Nintendo’s latest has become the most critically acclaimed of all time on OpenCritic, but it’s falling down the rankings on Metacritic.
To the surprise of absolutely no-one, Tears Of The Kingdom has turned out to be another classic for the Zelda franchise, with a critical reception that’s at least as good as its predecessor Breath Of The Wild.
At time of writing the game currently has an aggregate score of 97.22 on OpenCritic, its highest ever. On Metacritic it’s the highest score of the year and initially was the highest on the site for five years. However, while it started off with a score of 97 it subsequently fell to 96 and is now only the 28th highest ranked game of all time, behind Bioshock.
Both sites have different methods for calculating their scores, depending on the weight and importance they give to different reviewers, and while Breath Of The Wild is the 14th highest ranked game on Metacritic, with a score of 97, it has three ‘Mixed’ reviews scored at between 60 and 70.
By comparison, Tears Of The Kingdom only has one: a 6/10 score from Gfinity, who criticise the game for not being like traditional Zelda titles and continuing the formula begun in Breath Of The Wild.
The aggregate score is likely to change further as more reviews come in, although whether it will increase or decrease remains to be seen.
The list of the top-rated games on OpenCritic, which is a newer website, is very different to Metacritic, with Tears Of The Kingdom at number one and the next two also being Nintendo games, in the form of Super Mario Odyssey and Breath Of The Wild.
Tears Of The Kingdom’s score is notably ahead of Super Mario Odyssey at 96.81, but again its ranking could change as more reviews come in.
However you interpret the reviews though, it’s clear that the critical response is overwhelmingly positive and that when the game is released tomorrow, May 12, it’s likely to be just as popular with the games-buying public.
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