Round Up: The Reviews Are In For The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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We are just one short day away from the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (can you believe it?) and that means that the reviews have finally been unleashed.

Yes, after years of waiting, we can begin to get an idea of the game ahead of us by reading about what all of the critics thought. Below, we have collected together reviews from across the internet to bring you the critical consensus on the latest Hyrule adventure.

But before we dive right into what other outlets had to say, let’s first recap our thoughts on the game. Simply put, we found the long-awaited title to be absolutely wonderful, granting it an “outstanding” 10/10 in our review and calling it “a glorious, triumphant sequel to one of the best video games of all time; absolute unfiltered bliss to lose yourself in for hundreds of hours”. Check out our full write-up below:

But what about everyone else, eh? For the most part, we are not alone in our admiration, with a near-perfect score echoing across almost the entire board.

We will kick things off with IGN, for which writer Tom Marks also gave the game a 10/10. The critic stated that the game improves on Breath of the Wild in every way and particularly enjoyed the new underground sections.

Nintendo has followed up a triumph with a triumph, expanding and evolving a world that already felt full beyond expectation and raising the bar ever higher into the clouds.

Steve Watts for GameSpot followed suit with another 10/10 review, praising the scope of the open world and arguing that the game’s story is one of the series’ best.

There is a specific moment in this story that will go down as one of the most memorable in all of Zelda canon.

Keeping the perfect scores going, VGC gave Tears of the Kingdom a 5/5, with writer Jordan Middler giving a particular shout-out to the game’s side quests.

The tiny stories tucked away in a corner, the small interpersonal dramas that make the world feel like it’s in a state of transition after Breath of the Wild.

Similarly, Keza MacDonald from The Guardian also gave a 5/5. While she found the controls to be a little fiddly at first, this was overshadowed by the love that she had for the game’s focus on creativity.

The sense of freedom here is intoxicating. The kingdom of Hyrule is vast and full of diversions, and being able to move freely between the skies and the ground down below is a thrill that never wears off.

Dropping every so slightly, Joel Franney at GamesRadar gave the game a 4.5/5, stating that the sequel was well worth the wait with some fantastic new systems, though they struggled to gel with certain new areas of the map

Tears of the Kingdom sets a standard for immersive gameplay that most major games don’t even try to achieve, let alone match.

And finally, Eurogamer reviewed the game with a 4/5. Writer Edwin Evans-Thirlwell particularly liked the contrast between the Sky Islands and the underground sections, though they felt that it grew a little repetitive at times.

The sky islands are as majestic and exhilarating as the Chasms are oppressive and intriguing. They come in all shapes and sizes, each fashioned from shockingly bright, spiral-combed rock, dreamy yellow foliage and the blue-green electric tones of the ancient Zonai civilisation that once resided here.

That’s what all of the critics had to say, but what will you make of the game?

If you have been lucky enough to play a little already then let us know what you make of it; if not, tell us how excited you are in the comments below.

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