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Every IGN PlayStation First-Party Exclusive Review

Revisiting over 20 years of PlayStation exclusive reviews at IGN.By Jordan SiraniUpdated: 1 Nov 2019 11:45 pmPosted: 31 Oct 2019 7:11 pmThroughout the PlayStation 4 generation, Sony has been commended for its well-produced, story-driven exclusives such as first-party standouts like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. But the company’s history of developing high-quality…

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Revisiting over 20 years of PlayStation exclusive reviews at IGN.

Jordan Sirani
By Jordan Sirani

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1 Nov 2019 11:45 pm

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31 Oct 2019 7:11 pm

Throughout the PlayStation 4 generation, Sony has been commended for its well-produced, story-driven exclusives such as first-party standouts like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. But the company’s history of developing high-quality games extends back to its original PlayStation days beginning in 1994, when many Sony-owned studios and franchises were still in their infancies — Studio Japan’s Ape Escape and Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo, for example. With another massive console exclusive on the horizon in Death Stranding

, we’re looking back at all 227 IGN reviews of PlayStation games developed by Sony’s first-party studios*. Some are masterpieces, some are amazing, and some are… not so great.Click through the gallery below for the full list, organized from lowest review score to highest, then scroll down for some platform- and developer-specific highlights.

Every IGN PlayStation First-Party Exclusive Review

*Games included were either developed or co-developed by a Sony-owned studio and have only been released on PlayStation platforms. This includes entries in PlayStation-exclusive franchises that were developed before Sony acquired the studio (e.g. Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4, Ratchet & Clank, Syphon Filter). Formerly exclusive games that are now playable on other systems (Crash Bandicoot) are not included. Standalone expansions (The Last of Us: Left Behind) are included; standard expansions (Horizon Zero Dawn: Frozen Wilds) are not. Keep in mind IGN has not reviewed every PlayStation first-party exclusive.

PlayStation First-Party Exclusives By Platform

(Ranked by average review score.)

T-1. PlayStation 2 – 8.2

  • 52 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): God of War, Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (9.8)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): SingStar Rocks! (5.3)

T-1. PlayStation 1 – 8.2

  • 17 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Gran Turismo 2 (9.8)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Twisted Metal: Small Brawl (4.5)

3. PlayStation Portable – 8.1

  • 36 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Patapon 2, Syphon Fliter: Logan’s Shadow (9.5)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Gangs of London (5.2)

T-4. PlayStation 3 – 8

  • 76 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): The Last of Us, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (10)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Kung Fu Rider (3.5)

T-4. PlayStation 4 – 8

  • 34 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): God of War (10)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Drawn to Death (4)

6. PlayStation Vita – 7.7

  • 12 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Tearaway (9.3)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Little Deviants (6)

PlayStation First-Party Exclusives By Developer

(Ranked by average review score.)

1. Naughty Dog – 9.1

  • 11 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): The Last of Us, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (10)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (7.5)

2. Insomniac Games – 8.7

  • 16 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Ratchet & Clank Up Your Arsenal (9.6)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (6.4)

3. Guerrilla Games – 8.6

  • 6 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Killzone 2 (9.4)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Killzone (7.5)

T-4. Santa Monica Studio – 8.5

  • 18 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): God of War (10)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Neopets: The Darkest Faerie, The Order: 1886 (6.5)

T-4. Sucker Punch Productions – 8.5

  • 8 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Infamous, Sly 2: Band of Thieves (9.2)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Infamous: Festival of Blood, Infamous: First Light (7.5)

6. Bend Studio – 8.4

  • 10 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Syphon Filter, Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow (9.5)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Days Gone (6.5)

T-7. Evolution Studios (defunct) – 8.3

  • 5 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): MotorStorm (8.9)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Driveclub (7.9)

T-7. Polyphony Digital – 8.3

  • 9 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Gran Turismo 2, Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (9.8)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Omega Boost (6.3)

T-7. Psygnosis/Sony Liverpool (defunct) – 8.3

  • 12 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Colony Wars: Vengeance (9.5)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Blast Radius (6)

T-10. Incognito Entertainment (defunct) – 8

  • 7 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Twisted Metal: Black (9.6)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Twisted Metal: Small Brawl (4.5)

T-10. San Diego Studio – 8

  • 29 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): MLB 17: The Show (9.5)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): NBA (6)

T-12. BigBig Studios (defunct) – 7.9

  • 4 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (9)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Little Deviants (6)

T-12. Zipper Interactive (defunct) – 7.9

  • 9 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALS (9)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): MAG, SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALS (7)

14. Media Molecule – 7.8

  • 6 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): LittleBigPlanet (9.5)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): LittleBigPlanet Karting (5)

15. Japan Studio – 7.7

  • 41 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Shadow of the Colossus (9.7)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Kung Fu Rider (3.5)

16. Guerrilla Cambridge (defunct) – 7.5

  • 9 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Ghosthunter, MediEvil II (8.4)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): TV Superstars (6)

17. Pixelopus – 7

  • 2 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Concrete Genie (8)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Entwined (6)

18. London Studio – 6.9

  • 25 games reviewed
  • Best-reviewed game(s): Blood & Truth (8.7)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Gangs of London (5.2)

PlayStation First-Party Exclusives Overall

  • Average review score: 8 (out of 227 games reviewed)
  • Best-reviewed game(s): God of War, The Last of Us, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (10)
  • Worst-reviewed game(s): Kung Fu Rider (3.5)

What’s your favorite first-party PlayStation exclusive of all-time? Let us know in the comments. Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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