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Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Now on the Nintendo Switch console, your journey is freer and more open than ever. Take your system anywhere, and adventure as Link any way you like.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful.
One Of The Best Games Ever Made
By Wade Williams
To be blunt, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is arguably the best Zelda game ever made and it's definitely the most ambitious. Nintendo has outdone themselves, you have to hand it to them. There is very little negative to say about this game. Let's do a break down of the pros and cons.
+Best Zelda story to date. Yes, it may be the same premise, but there is much more depth this time around. There are other things going on, not just Link rescuing Zelda. All of the side quests add so much to the main story. The depth is what makes the game succeed.
+Voice acting adds a lot to some of the characters we already know and love, including Zelda herself. It makes for a richer and more interesting story.
+Gameplay is king in Zelda games. We all know this. BOTW is no different. There is a ton of gameplay variety, more than there has ever been. Everything from fighting, exploring, cooking, transportation, it's all been either improved or newly introduced.
+Open World and Exploration are front and center in BOTW. The open world design allows you take whatever path you choose. While most Zelda games in the past were linear, this is not the same. Whatever approach you prefer is completely fine. The freedom really shines through in BOTW.
+The beautiful art style makes up for anything lacking in the graphics department. The Wii U and Switch are not on par with the PS4 and Xbox One, so don't expect that type of beauty, but the art style truly does make a big difference. Nintendo has always been king when it comes to gorgeous art and design. Exploration is one of the game's biggest draws. Conquering the 100+ shrines is amazing!
+Wii U and Switch versions offer choice for the gamer. You don't have to upgrade to the Switch to experience BOTW. The Wii U version is every bit as great as the Switch one. In fact, I owned the Switch version but got rid of it in favor of the Wii U version. I did not see the point in upgrading since the only other Switch game I care about is Mario Odyssey and that doesn't come out for almost another year.
+More than 100 hours of gameplay offers major value (in your wallet) and replay value. There is always something to see and do!
+The game world is absolutely huge. This lends itself to many hours of fun, whether you are doing side quests, the main quests, shrines, or goofing off.
+Challenging and thought provoking puzzles are a standout in BOTW. Every shrine has a challenging puzzle, while most boss battles require you to solve a puzzle as well.
+Cooking is really fun. Doing recipes is a blast, just experimenting with food can be an interesting distraction.
+Great A.I., from the main characters, townsfolk and enemies.
+Use the Wii U Pro controller for the best experience. It is more tight and comfortable than the GamePad. I don't have experience with the Switch Pro Controller (probably because it's $70!) but I am sure it's superior to the Joy-Cons and Grip.
-Weapons break a lot, maybe too much. I found that a lot of my time was devoted to changing weapons, whether in a battle or not. It's not a game-breaker but it is an annoyance.
Overall, Zelda BOTW is an all time great. It's a game you must experience and have in your collection. I bought the Wii U version, but the choice is yours. Go out and buy it to experience something you will never forget!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
GOTY and then some
By Joseph Day
Its honestly the greatest game I've ever played in my entire life. I've been playing since I was a kid when the original LOZ came out and this game has no equal. Thats not hyperbole. I adore OOT and just as it revolutionized 3D gaming when it was introduced, so has Breath of the Wild revolutionized open world gaming. It borrows a lot of concepts form past Zelda games and other open world games and prefects them. It sets the standard for how to create a truly open world, do ANYTHING, kind of game. The weapon durability system was an amazing fix to a myriad of issues that games like Skyrim and Fallout suffer from - mainly it allows for the world to stay open while still gating areas based on enemy difficulty (if you could keep the same level 50 sword all game you would sneak into the Castle, get a big sword, and just smash every small enemy on the map, making combat easy and stale. It also prevents a player from constantly leaving the amazing exploration just to head back to town to sell off the weapons they picked up for cash. I did that all the time in Skyrim and looting became the game. I used the same powerful sword and just repaired it when needed. I would then go sell everything else and continue. No weapons to buy and sell and weapons constantly breaking means I stay in the wild, exploring and collecting the weapons my enemies drop and honestly, its so much more fun. No grinding at that level. Plus, it encourages Korok seed exploration so you can increase inventory slots, it allows players to learn how to use all weapon types, it encourages using the environment for offense so you don't use your weapons as much and it encourages the use of meals/elixirs to add attack, defensive, and stealth buffs. I honestly think its the most elegant solution to some bad open world problems and it encourages some fun and unique game play. The game has a few issues here or there, but its a perfect 5/5 and I couldn't possibly recommend it more.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
This is how an open world video game should be made!
By Amazon Customer
Have not stopped playing it since the first day it was out. Haven't been so obsessed about a game since the very first Halo many years ago on the original XBox. The gameplay and wonderment never ceaeses to amaze me. Playing on a big 1080p HDTV screen is immersive and will make you wonder how you are able to spend hours and hours just playing the game. Portable mode on the Switch is pretty awesome too. For old and new Zelda fans alike, this is the game that will sell millions of Nintendo Switch. A must play for video game fans!