The wait is over and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is finally out for all of us to enjoy. Fueled by nostalgia, backed by amazing development and gameplay - Breath of the Wild does not disappoint longtime fans and new fans alike.
Many people, including myself, believed that the new Legend of Zelda game was going to be a lot like previous Zelda games but after playing Breath of the Wild I can say for certain that we were wrong. Breath of the Wild takes everything that the Legend of Zelda franchise had established over the years and throws it out the window to replace it with a world that is more interactive, entertaining and all around well made.
So Much To Explore
This is the first Legend of Zelda game that is completely open world. That means you finally get the chance to explore the world of Hyrule, interact with its people and rekindle your love for this legendary franchise. The best way to describe the world and map of Hyrule would be to refer to it as a more entertaining and friendly version of the world of The Witcher 3 or Skyrim.
The best part is that you’re truly free. There’s no one forcing you to do something you don’t want or any quests that are absolutely necessary to finish the game. You can even run right to Hyrule castle and challenge the final boss right away but you’d probably die right away if your try that. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no strong narrative driving the story forward. The most we can tell you without spoiling is that the game continuously reminds you about how Hyrule is in danger and where exactly you need to be to advance the story.
The Combat & Mechanics
Nintendo didn’t hold anything back while developing The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. The way you can interact with the environment and how you can use the game’s simple mechanics to make complex actions was something that really left as astounded. From running up to a wild horse and taming it to venture into the woods to hunt boar for food or setting fire to the grass to blow up an explosive barrel to take down a Bokoblin encampment – the new mechanics are completely mind-blowing.
Even the games difficult is so well placed that even after you’ve got some really nice weapons, armor and more hearts you can still find enemies that can easily take away 5 hearts with a single attack. You can brew up elixirs to challenge mighty foes or venture in to extreme climates to immerse yourself in the world of Hyrule and imagine where the last 6 hours of the day went.
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is by all accounts one of the best game to comes out this year and will be defining point for all future Zelda games. Considering, Breath of the Wild is the only reason the majority of people actually bought the Nintendo Switch you can rest assured that you will be playing this game for more than a few 100 hours.
Like most Nintendo Switch owners, I have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on pre-order and I cannot wait. Still, I must admit that I do have some thoughts on what the next installment of the Mario Kart franchise will be and I wanted to share a few things that I would like to see in the next Mario Kart game for the Nintendo Switch. In all honesty, I think Nintendo nailed it with Mario Kart 8 so I would really not want the gameplay to change all that much.