.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, its story is kind of ridiculous and even a little boring, but the events that said story lead into are fantastic. From the great level design to the ultra-refined controls to the excellent production values, Daxter is a game every PSP gamer should check out.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The training missions are pretty robust, and there are lots of costumes to uncover, but in the end, while I loved "Spider-Man," it was a little too simplistic, a little too short, and the control a bit too wacked for my taste.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I greatly enjoyed the two or so hours it took me to play through Pony Island. This is a game that delights in toying with your expectations and in breaking the fourth wall, in revealing its sinister yet playful world, and in building up a compelling antagonist and telling an ambiguous story. Pony Island is about as punk rock as they come.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hearts of Iron 4 wields complexity like a swift armor division during the blitzkrieg, allowing it to serve the idea of layered, cerebral, strategic warfare instead of letting it needlessly bog down the experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Valkyria Chronicles II is awesome. It's fun, it's pretty, it's rewarding, and it's beyond deep. The story is a bit "by the numbers" and I could go for a few refinements on the battlefield, but I can't complain.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the most indicative, representative, and still enjoyable Star Trek experience yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pirates! on iPad is an excellent port that could easily be sold for much more than its sub $10 price. With near endless replayability, this ranks among the best investments any iPad owner could make.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The father of "Virtua Fighter" sat out to make the most realistic Ferrari simulation ever created -- and he succeeded with flying colors.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This impressive remake of Star Fox 64 manages to improve upon the original without compromising the magic that made it so memorable to begin with. It's too bad the multiplayer doesn't support online, because otherwise it's the perfect remake of this classic title.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Puzzle Quest's addictive mixture of role-playing stat progression, and casual gem-matching has resulted in one of the most captivating PSP games this year. The graphical and aural enhancements in the PSP version make it the definitive version of a game that is quickly becoming one of our handheld favorites.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It tweaks the recipe just enough to create an uncommon shooter. The visuals set a new standard for the genre, providing sights heretofore unseen in an arcade shoot 'em up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I loved it on DS, and this HD version is even better. A deep, clever puzzle game mixes well with a beautiful role-playing adventure. This is a game to get lost in, providing hours and hours of single- and multiplayer fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Limbo is an incredible achievement. Very few games are as original, atmospheric, and consistently brilliant. It belongs in everybody's collection, and this successful transition to touch controls means even more people will get to enjoy it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredibly strong debut for 3DSWare. Grab this one quickly, 3DS owners, and start recapturing some of that old Mario Golf magic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the best representation of the sport on the handheld, and it offers up the same amount of depth and playability.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The weather, graphics, and little details really do make this a giant leap over FS 2002. But I'm disappointed that Microsoft didn't include more modern aircraft.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I loved it on DS, and this HD version is even better. A deep, clever puzzle game mixes well with a beautiful role-playing adventure. This is a game to get lost in, providing hours and hours of single- and multiplayer fun.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    This is definitely the best DSiWare game to launch at that lowest of price points in a long while, and it earns an Editor's Choice recommendation from me – so buy it and join me in the world of manic mikoshi madness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you buy all the teams Hero Academy will barely cost you $15. For that price you get a strategy game you can play indefinitely, and whose tactical elements are deep enough to entrance everyone from the casual gamer to the strategy enthusiast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Betrayal isn't for everyone, but for classic gamers looking for a hard romp, it'll prove to be a great success.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Load times could be a bit shorter and I wouldn't mind seeing the price come down, but Lumines: Electronic Symphony is amazing. It's the simple puzzle game we've known for a while coupled with new mechanics like the shuffle block and the Vita's connectivity.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This has all the addictive qualities of Angry Birds – great puzzles, near-perfect use of touch controls, and cute personality. Chillingo promises that if Cut the Rope reaches some sort of critical mass, there will be even more stages.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those of you looking for a complex, unique effort, Thief II continues to shine. The game puts in so much world detail that you can't help but get immersed in Garrett's plight and his adventures.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It delivers a sense of speed unmatched on the iPad right now that will have you moving not just your hands, but your entire upper body as you swing into dangerous curves. I love it when a game grabs me like that.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no way you'll see everything on the first time through. This game is amazingly fun, incredibly funny, and a really intense gaming experience in the later levels.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What awaits everyone in Dereth is a world rich with lore, quests and beauty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is it an outstanding Vita and PS4 game, but it’s the first game in a long time to give me the thrilling sense of mastery that a well-played level of Sonic the Hedgehog used to back in the 90s.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imagine last year's innovative gameplay system multiplied by two. Sure the Haymakers need some work, but the clenching, enhanced AI, cutman mini-game, and other additions make up for it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins takes on a genre mastery of ground work laid down decades ago and elevates it to astronomical new standards. It's a spectacular living painting that's as much fun to play as it is to look at, and it's a total triumph.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the finest music games ever made.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The franchise mode is phenomenal and the animations and gameplay are superior to previous baseball releases.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its flaws, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 takes the fantastic series we've come to love over the years and iterates on it with great success. The multiplayer is hands-down the best it has ever been, with more features, more modes and a ton of new levels. The singleplayer campaign and Spec Ops mode add value to the overall package, creating something that may not be perfect, but is too damn addicting to pass up.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Occasionally, I found myself in a bit of a trance. I saw the enemies and walls coming at me, only to be easily slid past as my fingers played in perfect time, my tapping toe keeping the beat of the song. I had gotten good enough to essentially sight-read levels.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a superb 2D platformer that’s as easy to hate as it is to love, and your patience for punishment will be the determining factor. Players who live to overcome abusive challenges and obsess over discovering new things will hunger for Spelunky's deeply rewarding exploration.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a Zelda adventure done right, and fits like a glove within the long line of successful titles in the series across all of Nintendo's gaming platforms.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game lacks a battery to save high-scores, but that's a small complaint as each of these arcade machines wiped clean when the power turned off.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In my eyes, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is among the best fighting games ever crafted and I'm thrilled to have it on a modern platform. I judge this port--especially the PS3 version--"worthy."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s rare that a sequel evolves on every part of the original concept so consistently for the better, but Titanfall 2 is that exception.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 for Wii is the definitive golf game. It's filled to the top with content, sports spectacular controls enhanced by MotionPlus, and includes great Disc Golf and online modes. Seriously, this is an amazing package made all the better by the peripheral pack- in.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With bolstered progression, customization, variety, and a fleshed-out story, Respawn has made good on its original vision with Titanfall 2. And bottom line, it’s just damn fun to play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The shocking moments, the gruesome deaths, and the fun of playing through this experience again and again are what I took away from this one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's huge selling point is it's absolutely awesome attention to multiplayer gaming.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler finishes off Rhys and Fiona’s journey in impeccable fashion. From heartbreak to hilarity, it runs the gamut of emotions in some really effective ways.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its fast-paced action, compelling use of the 3D effect, nearly 100 different levels to conquer and compelling multiplayer mode, this puzzle game is an absolutely stunning addition to the 3DS eShop.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent sequel in every way. It's better looking, longer, faster, deeper, and it's got little flourishes and extra modes of play that truly impress.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The shocking moments, the gruesome deaths, and the fun of playing through this experience again and again are what I took away from this one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stand-out, wonderfully crafted MMO. The story elements deliver on every front, the vocal performances are excellent, and some genuinely clever innovations have been applied to PvP combat. There's also a massive volume of content to keep you hooked for a long time. But it's important to keep in mind that The Old Republic doesn't stray too far from standard MMO mechanics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The shocking moments, the gruesome deaths, and the fun of playing through this experience again and again are what I took away from this one.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The world is huge, the boss creatures are massive in size and challenging to defeat. And the overall quest is extremely fulfilling.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So while it's a somewhat weak one-shot experience, digging deeper after it's done is where much of the reward comes from.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you just play games for fun, this isn't for you, and no amount of insistence on my part is going to change that. But if you're interested in the limits of the videogame form – to see just how focused, how pure and how uncompromising in its vision a game can be – Dark Souls is unmissable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most complete Dreamcast game packages I've seen in a very long time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stronger than Portrait of Ruin, Circle of the Moon, and Harmony of Dissonance? Is this reviewer's opinion, yes. The best on DS, or top in the series? I just don't think so.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from a little less detail in the visuals, this is identical to what Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players have been playing since September. It's a more user-friendly experience, simultaneously more challenging for the hardcore and more accessible for casuals.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you just play games for fun, this isn't for you, and no amount of insistence on my part is going to change that. But if you're interested in the limits of the videogame form – to see just how focused, how pure and how uncompromising in its vision a game can be – Dark Souls is unmissable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, you get some new multiplayer modes but it's still hard to shake the feeling that this is just a prettier version of the original Freedom Force. That still makes it one of the best games around.