See that tower way off into the west? You can go there. What about that mountain behind it? Yeah, you can go there as well as the twin peaks to its left. In Breath Of The Wild, if you can see it, you can reach it, go around it or hell, even glide over it. Its an open world game but you can reach literally anything unlike in Far Cry 5. If you’re familiar with the world of gaming, you’ve probably heard of this new edition to the Legend Of Zelda series, if you haven’t, you probably will since this might just be the best Zelda game released as of yet.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of the Wild Review
From it’s formidable enemies to it’s humorous NPC interactions, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild has taken the world by storm pushing gamers into unchartered territories while still retaining the original charm of the main Legend Of Zelda series. This high-fantasy action-adventure game published by Nintendo is the tenth edition of the original series which was released for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles on March 3rd, 2017. With its extensive gameplay, impeccable graphics and its new take on reality, the game has earned the fantasy of a majority of the gamers, indulging them in the new and improved version of Hyrule where the word ‘No’ is never the answer. Anything you think you can do is pretty much possible, from climbing trees and mountains to setting grass ablaze. even the realistic antics of the animals has us in awe.
- The Loot
- New and improved weapons
- The Physics element
- Climbing and Gliding
- Dynamic Weather
- Open World
- Limited inventory
- Weapon Durability
- Constant raining annoys the player
The story starts with the familiar task of defeating Ganon and rescuing Princess Zelda. While the story might be similar to previous editions, its new take on reality makes the game much more interesting and diverse. With this new world being so vast and so open, it was a tough decision to even figure out from where to start, every corner and every cranny held a bigger surprise than the one before never failing to spark our curiosity.
What actually excited me was the experiments I could perform, anything I wanted to do could be done. The near reality experiences had me in awe. If I stood near a campfire with a wooden object in my hand, it would catch on fire, if I was wielding a metallic weapon or armor in a thunderstorm, I’d most likely get electrocuted. If I tried to climb during rain I tended to slip and sometimes even plunge to my death. The realistic touches didn’t just end here, I could even cook up fruits into quick healing snacks. The weather would constantly change and nature’s reactions to even the smallest of my actions kept me on my toes throughout the game.
The development of Breath of the wild lasted five years, the team wanted to reinvent the series. To achieve this feature; they introduced new elements such as a detailed physics engine, high-definition visuals, and voice-acting. Downloadable content was made available post-release with an introduction to new gameplay modes and features.
The game is played in an open world environment. I was given little instructions and sent off into the vast world of Hyrule, where I started off with a tree branch as my only weapon and could explore freely with little to no restrictions. Apart from the major objective of defeating Ganon, the beautiful yet interactive world had me taking detours to explore on my own. Players have the choice to solve common tasks like puzzles or side quests in order to obtain rewards which prove to be pretty helpful in the future. This new and improved world of Hyrule is adapted to reward and react to experimentations of any kind and allows the game to be completed in a non-linear fashion.
Link awakens from a deep slumber after which a mysterious voice guides him. His mission is to defeat Calamity Ganon before he grows strong enough to break free from Hyrule Castle and wreck havoc once again.
On his way to defeat Ganon, Link crosses paths with various enemies fighting his way to survive, but what had me obsessed with the game was its light-hearted turn from the serious storyline, provided by the entertaining NPCs you meet along the way and the side quests which present quite a humorous effect in strict contrast with previous editions of the game.
Contrary to previous Legend Of Zelda games, Breath Of The Wild features a free open world with sheer freedom of movement, a world quite vast and diverse in comparison to previous games. This newest addition to the series not only allows the users to approach challenges in different ways but also integrates a ‘physics’ as well as a ‘chemistry’ engine which defines physical properties of objects and characters and allows these properties to interact with their surroundings. From a technical standpoint, the graphics may not be mind-blowing but the style is gorgeous and everything comes together perfectly.
You can focus on the main objective, taking the short and direct route to defeat the mighty Calamity Ganon or you can take your time exploring the lengths Of Hyrule. 15 minutes into the game and I knew I was in for the long haul. The routes and detours to take are limitless.
If I wanted to, I could climb the tower I saw on my way and glide off of it into the wind using my paraglider hell, I could even use my paraglider to snowboard down the mountains. It took me about 70+ hours to slay Ganon and end the game.
I utilized these hours exploring the lengths and borders of Hyrule, completing side quests as well as visiting villages and conversing with NPCs. The game takes its fair share of time to complete and requires quick reflexes and complex battle strategies in order to face and slay the bosses. The whole experience had me addicted and with little to no sleep for about three days. Yes, I wrapped up the game in 3 days. This game deserves every bit of praise that comes its way. It’s a game I don’t think you will get bored of any time soon. Every day brings a new challenge in its wake, the opportunities to take are endless. It is of no surprise that Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild was deemed one of the best selling games of 2017.
Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is for you
If you’re a dedicated high-fantasy action-adventure fan, this game is definitely a show stopper for you. Its sheer freedom of movement allows the player to stroll into the vast world of Hyrule and explore. With Breath of the Wild, you can never achieve true mastery as every day brings a new challenge and discovery keeping the players on their toes. If you like a good challenge this game is a good choice to go for.
Legend Of Zelda: Breath of The Wild is not for you
The game isn’t it’s money’s worth if you’re not looking for a game with the classic RPG (role-playing game) interactions and a heavy storyline which takes its fair share of time. The game consists of continuous exploration and combat, if this type is not what you usually go for, this might not be the choice to make.