IGN's Scores

For 13,887 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
13889 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a master class in game design: you will understand it instantly, enjoy it instantly, and want to play again and again.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I played this so much about a month ago I got blisters. This game is blissful in every way... A quintessential, must-have fighting game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you've already got the game on another console, there are some extras for the Xbox that may merit a trade-in. The custom soundtrack ability alone is worth it to me.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Spider is a brilliant little game that could only happen on the iPhone. It's a perfect distillation of a concept -- a spider's exploration -- dropped in the middle of a mystery that you actually don't even need to pay attention to in order to enjoy the game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 may have been designed in the spirit of decades-old RPGs like Baldur’s Gate 2, but that legacy serves only as a foundation for the expansive game Larian has built on top of it. Few other RPGs allow such a wide range of flexibility while also supporting rewarding combat and a powerful story, all in a world that feels alive in the ways it reacts to you and goes about its business without you. It's a rare RPG that I’ll want to play through again and again, driven by the feeling that so many fascinating and surprising paths remain undiscovered, some of which might lead to different outcomes for the NPCs I’ve grown to care about – even the rats. When that happens, you're experiencing something worth remembering, and Divinity: Original Sin 2 will be remembered as one of the greats.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A huge selection of new maps, gorgeous graphics, improved game play, and the return of Assault are generous enough. But the addition of Onslaught, with its powerful vehicles and tactical variety, makes UT2004 into a multiplayer behemoth, offering enough action, depth, and expansion possibilities (just think of the mods here, people), to justify keeping UT2004 on your hard drive for a long, long time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A brilliant shooter that nudges the entire genre forward with innovations in both storytelling and gameplay. It trips over itself in a couple of spots, but not in any way that should keep you from embracing it with your utmost enthusiasm.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Starting from an already-outstanding PlayStation 2 game, Vanillaware went above and beyond to realize its full potential with the addition of more role-playing elements, a near-perfect framerate, stunning graphics, better maps, and a more vigorous combat mechanic. Even after I finished playing, I wanted to go back and explore more areas, fight more enemies and collect more loot. It’s a continuous loop of fun, and I hope it never ends.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Imaginative, innovative, and engrossing, Braid is a spectacular achievement. If only the experience lasted a little longer and there weren't as many puzzles with singular solutions.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Carcassonne is an excellent board game in real-life. The iPhone edition is a great way to take it on the go without having to lug around a board and pieces.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    God of War II may in fact be the best action game ever made. It outdoes the original God of War in every way.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It fulfills the promise of a multiplayer Mario much better than anything that the Japanese game maker has done before. Super Mario 3D World is marvelous, and its constant variety and fantastic light-hearted co-op play proves that Nintendo still knows exactly how to tweak their Mario formula in fun ways.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not a step forward for the genre, exactly, but StarCraft II is still one of the most polished, finely crafted and well presented real-time strategy games available.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    SSX
    A brilliant blend of fast-paced racing with high-flying trick performing, blended together so beautifully that it has produced a game that feels completely original and in a class all of its own.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Street Fighter IV is a fantastic game overall and Capcom should be commended for designing a game that can work on so many levels by appealing to both casual and hardcore players.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minecraft, more than any other game I know, isn't about playing it a specific way; it's an open-world, a blank page just daring you to jump in and do with it what you will.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Persona 5 is a massive, gorgeous JRPG with well over 100 hours of gameplay for completionists. With more to do than ever and the series’ strongest story to date, it stands out as an extraordinary, memorable experience and easily one of the deepest JRPGs of the last decade. Its sprawling dungeon design and stylish, fully realized world are an absolute joy to explore, and even after three playthroughs and the Platinum trophy, I find myself itching to go back to try different dialogue options with Confidants or revisit particularly fun puzzles. This is a new gold standard for Japanese RPGs and by far the best entry in the series yet.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the game doesn't do much of note besides bringing the 2008 title to the HD era, it doesn't need to. The story hooks you, dungeon crawling makes for a great time, and exploring your relationships while building a better army is the kind of tinkering you can get lose hours to.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's simply huge, and just gets better and better as players dig deeper into it, and the intense open-ended gameplay, believable Artificial Intelligence, pumpin' soundtrack, and total immersion in the cityscape make GTA 3 a delight to play.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the best snowboarding game I have ever played. It's arcade-centric, trick heavy, and on the third peak, it's brutal, but in the end, nothing comes close to SSX 3.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    We've rarely played a game with this much substance, and certainly haven't played a game that has had us so excited about the genre in a long, long time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    This is the kind of game I imagined when I used to dream about the experiences next generation consoles were going to give us. Splinter Cell is one of the smartest games I've ever played.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This game is not at its best with a standard Dreamcast controller. You need a mouse and keyboard.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 offers freedom without sacrificing a focused story. It delivers fantastic combat without forgoing a deep role-playing system. The characters you meet are engaging and oftentimes hilarious without feeling out of place in this harsh world.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It has non-stop action, fresh gameplay, varied environments, an engrossing storyline, multiplayer that will have people busy for years to come, and some of the nastiest and coolest kills I’ve seen in a videogame.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Insanely deep, incredibly polished, and a remarkably intense game of videogame soccer.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 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.

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