Most times, a game earns a 40/40 in Famitsu and goes largly unnoticed in the West. Other times, a game gets that rare and prestigious perfect score and everybody's playing it for years and years.
Add The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to that list, as the Bethesda dragon- and mastodon-slaying RPG wowed Famitsu's review panel and became the first Western game ever to earn a perfect score, joining a short list of admittedly excellent games to also get that rare 40/40. Here's the complete list:
The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (Nintendo64)
Vagrant Story (PS1)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)
Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
428: Fusa Sareta Shibuya de (Wii)
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (DS)
Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)
Bayonetta (Xbox 360)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)
Pokemon: Black and Pokemon: White (DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
There's a much longer list of games that receive a near-perfect 39/40 here on Wikipedia.
While there are a few games on that list that I wouldn't give a perfect score, like Metal Gear Solid 4, the well-rounded approach to reviewing and an emphasis on innovation and smart design make me trust Famitsu's reviews. What do you think? Does Skyrim deserve a perfect score? Is it so far the best game of the year?