What does a 10/10 video game mean to you? What games are worthy of such a score? You’re likely to get very different answers to these questions depending on who you ask. After all, gamers are an infinitely diverse group who come to this shared hobby from countless different perspectives who enjoy everything from Call of Duty to Stardew Valley, Minecraft to God of War, mobile and VR games, and many more. ‘others. We all have our favorite genres and our own ideas of what makes them great. It also means that somewhere out there someone hates your favorite game and believes with absolute certainty that you’re crazy for enjoying it. This difference in taste is a fact of life when it comes to evaluating any form of art – be it games, music, film, painting, sculpture, dance or art. countless others – where beauty is in the eye of the beholder and one person’s trash. is another’s treasure.
Of course, that puts anyone who likes to voice their opinion publicly in a pickle: no matter which games you choose to assign your high score to (or just brag about without attaching a score), whether you think you’re getting out on a branch for something niche or it seems like a crowd pleaser, some of your audience – big or small – will disagree. Some of them will do it vehemently and even angrily. But critics do it because highlighting and vocally defending the games we think are special is one of the most important parts of the role we play. No review can speak to everyone when views may be diametrically opposed, but we hope that as one critical voice among many available on the internet, we can help you find games you’ll love not only giving them a high score, but also explaining why we think they are worthy in a detailed review.
Every 10/10 review IGN has ever given
To illustrate the inherent divisions, I present to you a simple, unscientific experiment: below you’ll find a list of 25 games that received very high scores from IGN or elsewhere in the not-too-distant past, as well than whether you personally consider them worthy of the highest score a site like IGN can give. Even before a single vote has been cast, it’s safe to say that some of these 10/10 scores will prove popular, others will be controversial, but none will be unanimous – and some will likely surprise fans. .
To be very clear, the idea here is not to prove that anyone’s opinion is “right” or “wrong”; after all, learning that a majority of voters disagree with your love for your favorite game won’t convince you that you’re wrong to love it, and seeing other people’s love for a game that doesn’t. didn’t click for you isn’t going to change your mind. Instead, I hope this provides some context and perspective for the next time you wonder how a reviewer could have arrived at a 10 when you rated it lower – or how they could have given some something you consider a clear 10 no less.
Dan Stapleton is IGN’s Reviews Editor and self-proclaimed Puns Director. Follow him on Twitter.