Pentiment Is The Best Xbox Game Studios Release Of 2022, Say Critics

Obsidian's latest release arrives in the form of Pentiment on Tuesday (November 15th), launching into Xbox Game Pass on day one. Ahead of release, the reviews have been dropping everywhere today, and it's been getting fantastic scores.

In fact, if you look at the Metacritic average (86 on Xbox Series X), this is the best Xbox Game Studios release of 2022 by some distance. We also loved Pentiment here at Pure Xbox, where we gave the game an "Excellent" 9/10 score:

Let's take a look at some more Pentiment Xbox reviews from across the web:

Windows Central (5/5)

"It's clear that Pentiment isn't for everyone, but those drawn to its stunningly rendered world, and intoxicating story of humanity and history, are bound to love everything that Pentiment is. This is a must-play title from Xbox Game Studios."

VG247 (5/5)

"It's one of the most engaging and accessible works of living history ever commissioned, and the fact that it exists at all - let alone as a major platform holder's first-party RPG heading into the Christmas season - is a miracle worthy of the saints. Play this game."

Pure Xbox (9/10)

"With a story that really goes some places, tons of history to learn about, lots of fantastic characters to meet and plenty of fun and surprises along the way, this is one medieval murder mystery you should absolutely check out as soon as it hits Xbox Game Pass."

God Is A Geek (9/10)

"Pentiment is a stunning piece of work, with a rich story, gorgeous artwork, and fleshed out characters that keep you hungry to learn more."

VGC (4/5)

"Learn to move at Tassing’s sedate pace and patience will be rewarded as a seemingly simple murder mystery makes way for a rich portrait of village life and the difficult choices that come to define it."

GameSpot (6/10)

"Pentiment strives to exist somewhere between a history book and historical fiction, not quite committing to a detailed look at history or fulfilling a narrative arc. This is a detriment to the game's conclusion, dampening my memories of the game save for the stories of individual characters."

Pentiment's Metacritic rating of 86 for Xbox Series X puts it ahead of Grounded, As Dusk Falls and Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels as the best Xbox Game Studios release of 2022 according to the critics, so it's a great result for Obsidian!

It also means that come the end of the year, Pentiment should crack Metacritic's top ten Xbox games of 2022 list, putting it alongside the likes of Elden Ring as one of the best games we've seen on Xbox over the past 12 months.

Will you be giving this one a go? Do let us know down below!