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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cooking's touch screen interface is clean, but the voice commands and audio help are what really make traditional cookbooks seem outdated. This "Touch Generations" title may be intended to draw more non-gamers into the fold, but this is software that truly is for everyone.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay changes are great and the multiplayer is excellent. If the story and new characters were better, this would be the perfect $20 download. But as it stands, it's still the best available by a long shot.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Since I'd only played FFVI and not FFV, I was completely taken by surprise by how deep and involving every aspect of the game was. From the highly addictive Job System to figuring out how to equip my Mime, I really enjoyed this game for the full 40-plus hours it took to beat it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Castle Crashers takes the best elements of traditional side-scrolling beat-em-ups and adds lots of flair.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Halfbrick's most addictive game yet, surpassing the seminal Fruit Ninja. The semi-random (but still skill-based) jetpack gameplay is tuned to perfection. Joyride's bevy of extras give the jetpacking shenanigans an extra boost of purpose, keeping me coming back round after round.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can spend the time to master this title, you will have one of the most fun and realistic racing experiences that you can find on a computer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game gets the highest honor I can ever give a game: I'm going to keep playing it even though the review is done.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Peggle is pure happiness distilled into a low-cost digital download.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an endlessly creative and exciting puzzle game that manages to make your failures just as fun and important as your accomplishments.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great deal of the magnificence in Folklore comes from the little details: the serenity within a field of bristling flowers and cascading petals, or the charm of a stairway that rings with laughter when your character's foot falls upon it - these are just a few of the many moments that may bring an awed smile to your face.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is my favorite two-player sports game of the year so far. The Superstar moves really change the way you play the game, and for the better, as for the first time in years you can really tell the difference between players like Shaq and Eric Dampier.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The addition of two tag-team characters in Sonic Advance 3 definitely changes things up considerably, as do the much larger and more expansive level designs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Hexagon is a work of art skillfully combined with monstrous difficulty. The game is both hypnotic and addictive, and unless fast-twitch gameplay entirely alienates you, you're going to get lost in this sea of shapes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SSX
    This is what happens when you don't just put the game out every year, but spend your time crafting it, creating the ultimate experience. SSX redefines snowboarding games, raises the bar for the genre, then backflips over it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Papa Sangre is a true horror game, as you are stripped of your pivotal sense – sight – and plunged into a desperate survival situation where you can only rely on your ears. At first, it's disconcerting. But if you play in an ideal environment (quiet, low lights), Papa Sangre is a wonderful gaming experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scribbenauts veterans will lament the lack of new content in Remix, but it's impossible to complain too vigorously when the interface and presentation is so pitch-perfect. This is the definitive Scribblenauts experience. I can't wait for fresh level packs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is a fantastic game that might skew a little younger than experienced gamers might be comfortable with, but the subtle level challenges and the incredibly creative art direction is well worth the experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SSX
    SSX is the video game this generation has been missing...This is what happens when you don't just put the game out every year, but spend your time crafting it, creating the ultimate experience. SSX redefines snowboarding games, raises the bar for the genre, then backflips over it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DAoC takes some "standards" that MMORPG fans expect to see, expands on them with some great new gameplay and interface elements, and wraps it all up in an interesting story and world.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ceville is a fun, high-quality PC adventure with the additional advantage of being well-acted, well-localized and hilarious. Fans of the point-and-click shouldn't miss it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A damn fine game. Those that are looking for some huge new thing will probably be disappointed, but Relic was never going for the next evolution, they were just looking to make the formula a bit better, and certainly succeeded.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The design on the Game Boy Advance is amazingly tight with solid controls and level design.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Your twitch skills will be tested.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overlord is a winner and one of my favorite sets of Mass Effect missions yet. Go give it a try.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Well bad news for a-holes, but good news for Sonic fans: Sonic CD is on iOS, lovingly recrafted, and you can all enjoy the hell out of it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brutal Legend is a tour de force that wraps up humor, music, and clever gameplay into one highly polished package. You haven't played a game quite like this before and won't want to miss it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its obvious cribbing from Halo (and, in all likelihood, because of it) N.O.V.A. is the best first-person shooter on the iPhone right now. The excellent pacing and great set pieces never allow for a drop in the action, save for a few "calm before the storm" moments. The controls are fantastic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Moki's 70 environmental puzzles will challenge you for days and the hundreds and thousands of user-generated levels will keep you busy for months. As far as I'm concerned, this is a must-own title and a showpiece for Apple's portable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can't think of a game that's made me feel so much suspense and freaked me out as much. If you're looking for a deep, chilling shooter with a lot of weapon and spell variety, you should be very happy with, as well as horrified by, Clive Barker's Undying.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still not quite as good as Colin McRae Rally, it's pretty darn close.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It weaves the majesty and imagination of one of the best role playing franchises of all-time into the snarling bravado of a one-on-one brawler so effortlessly, one wonders why it's never been done so well until now.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A smart, rewarding piece of transhumanist noir that does justice not just to Deus Ex, but to the fiction that inspired it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you desire structure, if you wanted a game to be meted out to you, you might find its instant freedom somewhat overwhelming. But Most Wanted is all about deviation and deviance. It's the racing game for people who don't tend to like racing games.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Worms Crazy Golf is a super blend of puzzler and strategy game wrapped up in easy-to-understand golf-themed packaging. Whether you're a Worms fan or not will have no bearing on how much you enjoy this quirky, innovative offering.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be possible to appease every gamer but with the release of Multiplayer Map Pack Bungie is sure making a valiant effort.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a visionary, considered piece of work, and while my thoughts drift to the things that could have been and the compromises made due to the possibilities of video games in 2011, they're just as quick to consider playing through it again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale has once again delivered a well-written adventure, this time with an added dose of stylish noir presentation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's undoubtedly one of the year's most exhilarating experiences.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A polished, yet expected, upgrade to last year's version. It's got some awesome new features that go a really long way -- like GameFace II and TigerProofing -- and there's just ton of other options.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trine 2 throws players into a dazzling fantasy world and gives them three fun characters -- tools, really -- 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'd recommend "Power Stone 2" to any one of you on any day of the week. Go out and get it right now!
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the racing game for people who don't tend to like racing games. You're not punished for missing that apex or abandoning that nagging racing line.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole package is quite fantastic, but again I have to remind you that it is a bit short.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At roughly three hours, it presents a fully realized, well-paced story arc with multiple peaks and valleys that does what many episodic games fail to do – wrap things up while leaving the door open for subsequent chapters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with the short length and off-screen action issues, Max Payne is a surprisingly awesome conversion that almost came out of nowhere.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trenched is the best downloadable game I've played all year. Its skillful blend of witty writing, fun shooting, and tactical tower defense makes for hours of replayable gameplay.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Extremely deep gameplay. Balanced tactical strategy and fast paced action with rich game mechanics. An intriguing twist on a well known tale. These three statements only scratch the surface of Jeanne d'Arc, which manages to deliver on all of these fronts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No matter what you're looking for, whether it be amazing gameplay, immersive storytelling or perhaps a riveting new world to explore as you fully customize and re-customize your character at will, Reckoning has it all.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Underneath its 2D surface, Paper Mario is a fantastically deep, intuitively designed, and wonderfully rewarding experience complete with enhanced takes on old-school turn-based fighting mechanics and a statistic system that would satisfy any RPG fanatic.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music is brilliant too - sometimes daunting, sometimes rousing and always doing what music should - enhancing the action.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like the first game, Puzzle Quest 2 takes a simple casual affair and adds layers of depth you won't be able to resist. Even though the quest is long and your customization options seem to be limitless, it still works as a game you can pick up and play for short sessions.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By far the best skateboarding title around...I just don't think there's enough newness here for a casual Xbox gamer to drop another $50 so soon after buying "Tony Hawk 3" and we're still not playing the Hawkman online yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I find myself more disappointed than I expected that games like Jak X, Daxter and even The Lost Frontier (ugh) aren't included in the package, The Jak and Daxter Collection has reminded me why I fell in love with the series, and Naughty Dog as a developer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is so much to do and so many different ways to play that you will get at months of playing out of this game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything from the battle system and the dungeons that you fight through to the social links you develop and friend interaction that you do on your "off hours" has been radically improved in this game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sports Interactive has crammed a stadium's worth of stats and figures into FM on the iPhone, and then conjured up a slick and intuitive control system that enables you to easily access this information. This is a distillation of all that's good about FM, and one that is just as fiendishly addictive as its PC cousin.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can't wait for more Where's My Water? stages, which is the ultimate sign of a well-made puzzle game. iOS gamers that pick it up will have a ton of fun figuring out how to get Swampy clean level after level.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale has once again delivered a well-written adventure, this time with an added dose of stylish noir presentation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like any good expansion – even standalone expansion – it doesn't just add things to the original, it changes them. You'll get an experience much more like a Civil War-era wargame with Fall of the Samurai, as opposed to a medieval wargame with the original Shogun 2, and that, in itself, is worth the cost of admission, let alone all the new units, locations, abilities, factions, and bells/whistles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It never loses sight of the singular imperative to kill as many orcs as possible, and while there's a sense that too much has been recycled from the first outing, its unique combination of tower defense and action mechanics reach near perfection here. A qualified triumph for veterans of the first game and newcomers alike.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like a big bucket of Hot Wheels brought to life, Forza Motorsport 6 is first-order car porn for the automobile obsessed but remains an accessible and exciting racer for those who just want to drive fast in something red with a horse logo on it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These tables have never looked better than they do on PS4, and the gameplay is authentic right down to the sound and pressure of each tables’ flippers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trials has cleverly adapted to its environment and become even more of an everyman's game. It's still incredibly challenging, but the hill to the hardest levels is less steep. The thrills are more thrilling... Rarely have I played a game that better caters to all walks of players.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may be more casual than we'd like, it's captivating, entertaining, and a true adventure worthy of the Zelda name. It's different, but it's still the real deal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It looks like something fresh, something that could only be done on the most powerful machine around even though it follows the old school videogame formula of low brow fun and more low brow fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must-have for any armchair pilot.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For pinball fanatics or just those curious about gaming’s relatively low-tech past, Pinball Arcade is an excellent starting point for re-experiencing the golden days of quarter-munchers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is it one of the greatest wargames we've ever played, it also takes everything that normally makes wargames so inaccessible and throws it right out the window.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Better than any previous title in the Romance series, easily eclipsing the "Dynasty Tactics" and "Kessen" franchises, and trampling all over the "SimCity" and "Civilization" ports, KOEI's excellent simulation of Ancient Chinese diplomacy and warfare is worthy of every compliment we can shower upon it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Puzzle Craft is the most addictive puzzle mash-up to hit the App Store this year. Spending collected puzzle blocks to build a town is smart. But allowing that bustling town to power-up the puzzle minigame is brilliant.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you’ve never heard of Flower or you replay it regularly, the PlayStation Vita version is an excellent, unforgettable return to one of PlayStation’s finest games. It’s still profound, but feels worse in terms of controls than the superior console versions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s no better endorsement I could give the game than to proudly state that I’ll be dropping ten of my own greenbacks down on the game when I get home just so I can show it off to friends and roommates. It really is a fantastic puzzler, and something I think belongs on every PS3. Yep, every one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is easily one of the greatest games of all time, this is a pretty solid version minus a few oddities and a piss-poor d-pad (if Konami brought the game, the least Microsoft could do is give us a decent pad for it now), and at the price of $10 it's a steal.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The prettiest, most atmospheric and all-around scariest game we've ever played.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A few relatively minor complaints aside, Borderlands 2 improves not only the narrative, but almost every major game system. If you've been itching for a reason to jump back into the world of Pandora, Borderlands 2 provides a more than ample supply.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This kind of "ambient game" is truly a perfect match. With touch controls there is no disconnect between you and the game, which in turn pulls you deeper in Osmos' spell. Do not hesitate for one second to download this, otherwise you will miss out on something truly special.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The one thing worth pointing out between the various platforms is how cool Borderlands 2 can look if you have an awesome PC. The PC version allows plenty of tweaks to draw distance, frame rate and more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guardians’ multiplayer harkens back to the Halo 2 glory days with tons of balanced maps and fun modes, and the tactical new Warzone mode absolutely steals the show.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The creepy suspense of the earlier games has been replaced with an action-packed intensity that will instantly appeal to some gamers and disappoint others. As an action game, RE5 is a success, and there’s a wealth of replayability through item collection, weapon upgrades, score chasing and the unlockable Mercenaries mode. But this is no gentle nudge to the formula of the previous main RE games; it’s an evolution.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the character roster should have been larger, and a cheap blue shell can still screw up an otherwise perfect race, MK7 still offers enough innovation to keep this old formula feeling fresh. With memorable new tracks, well implemented gyro controls, the triumphant return of coins and a handful of new modes, Mario Kart 7 is full of win.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Radiant Silvergun has a lot to offer: you can play it like a manic shooter and enjoy the weapons and skillful dodging, or you can make it more cerebral and go for the ridiculous color combos. Either way, you're getting one of the very best 2D shooters ever made.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent shooter no one even remotely curious should overlook. Prepare to level. Prepare to loot. Prepare to get lost in the hilarious, bizarre and wonderful world of Pandora.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shogun 2 is an expertly tuned turn-based strategy game filled with exhilarating real-time tactical battles against a capable artificial intelligence or others online.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, some people will say that the game's made too many concessions to convenience -- no more skills and one kind of ammo spring to mind -- but all this means is that you have fewer concerns distracting you from the main point of the game, your experience making decisions within the game's story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I was worried that the smaller screen might cramp Osmos, but that wasn't the case at all. It's still an amazing play.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you missed it on PS3, do yourself a favor and experience it on PS4. If you did play on PS3, you now own it on PS4, so this minimal graphical update is an excellent excuse to revisit it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From top to bottom, this is the most expertly put-together Layton game in the series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Meat Boy is one of the best modern platformers. It's infuriating, exasperating, and arduous, but it's also delightful, thrilling, and hilarious.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The consequences of your actions and nonactions are huge in True Crime and dramatically change your level of recklessness...It doesn't, nor should it, replace "Grand Theft Auto" by any means. True Crime has enough good to counter the bad and stand on its own.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What matters above all else, though, is that even in 2007, FF6 is exceptional fun. Even with its dated visuals and familiar concepts, it's one of the greatest games the world has ever seen, and it's just as entertaining now as it was during Clinton's first term.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If I had a choice to take with me only one football game to a deserted island and only have that game to play for the rest of my life, it would be Madden NFL 2001 on PlayStation 2. It kicks major butt.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nano Assault Neo is their boldest, more beautiful shooter yet, and Wii U owners absolutely shouldn't miss out on its shiny twin-stick shooting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although most gamers can expect great 2D visuals from SNK, Mark Of The Wolves features some of the best 2D animation in a 2D fighting game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Age of Zombies is a great game to have in your pocket. It's clever, the soundtrack is fun with different tracks for every time period, the voice announcing what weapon you picked up changes depending on what era you're in, and -- most importantly -- it's great to jump in and play for a bit.