Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Review

 

Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Breath of The Wild came out over a month ago.

But even now it’s fresh in our memories and many gamers that loved the new Zelda are still playing it, much like me.

The Breath of The Wild video game is the first open-world game in the Legend of Zelda game series and puts you back in the shoes of our favorite spiky eared protagonist “Link”.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild as the name implies takes uncharted territory for Zelda games, giving players the first experience of having the full freedom to explore the rich and dangerous plains of Hyrule.

Breath of the Wild from the start to end is a rich and densely populated game in terms of things to do and adventures that will keep you immersed in the world.

Let’s dive into this Legend of Zelda review see just how well it holds up against its predecessors.

Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild: The World

The Legend of Zelda new video game for Nintendo Switch throws you into a great and massive world filled with a lot to do.

So that even after a month you’ll still be finding new things beyond every corner.

As the game starts you’re limited to a very small area of the game called the Plateau.

As you make your way out of the Plateau, it’s entirely up to you to explore the world as you see fit.

The world of Hyrule is filled with snowy mountains, volcanoes, lakes thick forests and so much more is just waiting to be explored.

Unlike many open-world games that have a lot of “empty” areas, the new Legend of Zelda game is teeming with life and quests.

A key part of Breath of The Wild is the exploration. It’s extremely easy to get lost discovering all the hidden mysteries of Hyrule that you end up forgetting about the main quest line but that’s not even the best part.

The game truly feels like an open-world game where there are no restrictions on what you can or can’t do.

The game doesn’t try to force you to do anything.

Whether it’s making your way to one of the 4 guardians or head-on to face the final boss at Hyrule castle, nothing is stopping you from doing it.

 

Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild: The Challenge

Looking at the cell-shaded graphics and the watercolor-like palette of colors anyone would mistake the game that’s targeted towards a younger audience.

While the game is playable for all ages it’s difficulty is nothing to underestimate.

Like other open world games, there’s a huge focus on collecting and utilizing resources to ensure survival.

Don’t expect to find random health drops in shape of hearts or endless swimming or climbing stamina.

It’s entirely up to you to find resources and cook edibles that restore your health and stamina when they are about to run out.

And that’s not even the start.

Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Breath of The Wild isn’t going to hold your hand and walk you through the entire mechanics and features the game has.

Rather besides the basic movements, attack and defense features, you’ll have to learn everything else on your own.

From learning how to cook, to riding a horse, to coming up with recipes, don’t expect to find any help!

This is surprisingly a brilliant move by Nintendo considering Link has lost his memory so the entire experience is entirely new to you as well.

If you want to complete the game the only way you can do it is through patience and experimentation.

 

The Mechanics & Combat Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

 

Nintendo first party games have always proven to be innovative and polished to perfection; Breath of the Wild is no exception.

Legend of Zelda Breath of The Wild provides multiple ways to interact with the environment and accomplish complex tasks using a variety of different methods.

Simple actions like setting fire to the fields, to hunting fish in the ponds to climbing trees to get apples, it’s the small mechanics of the game that combine to make combat so fun.

During the initial 30 minutes or so, you’ll easily be able to take down Bokoblins camps.

Nevertheless as soon as you the Glider and set forth into the expansive world of Hyrule you’ll easily encounter foes that prove just how unforgiving the wild can be.

Within the first few hours of the game, there will be countless foes that can easily take all you hearts out with a single swing.

What makes the combat in Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild so amazing, is that even after being immersed over 20 hours in the game; you can easily find challenging opponents to keep the combat fresh and engaging.

No matter how prepared you believe you are, chances are you’ll run into an enemy that will make you reconsider – the hard way.

 

Legend of Zelda Breath of Wild: The Shrines & Puzzles

 

One of the most exciting and new features about Breath of the Wild are the ancient shrines that are filled complex puzzles and treasure.

Each puzzle is different from the other. Each shrine puts you in a room with puzzles leaving you to your own devices to solve them.

There are 100 shrines spread throughout the vast land of Hyrule and completing each shrine provides you with an orb and other useful tools and upgrades.

Even if you’ve had your fill of the wild, finding and completing these shrines will definitely keep you occupied for hours – much like myself.

 

The Verdict for Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

After playing Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild for hours, I can say for certain that this is the best Zelda game since Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time.

The open world blends perfectly with the traditional Zelda gameplay style while providing players multiple ways to carry out quests and explore the world.

Rather, Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is simply an amazing game that it has sold more copies on the Nintendo Switch than the actual console!

If that doesn’t sound like success I don’t know what does.

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