Polygon's Scores

  • Games
For 840 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 BioShock Infinite
Lowest review score: 10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 840
989 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    For all its faults, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is one of the best explorable game worlds yet made. It’s ambitious enough to recreate ancient Greece as a detailed panorama, and to populate it with lovable, faulty, funny human beings. Like great historical fiction, it feels like journey into a thrilling, alien and dangerous adventure. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 83 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    FIFA 19’s selling points may be subtle or incremental but, again, that’s because the bedrock of this game has been so deep and so strong, for so long, that its makers can work on nice-to-haves like the first touches, how 50-50 balls are won and lost, more real-life stadiums, or the broadcast presentation for Spain’s La Liga. Or maybe it’s because, having served nearly every need and expectation over the past eight or nine years, that’s all that’s left for them to work on.
    • 88 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Such creative timidity is a minor blot on what is otherwise a very fine racing game. It’s sharper than previous games, more openly designed, bigger and more fun. One of Forza Horizon 4’s strengths is that it tends toward freedom, letting us do just what we want, and liberating us from races and activities that we don’t fancy. Most of all, this is a fun, even joyful experience, a thrilling racing fantasy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Narratively, the ending is sadly a disappointment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The Gardens Between successfully weaves its theme of memory with its mechanic of stopping time, presenting a satisfying story that offers challenge, escapism and magic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    NBA 2K19 has one of the highest learning curves in recent memory, making it easier to determine who is good and who relies on exploits to win.
    • 84 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    It’s the Destiny we’ve been promised for years, and it’s the Destiny that I’m finally excited to log into every day.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    It’s been a while since a sports video game genuinely surprised me in a positive way, but EA Sports managed to do it with NHL 19.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Eventually, Shadow of the Tomb Raider succumbs to the darkness, repeating many of the series’ usual mistakes, but along the way it shines a thrilling and refreshing light. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 73 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    It’s a very fun, high-spirited take on basketball as a game and the sport itself as a lifestyle. The gameplay perfectly suits the street ball and pro-am scene that distinguishes NBA Live 19. Before launch day, it’s a success on its own, not in light of past failures or as a runner-up. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    There is so much left to discover in Destiny 2: Forsaken, but the sections I've seen and played are the best that Bungie has offered us yet in Destiny 2. Forsaken feels like the transformative expansion for Destiny 2 that The Taken King was for Destiny. But Forsaken has the potential to surpass our bout with Oryx, ushering in the best age of Destiny we’ve ever seen. [Impressions after 6 hours of playtime]
    • 87 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    There aren’t many surprises to the game; despite being an open-world experience, it plays upon a linear story, and the twists that happen feel familiar. The action sequences are breathless and memorable, but after the game’s final act I was left wanting more. Just like a summer blockbuster, Spider-Man leaves too much waiting in the wings for its obviously upcoming sequel. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 85 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    It leverages a state-of-the-art engine to present a story that holds up, with gameplay refined over a dozen years. It makes its debut on a console that makes it easy to share the moments that can really only come from this series.
    • 86 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    For those of us who love gaming history, and the ways it still impacts games today, The Messenger is a shaggy but lovable adventure that shouldn’t be skipped as we enter the fall games deluge.
    • 86 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Dragon Quest 11 is a beautiful example of what a JRPG can be after 30 years of lovingly guided evolution. Its success is irrevocably tethered to those decades of development, though, and that means you probably already know if this is a game for you. If you’re not already one of the faithful, Dragon Quest 11 is unlikely to make you a convert.
    • 75 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The world is your playground in Donut County, and yet it’s the most wholesome way to see everything come crashing down. Despite some serious setbacks, the characters remain optimistic and retain a healthy sense of resolve. Listening to each of them tell their stories feels like hanging with a big group of friends. If a hole destroyed my town today, I think I’d be okay with it. It’s not the hole’s fault.
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The greatest testament to Blizzard’s design in this expansion is that it’s worth wading through Battle for Azeroth’s seemingly endless and frustrating grind, all in the hopes of helping your group of four friends push their keystone up one more level than you thought was possible — at least, for now.
    • 84 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Codemasters still delivers enough immersion and participation in this fantasy to keep it from feeling repetitive, even if on paper, it sounds like it should be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    It assumes a lot of knowledge on the part of the player and a willingness to learn by trying its new systems. Undoubtedly, it’s a truer-playing game of American football, but it comes with a cost, in Real Player Motion physics that can spontaneously disrupt a perfectly developed play, and a running pace that deserves a post-launch prod.
    • 62 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    It is beautifully, carefully written. The words that come out of this game are better than anything I can recall in even the best narrative adventures.
    • 89 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Dead Cells comes to life on the Nintendo Switch, which is where I played it for this review. Being able to play a quick round while on the road or in bed feels sinful, although the frame rate struggles from time to time when there’s a lot happening onscreen. Sadly, that’s when you need those frames the most, but the issue was never bad enough to make me abandon this port for another version of the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Madden 19 looks fantastic on PC. The bump in resolution, frame rate and post-processing effects makes for a smoother and more visually striking experience. More than ever, Madden 19 on PC looks at first blush like live television footage.
    • 77 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    No Man’s Sky is arguably close to the game its creators set out to make...But after spending another 10 hours in this galaxy, I’m beginning to feel like another interstellar trip is not for me.
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Semblance is a clever, intriguing world of likable, entertaining challenges.
    • 73 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Mike Bithell and his team are doing important work, struggling with a challenging genre. Quarantine Circular hasn’t perfected it, but if you like stories, characters, dialogue and moral choices, it’s worth one playthrough — or maybe even six.
    • 68 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The color puzzles take place within specific sections of the hotel which make up an entirely new world and aesthetic. It makes me wonder why they couldn’t have been left well alone, to fend for themselves, without this clunky narrative device. It’s a good demonstration of the difficulty inherent in grafting story and character together, so wonderfully achieved by the inclusion of GlaDOS in Portal, but missed here, by a long way. But for all its faults, The Spectrum Retreat is a decent puzzle game at a reasonable price.
    • 83 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Every element of Octopath Traveler comes together brilliantly to create a refreshing take on the genre. While it channels the spirit of old favorites, it never feels derivative. It genuinely does feel like a 16-bit RPG that has evolved into something new rather than being mere nostalgia-bait.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for Switch is measurably better in all ways than the original game — according to the technical analysts at Digital Foundry, the 3DS version is great too — but more importantly represents a chance for many Nintendo fans who skipped the Wii U to finally see what all the fuss is about.
    • 72 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Football, Tactics and Glory is an old-fashioned strategy game that’s pulled me in, demanding that I keep playing and slogging towards in my quest to build a better team. It makes great use of turn-based battle grids to create a convincing simulation of soccer strategies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The draw of the Switch version, for most, is going to be the ability to play on the go. And it was thrilling to sit in bed late at night, the thudding gunfire ringing in my headphones. This isn’t just a version of the game that works, it’s a version of the game that’s enjoyable to play on its own merits.

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