Skyrim scores perfect in Famitsu - Gematsu
Skyrim scores perfect in Famitsu
posted on 11.29.11 at 06:52 AM EST by (@salromano)
First western-developed game to score 40/40.

Just two weeks after scoring The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword perfect, Famitsu has awarded its seventeenth perfect score of 40/40 to Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

This marks the first time a western-developed game has earned a perfect score from Famitsu. Congratulations, Bethesda.

Here the full list of scores this week:

  • Dragon Ball Z: Ultiate Tenkaichi (PS3, 360) – 7/8/8/8 [31/40]
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – 10/10/10/10 [40/40]
  • Hanayaka Kinema (PSP) – 7/7/6/7 [27/40]
  • Kinect Disneyland Adventures – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
  • Metal Max 2: Reloaded Limited Edition (DS) – 9/8/8/8 [33/40]
  • Michael Jackson: The Experience (PS3, Wii) – 7/8/8/8 [31/40]
  • Michael Jackson: The Experience (360) – 6/7/8/8 [29/40]
  • Need for Speed: The Run (PS3, 360) – 7/7/8/8 [30/40]
  • Need for Speed: The Run (Wii) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]
  • Need for Speed: The Run (3DS) – 8/7/8/7 [30/40]
  • Winning Eleven 2012 (3DS) – 8/8/7/8 [31/40]
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  • Rafi

    Impressive score, then maybe FF XIII-2 is next.

  • go-go-boy

    i just LOVE how it scored higher on the 360*complete sarcasm* man i hate reviewers they are so ps3 biased it don’t make no damn sense smdh.

    • vertical09

      Some games just run better on some systems >.> if you wanna take it that way then fine but its the truth =P

    • gold163

      @go-go-boy: Didn’t Oblivion score higher generally on the PS3? Why so mad?

  • Not surprised, Skyrim is a fantastic game and Im loving it to bits!

  • gold163

    everybody should just give everything perfect scores forever.

    • Venik

      @gold163: If it are all games like Skyrim, they should.

      • gold163

        @Venik: I can’t deny that Skyrim has excellent production values and was very well-received, but for it to get a perfect score in lieu of all of its problems, in Famitsu no less which was only until recent years known for how strict it was with review scores, shows how lenient games media is these days. If a game is popular enough that it can be turned into a meme like Skyrim can, or can turn the sales that MW3 can, it deserves a perfect (or very close to perfect) score?

        The fact that the console versions are probably nearly identical but scored so differently attests to how inconsistent game reviews are these days. It’s the same damn game. Mark down the PC version for a terrible case of consolitis, but what’s the difference between the 360 version and the PS3 version of Skyrim? Besides claims of how poorly it runs on the 360. Is there something I’m missing?

        It’s just like how every movie is the #1 movie in america.

  • go-go-boy

    its not fanboyism i have it for both the 360 and ps3 and i will tell you it runs way better on ps3 hell i got friends on xbox live that will tell you it lagged like hell on the xbox and that frame issues were above shitty. and yes oblivion did score higher on ps3 but this is skyrim every game thats multiplateform always gets a better review on 360 and i am not the first person to say and prove this, reviewers these days favor 360 hell look at ign they worship the damn console.

  • Kougeru

    Well I guess they’re no longer a reliable review source for me. A game that has so many bugs is NOT a flawless game worthy of a perfect score. The melee combat is also too poor to deserve a perfect score. I’d say 34/40 (8.5/10×4) is more truthful, due to how little the game actually differs from Oblivion (story and some minor combat changes for magic, and obviously the land) but that would put it near DBZ’s score which is ungodly high.

    • @Kougeru: are you crazy man? it’s not only famitsu…just go to Metacritic and see many, many perfect scores…

      • Kougeru

        @mateuspradosousa: Nah, I knew I’d get a reponse like that. I know it’s not only them, I just always, until now agreed with them on their reviews. There’s just so many bugs in the game (like every bethesda game), and like I said the melee combat is lackluster. It’s mainly the bugs though. The melee combat while slow and literally being a game of “walk backwards, move foward and slash, walk backwards, move foward and slash, repeat until dead”, some people may find that fun and that’s fine. However with all the bugs the game has, even without my opinion on the melee combat, I don’t see how anyone can seriously give the game a perfect score unless they got EXTREMELY lucky and never had a single bug at all. Most are not completely game breaking of course, but that doesn’t change the fact they exist. I think it’s unfair to pretend they don’t exist and label the game as perfect when it’s clearly not. I LOVE Battlefield 3, but it too has too many bugs and such that no matter how much I love it (95 hours so far) I’ll glady admit it’s a flawed game in certain ways and does not deserve anything higher than a 9. Same with Skyrim. I love it, but ignoring the melee combat I don’t see how it deserves anything higher than a 9.5 tops. With my opinion on the melee combat I think it’s an 8.5,-1 for the combat a -.05 for the dozens of bugs. Also Metacritic also rates MW3 highly but that doesn’t change the fact the game is still 90% the same game as MW2.

        • @Kougeru: Sales of MW3 exceeded their predecessors! It has loyal fans and that’s enough, despite the haters.

          About the “walk backwards, move foward and slash, walk backwards, move foward and slash, repeat until dead” from Skyrim, man, it is just your opinion…talk for yourself…and be prepared for December 10 VGA 2011, when Skyrim will win the GOTY.

          • gold163

            @mateuspradosousa: You could say “it’s just your opinion” to the commenters on a gaming blog, but you shouldn’t be able to say that about the people actually writing the reviews. We know it’s their opinion, but all the same it is a reviewer’s responsibility to judge a game fairly on all accounts and to take into account the concerns a consumer might have when considering a purchase. These days there is a high concentration of critical acclaim and a very large number of very good scores for many high-profile releases. I don’t think that’s particularly fair.

            The games industry these days works mostly as a marketing vehicle. If we just make exceptions for every supposed 10/10 GOTY out there then we’re nothing but a huge hype machine. You may be okay with that, but I’m not and I’m sure a lot of people aren’t, so I’m getting my opinions heard in the hopes that someone reading it might think about them for a second.

          • Noctionus

            @mateuspradosousa: “Haters gonna hate.” Is that your favourite quote?. If you want to act so cool when replying other’s, don’t use any common sense, like “haters”…

    • @Kougeru:

      ‘no longer a reliable review source for me.’

      Cry more.

    • gold163

      @Kougeru: it’s funny, I think I might be the only person in the whole damn world who agrees with you. You would think that with games being so mainstream these days, people would RAISE their standards. They didn’t.

      • @gold163:

        It’s got nothing to do with lowered standards. It has everything to do with it not being a title you or Kougeru enjoy. And nothing pisses off a gamer more than seeing other people enjoy something that they don’t. So go bitter somewhere else. The rest of us seem to be quite enjoying ourselves, and don’t need to be constantly reminded by cynical-assed hipsters that our choices are ruining the industry or whatever.

        • gold163

          @Wolfe: you’re a god damned idiot if you don’t think I enjoyed Skyrim or Oblivion. Maybe not as much as you did, but is that a crime? It has nothing to do with being bitter. it’s about handing out perfect scores like free candy when the games in question are undoubtedly not perfect, not new or unique, and not impactful speaking from a relative standpoint. Since when is having a different opinion than yours considered being a “cynical-assed hipster”?

          It’s got a lot to do with lowered standards. Nowadays it’s apparent most customers are willing to make exceptions for games with horrid AI, a bevy of technical flaws, the possibility of highly restrictive DRM, nickel-and-diming price models, and some of the worst bloody UI design on this side of the planet, as long as said game has good production values, is moderately enjoyable at the least, and can sell well. Is it a big deal that I’m not willing to excuse those flaws? Especially when past games in the same series did certain obvious things better?

          You’re just bitter not everybody likes Skyrim as much as you do and isn’t afraid to say it out loud. Maybe you should go be bitter somewhere else, where everybody is supposed to agree that everything is absolutely perfect. Seriously, if you’re complaining that people don’t like a game as much as you do… cry some more. Because I know I will, until somebody comes to their senses and decides to invest more time into actually making a game worthy of its score. Knowing Bethesda, chances are it’s the fans that are going to pick up the slack instead. That is, if Beth would stop shutting down fan-made patches with their own inferior ones.

          And if you would actually take the time to read before posting, Kougeru very clearly said that he enjoyed Skyrim, so you can’t exactly argue that he didn’t.

          • @gold163:

            Repeating your stance doesn’t solidify it. The fact is, Skyrim is an incredible piece of gaming coding with so many moving parts and options that it’s -bound- to be buggy. I don’t think the game is perfect by any means. It’s damn infuriating, and certainly was moreso when the frame-rate hit such a low that I may as well have been playing a Polaroid slideshow book. But it doesn’t diminish what’s been done here. And I sincerely doubt many other developers would be wiling to invest the time and effort into creating something this complicated.

            And you can take your self-righteous notions of taking a stand for the sake of some nebulous preservation of the industry and shove it right up your pretentious ass. You aren’t some lone voice in a crowd. You’re one of many. The kind of person who looks for a title that gets what they deem unwarranted critical acclaim and uses it as a means to platform their own superior tastes and understanding of what makes a game great.

            As for Kougeru, I can state that every post in the last month that has involved Zelda or Skyrim has had his two cents thrown in. Mostly praising Zelda while bashing Skyrim. I too, can claim to enjoy a game. But if it’s one sentence in a sea of dismissive, derogatory commentary, then it doesn’t carry much weight. Just like your wasted words.

            • gold163

              @Wolfe: If you don’t think the game is perfect, then why are you defending the idea that it deserves a perfect score? It doesn’t. Moreso considering the score isn’t even consistent for the same game across platforms. It makes no sense.

              As amazing as you think Skyrim is, the real facts are that it does plenty of things wrong that should be considered against it but are excused for whatever reasons. The game isn’t just buggy. It’s horribly designed in certain aspects. For you to admit that it is (but to still excuse it) means that as much critical acclaim as the game deserves it’s getting too much of it. I disagree with you. I make exceptions under different circumstances. I think technical flaws DO diminish what a game is trying to achieve. You want me to give Bethesda a pat on the back, GOTY, and $60 for an incomplete product just because they’re ambitious?

              And what’s so wrong about me platforming my tastes and understanding of what makes a game great? Did I ever say Skyrim isn’t great? Is the comment section meant solely for praise? You seem to be doing it yourself right now. “Skyrim is a great game that deserves 10/10s no matter what you faggots say.” What’s the matter? Can’t handle a dissenting opinion? The only self-righteous tirade here is yours.

              It’s called “criticism” for a reason. Nowadays you can’t take two steps without a bunch of asshole fanboys jumping down your throat for not loving their favorite game as much as they do.

              I find most of Kougeru’s assertions about the game perfectly valid. All I see coming from you is crude, vulgar spite stemming from the fact that someone out there doesn’t like the game as much as you do.

  • Charlie

    Very overrated game in my honest opinion, and frankly, I’m sick of hearing about this game at school.