Famitsu Awards Bayonetta A Perfect Score

Japanese game magazine Famitsu has four separate critics score games on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best score. The four scores are then tallied, and 40 is perfecto.

Today, only eleven, well, now twelve games have been awarded the perfect score. The latest is multi-platform title Bayonetta. Multi-platform Bayonetta is the first game to appear on the Xbox 360 to receive this score.

To review, here are the previous 40/40 games:

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) 2. Soulcalibur (1999) 3. Vagrant Story (2000) 4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003) 5. Nintendogs (2005) 6. Final Fantasy (2006) 7. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) 8. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008) 9. 428 (2008) 10. Dragon Quest IX (2009) 11. Monster Hunter Tri (2009)

So no games in 2001, 2002, 2004 or 2007 got a 40/40, but three games in 2008 and three games in 2009 have? Either Famitsu thinks games are getting better or is giving out more perfect scores. Discuss!

And for those who care, Final Fantasy X was released in 2001, Resident Evil was released in 2002, Dragon Quest VIII and Gran Turismo 4 were released in 2004, and so on and so forth.


Comments

    Can't believe they never gave Metroid Prime 10/10. sigh.

    Also as if Bayonetta would get a 10/10, that game just looks crappy. Its like they brainstormed a bunch of stuff on the whiteboard and crammed it into a game without going through an elimination process.

      I think you might be forgetting that YOU CAN PLAY ONE HANDED!!!

    Famitsu must be really open to bribes.

    Magazine gives out high score, world cares.

    Everywhere gives out perfect scores, whats so special about this instance?

      It's because Famitsu was seen as something like the "evil council" of game reviews. harsh, brutal yet honest, giving reviews that were worthy of the game. Although lately that reputation seems to be slipping with the amount of perfect scores they're giving out...

    That's FFXII up there, you forgot the number :p

    It's a bit like metacritic/rotten tomatoes where they tally up scores. So I guess when the game is lucky and the 4 critics love it to death you get a perfect score. How else did you think Nintendogs manage to get a furfect score?

    ***BREAKING NEWS JUST IN*** - Kotaku complains about something and world still turns. They've reviewed the full game and you haven't, so who's opinion carrys more weight?

    5. Nintendogs (2005) 40/40

    Who even acknowledges this crap....

    Those recent perfect games were in development for a very long time and were among the most anticipated by Japanese gamers for years. That they all came out within a couple of years doesn't mean all that much in the grand scheme of things.

    By the same token, the list of games that get 36/40 (9 from each reviewer) would probably be too long to even post here.

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003)
    5. Nintendogs (2005)
    6. Final Fantasy (2006)
    7. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
    8. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)
    9. 428 (2008)
    10. Dragon Quest IX (2009)

    OH LOOK FAMITSU SCORES 4 $ALE!

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