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Now that the review embargo has passed, gaming outlets across the globe have released their scores for Nintendo’s stellar Switch release The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — And the fantasy adventure string of five-star reviews are already rocking the scoreboards of review aggregate sites.
As of this writing, Metacritic holds a critical score of 97, making it the highest-rated game of 2023 so far, as well as being the highest-rated Nintendo Switch release of all time, beating out 2017’s Super Mario Odyssey by less than a singular point. All recorded reviews so far fall into the “Positive” category, with only one landing in “Mixed” and none in “Negative”.
Over on OpenCritic, (as reported by VGC), the numbers are even stronger, as Tears of the Kingdom is currently the highest-rated video game of all time recorded on the platform, with a rating of 97.2, and once again beating out Super Mario Odyssey by less than a single point. Of course, these aggregates can go down, as well as up, as other reviews get added and add or subtract from the average. But, at least as of right now, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is riding high on a wave of critical success.
It’s an undeniably impressive feat, one that practically guarantees that the long-awaited Breath of the Wild sequel will be the biggest Nintendo release, as well as one of the best-selling games, of 2023. And to think, if Street Fighter 6 wasn’t coming out, then it might even have been Game of the Year, but you can’t win them all.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom launches tomorrow, May 12, on Nintendo Switch.
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the highest-rated game ever on OpenCritic [VGC]