Skyrim the first Western game to receive perfect score in Famitsu

Skyrim (despite its technical hiccups) has been lauded by gamers and critics as one of the year’s best. Certainly the game’s greatest honor was getting a 10/10 from us, but also Elder Scrolls V has the rare feat of breaking new ground with reviews. Skyrim is now the first Western developed game to ever earn a perfect 40/40 in Famitsu, Japan’s biggest gaming magazine.

Famitsu has been an institution in Japan for decades, and even in foreign countries the magazine is known to those looking for breaking news on Japanese-developed games. The periodical is famous for being stingy in general with perfect scores, which happens when all four reviewers of a game give it a 10. Though in the last five years or so the publication has been slightly more giving with the 40s, only a handful of games have had the honor. And until now they were all Japanese titles.

Other titles from the west have come close before with games like LA Noire, Black Ops and Gears of War 3 getting 39/40, as the magazine stepped up its coverage of non-Japanese releases in the last few years. After those close calls, Skyrim now joins the ranks Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Nintendogs (?) in Famitsu history. We just wonder how long it’ll be before the next foreign title gets the honor.

Source: Andriasang


  • IChooseUAntistaMON - December 2, 2011 4:43 p.m.

    IF black ops received a 39/40 a 40/40 isn't that big of a deal BLOPS was bad
  • Cwf2008 - December 1, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    Wait Nintendogs got 40/40?! *scratches head*
  • lancevance821 - November 30, 2011 4:02 a.m.

    Skyrim is a great game. But with all of its crazy bugs and game freezes it doesn't deserve a 40/40 or 10/10. It is by no stretch of the imagination better then Metal Gear Solid 4. MGS4 ran perfectly even online. Sorry But Skyrim is way overrated. 9/10 at best
  • Lucas - November 30, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    lol console player
  • spoony_bard - December 17, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    Wow, "LOL *insert demographic here*". How original.
  • Ravenbom - November 29, 2011 8:16 p.m.

    They must have been playing PC version with the tentacle-dong mod installed.
  • Person5 - November 29, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    I used to care about Famitsu reviews, but then I took an arrow in the knee
  • ShowMeYourKitties - November 29, 2011 6:30 p.m.

  • BackwaterRifle - November 29, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    Hearing this comment almost made me wish for a nuclear winter.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - November 29, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    Also, why you gotta use a cat person picture for the header GamesRadar?
  • A_Winner_Is_You - November 29, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    You got a problem with Khajiit's, buddy? *sharpens claws*
  • IamTheBalance - November 29, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    Its all about orcs or gtfo
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - November 29, 2011 4:53 p.m.

    Nintendogs is a bit of a head scratcher, but I still think that 4 10's from Famitsu is pretty impressive, particularly for a Western-developed game. Congrats Bethesda, the game really does deserve it.
  • lilbuddha - November 29, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    The perfect 40 from famitsu became meaningless long long ago.
  • CancerMan - November 29, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    Oh look a racist troll. Never seen one of those before.
  • D0CCON - November 29, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    It looks like we've got a new troll to add to the Gamesradar family, huh?
  • Person5 - November 29, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    Eh, he's been trollin for a while now, I'm a little surprised he's still using that username and hasn't moved onto a new one
  • Redeater - November 29, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    The avatar is a dead giveaway. :)

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