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  • 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    A lovely, massively overrated gem.

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    Neilmiser
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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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Zelda: Breath of the... not so great

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    Kazawa
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    So I know my opinion of this game does not reflect the masses at this point. I have only played about 6-8 hours of it so far, and most of it was just frustrating. **MINOR SPOILERS MAYBE** So at the beginning of the game you have to visit 4 shrines. 1 of them is deep in the mountains where you can freeze to death without fire. So I painfully made my way with wood, fire arrows, and torches to the shrine. I get to the top of this mountain, and the old dude is like, "Wow, I admire your tenacity in getting here without the proper clothing. Here take this garb to keep yourself warm." I knew I needed clothing or something, but the game gives you absolutely no direction on how to get it. That sucked! Now, after you complete all 4 shrines, you get main quest markers to help you on your way. Since then, the game has gotten 'better', but I'm still not seeing an OoT Level of Zelda here. I still don't know how to cook :( I will update this review once I have played much more / beaten the game. I will probably upgrade to 4 stars, but we shall see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Solid gameplay, but overboard on the open world

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    codfish9306
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    Nintendo went a little too hard on the open world/survival aspect of this game. It's HIGHLY likely that you will spend more time in the menu screen than the actual game world and, as long as that's not a problem for you, this game is rather enjoyable despite itself. It's still a Zelda game and that puts it a step ahead of the rest, but only a step. The controls are clunky (a circumstance of being a launch title on a new console), and the new gameplay elements are far too gimicky to add any real value or fun to the mix. The story is great and worth powering through any disappointment you have with the game itself, but it's hard at times, especially considering how much time is consumed by aimless wandering, gathering obscure ingredients, or hunting down insufferable quest objectives, all while every weapon in your inventory teeters on the edge of breaking. It's not a masterpiece, despite all the media hype for it, but it's fun and worthwhile. Wait a bit and pick it up on sale and you probably won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun experience, but not quite worth full price

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    Slovo
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    As a fan of Bomberman in the past, I had high hopes for this rendition to be a staple of my Switch Library. Unfortunately, a lot of small issues really drag this game down. An odd camera angle, bland enemies, and multiplayer issues are my biggest complaints. The story mode isn't awful, and has a co-op mode so you can tackle the story alongside friends. The enemies are fairly generic, and on some stages the minions can infinitely spawn, which gets pretty annoying. Multiplayer when playing on the same console is pretty OK, too. I've pulled it out during lunch hours and gotten some peers to huddle around the tiny screen and have a few laughs. At a friend's house, we tried to connect our two switch's over local network, and the input lag was unplayable. I was never able to connect to a game over the internet, but I'd wager the same issues would be prevalent there, as well. All in all, it's a decent experience albeit with many flaws that prevent me from being able to recommend purchasing for full price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Incomplete Opinion

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    chorm
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    I've been playing the game for a little while, now, and it's getting more interesting as I'm going along. That being said, it mostly feels like a chore up until this point. I effortlessly invest hours upon hours into it, but when I set it down I feel like I wasted a *whole* bunch of time. Puzzles, when you find them, can vary between fun and fairly frustrating (the gyrometer-based puzzles I've yet to figure out how my turning the gamepad/joycon corresponds to the movement on screen, perhaps because I have the Y-axis inverted?). Combat, up until the point I've played the game so far, is far more frustrating than it is satisfying because the penalty for engaging in it (broken weapons, shields) is so high. I'm definitely reserving judgement at this point, but if I had to give it a score *right now* it'd reflect something I consider a "decent way to kill time". The ability to pick it up and take in on the go has certainly lead to me wasting more time than I otherwise would.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not the Zelda game I remember

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    Justagamer
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    I’m not really a huge fan of Zelda series, but I will try to give this game a fair review. As the title of the game states, you control Link, the main character, around in wilderness. This time around, dungeons are more like side missions to get simple upgrade for your character. It’s like Nintendo is following Squarenix’s footstep. When Squarenix released Tomb Raider few years ago, tombs were more like side show, not main focus of the game. Not a really good example to follow, in my opinion. I give this game 3 stars because: - It is first open world game from Nintendo, if I’m not mistaken. - it has good graphics for a semi portable game system. If you are fan of classic Zelda game, prepare to be disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's Zelda

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    Lhupan17
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    I am currently not finished with the game, but here's what I have so far. Open world size is enormous, almost obscene. I can't stress this enough, but you're going to be doing a lot of running or riding a horse a lot. You can warp to other locations, but most of the locations you need to go are still a bit of a walk from the point you warp to. I think it's fair to say that you spend three times as much traveling as you spend in combat. There are so many weapons and you can only carry a few, so it's a little unsatisfying that you have to choose one to drop and that they break easily including the swords.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    So much potential

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    Johnny
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    This game has so much potential. It’s fun and has a huge world. I just wish one thing.. I wish games would stop putting false gods into the game play. It seems like everything coming from over seas is slowly trying to push their religious gods on everyone. Pray to this tree, bow down at this shrine, the wind, earth, sun, water gods, etcetera. Why can’t they just do a man against evil? As a Christian, I don’t want to play games that challenge my faith in order to play. Most people won’t agree but I wish this could change.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I know that its me...

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    RagingSpider
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    I've never been a Zelda fan, and this game didn't change my mind. I know the masses LOVE this game, but it just doesn't click with me. Its an open world that I don't care to explore, it has very little direction and I don't see the appeal of figuring things out on my own. If you aren't a Zelda fan, this may not be for you. If you are one though, and you enjoy just marching around a BIG open world and discovering (and in many cases not discovering) then give this a crack.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Game

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    MaxPwr
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    Not sure what what the hype is on the Zelda franchise but the game is good. Simple and cute as to be expected from Nintendo games. Gave it three stars because while it is a good game to pass the time with graphically it is just okay; its simplicity both in game play and graphics is far below any triple A game available on other consoles. However, It's a nice pick up and I do recommend it but not at 60.00 bucks maybe 30.00 considering it's an open world game with plenty of hours of game play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good if you like open worlds and monotony

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    Nick
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    This game is good if you like freely exploring in an open sandbox, but not much else. The world quickly grows thin and boring. The monotony of doing shrines and doing pointless fetch quests give no purpose in the world. The combat is shallow and you quickly see everything the game has to offer. I kept playing through to see if the game offered more but it doesn't. If you want to play a good open world game you should look at something like Horizon Zero Dawn.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great game, Zelda in name only.

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    Mufti
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    Shallow gameplay, shallow story. An extreme deviation from Zelda. No real dungeons. No story. No antagonist. The only thing that makes your character special is a cellphone/tablet. It's an Ubisoft clone. You just repeatedly collect orbs and seeds with zero progression rewards. All powers are given to you at the start. Puzzle are uninspiring. Combat is atrocious with weapon breaking. That said; It's a fun experience as it's own title. It's just not a Zelda game in the slightest.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not sure about the hype

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    Hypej
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    This game was so hyped when I first purchased it, which I don't think was really warranted. The game has clean graphics and solid gameplay. It tried to incorporate some different types of controls with the joycon which is cool. However I never really got into it and thus feel like I wasted money purchasing this title. But I can see the appeal others might have this game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Son has gotten frustrated

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    daddytc
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    My 10 year old absolutely LOVED this game when he first got it. Now, however, he reached a boss stage that he just can't seem to complete, even after watching youtube tutorials so he basically stopped playing. I can't speak to the level of difficulty for this particular boss, but Nintendo has to recognize that a lot of kids are going to be playing the game and a level shouldn't be so difficult that a kid gives up on the game entirely.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good

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    Snarf
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    This game made me realize that giving the player too much freedom is not necessarily a good thing. In past games, you followed the story and were free to divert from the path to explore and tackle side content. Here, you need to go searching for the story and I wasn't a fan of the lack of direction. Still, it's fun and worth checking out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's zelda

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    Stardust
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    I have nothing against this game. It checks all the boxes off for things I should like but I can't really get into it. It's too "cutesy" for me I guess. My last 3 three games were The Witcher 3, Horizon Zero Dawn and Mass Effect Andromeda. All were quite good but more "adult" feeling in narrative and feel which seems to be my wheelhouse. This isn't a bad game by any means I just can't get into it like some others

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent 3D Entry into the Zelda Franchise

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    babyjeans
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    Breath of the WIld is an excellent open world action RPG dressed up as a Zelda game. Unfortunately, I'm more of a fan of the 2D Zelda titles, and while this game does seem to be a huge hype train, I was finding myself unable to get into it. Perhaps the tutorial area is just too small, but something felt abit plastic about the game world, and not so lived in. Anyway - for an Open world RPG there's plenty to do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful game, not for me

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    Robb
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    This game is a spectacularly beautiful game. The animation is original, and not cheesy like some previous Zelda titles. While I love a great open world game, I have never been a fan of having to craft random items together to make better items. This open world also seems to be a bit too expansive, and makes me feel like I am playing a the parts you don't see of people running through fields in Lord of the Rings.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good game

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    111man
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    This game is good its not as great as people are making it out to be Horizon Zero Dawn and The Witcher 3 are far better games set in an open world at the end of the day this is just another Zelda game cel shaded with very little voice acting and of course a lot text reading Nintendo you're better then this please make a Zelda game with better graphics and story you can do it

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend