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[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

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The recent game in the Legend Of Zelda franchise has been a massive hit, for both fans of the series and newcomers alike. Once you play it, for even 10 minutes its very easy to see why. After over 120 hours of game play since its release I decided that I am well informed enough to make a review for the people here.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the franchise, the story behind most of the games are very similar. You play as the hero named Link who has to save Zelda the princess. Usually from Ganon or sometimes other evil forces. Each game creates a different story based around these key points, giving each different game something unique. I wont go into the story for Breath Of The Wild, people are too worries about spoilers these days.

I will only do a very brief description of some key areas of the game, with some screenshots to go with them.

What I will cover in this review.

* How it looks
* How it plays
* Small summary
How it looks:

A brief overview
As you may or may not know, Nintendo has never been one for amazing graphics. Usually they go for a cartoon style. They've done the same here, while it is not amazing detail it does look quite good, from frozen peaks to sandy deserts to forests, every area is visually appealing in this game and makes anywhere you go a special experience. Sometimes, however, you will see something extraordinary, a lake with the sun reflecting off it, a waterfall with beautiful flowers around it even heavily forested areas with light peaking through the trees. These things will implant themselves in your memory.

This is by far one of the best looking Zelda games they have made.

See for yourself
[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild
[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild
[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

The Towns
There are many different towns, each with their own look and feel and loads of side quests to pick up. They all have somewhere to buy / sell items, sleep for the night and other things that are specific to each town.

[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild
[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild
[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild
[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

The cinematic's in the game are gorgeous. Each one very different from the last and all of them look stunning. I don't have much else to say about these, so have some screenshots.

[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild
[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

How it plays

You can walk, climb and glide everywhere. The game puts no physical restrictions on where you can go at any time. This creates an awesome feeling of openness. You are even able to go from the tutorial area directly to the final boss.

There is always something worth exploring just around the corner, a small puzzle, an enemy camp, a chest with some loot or some nice scenery. There are loads of things to collect such as bugs, mushrooms, different foods, weapons and other items. You will never find yourself without something to do while walking around.

[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

It's not exactly a survival game, but it's up to you how to play it. You can hunt deer for meat and eat it for health, cut down trees for wood to create camp fires in the rain to stay warm and dry, cook your own food to get bonuses and more health from your meals. You can also cook food for specific things like going to cold places, or hot places. Attack up, defense, electricity resistance, etc. There are loads of food combinations and they are yours to find out!

[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild
[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

Combat is fun in this game, there are always multiple ways to take on groups of enemies. Such as rolling boulders down to kill them, shooting a fire arrow at some explosives, sneaking up and killing them with stealth. It's up to you to decide how to kill them. Figuring out the best way to defeat an enemy is really satisfying, each enemy requires different strategies.

You can dodge just before an enemy attacks to go into a 'slow time' mode, where you can get heaps of hits in. Each enemy has different timing and patterns so you will have to learn them all.

Your weapons will break after some use, this makes exploring to find more weapons all the more meaningful, the same goes for shields and bows.
You get different armour suited for taking one different situations, for example, you can get armour designed for taking on electric enemies, of flaming enemies.

You can collect different swords, spears, bows, shields, clubs, etc. Each one is handy for different situations and opponents. You are able to fight from horseback, making it easier to kill enemies with your bow, and long weapons such as spears.

All of these make good reasons to explore to find more gear so you can take on different enemies, or take on the same enemies in a different way. Slowly but surely mastering each enemy.

[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild
[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

You will run into enemies that are too hard to face sometimes, there is absolutely no shame in running, if you can get away. The game uses these strong enemies to put limits on where you should be going, if somewhere is too hard you can come back later with better gear to get through. This feels a lot better than putting physical limitations on where you can go at any time.

[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild
[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

As I said before, you can explore snowy peaks and deserts alike. However, if you go to a snowy area you will start to freeze to death, if you go to the desert you will start dying from heatstroke. You must cook certain foods or acquire specific clothing to handle these conditions. This is an awesome mechanic, it gives real meaning to collecting different sets of clothing and cooking different foods.

[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

The puzzles
The puzzles themselves are unique and different for a Zelda game, this is the first time they have tried a more open feel to the dungeons and they did very well.
There are a total of 120 shrines, which are small dungeons, 4 major ones and 900 small puzzles to find and solve, each one being different and all of them have a good reason for finding and completing them with the rewards you get. Some of them are challenging, I found myself stuck a few times, but never felt like I was unable to figure out a way.

Wrapping it up
I didn't cover everything here, it's not possible to do so. Everyone's experience will be different. These are my final thoughts.

The combat is fun and challenging when you run into strong enemies, there is always another way to handle it.
Each puzzle is different than the last, they do not feel repetitive and there is always something good at the end.
Exploring is rewarding, both finding items and finding cool new areas.
The story isn't jaw dropping, but its not the major part of the game, there are loads of extra quests and exploration to do.
The music is good and even epic at times. They made it more atmospheric than previous music, so it may be a little slow and dull while you are just walking around. It does really add to the feel of the game though.
Its the first time Nintendo has done voice acting for a Zelda game, they didn't 100% nail it, but most of the characters do a good job.

This game feels like the Zelda game that Nintendo has always wanted to make, there is loads of content and if you like open world exploration or puzzle games you certainly should check it out.

This is by far, my favorite Zelda game. I hope you liked reading my thoughts about it.

Thanks for the review ;)

I've started playing this zelda game a week ago, so i'm really new, but i can really say it DELIVERS, amazing game.

It's good to see someone else enjoying the game! :D

I just got this game a couple days ago. I'm really liking it so far. :Thmbsup:

Maybe one day I'll figure out how to get images and videos off my Switch and I can post some.

For those who don't know, the Switch has a dedicated "capture" button which can be used to take screenshots or videos at virtually any time while the system is running. This includes while on the system menu. I've been abusing that button since I started playing Breath of the Wild, and have been capturing so many photos and videos that just 5 days into the game I reached the Switch's internal storage limit on videos and had to dig out a MicroSD card to clear out some space.

It's been over a year since the game was released, and somehow I managed to avoid spoilers--mostly by avoiding almost every bit of info about the game. So if you're like me and don't want anything spoiled, consider this your spoiler warning. That said, I'm not going to post anything that has to do with plot spoilers, so if you don't mind seeing screenshots and videos of gameplay, feel free to read on.


Early on in the game I wasn't very confident in my combat skills, so I'd try to take out enemies from a distance with bombs if I could. I also wasn't sure which creatures were aggressive and would attack me on sight and which were just passive wildlife who would leave me alone. So when I slid down a hill and saw a mountain goat lower its head and start running in my general direction, I prepared for a fight. Here's a video of how that battle went:

Later on I tried to recreate a similar scenario, and ended up with a shot I was pretty proud of at the time:

Here's a funny thing that happened:

Here's a double rainbow:

[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

Can you tell I really like using bombs?

Here I am, cheesing a couple of super tough enemies with bombs:

Here I'm stealing a treasure chest out from under the enemy's nose:

You know how they say you should never stand under a tree during a lightning storm? Yeah... It seems I never learned that lesson.

I was trying to go inside this window:

[Game] Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild

I was really surprised by what happened when I fired an arrow at a bird:

I realized as I went through all the screenshots and videos that I've taken that I tend to only take screenshots during plot- or progress-specific points in the game, whereas I take videos for cool, funny, or surprising moments as well as sometimes during plot/progress-specific scenes. So I don't have much in the way of just regular screenshots where I'm just enjoying the scenery. Maybe I'll start taking more screenshots now. :D

I hope you enjoyed watching a few moments of the game I've been enjoying so much this week. :Thmbsup:


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