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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A new open world

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    Scoobydiesel
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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: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great game with a few noteworthy flaws

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    MagiusDel
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    Breath of the Wild is, by far, the most expansive of the Legend of Zelda games, with an open world available to you that rivals The Elder Scrolls games for the sheer size of the world you have to play in. For the first time, it feels like you are running around in a ruined kingdom, with pockets of life forging their way in this post apocalyptic world. The graphics are beautiful, and I feel that Nintendo has managed to nail a visual style that is timeless. There are a few points where it does make identifying things tricky, but overall it is easy to tell what you are looking at, and where you need to go to get what. The gameplay is also fun and intriguing. The different weapons require different play styles to get the most out of - and, with how often the weapons break, you'll need to learn them all to get the most out of the game. However, it does have a few flaws. I won't discuss much about it, but I wasn't overly thrilled with the final fight against Ganon. I am not a fan of his overall character design in this game, and felt that he was a much more interesting villain in previous games in the series, particularly Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess. However, the end of the fight is fun and interesting, so it is not an entirely bad end. Finally, there were a few points where the game chugged when too much was going on at once. Things like taking on 4-5 enemies in the middle of a thunderstorm would lead to the game chugging a bit would bring it to it's knees, but never for more than a few seconds - enough to be noticeable, but not enough to detract from the game. So, overall, this is truly a great game - but it falls just short of perfection. Perhaps with a few more years working with the Switch architecture will bring us a bigger and better game, but for the time being, this game certainly sets the bar high and makes me truly excited to see what the system can bring in the future. Final rating: 9/10.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game for all ages! Free World!

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    UchiChi
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    Got this when it was on sale for $45.00 dollars recently and I must say, I am impressed with the graphics of this game! I don't play Zelda....but my boyfriend does and while watching him play, I can tell why everyone seemed to really like this game. The graphic is simply gorgeous and many effort and hours were put into the game for this to look so stunning. I'm sure you already heard all the great things online but I had to say something as well. I really love that it is an open world. Not many games possessive this right now (like Splatoon, Mario, Kirby, etc). I enjoyed where you were able to explore the world outside and did things at your own pace. However, there was some things that were difficult like the fightings and tasks sometimes. Don't get me started on Link's stamina. It sucks. Seriously, how can you be tired after running a few feet? My grandma who is 70 years old with a cane can limp faster then Link's stamina without breathing harshly. And his weapons (in the beginning of the game) was not only hard to get but breaks very easily as well. My baseball bat can probably done a better job then his (after a good 15-25 hits, his weapons break). Overall, as many people said online, it's a great game that would keep you entertained for hours. It sucks it's only for one player but I enjoyed watching the gameplay and such as well.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Two Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

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    ZenG
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    Breath of the Wild is a massive world that suffers from being just a bit too empty at times. Like other open worlds (Skyrim, Dragon Age: INQ, Assassin's Creed) there is a massive amount of land to traverse, and a basket full of side activities to do...but they are scattered throughout a very open landscape that could have used more additions. The controls take some getting used to, and the run sprint/jump buttons are switchable from the options menu, which is great, but I would have liked to see more customization in that regard. The biggest problem with BotW is its dated, absolutely counter-fun inventory and weapon system. Your limited inventory is used to hold weapons/shields/bows that seem to break every time you sneeze, and the inventory is only expanded by finding hidden creatures. So if you don't have fun hunting down every single little thing, you'll hate this system even more. It's nice to see a variety of weapons to use (boomerangs, two handed swords, spears, swords, wands) but it is a horrible feeling to get a really awesome weapon and have it break, or have to save it for eternity for a really tough battle just to get the most use out of it. Ultimately, that is BotW biggest problem. It changed things that didn't need to be changed just for the sake of changing it. The old inventory/weapon system is better, and this new one made an otherwise amazing game significantly worse. Still a fun, albeit frustrating, experience worth playing.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Different but still good

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    Greg
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    Game is amazing In many ways. So many new things you can do as Link. It really is the breath of the wild as all these new actions are based on you being outdoors most of the entire game. I would have preferred bigger cities for the Goron and other races. Goron city is more like a village which I feel like the development team could have made a huge city in the huge amount of space this world has. The world is HUGE. The game can be played for hours upon hours but it can also be beaten in about 5 hours if you do only the story and main dungeons. Must have for Nintendo Switch owners as it still does bring something new to the genre. Also, I wish they could have allowed an option to make the background music louder. It is really low and the game can feel boring after playing a bit. Original Zelda theme is also gone which is disappointing. Miss the original soundtracks. Not a fan of this new music at all (hence 4 stars) very somber\mellow and puts me to sleep. Other than that, pretty good game.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Must Have for the Switch

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    Jazzhands
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    I didn't buy into the hype since I've always been more of a Mario or Pokemon type of person, but I've played and enjoyed a decent amount of Zelda. I always prefer the 2D games over the 3D ones so I was reluctant to buy into the hype. I got the game the night it came out along with the Switch. I'm also not a huge fan of open world due to how non-linear it can get From the opening cut scene I was immediately entranced by the visuals and just the scope of how big it all was. Suddenly I just wanted to explore every single inch of the map. The game eases the player into learning mechanics and the controls before allowing them to truly start their adventure. Music is pretty low key compared to most of the Zelda games, like when you're just in the wilderness, but when it plays in cut scenes it really does impress. Story is somewhat standard for the series but they tried to change it up so it didn't get stale. It isn't as perfect as many news sites and reviewers are calling it, but it's quite the experience and adventure. I'm excited to see what direction the Zelda games go in next since I really think Breath of the Wild has a great foundation and the developers have a lot of room for improvement. Must Own for any Switch owner easily

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty darn good

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    Chorus
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    The first hour or two are a bit of a chore but you're soon shocked and awed by the scale of this game. It is huge. It also starts off a tad difficult and there's a substantial initial learning curve for a Nintendo game but it is incredibly refreshing. I'm about a dozen or so hours in and very much enjoying myself. Easily my favorite Zelda yet but it can't be appreciated without having played a few of the previous titles. Lots of references and call-backs to previous games but I would absolutely recommend it to everyone. The game's not without its flaws however. I'm a little underwhelmed by the lack of variety in the "shrines" and enemies in the open. "Shrines" replace the temples of yore; instead you're challenged by a large number of smaller dungeons that contain a puzzle or two or a one-on-one with a very difficult enemy. Still fun but I can't help missing the old temples. The shrines are a good challenge and the smaller format works well with the portability of the Nintendo Switch since you can take the game in little bites despite the huge overall size. Other complaints are the voice acting not being the best and also being limited just to story segments. So the latter may actually be a blessing but it's still a disappointment coming from other games. Overall it's pretty darn good and highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Refreshingly simple: A well crafted RPG for all

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    TheMacAttk
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    As someone who has never played a Zelda game before and generally avoids Nintendo all together, I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting myself into. While I generally remain rather reserved if not somewhat cynical about most releases, I have to say this is one of the most well put together and thought out games I've seen released in quite some time. The story is familiar and therefor predictable, but never felt tiresome. However, it's not without its faults. My biggest gripe with this game, however focuses on content. While the art style is incredibly beautiful and perfectly suits the game, I often found myself aimlessly wandering around in search of something more. The lack of diversity in enemies and the sparsely populated villages are echoed by the vast, but relatively empty world--I understand it's post apocalyptic but that hasn't stopped other franchises from filling their worlds with unique creatures and geographic experiences/assets. Additionally, the dungeons are generally harder to find than they are to complete and felt half done in a similar manner as the first Tomb Raider reboots "tombs" back in 2013. For all of that, I would absolutely recommend you pick this title up!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Game on the Switch Currently

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    GrizzlyBear
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    LoZ: BotW is one of the best in the series to date. Controls are tight, world has many things to do (doesn't suffer as much from the empty world like Twilight Princess did). The story is standard Zelda, the difference is that the game lets you do the dungeons in any order. As such, all the runes (special powers) are given from the get-go. The difficulty of the dungeons is on the easier side. The largest complaint I have is with the weapons system. All equipment besides armor (like sword, shield, and bow) can break on repeated usage. This ends up meaning most weapons break after killing a couple enemies. This becomes more of a annoyance than anything else. Game is close to being perfect if it didn't have this problem. Also be warned, the game runs on the Switch with a higher clock on the hardware, so on battery performance does deplete faster than some other games. That's to be expected though. In the end, it's an essential play on the Switch and showcases the power of the console pretty well. It's fun to play on TV and in handheld.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good game, with a few annoyances

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    Definitely a very good game. Graphics are nice, the story is good, you can read enough about it anywhere. However, there are a few things that annoy me. 1) Weapons break all the time. I'm fine with durability on items, but these things break literally every fight or two. You're constantly searching for new weapons/shields. 2) Cooking is a chore. Do you have 30 apples in your inventory that you want to cook one at a time? Well, you're going to cook them one at a time. Open inventory, hit button to hold stuff, click button to hold apple, exit inventory, click COOK, wait for animation (or X to skip it). Completed dish pops up on screen. Next apple? Guess what....do that again. It gets old fast. 3) The world is huge, but often empty. I don't mind open world games, and I don't' mind if they're huge....but being huge for no reason is a waste. You will often run a LONG ways before coming across anything to do. The good news is that they have fast-travel, and there are a lot of teleport pads scattered through the world (that you need to unlock, of course). Aside from those annoyances, it's still a good game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game, with flaws

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    Great game, you'll read that everywhere. Instead, let me tell you what sucks about this game. Weapon damage - any weapon you like is going to break. Don't get attached, a constant pain. And it's not a reasonable break....certain metal weapons break after 10-15 strikes. It's annoying Stamina wheel - a cheap/frustrating method of keeping sections of the game locked until later. Link is able to run and climb the equivalent distance of a 75 year old asthmatic until you complete about 15 shrines to make the game playable by unlocking a full additional stamina wheel. My advice is to finish these shrines and unlock stamina before you even attempt the main story. Other than that, I enjoyed this game.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Link's back! in another GREAT legend

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    Ocean
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    So far so good, still currently playing through the game as I write this review. If you're a fan of the Zelda series then you'll of course love this new entry. Cons being your weapons constantly breaking & having to find new ones & at times wandering aimlessly around to get to your next objective in their new Open World system they embraced. Longtime fans may miss the more objective based adventure style, complete with steady progression, particularly your heart containers expansion, whereas in this game you can play for HOURS & still be stuck at your original 3 hearts & beginning weapons, LONGING for faster progression. Overall great entry to the long running series, will probably still be playing it/stuck trying to complete it til the next entry comes out

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mixed emotions.

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    HBFG
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    This game is one that really leaves me conflicted- perhaps I am at a biased disadvantage because I have minimal experience with Zelda titles prior to this. But as an avid gamer, I can speak from my experience with it on that front. The game is absolutely beautiful- a true masterpiece visually and story-wise. I can only imagine how many heart-strings this pulls on for Zelda fanatics, but without that appeal and tie from me all I can see it for is the mechanics and visuals. The game became very frustrating for me controls wise, with very little guidance or aid from the game itself it reminded me a LOT of Darksouls in the sense that you're probably gonna be reloading saves a LOT for the first quarter of the game. I'd recommend this game, but specifically for those with a history in the Zelda franchise and people older than 14 or so.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not your fathers Zelda game

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    Subfightr
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    Get ready to spend a lot of time with this one, which is a good thing, bit it doesn't feel like a Zelda game to me. More of a open world RPG with Zelda characters in it. The whole cooking food thing, swords and shields break etc adds to more of a strategic gameplay, but for me... Hitting an enemy, or a tree few times, throwing my weapon so it will break on the enemies face, basically PAUSING the game to grab another sword from my menu, repeat repeat repeat.. Got old quick. Maybe im too old school? I'll force myself to complete it just because I've beaten every other Zelda game on everything but the mess that was released on the 3DO, but after this, I want my old Zelda back. Everyone else loved it, I wanted to love it, but.. Meh, I like it. 3 stars is probably a more honest review from me, but I gave it 4 because I feel my bias is in the way. Were this not titled ZELDA, I think I would have been able to look at it more fairly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game but weird for a Zelda game

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    !!*SPOILERS*!! I feel like I'm alone on this, but I felt this game was a good game but as a Zelda game it lacked a lot. The lack of creative and unique dungeons is unsettling for a Zelda fan. There 120 shrines which are either a puzzle or a battle. Some are cool but there some where you just walk up the stairs and you're done. Then there's 4 divine beast which are all pretty much the same "dungeon". Twist the room around and activate these terminals and fight a boss. The bosses have nothing unique about them. Just damage them and win. You're gonna wander around a lot. There's a good amount of side quests but they feel unrewarding half the time. Another thing that bothered me was the lack of enemy variations. Theres maybe a dozen different enemies with their own variants. Overall it's a great game, but I wouldn't says it's the best LoZ game. 7.9/10

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One Of The Best

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    This is a big change to most Zelda games, and for the most part it is a good change. You're in a giant sandbox and where ever you see on the horizon you can travel to. The art style is an odd mixture of cartoon and realistic that works sometimes and others, not so much. The gameplay of having the weapons break is one of the low points in the game and unless you buy the DLC and beat the specific quest to unlock the full powered Master Sword, you're going to get frustrated real quick. The other item would be from a story perspective, it is rather lacking. There is a good story lurking underneath, but you only get bits and pieces of it if you really go out and look for it, rather than being guided by it. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on what you're looking for. Overall it's a great game and a perfect addition to the Switch.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Torn on the new direction

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    Llamas
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    To start, this game was a blast to explore. Being able to go pretty much anywhere you can see is a great feature to any game. The collectibles were great fun to find, and I really liked the shrine puzzles. In some ways the game felt more like a different series with a Zelda skin put over it though. I missed the old formula and sense of progression from the other games - gradually receiving items to help you solve specific and more complex puzzles. The difficulty was a bit strange as well. I may have had a knack for picking all the wrong places to head (which would be a bit strange in such an open world game), but I found myself constantly one shot by enemies if I didn't perfectly execute dodges and parries. It was a fun game, but a few flaws kept it from being the amazing experience to me that others seemed to find it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A near perfect game.

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    While I can go on and on about BoTWs amazing map, weapons, inventory system, shrines, physics, and overall variety I will instead focus on what I didn't like. Lack of real Dungeons, as a long time Zelda fan I found the lack of dungeons a bit disheartening. You dont get the big temples of the past games but instead a couple Beasts that rehash the same bosses and puzzles, there is no variety in this aspect. Its almost as if they spent 95% of the time developing the map and only 5% on the Divine Beasts and their "Bosses" It is still an amazing game (and DLC) but it could have been perfect if they spent a bit more time giving the fans true dungeons and bosses.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another fine chapter in the game series

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    Bill
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    This is a very interesting take on the Legend of Zelda game series. You wake from a slumber seemingly unaware of anything around you. Your first weapon is probably a tree branch or a torch, and the weapons will break... often. But it’s an immersive game and clever puzzles worthy of the Zelda name. The only downside is, as I mentioned, your weapons break. There is nothing you can do if you break a favorite weapon and it’s a little weird seeing Link wielding anything other than a trademark sword. It creates a need for strategic battle planning though, and isn’t a game breaker. There are other interesting changes too, such as a stamina bar and cooking ingredients. If you like large scale RPGs, if you liked Skyrim, this game is for you.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun, but just not addictive (for me)

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    I really like this game, and can easily recommend it to others. I know many other games go over its strengths such as the graphics, open word exploration, call back to the earliest title, and more. And, while I agree with most of the praise, I do not care for how it asks for so much patience from the gamer. Whether it is traveling on foot to a land far away, searching for a really well hidden shrine, cooking food on dish at a time, or painfully, slowly climbing up mountains (Just to be knocked off half way up by rain), this game demands quite a bit of patience on your part. While not a deal breaker, this type of stuff stresses me out, rather than relaxing me or challenging me in meaningful way. Still,it is fun and you should not miss this if you own a Switch.

    I would recommend this to a friend