Only 19th PERFECT SCORE in Publication History
There have been very few games in recent memory whose world has captivated from the first time it was unveiled to the time nearing its release like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has. A game with visuals somewhere in between Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker, Breath of the Wild is an open world whose roots are not so much ingrained on others of its kind like The Witcher series or Dark Souls, but on the original Zelda for NES.
Eiji Aonuma undertook a gameplay makeover to the Legend of Zelda formula, not so much making a departure for the series, but expanding on the journey Link embarked when Miyamoto created the original NES game.
Which is why it is not unexpected that publications will give it a high scores come March 2nd, when the embargo lifts. But EDGE Magazine has just given Breath of the Wild its 19h PERFECT SCORE in its Publication’s history, so this is kind of a big deal.
How big? Let’s take a look at this screenshot taken from the Metacritic’s Website that covers EDGE Magazine’s review scores over the years:
When it comes to critiquing games, EDGE doesn’t take it lightly when giving out perfect scores, especially considering that those 19 perfect scores have come in the span of 23 years and over 2,808 reviews cumulatively.
This is the list of games that have received a perfect score from EDGE in their 23 years of publication:
Nintendo does seems to have a special place in EDGE’s heart, making Breath of the Wild the sixth Nintendo game to receive a perfect score, and the 7th game overall (Bayonetta 2) exclusive to a Nintendo console.
An excerpt from the actual magazine lets us know what to expect out of their review of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
It is easy to get caught up in the moment. The hype that accompanies a game during its release can be relentless to the point where it may take control of our objectivity. That we may award higher scores than deserved to games because we are living it as much through others as we do while holding the controller is definitely a possibility. But there is this rare air of freshness and anticipation for Breath of the Wild that no other game has enjoyed, possibly since Ocarina of Time.
That EDGE Magazine think of Breath of the Wild as the single-greatest Zelda game in history is a bold statement, making it not only the best Zelda, but one of the greatest games ever created. On March 2nd we will get the opinion of other journalists as they start to share their reviews with us, but with EDGE leading the way, this will be a journey worth taking.