Baldur’s Gate 3 is highest rated Metacritic game of 2023… but there’s a catch

Baldur’s Gate 3 is the best game ever? (Picture: Larian Studios)

Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom is no longer the highest reviewed game of the year, as Baldur’s Gate 3 becomes OpenCritic’s best game ever.

If you’ve played the developer’s previous game, Divinity: Original Sin 2, or just seen its review scores, the universal acclaim for Baldur’s Gate 3 will not come as a surprise.

The two games are quite similar and the previous one is regarded as one of the best Western role-playing games of all time. The same accolades are being thrown at Baldur’s Gate 3 and it’s already the highest rated game of the year on Metacritic, with a score of 97 – compared to Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom’s 96.

Fellow review aggregator OpenCritic goes even further, placing it as the highest ranked game ever and ahead of Super Mario Odyssey and the two most recent Zeldas. But in both cases, there is a major caveat: hardly anyone of note has given Baldur’s Gate 3 a scored review yet.

At time of writing, Baldur’s Gate 3 only has 26 critic reviews, while Tears Of The Kingdom has 151, and it’s much harder to maintain a high review score the more reviews there are.

Developer Larian Studios only sent out review code of Baldur’s Gate 3 a few days before release, so no one had time to play the whole thing properly beforehand and anyone that claims they did is probably not being entirely honest.

As a result, none of the big sites, including the likes of GameSpot, IGN, Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, and PC Gamer have reviewed it yet. We haven’t either, although we are hoping to have a scored review before the end of the week.

Given how positive the review in progresses are, there’s every chance the game’s score could be maintained but it’s far too early to say at the moment.

However, the User Score is also highest ranked game of the year, with a score of 9.1 (user reviews have a different scoring system, for some reason). Although how much faith you want to put in that is up to you, as there’s still 445 negative reviews, including several 0/10 scores, and the third highest ranked game of the year is Zool Redimensioned.

Over on OpenCritic, the same problems exist and yet Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently listed as the highest rated game of all time (it’s number 10 on Metacritic), beating out Super Mario Odyssey and several other Nintendo games.

In both cases it could well end up retaining its crown, but you’ll have to wait for the final verdict at the end of the month to be sure.

As a final caveat, this only covers the PC version of the game. The PlayStation 5 version isn’t out until September 6 and the Xbox version may not release until next year.

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