The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is turning out to be the game that millions of Nintendo fans had hoped it would be. Just days after Breath of the Wild released to an almost unheard-of amount of critical acclaim, it appears that Link's latest adventure could just be the greatest video game ever made, as the title has now set the Metacritic record for most perfect reviews from critics on the aggregate website with an astounding 43.
That metric is yet more evidence that Breath of the Wild is swiftly approaching territory that simply hasn't been explored yet in the modern video game industry. The game is so engrossing that Breath of the Wild fans translated the game's mysterious language within a few days of release, and social media has been dominated by mentions of Link's escapades through a reimagined Hyrule since the game released last Friday.
Surpassing the previous record holder of Metacritic's most perfect reviews is no small feat either, as Breath of the Wild took that accolade from The Last of Us, Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic survival game. The Last of Us held the previous record with 42 perfect review scores, and will be looking to leapfrog Breath of the Wild with the recently announced The Last of Us: Part 2.
Part of the appeal of Breath of the Wild has been the game's stubbornness in giving up any of its many secrets, instead forcing players to explore the land of Hyrule and figure them out on their own. That approach has led to a huge number of online guides and discussions, ranging from how to acquire a specific mount for Link to pinpointing the location of the Master Sword in Breath of the Wild.
The near-flawless execution of these exploration elements has made Breath of the Wild a force this past week, and because the game's nature encourages players to discuss it online and share whatever secrets they've discovered, it seems as though Breath of the Wild will continue to be ubiquitous in video game communities for the foreseeable future.
Of course, setting a Metacritic perfect score record isn't going to hurt the game's standing either. Gamers had better get used to hearing about Breath of the Wild - everything about it seems to suggest it will be the bar by which all other games will be measured by for the next year or two.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now for Switch and Wii U.