Well, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom reviews are in and this is quickly becoming a Game of the Year contender already! Sitting at a blistering 96 on Metacritic and 97 on Open Critic, Nintendo's latest Zelda adventure is seemingly one of the greats - and it's not even out yet for the general public.
No, this isn't Nintendo Life you've accidently visited here — we're still team green through and through — but a release like this is something you just can't avoid when you're plugged into the games industry. It's one of the most anticipated titles of the year, and so far, it seems to be living up to the hype.
Naturally, its reception got us thinking about what upcoming Xbox games could get close to delivering the sheer scale, scope and excitement that TOTK seems to be serving up, and you guessed it; Starfield came out on top. If anything can bring a vast open world full of wonder and intrigue to Xbox players, it's Bethesda Game Studios' first new IP in decades following years of work on The Elder Scrolls and Fallout.
It remains to be seen whether the team can deliver on the promise of 'Skyrim in Space', but the gleeful arrival of the latest Zelda and the unfortunate mishap of Redfall are both adding immense pressure to Starfield's launch. We don't want to get too hyperbolic here and claim that everything Xbox-related rides on it, but Starfield is starting to feel more important than ever for Microsoft.