Update [Thu 23rd Feb, 2022 10:45 GMT]: With 112 critic reviews at the time of writing, Elden Ring has dropped a spot on OpenCritic's Best Game listings with Super Mario Odyssey regaining the top spot — for the time being, at least. Also, at the time of writing FromSoftware's latest is sitting at number 18 on Metacritic's equivalent list.
It'll be intriguing to see how things settle down in the coming days and weeks as more outlets turn in reviews. Regardless, it looks like Elden Ring is what we critics like to call A Good GameTM.
Elden Ring isn't on Switch, and that's a shame because it's shaping up to be one of 2022's most acclaimed titles if early reviews are anything to go by.
OpenCritic – which, like rival Metacritic, aggregates review scores – has just confirmed that an hour or so after the review embargo ended, Elden Ring has topped its 'best game of all time' list, overtaking Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (which are 2nd and 3rd respectively).
Our pals over at Push Square have posted a 'review in progress', but have this to say:
Elden Ring feels like the definitive FromSoftware game. With a refined combat system packing new ideas and an open world perfect for exploration, it sets a new benchmark for titles of this ilk to strive for. While its technical faults and underwhelming side content may be sources of disappointment, what the core experience offers is spectacular. It won't suddenly convert those turned off by previous entries into fans, but FromSoftware lovers should probably consider Elden Ring an essential playthrough. We just need a bit more time to confirm those thoughts.
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