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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best games this generation has to offer

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    hollowfenix
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    To be blunt, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is arguably the best Zelda game ever made and it's definitely the most ambitious. Nintendo has outdone themselves, you have to hand it to them. There is very little negative to say about this game. Let's do a break down of the pros and cons. Pros: +Best Zelda story to date. Yes, it may be the same premise, but there is much more depth this time around. There are other things going on, not just Link rescuing Zelda. All of the side quests add so much to the main story. The depth is what makes the game succeed. +Voice acting adds a lot to some of the characters we already know and love, including Zelda herself. It makes for a richer and more interesting story. +Gameplay is king in Zelda games. We all know this. BOTW is no different. There is a ton of gameplay variety, more than there has ever been. Everything from fighting, exploring, cooking, transportation, it's all been either improved or newly introduced. +Open World and Exploration are front and center in BOTW. The open world design allows you take whatever path you choose. While most Zelda games in the past were linear, this is not the same. Whatever approach you prefer is completely fine. The freedom really shines through in BOTW. +The beautiful art style makes up for anything lacking in the graphics department. The Wii U and Switch are not on par with the PS4 and Xbox One, so don't expect that type of beauty, but the art style truly does make a big difference. Nintendo has always been king when it comes to gorgeous art and design. Exploration is one of the game's biggest draws. Conquering the 100+ shrines is amazing! +Wii U and Switch versions offer choice for the gamer. You don't have to upgrade to the Switch to experience BOTW. The Wii U version is every bit as great as the Switch one. In fact, I owned the Switch version but got rid of it in favor of the Wii U version. I did not see the point in upgrading since the only other Switch game I care about is Mario Odyssey and that doesn't come out for almost another year. +More than 100 hours of gameplay offers major value (in your wallet) and replay value. There is always something to see and do! +The game world is absolutely huge. This lends itself to many hours of fun, whether you are doing side quests, the main quests, shrines, or goofing off. +Challenging and thought provoking puzzles are a standout in BOTW. Every shrine has a challenging puzzle, while most boss battles require you to solve a puzzle as well. +Cooking is really fun. Doing recipes is a blast, just experimenting with food can be an interesting distraction. +Great A.I., from the main characters, townsfolk and enemies. +Use the Wii U Pro controller for the best experience. It is more tight and comfortable than the GamePad. I don't have experience with the Switch Pro Controller (probably because it's $70!) but I am sure it's superior to the Joy-Cons and Grip. Cons: -Weapons break a lot, maybe too much. I found that a lot of my time was devoted to changing weapons, whether in a battle or not. It's not a game-breaker but it is an annoyance. Overall, Zelda BOTW is an all time great. It's a game you must experience and have in your collection. I bought the Wii U version, but the choice is yours. Go out and buy it to experience something you will never forget!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The hype is warranted...

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    TheGeneral
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    So I'm a fan of The Witcher 3 on PS4. I recently purchased the Switch for my kids but they don't like to play on it because they are infatuated with their iPad and Minecraft. So I was reading all the reviews about this game and how much hype surrounding it. I've also seen the youtube videos and still could not decide until today I made the purchase and let me begin by saying this isn't a full game review BUT I will say the money spent on this game was worth it! (I have Bestbuy's gamer's club discount at $47.99) - NO GAME IS WORTH MORE THAN $50. Sorry but it's insane to see how games are priced at $60+ these days.) The initial review of this game is that after having played over 100 hours of The witcher 3 excluding the expansion packs so far, I am quite overwhelmed with the witcher 3. The battle system and inventory system is just staggering and has a steep learning curve. So you must invest a lot of time. But with this BOTW game, the learning curve is not even close to being like the Witcher 3. The entire summary so far in my progress of this game is that it's fun to play and keeps me coming back. BOTW lacks the amount of details compared to The Witcher 3 but I am having a great time playing with my kids watching by my side. In fact it's more fun to play than the witcher 3 because it's much simpler and the inventory system is vastly smaller than the witcher 3's. Let's talk about the graphics - I have zero issues with the graphics and in fact it's actually a very artistic and beautiful game! Don't try to compare the two because it's completely different and BOTW in it's own style is great but the witcher 3 has it's own style and is superior as well. Overall with my current progress (which is still early in the game ~4 hours in), I am impressed enough with this game to tell people who are The Witcher 3 fan's to try the game out you won't be disappointed. BOTW is just fun to play and I enjoy exploring everything in this game. It seems The Witcher 3 is open world as well but somehow it feels linear and repetitive (go here come back do this and go back to the beginning, repeat it, etc). BOTW is just easy to play and I haven't touched a Zelda game since SNES days. That's a LONG TIME AGO. I am happy with this game and I can only imagine if Nintendo made a true Zelda game from scratch using Switch hardware instead of porting from the Wii U - this already is impressive considering it wasn't designed on the Switch in the first place. So if you are wondering if this game can hold up to The Witcher 3 - I'd say it can and I find myself playing this more; because it's family friendly, it doesn't take complete focus as you need in the Witcher 3, and you don't need to spend so much time like you do in The Witcher 3. I usually get in the Witcher 3 game and less than 1/2 hour I am already drained because there's just so much to explore and do sometimes I just get tired and quit. With BOTW I can just load it up and play and it's something special with the way Nintendo produced this game because it keeps you attracted and coming back. I don't have any issues with weapons breaking because you just go off and find more weapons. I love the bow and arrow and the entire game is just "fun". The load times are not atrocious - it's not lightning quick like in the new Sonic game but I don't have any issue with load times. In fact coming from The Witcher 3 on the PS4, anything less than that game is heaven, lol! Overall I am happy I bought the game and I can say without a doubt you will enjoy the game. The hype is warranted and I can see myself playing until the end! Nintendo can keep making games like BOTW and for sure I will say the Switch will live on a long time. It's not always about graphics power on a console; it's all about the software!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Skeptical of purchase due to hype....

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    TheGeneral
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    So I'm a fan of The Witcher 3 on PS4. I recently purchased the Switch for my kids but they don't like to play on it because they are infatuated with their iPad and Minecraft. So I was reading all the reviews about this game and how much hype surrounding it. I've also seen the youtube videos and still could not decide until today I made the purchase and let me begin by saying this isn't a full game review BUT I will say the money spent on this game was worth it! (I have Bestbuy's gamer's club discount at $47.99) - NO GAME IS WORTH MORE THAN $50. Sorry but it's insane to see how games are priced at $60+ these days.) The initial review of this game is that after having played over 100 hours of The witcher 3 excluding the expansion packs so far, I am quite overwhelmed with the witcher 3. The battle system and inventory system is just staggering and has a steep learning curve. So you must invest a lot of time. But with this BOTW game, the learning curve is not even close to being like the Witcher 3. The entire summary so far in my progress of this game is that it's fun to play and keeps me coming back. BOTW lacks the amount of details compared to The Witcher 3 but I am having a great time playing with my kids watching by my side. In fact it's more fun to play than the witcher 3 because it's much simpler and the inventory system is vastly smaller than the witcher 3's. Let's talk about the graphics - I have zero issues with the graphics and in fact it's actually a very artistic and beautiful game! Don't try to compare the two because it's completely different and BOTW in it's own style is great but the witcher 3 has it's own style and is superior as well. Overall with my current progress (which is still early in the game ~4 hours in), I am impressed enough with this game to tell people who are The Witcher 3 fan's to try the game out you won't be disappointed. BOTW is just fun to play and I enjoy exploring everything in this game. It seems The Witcher 3 is open world as well but somehow it feels linear and repetitive (go here come back do this and go back to the beginning, repeat it, etc). BOTW is just easy to play and I haven't touched a Zelda game since SNES days. That's a LONG TIME AGO. I am happy with this game and I can only imagine if Nintendo made a true Zelda game from scratch using Switch hardware instead of porting from the Wii U - this already is impressive considering it wasn't designed on the Switch in the first place. So if you are wondering if this game can hold up to The Witcher 3 - I'd say it can and I find myself playing this more; because it's family friendly, it doesn't take complete focus as you need in the Witcher 3, and you don't need to spend so much time like you do in The Witcher 3. I usually get in the Witcher 3 game and less than 1/2 hour I am already drained because there's just so much to explore and do sometimes I just get tired and quit. With BOTW I can just load it up and play and it's something special with the way Nintendo produced this game because it keeps you attracted and coming back. I don't have any issues with weapons breaking because you just go off and find more weapons. I love the bow and arrow and the entire game is just "fun". The load times are not atrocious - it's not lightning quick like in the new Sonic game but I don't have any issue with load times. In fact coming from The Witcher 3 on the PS4, anything less than that game is heaven, lol! Overall I am happy I bought the game and I can say without a doubt you will enjoy the game. The hype is warranted and I can see myself playing until the end! Nintendo can keep making games like BOTW and for sure I will say the Switch will live on a long time. It's not always about graphics power on a console; it's all about the software!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The ultimate game for wandering and discovering.

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    donsanedrin
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    This game is designed to be enjoyed in many different ways. If you are the diligent type of person who wants to follow the recommendations of the game and go EXACTLY where you are told to go next, and what to do, then this is a solid game. But that is not what this game is meant for. It is meant for wandering and discovery. And if you put yourself in the right mindset to get curious, and observe the landscape and see what could potentially be around that hill, or down that river, or inside that valley, or up on top of that mountain, this game will reward you with surprises. Let me point out the very thing that this game does that separates it from all other open-world games: This is a vertically designed game. By design you are encouraged to climb up to high places to observe the land and see what is below, and then you can drop in below. You are encouraged to act as your own topographer and mark up your own map with "stamps" to chart what it is that you see and place a waypoint there. Its pure discovery. There are no "?" already pre-placed on the map. Its all up to you. In most games, this would be a bad sign, because there's usually not much there. Like some collectable item that only serves to complete a side quest for the sake of completion. That is not what happens in this game, you are rewarded with unique gameplay moments. You discover new missions and characters. You find interesting side stories entirely by accident. This game rewards you for your curiosity at such a consistent level. This is the game where you are recommended to NOT just follow the main quest. This game has so many other game mechanics at work, that it would take a while to explain them all. The best way to explain is that the game strives to achieve a realism without all the boring parts about realism. Its very interactive, but not in a way in which its pointless. There's a GAMEPLAY reason for all of this interactivity. One gameplay mechanic that would be utterly pointless and tedious on its own is justified by the implementation of other gameplay mechanics. It all ends up working together. There's a bit of Minecraft-type of resource gathering mechanics. And lastly, the game surprises you with its enemy and their behavior. Even the most common enemy will find some way to surprise you during a fight. Because of the fact that your weapons has a short shelf-life early on in the game, you are forced to try out different weapons, but more importantly, you are strongly encouraged to engage a group of enemies in unique ways so that you don't have to use up your weapons. Scope the landscape and see what you can use to your advantage. Experiment. And there are so many small details that simply accumulate to blow you away. You have a sound-meter, when you walk slowly you make some noise, if you crouch and walk you make almost no noise, but if you run you make alot of noise. Nothing complicated about that, right? But WHY is it in the game? Because you can crawl up to enemies sleeping stealthily. And THEN you come to realize that when its raining, the sound of the rain masks the sound of your footsteps. So the dynamic weather has a PURPOSE, the sound has a PURPOSE. Its not there for the sake of presentation. Its there because you can DO SOMETHING WITH IT. The moment you realize that and then ask yourself "what if.......I try doing this?" and then do it AND IT WORKS!! Its the greatest feeling I've had in many years. This game makes you realize how other games artificially limit you in ways that are just plain silly. Locked doors??? Really? A line of bushes that serves as a wall that you aren't allowed to get past? This Zelda is meant to blow your mind in 2017 the way the first Zelda blew your mind in 1986/87.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Zelda: Breath of the Boring

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    KiddAlpha
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    There are possible spoilers below. If you literally want to know nothing about this game then look away. This is the most over-hyped and overrated game in the last 10 years. It's that simple. Just some history. I have played and completed every single Zelda game ever released. Yes, even Skyward Sword which this game makes look like a 10/10. This is NOT your typical Zelda game. It's an open world mess. Here are some of the major negatives: (1)A MASSIVE open world. Seriously. Gigantic. It's also EMPTY. Lifeless. Boring. Dull. They could have literally cut the map in half and it would have still been massive and empty and bland. (2)No dungeons. There are four, yes FOUR, Divine Beasts that pose as really bad "dungeons" in this game. That's it. And they are nowhere near the fun that Zelda dungeons typically are with well crafted puzzles and challenging layouts. (3)Heart containers and Stamina can be raised by grinding out 120 Shrines. Each Shrine gives an Orb. Every 4 orbs you can raise your heart level or stamina level. There is a point in the game you can swap stamina for hearts or vice versa and trust me you WILL want to do this. More on this later. I mentioned Stamina. Get used to it. This game is literally designed around it. Your stamina determines how high you can climb, swim or run without rest. It also determines how effective special weapon moves are, etc. You literally can't run 5 feet without running out of stamina and in a world this large that is a really huge problem. Wanna take a swim? Well don't go far because your stamina will run out and you will drown in a shallow pond. The shrines themselves are the definition of repetitive. A simple puzzle or enemy and done. But it takes much longer than you think. You will be SICK of these after 30 of them. (4)Rain. It rains constantly. No big deal right? Wrong. The brilliant designers at Nintendo made it where when it's raining you might as well put your controller down and go get a drink. You can't climb when it's raining. That means you can't explore. That means you are left looking at this massive world waiting on it to stop raining. Also, if you happen to have a metal weapon equipped, lightning can hit you and kill you. (5)Weapon Durability. Now to what I consider the worst mechanic in the game and it's not even close. Your weapons break. They will break. Often. Like every 2 enemies often. Like every 10 hits often. Every single weapon breaks. You can only carry a certain amount of these weapons of course, but you can increase the slots to carry more. That requires Korok Seeds which I will address below. So you will literally be spending a HUGE amount of time in EVERY SINGLE ENCOUNTER that isn't a very weak enemy equipping weapon after weapon as they break. This isn't just an early game thing. This is an entire game thing. Now, you CAN get unbreakable weapons like the Master Sword but that will require a certain amount of hearts to get (reference how to get heart containers above). But again the designers at Nintendo messed this up too. Even the Master sword must be recharged for 10 minutes after using it for a few fights. So it may not break but it will be useless to you most of the time. It is astounding to me that they put this mechanic in. It ruins the game. (6)Menus. The menu design is HORRID. Illogical in layout and you will be in the menu's a TON. (7)Korok Seeds. Spread throughout the world are 900 korok seeds. It takes exponentially increasing amounts of these to increase slots for weapons, etc. There is really nothing to do but mark your map and go find these. It's incredibly boring and repetitive. Just like the shrines. (8)Controls. The controls overall aren't very good. They aren't consistent and nothing feels solid. The controls for your horse are the worst though with the promise of it getting better the longer you keep a horse. It doesn't. (9)Enemies. There are about 10 enemy types in the game with a few elite variants. Yep, about 10. That's why after the 10th village of monsters you kill for yet another chest containing some weapon that will break in 10 hits you will start skipping any fights at all. There is literally no reason to engage. You don't level. They don't drop any items you really need. It's just atrocious design. (10)Story. There isn't one. Link wakes up with the ever useful "amnesia" trick which of course means they don't have to craft a story and trust me, they didn't. You will find memory triggers throughout the land with no idea where they are that will unlock memories which are just lazy short cutscenes from the past. (11)Music. There really isn't any music to speak of. In past Zelda games it was memorable and the game almost threw it at you. Not here. In fact, I was literally falling asleep playing this game because for large parts of it you are running around playing in silence with the crickets chirping in the game. (12)Cooking. Another really awkward convoluted mechanic with a weird menu thing that makes you hold so many items together and then throw them in the pot that you must target, which they miss half the time anyways. (13)Exploration. There is NO PAYOFF for exploring. You get nothing cool. You find nothing unique. You will climb mountain after mountain. You might find a chest here or there but guess what it contains? You guessed it! Another bad weapon that will break a few fights later. So sad. (14)Towers. There are tons of towers spread throughout the map that when climbed (which takes forever) will reveal portions of the map. They did this to encourage exploration, the problem being there is really nothing to find. I will guess that just like me you will also tire of this very quickly. Yes, another bland boring mechanic. So that is the game. Really. That's it. You can beat the game very quickly if you are a good player. You just have to advance the story enough to get the quest for the 4 dungeons which is VERY early in the game and then you can fight the boss. Everything else is completely optional and completely average. So you tell me after reading this how in the world this game got so many 5 star reviews or 10 star reviews on other sites. It's absolutely absurd. This is a bad game. Don't buy it. Do not reward Nintendo for this. The sad fact is there are more Nintendo fanboys than we all think and they will just eat up anything Nintendo throws at them. Even games like this. I own all the consoles and a beast of a gaming PC. I don't have an allegiance to a console or company. I just play good games and this game is just not good at all.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommended

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    Pros: +Best Zelda story to date. Yes, it may be the same premise, but there is much more depth this time around. There are other things going on, not just Link rescuing Zelda. All of the side quests add so much to the main story. The depth is what makes the game succeed. +Voice acting adds a lot to some of the characters we already know and love, including Zelda herself. It makes for a richer and more interesting story. +Gameplay is king in Zelda games. We all know this. BOTW is no different. There is a ton of gameplay variety, more than there has ever been. Everything from fighting, exploring, cooking, transportation, it's all been either improved or newly introduced. +Open World and Exploration are front and center in BOTW. The open world design allows you take whatever path you choose. While most Zelda games in the past were linear, this is not the same. Whatever approach you prefer is completely fine. The freedom really shines through in BOTW. +The beautiful art style makes up for anything lacking in the graphics department. The Wii U and Switch are not on par with the PS4 and Xbox One, so don't expect that type of beauty, but the art style truly does make a big difference. Nintendo has always been king when it comes to gorgeous art and design. Exploration is one of the game's biggest draws. Conquering the 100+ shrines is amazing! +Wii U and Switch versions offer choice for the gamer. You don't have to upgrade to the Switch to experience BOTW. The Wii U version is every bit as great as the Switch one. In fact, I owned the Switch version but got rid of it in favor of the Wii U version. I did not see the point in upgrading since the only other Switch game I care about is Mario Odyssey and that doesn't come out for almost another year. +More than 100 hours of gameplay offers major value (in your wallet) and replay value. There is always something to see and do! +The game world is absolutely huge. This lends itself to many hours of fun, whether you are doing side quests, the main quests, shrines, or goofing off. +Challenging and thought provoking puzzles are a standout in BOTW. Every shrine has a challenging puzzle, while most boss battles require you to solve a puzzle as well. +Cooking is really fun. Doing recipes is a blast, just experimenting with food can be an interesting distraction. +Great A.I., from the main characters, townsfolk and enemies. +Use the Wii U Pro controller for the best experience. It is more tight and comfortable than the GamePad. I don't have experience with the Switch Pro Controller (probably because it's $70!) but I am sure it's superior to the Joy-Cons and Grip. Cons: -Weapons break a lot, maybe too much. I found that a lot of my time was devoted to changing weapons, whether in a battle or not. It's not a game-breaker but it is an annoyance. Overall, Zelda BOTW is an all time great. It's a game you must experience and have in your collection. I bought the Wii U version, but the choice is yours. Go out and buy it to experience something you will never forget!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best game in the series, best game of all time?

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    ImpactPlayrV
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    BUY IT! Let's just start right there.... don't think twice, don't hesitate, buy the game. It is absolutely the best game of the series ever.( yeah traditional list will still say Ocarina is...it's not, not anymore. But that's an argument for other forums ) Breath of the Wild is an absolute breath of fresh air. It keeps so many of the ZELDA traditions, reframing them in a new manner, all while adding so much to the series. i could go on and on in long paragraphs about the brilliance of this ame, but let me make the review easier to read for those of you on the fence. Pros 100%open world...seriously after the intro that serves as a tutorial you could head strait for the final boss if you wanted, but the difficulty makes him almost impossible to beat. Massive world. It's huge. Maybe the biggest open world we have ever seen. Go anyplace. See a mountain? Head for it and climb to the peak...follow the river, tromp through the woods, explore ruins, search for shrines. Seriously do whatever you want. The shrines ....think of them as 120 brain teasing mind bending puzzles that reward you at the end if your skilled enough to get through them. The Devine beast- think classic dungeon exploring in ZELDA. Graphics- the game has a beautiful animated style. Do what you want... climb a mountain glide down. Swim. see a horse,deer, or even bear, sneak up on it hop on its back and ride it. The variety of gear-so much gear...and you'll need it weapons break, shields break. Your outfits won't, but you'll need different armor to help protect from the cold, and heat. Hours of game play- if your like me you can play this game for well over 100hours if you explore for everything hidden in this game. Difficulty- game will challenge even long time gamers. You will die...a lot! Cons Cooking....the part I hate the most in this game is cooking. It's not so much that it's in the game..it's cool to take the stuff you find and cook it up to restore health and give you various stat boosts. No my hatred for it is in how they implemented it! The added steps of having to open inventory, select hold on items, then back out, then cook is annoying and time consuming. The inability to cook multiple dishes at a time is also annoying. This mechanics needed streamlined. Difficulty - you will die...A LOT! If your a novice gamer expect to die a lot. heck, if your a long time amer expect to die a lot. There are some extremely challenging enemies at times and the game may be too hard for younger players at times. Rain- I live that it can effect you while playing...makings climbing way harder, almost impossible at times..and lightning, don't get me started...you can get struck by it. My problem with it though is that it almost rains too much...and it always happens when I have something huge to climb! Ugghhh! That's it really. I can't think of anything else that is a negative. This game is easily the best I've played in 2017 so far. And while I have played some great games in the past this game immediately jumps to all time great stays..maybe the best game of all time. I can't suggest this game enough. And if my review isn't enough just do a quick internet search and see all the perfect scores it has received. It's a brilliant games in every aspect. BUY IT NOW!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    An average but good game

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    Steve
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    If you have a switch, you should get this game. Not because it's great, but because it's average and still offers hundreds of hours of play time. The negative reviews are all correct, and so are the positive reivews. The actual reality is somewhere in the middle. It has a big beautiful world, but many areas are just empty other than trees and grass. Most of the game seems to focus more on basic survival like gathering supplies and cooking, rather than working towards a goal. It may as well have been called Legend of Zelda: woodland survival. Link is hopelessly outmatched and really needs to work hard to live in this world. The best way to try and make the game more playable would be to collect 13 heart containers and go straight for the master sword so you won't have to worry about weapon breakage every minute (although the sword still needs to recharge between uses). Then start working on adding stamina so you can swim and climb mountains. The old style of Zelda involved many dungeons that would grant you powerful new weapons, but in this game there isn't much in the way of that. Since Link is so weak most of the time, this game really requires you to use creative thinking and interaction with the environment to beat enemies and puzzles, rather than charging in with an old bow or sword that will break after a few swings. It is the total opposite of past games and something you need to get used to. It is still a good overall game that can be enjoyed if you look past its many flaws and work with the game dynamics that are given. If you try and play it as a traditional Zelda game, you will be disappointed. Just wander around and have fun finding mysteries and enjoying the scenery. It has some amazing unique graphics and scenes you will enjoy. This is a whole new game style and takes some getting used to, but satisfying if you want it to be. This is the first game where I feel like a strategy guide is mandatory, otherwise you could waste huge amounts of time searching for areas and items on your own. Perhaps the biggest achievement (and downfall) of the game is that they made it far too realistic. Most of what happens is what you would expect in real life. Rain puts out fires and makes rock slippery, lighting strikes are dangerous, fire can burn things, and weapons can break. Add to this the stamina wheel where Link gets tired after a short run, and it leaves you wondering if they added too much realism in what is supposed to still be a video game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Maybe the best game I've ever played

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    James
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    Disclaimer: I am, and always have been, a huge Legend of Zelda/Nintendo fan, so I am not trying to pretend that I didn't go into this purchase with preconceived notions of the quality. That being said, it surpassed my very high expectations. The map is enormous and the world sucks you in. I love the surprise every time I find something fun that I know has no connection to the storyline (Second disclaimer: I LOVE side quests, and this game has a ton). I have already played for 100+ hours and I don't feel anywhere close to halfway through. To add onto that, I think that this game gives more control over pacing than any other game I've ever played. I personally love to find every single detail and explore every area, which can take forever, but I have friends who have said that they were able to zoom through the main storyline in about 30 hours. It's hard for me to imagine why you would want to do that with a world that is so full and immersive, but I appreciate that the developers catered to both audiences. The only negatives to playing come down to a few technical issues, specifically with controls. Anytime is a motion-sensing aspect in the game it kinda drives me crazy. I disabled the motion-controls for everything that I could, but the one unavoidable area that it comes up is in some of the puzzles throughout the game. I wish that there was a way to recalibrate the controller so that I could tell the switch when my joycon is in the optimal position for completing the puzzle, but it seems like it just locks the orientation in as soon as you start the puzzle. The other thing that drove me crazy when I was first playing is the crouch button, as it is activated by pressing down the left joystick. The issue I have with this is that during intense fights, I often accidentally press it down and end up getting stuck in a crouched position when I was trying to run away or move quickly. I got used to it as I kept playing, but I still wish that the game gave the option of switching which buttons corresponded to which commands. Overall: This game is absolutely incredible. It gives the character an unprecedented amount of freedom, and the world feels virtually limitless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hard Game full of Discovery

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    Breath of the wild throws out a lot of the old and brings in a lot of brand new features. Link and Zelda are of course back to save Hyrule again. At it's root it's a third person action adventure game with puzzles, however it's not quite like other times you've ventured into Hyrule. The world has 4 dungeons instead of the dozen or so from past games. Instead the world is saturated by small bite sized puzzle or combat challenges called shrines. Combat is no longer limited to a single sword and shield combination. All weapons have wear and tear and will break far faster than you might expect. You'll be forced to change up your style as you defeat enemies. You will lose the weapons you are using and have to start using weapons retrieved from the enemies you are fighting. This sometimes leads to inventory management stress as you attempt to hold onto a particularly cool weapon to save for a boss fight or are trying to drop a terrible club in favor of a new sword/spear or the like. The over-world map is sprawling. On the Switch the landscape goes on for awhile and has dynamic weather that affects the world around you. You'll see fog and rain at times. Even the occasional thunderstorm that can cause you to die from a lighting strike if you're not careful. There are mountains that tower over you and caves that lead sometimes to new areas and sometimes to a dead end. Heat and cold will also affect Link as he travels up to the tops of mountains where it's colder or nearer to a volcano where his clothes can catch fire. There is a food and loot system where depending on his outfit or food intake can increase or decrease his body temperature keeping him from taking damage in certain areas. The story follows Link as a recently awoken, 100 year old hero, who failed to take on Calamity Gannon. Link of course has lost his memories and must find out where his place is in this world that has found a balance since his defeat. Is it too late? Is there something he can still do? These are the questions it strives to answer and overall It does a good job of providing answers. It uses a hybrid visual style reminiscent of Ocarina of Time but has cell shaded explosions. It's character models are cartoony and fun. Safe to play with kids around as it's equivalent to any Saturday morning cartoon. Overall Breath of the Wild takes a lot of inspiration from other games. It almost doesn't feel like a Zelda game at times. That being said it's been a pure pleasure to play and experience. It's an easy recommendation to old fans or those who have never played a Zelda game. This is especially true if you've picked up a switch and want to experience a truly amazing video game near launch.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best games ever

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    Let me start out by saying that Breath of the Wild is one of Nintendos most revered, most complete, and more extraordinary games to have come out in recent years ..With all of the original Zelda comparisons...in some years Breath of The Wild may be considered one of the best games of our generation. Im lucky enough to have had my childhood experience with the original..and also played Ocarina of Time. Previously, Ocarina of Time was my favorite Zelda, but now Breath of the Wild takes that crown. The combination of original the Zelda's open style go anywhere gameplay...with modern combat that includes magic, projectiles, sword play , and use of the environments creates an amazing masterpiece. Breath of the Wild has massive environments that may appear barren at times, but as you play, you will discover treasures, secret areas, shrines, and stumble upon mini bosses. The most rewarding gameplay mechanic is that the game allows you to explore and discover various things. The player can discover small towns, enemy encampments and even areas that not only have mini bosses but an actual boss. The game does have several side missions, but it does not bog you down with mundane fetch quests. The player truly can literally go anywhere in the game. What I loved about this is that I did go out and take on enemies that were to strong for me and encountered bosses that were too challenging at first, but was able to escape the area and discovered some shrines and cooked different items to become stronger / level up and then came back to the area with more knowledge of combat and strength. The shrines feature numerous puzzles that require you to use link's abilities as well as combat tests that truly teach you how to play the game better. The voice acting may be out of place at times and some characters may not leave a lasting impression. For the most part, the main characters and a few side characters are great additions to the story. The story is not revolutionary, but it does get the job done. The art style is great but definitely hides some issues very cleverly. There is beauty to be seen with some breathtaking moments. The frame rate does dip low in some areas , but this doesn't negate the marvelous experience of playing one of the best games created by Nintendo. This is one game that every gamer should experience playing.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A breathtaking adventure

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    The Legend of Zelda is the one video game series I've followed since it began with the NES. In fact, it's often what leads me to buy a new Nintendo console and thanks to Breath of the Wild I now have a Switch ;) Breath of the Wild takes some of the best parts of Zelda (the story, characters, weapons, temples, side quests) and adds in some amazing new features (using stealth, enormous open world without restrictions, shrines, 'ancient' technology and enemies, runes [i.e. special powers], and new puzzles). The graphics are amazing and exploring the world of Hyrule never gets boring. There's always something new to find! The main story line is very compelling as well, leading you to many interesting places and challenges around Hyrule. Plus this game is seriously difficult. There are enemies that actually scare me when I see them, and fighting them is no small task. If you're unprepared you will not make it! Many of the shrines offer unique challenges as well, thanks to the features of the Switch and Link's new abilities like moving any metal object, or stopping time. About three weeks in now, and I still have much to do in this game. I'll reach 100 hours of gameplay fairly soon and I don't think I'll be finished by then. This is an amazing title and surely a new classic Zelda. It's addictive, it's gorgeous, and most of all it's really, really fun. It's well worth buying a Switch to enjoy this game.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Games like this don't come often

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    Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a phenomenal launch title - the likes of which we haven't seen very often in other console launches over the last few decades. The only launch titles that come close to being of such high calibur as Breath of the Wild are Super Mario World (SNES), Super Mario 64 (N64), and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii). Usually consoles come with chaffe and/or "meh" ports of "meh" games that were originally developed for the prior gen. This isn't a meh game or a meh port. If you like open-world games, and/or the Legend of Zelda series, you should really do yourself a favor and pick up this game. The sense of immersion and adventure you get from traversing all the different environments in the game is awe-inspiring. There's so many different ways you can approach travelling and puzzle-solving. The physics-based gameplay sets itself apart from many an open-world adventure game. Weather greatly impacts gameplay. The weapon durability system, often criticised by many, serves a grand purpose. The developers want you to take advantage of all tools at your disposal, rather then relying on the best tools you inevitable settle on in other games. Some resources and some weapons may be rarer then their counterparts, but the game respawns enemies, item locations, etc., every so-many-odd hours of in-game time passing. It's really not a big deal. Many people will have a hard time adjusting to this type of system if they've played other games that lack durability and place a greater reliance on individual items, that can no longer be regained once lost. Lastly, for many a Zelda fan who hasn't played too many open-world games, they'll be taken aback by the less-rewarding nature of Breath of the Wild. Don't fret, though. It's just the nature of open-world games compared to "set level" design. You can't judge this game with the same criteria as games with set dungeons to beat in a certain order, whereby clear progress can be kept. There's way more freedom here. It's glorious. Oh, and the soundtrack is wonderful. It's full of remixes of songs from various Legend of Zelda titles along with many new classics. You take it for granted for awhile, but then an old favorite plays as you travel into a new territory and you really get taken over by nostalgia. I love it.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A lovely, massively overrated gem.

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    An open-world game that isn't that open-world. An RPG that doesn't have a role to play. An adventure game that obsesses over puzzles, or is it a puzzle game with some mild adventuring? Most markedly, it's a Zelda game that isn't a Zelda game. If you're reading this, you probably already know Zelda games. You play as Link, you go into dungeons and fight monsters for hearts and items, and there are puzzles everywhere. Breath of the Wild, on the other hand, flips the script completely. There's almost nothing in the way of traditional dungeons, replaced with a massive open world (by Japanese open-world game standards) which house dozens upon dozens of tiny, one-room shrines with a single puzzle. Finish those puzzles and you'll get your items and health hearts, and that's that. The fighting takes place almost exclusively on the open world, as it were, and this is where the game falls apart. Every weapon you wield against every enemy will slowly begin to disintegrate, sometimes within a few swings, and then poof, is destroyed and gone. Forever. You will literally go through HUNDREDS of weapons in BotW (including bows and shields, too), and that is a gaming mistake so lethal that it poisoned any amount of positive experience I might have had with this otherwise inventive title. The overworld map is large, expansive, and majestic; you'll love scouring it for hidden gems, doodads, and those scores of shrines. You will not love wondering if you need to waste that one good weapon you were saving- and will never, ever see again- on some stupid blue wolf monkey thing that's attacking you from afar. You'll have this crisis dozens upon dozens of times in the game, and it was debilitatingly stupid, pointless, and annoying each and every time. Great game? Sure. Legendary super title? I have absolutely no. Idea. WHY. people are saying this was an all time GOAT of a game. To me it's just another Zelda, and one of the worst in the series. Which still makes it not bad at all.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular

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    Breath of the Wild was a long time coming and luckily it was worth the wait. I have always enjoyed Zelda games but I have never been a diehard fan. I have finished a handful of the games and owned most in the series. This is the best Zelda game I have ever played. It is also the most fun I've had with a game in some time. There is so much to do and see and if you have an imagination you can really pull off some cool stuff with your tools and the game's physics. The game does have a few flaws. The frame rate can dip from time to time. Most of the time it is steady so the drops really stand out. In a couple of places it seems to chug a bit worse. Luckily I have found that I rarely need to venture to those areas and there is no combat involved either. The game's art style looks great but there is no doubt you are playing on the least powerful current gen system. Finally, the weapon breakage is a con for me. I don't like it in any game, but here weapons break constantly. It is annoying and I wish they at least doubled maybe even tripled their current durability. Even with the flaws, I find the game to be spectacular. For me, the shear size of the world, the endless things to see and do and the tons of enemies to engage make the game rise so far beyond it's faults and even beyond its peers. That's not even taking into account the wonderful new dungeon system. I love that they have broken up the old dungeons (where you couple spend a couple of hours) into bite sized chunks. I would bet there are at least as many puzzles in this game as in the past. Likely, there are many more. I will have a hard time going back to the older games that had you following a narrow path and didn't open up much until the end of the game. In the end, I would say believe the reviews. This game is something special. It is not perfect, but it is the direction I hope to see the series go in the future. I haven't been hooked on a game like this in years. If you can take the opportunity to sit down and try this out do it. I'd be shocked if the exploration alone didn't hook you.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Complete departure from the series...

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    The new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild is a complete departure from what we know The Legend of Zelda series to be...and I LOVE it. Although the story can be characterized as straight forward and a little thin. What really makes this game a masterpiece is the way Nintendo ha successfully and elegantly introduced many very sophisticated game play systems within this large immersive world. Typically large open word games struggle with having a vast world but not much substance or personality to fill it with to make it feel full and robust. That is not the case with BotW, each new area has its own character and the game looks absolutely gorgeous on both the vibrant handheld screen and also on my 65" sony UHD TV when docked. The areas in this world are also really impressive. From jungles to deserts to open plains and beaches to snowy mountain tops. I have easily spent 70+ hours exploring this re-imagination of Hyrule and I feel as if I can still spend another 70+ continuing those explorations. One of the best launch games ever, and in my case one of my top 3 favorite games of all time. Well done Nintendo, look forward to the continued DLC and what lies ahead for the Legend of Zelda franchise.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must Buy

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    I never understood the appeal to Zelda, but once I picked this up I knew I made a great decision. This game is challenging and fun. It makes you use your head to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Even just trying to move about the world or carry out a simple objective such as mining rocks on a ceiling of a cave, throw the hammer at the ore deposit if you cannot reach it , requires some thought. The game is also open world where you can go anywhere you want. It is not as linear as some of the other games in the series. This is the main reason why I picked it up. The only problems with this game are one, saves. There are times when I am in a shrine solving a puzzle and I will save it at a spot just in case I die or fall off a ledge. When I do die and reload the save I have to restart the whole shrine. If you don't load the save you will be automatically respawn on that ledge again and lose a "heart" or some of your life. Another issue with the saves are with loading objects and animals in the environment. I was stalking a deer ready to try and ride it when it noticed me. I reloaded the save and when I reloaded the deer was not there. Also another example is when I had to light a furnace from a certain fire. I saved myself holding the torch because I was unsure if the furnace was inside the house or outside of the house. If it was inside the house once your character opens a door he puts out the torch. I decided to reload the save and poof my torch was not out and lit. So I had to go all the way back down the hill to light it again. The last issue with this game is that sometimes when you chase animals or fight enemies they just disappear even though you are right next to them. Specifically a deer I was chasing disappeared in front of me. Overall, this game is very enjoyable and provides a nice challenge. Buy this game even if you are on the fence about Zelda games if you like open world, crafting food and drink, and like a bit of challenge when fighting enemies or solving problems by using your head.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best Zelda games!

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    Full transparency - I'm a huge Zelda fan and a Nintendo system owner for life so if that makes me a little bias then perhaps this isn't the best review to go by if you're not the same. Having said that, I do know a lot of Zelda fans that did not love the game. It's very different from the other games in the series strictly on account of it's open world play so if you like the structured, linear progression found in most other Zelda titles, you may not be into the hundreds of hours you may be putting into this game strictly on account of exploration of the vast world. Aside from that, the weapon system, health and upgrade system, items, etc. are also different in the sense that you can get anything at any time, pretty much. That is to say, you could find a bow laying on the ground after killing a Bokoblin rather than acquiring one halfway through the second dungeon like some other games in the series. Or you could come across the Master Sword within the first few hours of the game rather than halfway through or near the end. I think it's great that they don't limit you in what you can do from the get-go (more or less) but they do limit you in other ways. For example, you can't climb while it's raining and your weapons break eventually (some quicker than others) forcing you to change up your strategy a lot. It's also more difficult in the beginning as you can easily be trounced by the weakest enemy if you just go into combat mashing buttons like previous titles. This is definitely a Zelda game for a more dedicated player that wants to be challenged and overcome those challenges. All of this being said, they stay true to the feel and character of the other Zelda titles. Fun characters, beautiful design, solid story line, etc. Really, all around, this game is one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had. I'm on my third play through of the game and I'm still loving it!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A new open world

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    BotW is no doubt the main reason to buy the Switch right away, even if it is also out on the Wii U. BotW still has a very zelda feel and traditional zelda story but it takes that and expands it into a massive open world. The thing is its a far different style of open world games than I was expecting. Its more so about just exploring and stumbling upon things than really heading forward in the story. I feel as if its hard to explain how different it is than say a GTA game or Horizon Zero Dawn. This game focus far more on how the world interacts with you(rain is a big factor) and how you can find different routes to get to places you may not want to really be at just yet. But you can be if you try. The world and puzzles make the game insanely fun for me, including the weather. However Im not a fan of the weapon/damage system as I feel it jerks me out of the game having to switch to a new weapon. I do like that it makes you "try" others but still overall an issue for me. The voice acting is alright but the choice of being VO only at certain areas vs the whole game is something else that seems to take me out of the experience, I understand this may not be the case for many tho. I cant really knock the age old story that is Zelda but I must admit the story seems very lackluster overall for me, but at the same time it could have been far worse and I know others love this story telling. Lastly the controls or going back to playing Nintendo games after playing so much Xbox/PS is something that caused plenty of deaths during my gameplay. Just not use to the main button not being on the bottom of the configuration. But this is a bit of a personal issue as well. Overall I enjoyed the game, the world is amazing for being Nintendo as well as the idea that this is on a handheld device. That being said, I believe everyone should play the game themselves and find out if its truly amazing for you or not. Everyone has their own tastes.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A special kind of magic

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    The very first Nintendo game I ever owned was The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Game Boy. It was the first adventure game I had ever played. No game before had challenged me with its puzzles, and gripped me with a story that served as more than a thin plot to build gameplay around. It was the first time I had ever cared about the characters in a game and what happened to them. The Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, is the first one since then that has made me feel that way. It’s billed as an “open world” game, but more than other games that claim the same, the world in this game truly feels like a real place. Birds nest in trees, wolves hunt in packs, and there are no artificial barriers keeping you from going straight to the final boss - or anywhere else. The attention to detail in every corner of this game amazes me. The world this game takes place in is thousands of years after any other Zelda game, and a hundred years after a near-apocalypse when the series’ antagonist, Ganon, almost destroyed the world. For the past century, the princess Zelda has been holding him captive with magic, waiting for the hero to wake up from a long, restorative slumber. Your goal, as always, is to defeat Ganon and save the world. There is so much more to do, though. Scattered all around are short dungeons with one or two puzzles. Every 4 that you clear gives you additional health, which you’ll need to defeat Ganon. They’re also a deft way to teach you how to play the game - they get progressively more difficult, and add on to concepts you learn in previous puzzles. I’ve played the game for 20 hours, and I’m barely a quarter through it (so far as I can tell). The open-world is a new idea for a Zelda game, but it fits the series so well, you’d think it was always this way. When I’m playing this game, it makes me feel the same awe and wonder that the Game Boy game did when I was a kid - and that’s a special kind of magic.

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