The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

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9.2
Good: Interesting story, Fun to explore, Every problem has multiple solutions, Divine beasts are fun
Bad: Frame rate problems, Weapon durability is low, Shrines are boring, Button mapping
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7.8
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Hype can be a powerful thing. In the case of No Man’s Sky, it worked against it, where as Horizon Zero Dawn benefited from it. After probably being the most anticipated Wii U title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally out on the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles. With a large open world, new take on the series, voice acting and a strong legacy, can The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild live up to the hype and series expectations or will they be the games downfall?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a more involved story than most of its predecessors. Like the previous titles, the story is a new take on Link and Zelda’s battle against Ganon. Unlike the other adventures, this one starts 100 years after Link lost to Ganon and follows his quest to regain his memories, take control of the divine beasts and defeat Ganon.

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While this is a lot to cover, the story does an okay job of explaining things. Almost everything is told through flashbacks that cover Zelda and her champions preparing for the impending battle against Ganon. Each character has their quirks and backstory, which is nice, but the story isn’t anything particularly amazing.

The real highlight to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the gameplay. Like the older titles, there isn’t a lot of “hand holding” and you’re forced to figure things out for yourself. This is where The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild really shines.

For the most part, every problem has multiple solutions. One of the first you encounter is getting to a shrine high up in the mountains. The issue is that it’s cold, which causes you to periodically take damage, so you need to find a way to safely get to the shrine. What can probably be considered the correct solution is to find a cabin, complete some tasks and obtain the warm doublet. However, this is far from the only way to accomplish the task.

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I personally solved this problem by taking my wooden weapons, setting them on fire and using the fire as a way to keep Link warm. Others solved it by making food that had cold resistance or stamina recovery, with dying repeatedly and several other things. This makes for a more exciting experience, since everyone’s adventure will be a little different.

Even during the divine beast levels, which is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild version of a dungeon, there were several puzzles I seemingly solved out of order or in a way that didn’t feel like it was the intended method.

Speaking of the divine beasts, these are some of the most interesting moments in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The levels are basically a long puzzle you need to solve. This is accomplished by using your sheikah slate to manipulate elements or by interacting with elements in the beast. These can be quite a lot of fun, since they require you to think outside the box and work backwards.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review, 7.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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