Deathloop enjoys a launch day to remember

Arkane Studios may have delivered a contender for Game of the Year after Deathloop launched to incredible critical acclaim.

The first-person shooter is layered with puzzles and a repeating day sequence, similar to the likes of Groundhog Day or Happy Death Day.

Players take on the role of Colt Vahn who is stuck in a time loop, being hunted by Julianna Blake as he looks to kill a list of visionaries to break the cycle.

Following previous cult classics from the studio, such as Dishonered, there was certainly excitement for the title, but it has far exceeded expectations with multiple perfect scores from some major media outlets.

"For all of its complexities under the hood, Deathloop is Arkane’s most accessible game yet and elicits constant satisfaction. The action is a pleasure, while its main drive has you constantly picking up pieces of an unknown puzzle that are pieced together in separate chunks, before the frisson of excitement when the full picture starts to form. What’s extraordinary is how Arkane make it seem so easy. Blockbuster game-making at its smartest and most essential," read the Telegraph's review, with a 100 score.

Gamespot described it as follows: "Deathloop is a game where observation and dynamic thinking go hand-in-hand with shotgunning goons in the face and snapping their necks ... it delivers bombastic thrills and wince-inducing kills with intelligence and elegance in equal measure."

There was also similarly high praise from IGN with Matt Purslow stating: "Despite its seemingly endless complexities, Deathloop is one of the most confidently designed games I’ve ever played. Arkane Studios has crafted a world made of ideas linked by meaningful connections; time influences space, space influences tactics, and tactics influence loadouts. A new high watermark for Arkane and developers of similar games to aspire to, Deathloop is a game like no other."

Deathloop is a PlayStation 5 timed console exclusive, though it is also available to PC players, and it may be the one of the potential final scoops for Sony from ZeniMax Media Inc, which was recently acquired by Microsoft. ZeniMax Media Inc owns the likes of id Software, Arkane and Bethesda.

Following a successful launch day, Deathloop had an average score of 88 on Metacritic following 79 critic reviews. Of all the reviews, only five fell into the mixed category while there was yet to be a single negative review from critics.