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 God of War
Lowest review score: 10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 840
1014 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
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    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.
    • 82 Metascore
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    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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    After gunning down enemies or carefully aligning resources in a survival title, sometimes my brain needs a little help winding down. Islanders is perfect for that; it’s a breath of fresh air in my game rotation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Walking Dead fans looking to jump back into Clementine's story with this new game should temper their expectations. [Provisional Score = 7.5]
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The magic of Void Bastards is that, while it’s scary and dangerous and random, it’s also within my control. When I decide to spend my last bit of food to heal myself up before a big fight, I know that I’m giving myself a new task: Find more food or else. When I spend credits to hack a turret, I know that I may stumble on a rare item cache where that money could’ve been better spent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    It is one of the fastest military shooters to be released in years. The experience left me breathless at times. After a full weekend of play, all I want is more. But to buy into Battlefield 5 in 2018 is to accept a number of flaws and compromises. With multiple game modes still in development, including a battle royale mode that is still months from being available, Battlefield 5 is a work in progress.
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Gathering Storm is a useful evolution of Civilization 6. Firaxis has made smart choices in addressing global warming, diplomacy, and its own sagging late-game. But even when it’s all added together, I don’t believe it warrants a price tag of $40. As much as I love this game, and as much as I don’t expect to be loved back, I do expect to be at least respected.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    If Garden Warfare was an attempt to make a multiplayer only shooter that just about anyone could enjoy, Garden Warfare 2 takes that a step farther by removing the original's budget-priced compromises. Making the original Popcap concept into a shooter isn't novel anymore, and I hope that the developers pay attention to the game's potential balance challenges over time to make sure that "asymmetric" doesn't become "lopsided." But Garden Warfare 2 stands strong on its own, and with friends.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    SteamWorld Quest, however, knows exactly what it is and what it wants to accomplish. Like other SteamWorld games before it, Quest takes a basic idea — in this case, turn-based battles with deck-building — and it builds on it, cog by cog, until the machine takes on the satisfying complexity of a watch. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Iteration at its best isn’t merely refinement or polish; it’s a game in conversation with all of its predecessors, and through these games, a dialogue between the creators and players. It is the culmination and collaboration all at once. New Super Mario Bros. U may not be everyone’s No. 1 Mario game of all time, but I have no doubt it will remind every fan of what makes their favorite special. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 80 Metascore
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    Two chapters in, Season Three of The Walking Dead feels almost like a reboot, gathering together all the concepts that gave the video game series its emotional force in the first two years and slamming them into two episodes. There is spontaneous violence and unexpected death, but no sense that the player truly could have avoided either. There's an urgency to reach another place, and the false sense of stability it promises. [Provisional Score = 7.5]
    • 80 Metascore
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    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.
    • 80 Metascore
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    I expected more polish this time around and, so far at least, I feel a little let down. The game looks salvageable, and I expect it to perk up after a few patches. But, because of the bugs, even die-hard fans may want to wait for a while before they commit the time to get stuck in. [Pre-review based on 10 hours]
    • 80 Metascore
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    Mega Man 11 isn’t a surprising sequel, but it is a respectful one. Capcom has stuck to its well-worn formula, giving a once-great series deserved care and attention, while wisely shying away from retro kitsch this time. Mega Man 11 is a franchise hitting its mark again, and, better still, an investment in the future of the series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Its strength is in the performances and dialogue of its characters, who ask difficult questions about free will and social order.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Bury Me, My Love is brilliant storytelling. [Polygon Recommends]
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Shedding expectations about what Pokémon is supposed to be is the toughest challenge here, more than trying to become a Pokémon master. But we’re now in a new era of Pokémon, with a new generation of young trainers. Maybe the only way forward is to let go of the past.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Dicey Dungeons is the sort of game that looks inviting, then seems a little silly, and then gets lodged into my head like a song I keep humming. These basic ideas are being explored in many games right now, but Dicey Dungeons proves once again that execution, not originality, is often the most important thing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    While it might share its bones with other Yakuza games, Judgment builds something new out of them. It doesn’t stray from its roots — it’s still a crime drama with lots of punching — but it fills out the story of the city and its people in a way that’s not possible from a game focused only on the criminal underworld. This is the same city, just seen from a very different perspective.
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Yoshi’s Crafted World reminds me, in a way, of Sierra’s The Incredible Machine series. In those games, players needed to understand mechanics, size up the situation, piece together simple machines, and execute. By channeling Labo’s construction spirit into the long-standing conventions of a Yoshi game, Crafted World’s carved out a similar work-play functionality. I’m not always having fun, but I want to get it right. Yoshi’s counting on me.
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Co-op play or one-button wild battles may not be what I’m used to, but reiteration seems against the point here. This is Pokémon’s console debut, and with that comes reinvention for all kinds of players, not just the ones who came of age with Pokémon a long time ago.
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    If you’re excited about the prospect of playing first-person shooters on Switch, Doom is a good bell-weather. Personal physical limitations and hand size seem to be the biggest variable when it comes to enjoying the genre. But even if hands are perfectly built to slaughter demon hordes, you’re still going to have to swallow some iffy visuals.
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Semblance is a clever, intriguing world of likable, entertaining challenges.
    • 79 Metascore
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    It’s hard not to love a game this eager to impress me with its pyrotechnics. Trials Rising is the kid at the fast food joint, filling their cup with 16 kinds of soda. And it’s delicious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    I couldn't tell you why, from a business perspective, Halo Wars 2 exists. It doesn’t seem like the kind of project that will yield blockbuster returns for anyone involved. It doesn’t move the RTS genre forward. But it does make for an accessible RTS that doesn’t feel stupid in the process, and it serves as a reminder of how well Halo’s world and fiction lends itself to spaces outside of the first person shooter, even if it can’t quite shake its franchise avoidance of meaningful denouement. [Provisional Score = 80]
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Observation is a conceptually ambitious, albeit mechanically flawed, effort — an experience that, while impressive in some respects, too often seems like it can’t stop getting in its own way by dint of its own design. It’s worthwhile experience, warts and all, though one whose peculiarities will inevitably confine it to the niche audience of players willing to look past its shortcomings.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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