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
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 840
1014 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
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    It's not a guarantee that a game will be bad when reviewers don't get it early — Blizzard notoriously doesn't send out review copies of its games in advance, for example — but it's usually a bad sign. With that in mind, I'm just going to say it: I don't know why Bethesda didn't want reviewers playing the new Doom early, because about halfway through, it's really not bad at all. In fact, it's occasionally pretty good, at least so far.
    • 84 Metascore
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    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.
    • 84 Metascore
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    The perfect oasis of escapism for me. The news is a nightmare, I always have real-life responsibilities to worry about, and things can seem very dark. Island Living continues to flesh The Sims 4 out in the best ways, making it feel like a port in a storm. The Sims can be silly and over the top, but Island Living has succeeded at making a very believable form of escapism that is enjoyable and relaxing in all the right ways.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
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    If Her Story was a proof of concept, Telling Lies is the next evolution of what Sam Barlow can do with this new — and thus far not imitated — genre of full-motion video mysteries. Even after seeing the conclusion, I was back to searching for a few more clips, digging for just a little bit more information until I’m satisfied that I’ve seen everything. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 84 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    As with its sibling Dirt 4, the joy of Dirt Rally 2.0 is in understanding how much this game expects of me and then surprising myself at how much I really belong in the field. It’s a fantastic driving experience because I know I won’t win everything. Sometimes just finishing in one piece will be victory enough, because the driving it took to get there will be the most exhilarating I’ve found in a video game today.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Turn-based strategy games don’t require interesting characters to be satisfying experiences, but Chucklefish has gone the extra mile by developing a cast of charming commanders worth paying attention to. [Impressions]
    • 84 Metascore
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    F1 2019 is the perfect video game for players who really enjoy motorsports gaming’s richest payoff.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Ape Out gives me an adrenaline rush every time I barely make it through a stage, bleeding and limping along after taking a few shots early on. I died often: 193 times in my approximate three-hour playthrough, to be exact. But jumping back into the game after a quick death is fast and easy...Whether or not I make it to the end of the level is almost immaterial; I feel powerful and free from the moment the game begins.
    • 83 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The only real negative here is the amount of slowdown I noticed on the Switch version of the game; you may notice a bit of sludge as certain skins shift into each other, or when there are a lot of effects on the screen. It’s not horrible, and it’s rare enough that it doesn’t ruin the game, but the interconnected nature of the visuals, music and sound effects make any and all lag stand out. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s disappointing in a game that relies so heavily on rhythm and timing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    In a moment where so many games demand all of my time, a game that excels in the time it’s not being played feels audacious. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 83 Metascore
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    Kingdom Hearts isn’t simple anymore; it isn’t just joy and bright colors and Disney heroes. Instead, the conclusion of this story is tangled up in so many conflicting threads, each one a heavy burden on its hero, whose smile now feels unnerving. Kingdom Hearts 3 is an example of what can go wrong when a series that once stood in contrast to its peers as a lighthearted alternative loses its way.
    • 83 Metascore
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    For now, even at the base, $59.99 level, there is a lot of game packaged into this vaguely Call of Duty-shaped casing.
    • 83 Metascore
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    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.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Gris will only take you a handful of hours to play from start to finish, but I can’t recommend it strongly enough. I only wish the experience lasted longer. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 83 Metascore
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    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.
    • 83 Metascore
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    I came to this game imagining it would be a clever take on the Turing Test, a scenario designed to see if a machine can pass for a human intelligence. Instead, I explored the possible outcomes of trying to treat mental health problems at scale. Removing the humanity from the act of helping humans cope is a dystopian way of solving the problem; Eliza’s story highlights the potential pitfalls of generalizing a deeply personal process.
    • 83 Metascore
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    For all its narrative grimness and all of its slimy settings and all of its repetition, I enjoy Katana Zero’s flair. Dark clubs blink with neon color, pulsing music echoes through each scenario, and characters move with a beautiful fluidity. I don’t expect that from a game of this style. It’s a cynical and sometimes ugly story told with unusual warmth and sincerity.
    • 83 Metascore
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    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]
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Hypnospace Outlaw is one of those games that deserves not merely to be played, but also to be treated as an opportunity to think about our digital lives, now and then. It’s a perplexing, clever piece of work. As they might have said back in the ’90s, it’s totally dope.
    • 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]
    • 82 Metascore
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    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]
    • 82 Metascore
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    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
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    Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a huge game. I feel its sprawl in the time it takes to run the length of the National Mall in Washington. And yet it all loads and runs like a dream, making this a technical achievement as much as an artistic one. There are no wheels being reinvented here, no new ground broken, but all of my complaints about the first game are addressed and improved upon. And Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is just fun piled upon fun, sometimes despite its ridiculously serious tone, often because of it. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 82 Metascore
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    Ultimately, Donkey Kong Adventure hit me with the same, conflicted feelings I had for Kingdom Battle. It’s extremely charming from the start, but the more you play, the more familiar the various enemies and locations — and the more predictable the adventure — become. I thought I wanted more Kingdom Battle, but what I really want is something that captures the magic of experiencing its opening hours for the first time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    There have always been shades of gray in the Metro franchise, but until now the darker shades dominated its emotional and moral landscapes. Metro Exodus is more of an overcast spring afternoon. On my journey aboard the Aurora, I encounter pockets of humanity that have already lost hope. But on this train, beside my friends and family, there’s still hope yet.
    • 82 Metascore
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    But each space is vibrant, the setpieces are quite memorable, and the subtle but effective updates strengthen all of what made 2016’s Hitman so incredible. This is certainly more of the same, but this new version of Hitman was built for this style of iteration. Hitman 2 is a wonderful continuation of the series, upgrading enough to feel fresh without breaking the foundation. A perfect execution. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Whether you’re a longtime fan or just looking for a story mode to grind, or even just interested in learning a little more about fighting games outside of simply mashing the buttons, there is something for everyone in Mortal Kombat 11 — or at least, everyone who can stomach the extreme violence and gore.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Spyro Reignited Trilogy retains the magic of what made the franchise such a hit in the late 90s and early 2000s. There’s a timelessness that lives in the core of the Spyro games, proving that the franchise can easily contend with other big names in the nostalgia wave. 20 years later, I’m delighted I can still experience the same feeling of wonder and awe in the games that defined my childhood.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    I still find myself drawn to the game, and indeed, I don’t dislike the larger structural changes to Road to the Show. I just think the developers’ execution needs some refinement.

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