Experience one of those special games that comes along once in a lifetime…
I am not going to go deep into detail about The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild. Nor will I fill this review full of fluff and filler… I will get right down to the meat and potatoes of the game. If you are looking for a review that spends most of its time nit-picking the few issues of the game, look elsewhere. This is a review about why I believe you should pick up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch (And Wii U if that is the system you are limited too at the moment).
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes everything you know about sandbox games and turns them upside down. Nintendo has always stuck to a formula when it comes to Legend of Zelda games, but The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the first to break many of its restricted molds. You once again play as the Hero Link, awakening after 100 years to once again take on an incarnation of the evil Ganon (Calamity Ganon).
You awake from your slumber by the voice of Zelda. Once you pick up the Sheikah Slate and leave the cave from which had been your place of slumber for the past 100 years, you run onto a mountain top overlooking Hyrule. From here on, you are on your own.
You will first start your adventure on the Great Plateau. The first living sole that you will gaze upon is an old man, who has a love for baked apples. This is where your journey officially begins.
As you journey through the game, you will encounter shrines which will allow you to upgrade your heart meter or stamina meter. Gone are the days of collecting hearts. Rupees still play a huge part in the game, as you will find them scattered around Hyrule, but you gain them mostly from collecting and selling. Selling and trading is another new aspect in the Zelda series, as you can tell that the developers were influenced by games such as Skyrim and Minecraft.
This is the part of the review where I stop talking about what happens and what you can do, and concentrate on my own personal feelings about what The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is and what it means to gaming and myself personally.
I could sit here and talk about the many wonderful and awesome things you can do in The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but I have played well over 40 hours and I have yet to scratch the surface of what this game truly offers. The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game that has to be played in order to truly understand and appreciate the scope and magnitude of its beauty and depth. I liken the game to a Van Gogh painting, as it is beautiful and wondrous in the eyes of those who play it. Many will see something that others do not see.
From the sun setting over Hyrule, to the rains that sweep across the lands at night, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an amazing and delicious sight for the eyes and senses. I tried hard to think of how to put this game into words, but it is very hard to even comprehend. Being a 42 year old gamer who started out on the Atari 2600, and then moved over to the glorious days of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, I still remember one of my fondest memories of buying The Legend of Zelda and putting that gold cartridge into my NES.
To this very day I still remember the joys and happiness I had with the game, often spending days if not weeks playing nonstop until the wee hours of the morning. It’s been a long time since I have felt that way about a game. When you grow older you start to worry more about things such as bills, working at your job, dates and such. Every once in a while you need that escape. The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the first games in almost 20 years in which I became totally engrossed in, not wanting to put the game own or turn it off.
In this digital world where everyone seemingly has an opinion, some of which I strongly disagree with, it seems that no matter what Nintendo does, there will always be one or two out there that loves to do everything they can to rain on Nintendo’s parade. This actually can be said for every game company out there. It seems to be a growing trend that negativity is good and all things that are good are out of style. Maybe I am just an old geezer who just does not get the modern gamers mindset or philosophies. But with that being said, I truly believe that The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the greatest videogames I’ve played. It truly has shot up to the number one spot on my favorite games of all time, dethroning the original Legend of Zelda, Super Mario 64, Bioshock and the countless other games I hold true and dear to my own gaming heart.
I always have believed that a review should be an opinion that comes from the heart. It should not be swayed or full of agendas. It should be a diary of how you felt while playing that game, and how you felt once you put your time into its story and gameplay. These days many seem to focus on the glitches or hiccups of a game, yet there is no such thing as a perfect game. There will always be issues no matter large or small. That is just the nature of the gaming beast. If people can just focus on how the game made them feel, that is all that matters at the end of the day.
For me, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took a 42 year old man back to his childhood. Every time I got off work, all I wanted to do was load up my Nintendo Switch and stroll for a few hours in Hyrule. I wanted to push myself further and unlock the next shrine. I wanted to find one more Korok seed to unlock an extra space in my weapons cache. I wanted to unlock one more tower to unlock a piece of map. The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game that makes you want to do more, and it never became tiresome to me.
Some can bitch and moan about the weapons not being strong enough, but to me that makes me want to search out more powerful weapons and also be strategic about the ones I use in battle. It made me use my Bow more as well. The game does not hold your hand, it makes you think of how you want to make your next move.
I also have no issues with not being able to climb while it is raining. That is the most hilarious bit of the game that I see many complain about. And I ask you this, can you climb a rock in the rain in real life? Go try it sometimes and see how high you get without climbing gear. The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild brings many realistic aspects of nature to the gameplay, and I welcome that with open arms. The same goes for if you try to swim and your stamina runs out… you drown. Once again, its a new realistic aspect that has been introduced into the Legend of Zelda world.
One other thing that I want to add about the Nintendo Switch version of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is that you can take it on the go. Many people seem to forget that the Nintendo Switch allows you to take The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild anywhere at any time. You can be playing at home, and if you have to leave your home, you just undock the game system and take it on the subway, on a plane, to the local coffee show, or to the toilet! The ability to have the total freedom to take this game anywhere is something that cannot be stressed more. The Nintendo Switch is a MONSTER portable. It is easily the most powerful portable game console on the market. You have never seen a portable Zelda game like this before!
So as I round up this review for The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch, the only things that come to mind while trying to sum this game up into a short, sweet review is this…
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of those games that comes along once in a lifetime. The game offers gamers a world of things to do. It breaks the mold of modern-day sandbox games. It introduces many new aspects while also offering many that are familiar. The game is a work of art from beginning to end. It does not take you by the hand, but it also does not leave you left-for-dead. It offers a balance that feels inviting and surreal. The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a love letter to those who have loved the franchise since the NES days, while introducing a new generation to something special, exciting and breathtaking.
I could sit here and talk all day about The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but you have to experience the game for yourself in order to appreciate its sheer beauty and what it has to offer. To become lost in the game and discover how amazing and special The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild truly is. Everyone may have their own opinion, but to me, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the greatest videogames ever created… If not the best videogame of all time…
Review note: The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was purchased at store for full price and not supplied by Nintendo…