Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has become the first game developed in the West to receive a perfect 40/40 score from weekly Japanese consumer games mag Famitsu.
The publication asks four reviewers to score each title out of ten, with these then added together to form the overall total.
It’s the 17th game to receive perfect marks, with ten of those being awarded in the last three years.
Former developers to claim the crown include Nintendo (Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, Nintendogs, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Pokemon Black and White and Skyward Sword), Nacmo (Soulcalibur), Square Enix (Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII, Dragon Quest IX, Konami (Metal Gear Solid 4, MGS Peace Walker), Sega (Bayonetta) and Capcom (Monster Hunter Tri).
A few Western titles have come close before, grabbing 39/40 scores.
These include Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, COD: Black Ops, Gears of War 3, and FIFA 12.