Roundup: Here's What The Critics Think Of Starfield So Far

It's time to see what everyone thinks about Starfield! Today marks the arrival of the first reviews for the game, with critics finally revealing their thoughts on Bethesda's massive new RPG after playing it over the past couple of weeks.

As you've probably seen, some critics didn't manage to get access early enough to provide a review on embargo day, and Pure Xbox was part of that group. Nevertheless, we'll be sharing our thoughts on the game as soon as possible.

So, let's take a look at a selection of Starfield reviews from across the web for Xbox and PC...

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VGC (5/5)

"Starfield is the ultimate Bethesda game. It takes what people loved about Fallout and Skyrim, and casts it across an enormous galaxy filled with captivating characters."

Destructoid (10/10)

"I wasn’t sure if it could be done, but Bethesda has managed to raise the bar for sandbox games even higher. In the end, Starfield is an epic sandbox open-world RPG with a beautifully immersive universe, a captivating story, and fun and compelling gameplay the whole way."

GamesRadar (5/5)

"Starfield is an expansive and beautifully crafted open world experience full of endless discovery and opportunities."

VideoGamer (9/10)

"Starfield is the enchantment and wonder of space bottled and fleshed out into something grand and ambitious, thoughtful and attentive, janky at times, often funny, but always charming."

Windows Central (4.5/5)

"With incredible writing, its slow-burn stories snowball into immense moments, and tight RPG/FPS combat thrills in spaceship battles, grounded firefights, and zero-G death ballets — Starfield is a landmark experience with a bright future ahead of it."

Shacknews (9/10)

"Not only is it the developer’s most technically impressive game, but it also delivers a worthwhile narrative that takes some major swings and establishes a sprawling mythos. It has some blemishes here and there, but Starfield proves to be an awesome sci-fi adventure."

Game Informer (8.5/10)

"Go in with the expectation that it will take some time to find your footing in such a vast gameplay space, and there’s a universe well worth discovering here."

GameSpot (7/10)

"Bethesda's spacefaring adventure has its moments with impressive scale, satisfying combat, and some worthwhile side quests, but its shallow RPG systems and uninspired vision of the cosmos make for a journey that's a mile wide, but an inch deep."

IGN (7/10)

"It’s never a great sign when someone recommends a game on the grounds that it gets good after more than a dozen hours, but that’s very much the kind of game Starfield is, and I do recommend it."

Unsurprisingly, Starfield's reviews have been very positive so far, with the game currently sitting on a Metacritic of 89 - and we're expecting it to settle around the 85-90 mark when all's said and done. That said, there are a few 7s in the mix!

Don't forget that Starfield early access begins in just a few short hours for Premium, Premium Upgrade and Constellation owners, whereas the Xbox Game Pass version goes live late on September 5th / early on September 6th.

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