But isn't your title misleading then? You only use Metacritic as source, exclude GTA V for ... reasons and use only one version of the game? Shouldn't the title be: What games can surpass the XBox One version of RDR2 as the on Metacritic highest rated current generation game excluding cross gen titles like GTA V?
Do you really think that that would be a good thread title? Isn't it a "bit" long? You could only see a part of it on the main page, so you wouldn't know what the thread is about. And I state in my first sentence that it's based on Metacritic. I wouldn't count GTA V as current generation because it was first released on last gen consoles.
Ok but after jimquisition took BotW down from a 98 to a 97, he was discredited from metacritic. His review is still there AND BotW has more reviews that average out to the same 97 that RDR2 has, so your comparison is flawed entirely. The title is bait because there could have been no way you would not have known that people would call you out on this, nor did you even use MC in the title.
To put things into perspective...
BotW has 106 positive reviews on the Switch version.
RDR2 has 96 positive reviews on the PS4 version.
Both games have a 97.
So if you want to count decimals, I will say that BotW has more positive reviews than RDR2 on metacritic, making it the more positively reviewed game.
Would it not be easier to just celebrate the success of all 94-97 (because God of War deserves some credit as the true GotY 2018) range games that released in just two years rather than cherry pick facts that discredit your argument in a failed attempt to make one 97 more relevant than two other 97s?