IGN's Scores

For 14,707 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 8 Action Girlz Racing
Score distribution:
14742 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bravely Default 2 is a long, familiar JRPG journey with excellent customizable combat and beautiful backdrops that pass the time as you work through its extended stretches of grinding.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even without the curses themselves, Curse of the Dead Gods would be a standout roguelite with excellent combat, a smart structure that eases you into its difficulty, and a great variety of enemies, traps, and bosses across its three distinct temples. That strong foundation is only made better by the fun randomization curses bring to each run, on top of the added strategic element that comes with having to balance the need to gear up quickly with the fear of taking on more corruption than you can handle. Its between-run progression systems didn’t do much to hook me compared to the simple drive to best its hardest challenges, but even without that carrot on a stick, Curse of the Dead Gods is a blessing in disguise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection is an old-school action platformer that’s not too cruel to compromise, allowing you to fine tune its challenge level relative to your individual skill and tolerance for pain. Its seven-level story mode may be slightly short, but it packs in plenty of variety and unique challenges to navigate, and bolsters its replay value with the addition of the alternate Shadow levels that unlock after your first playthrough. If Capcom had added further flexibility to Arthur’s movement and attacks – and maybe had some fun with the story – this would have been a truly sensational second coming, but regardless Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection is still a supremely spirited comeback.
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    Valheim is already a paragon of the survival crafting genre, with excellent art and music highlighting a world that generates endless exciting stories from only a few simple ingredients. [Early Access Provisional Score = 90]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The more I played Ys IX, the deeper I fell for it. It looks, plays, and sounds similar to Ys VIII, but its emphasis on story and new movement abilities like grappling, gliding, and wall-running gives it a flavor of its own. Better still, action RPG fans who've long been "Ys-curious" can jump into Ys IX without fear of missing out on the ongoing story. The Court of the Crimson King welcomes all adventurers, new and old.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury packs a tonne of engaging gameplay, but neither component comes together as elegantly as it might have done. This is a solid option if you’re craving more Super Mario for your Switch, but it’s not the moustachioed must-play I was hoping for.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Little Nightmares 2 delivers similar stealth and scares to the original, but leaves less of a lasting impact.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Persona 5 Strikers’ simple real-time combat is consistently engaging, and its summer vacation story (while slimmed down) is a sequel nearly worthy of the ‘2' it lacks at the end of its title.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Destruction AllStars can provide fun bursts of frantic car combat action, but never adds up to much more than that.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood has decent stealth going for it, but its weak story forces you into painfully mediocre combat too often to be worthwhile, wasting the potential of the World of Darkness universe.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blue Fire provides an impeccable platforming experience with the just right balance of abilities to master and challenges to test you, making its bleak and corrupted world a joy to explore. Its Zelda-like dungeon experiences may end a bit too soon before it begins relying on overly familiar backtracking, but it doesn’t dull the fun of dashing around obstacles and fighting enemies alike. And even when the pacing of its main path falters slightly, the irresistible lure of its inventive challenge rooms kept me coming back for more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Last Campfire is a beautifully told tale with a fantastic blend of smart puzzles and eye-catching art direction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Last Campfire is a beautifully told tale with a fantastic blend of smart puzzles and eye-catching art direction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Last Campfire is a beautifully told tale with a fantastic blend of smart puzzles and eye-catching art direction.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Last Campfire is a beautifully told tale with a fantastic blend of smart puzzles and eye-catching art direction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Olija is a short-lived odyssey, and it would’ve been great if there were additional difficulties or any sort of incentive to replay its brief, four-hour campaign. But as a bite-sized 2D action adventure, it leaves a very strong impression thanks to a magical harpoon that makes fighting, moving, and discovering secrets especially rewarding. Its combat in particular packs a surprising amount of depth and flexibility, even if its enemies and bosses never really stepped up and demanded that I engage with that depth to defeat them. Much like Faraday himself, I don’t see myself ever returning to Olija’s mysterious world, but it’s an adventure I won’t soon forget.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Olija is a short-lived odyssey, and it would’ve been great if there were additional difficulties or any sort of incentive to replay its brief, four-hour campaign. But as a bite-sized 2D action adventure, it leaves a very strong impression thanks to a magical harpoon that makes fighting, moving, and discovering secrets especially rewarding. Its combat in particular packs a surprising amount of depth and flexibility, even if its enemies and bosses never really stepped up and demanded that I engage with that depth to defeat them. Much like Faraday himself, I don’t see myself ever returning to Olija’s mysterious world, but it’s an adventure I won’t soon forget.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Olija is a short-lived odyssey, and it would’ve been great if there were additional difficulties or any sort of incentive to replay its brief, four-hour campaign. But as a bite-sized 2D action adventure, it leaves a very strong impression thanks to a magical harpoon that makes fighting, moving, and discovering secrets especially rewarding. Its combat in particular packs a surprising amount of depth and flexibility, even if its enemies and bosses never really stepped up and demanded that I engage with that depth to defeat them. Much like Faraday himself, I don’t see myself ever returning to Olija’s mysterious world, but it’s an adventure I won’t soon forget.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Olija is a memorable 2D action platformer with great combat that is over all too soon with little reason to return.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brilliantly paced and palpably tense, The Medium is a psychological horror adventure that’s all thriller and no filler.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skul: The Hero Slayer is an original take on a well-established genre, using its novel head-swapping mechanic to put a plethora of unique playable characters front and center. Though both its story and boss variety leave something to be desired, the quirky characters and satisfying, fast-paced combat had me eager to bone up on my skeletal skills even after the credits rolled.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cyber Shadow's excellent gameplay, level design, variety, and music make it a great modernization of the classic Ninja Gaiden formula.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cyber Shadow is a wonderful merging of old-school aesthetic and modern design sensibilities, much like Shovel Knight was back in 2014. Sure, its story is forgettable and some of its checkpoint placements are far enough apart to make me hesitant to apply a “tough but fair” label without caveats, but the way it evolves and changes over the course of its seven to eight hour campaign thanks to excellent level, enemy, and progression design is exemplary. Combine that with what’s an early contender for best soundtrack of 2021, and it’s easy to see Cyber Shadow as the start of something great for both Mechanical Head Studios and Yacht Club Games.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cyber Shadow is a wonderful merging of old-school aesthetic and modern design sensibilities, much like Shovel Knight was back in 2014. Sure, its story is forgettable and some of its checkpoint placements are far enough apart to make me hesitant to apply a “tough but fair” label without caveats, but the way it evolves and changes over the course of its seven to eight hour campaign thanks to excellent level, enemy, and progression design is exemplary. Combine that with what’s an early contender for best soundtrack of 2021, and it’s easy to see Cyber Shadow as the start of something great for both Mechanical Head Studios and Yacht Club Games.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cyber Shadow's excellent gameplay, level design, variety, and music make it a great modernization of the classic Ninja Gaiden formula.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nuts is a relaxing puzzle adventure with an intriguing mystery inside its shell.
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    It looks like Everspace 2's decision to ditch its roguelike roots is paying off: what's here so far feels like the start of a great single-player action-RPG with more gameplay variety than you usually see in a space fighter game. [Early Access Score = 70]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rich, rewarding, and highly replayable, Hitman 3 is a superb instalment of IO’s idiosyncratic but much-loved stealth series. The fundamentals haven’t changed since 2016 but its collection of outstanding maps makes for a refined, reliable, and robust curtain-closer to the current Hitman trilogy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rich, rewarding, and highly replayable, Hitman 3 is one of the barcoded butcher's best appearances.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rich, rewarding, and highly replayable, Hitman 3 is one of the barcoded butcher's best appearances.

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