Baldur's Gate 3 Sets An Impressive Record Previously Held By Zelda Tears Of The Kingdom

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Baldur's Gate 3 may be heading towards becoming the highest-rated game in 2023 on titular game review site Metacritic, pushing aside the previous leader, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Larian Studios' massive Dungeons & Dragons fantasy RPG Baldur's Gate 3 now currently holds 97 on the review aggregate site Metacritic, pipping out the previous leader Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom by a single point. If this momentum carries through over the next month or so (especially as more reviews are collected), we might be looking at game of the year here.

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Of course, the initial score of 97 is mostly based on approximately 18 early-access scores from a select group of reviewers prior to the official August 3 launch date. For comparison, Zelda's score is averaged from 145 critics. If you've been able to delve into the world of Baldur's Gate 3 like I have, you know that it's one of the most complex and lengthiest games ever made, so we can quite certain that initial Metacritic score will change. I've put in about 11 hours so far (side quests included) and have barely scratched the surface and mechanics of what this game has to offer.

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Nonetheless, scoring so highly right out of the gate, while receiving nearly unanimous top scores from multiple reviewers is an impressive feat and speaks volumes of what Larian Studios has achieved. Even the Metacritic user score of 9.3 (versus 8.7 for Zelda: TotK) is showing how well-received and excited gamers have been with this latest Baldur's Gate installment. 

Ultimately though, regardless of how the dust settles on Metacritic, the long-awaited title is one of the best RPGs, if not games, in the past few years. It's available now for PC with the PlayStation 5 version coming September 6. The Xbox X|S version is still in the works.