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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds – Game Review

The Legend of Zelda published by Nintendo and created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka in 1986. The series follows the hero Link, and his quest to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon or also known as Ganondorf. Link must travel through the kingdom of Hyrule to collect the pieces of the triforce to summon the wisdom, courage, and power to defeat Ganon. Below is my intimal reaction to seeing the 2016 E3 trailer of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds. 

The Hero’s Journey

The story was terrific, giving you a glimpse into a Hyrule you knew and love. Again, you play as the silent hero, Link. The big difference is, when this game starts, you died then placed into a Resurrection Chamber to bring you back to life.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds

You awaken to a soft voice, telling you that it’s time to wake up and begin your journey. As with most games, the initial area is your tutorial stage, giving you a good idea of the puzzle solving, combat and just general exploration of the area to familiarize yourself with the map and your surroundings.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds

Next, you go out and explore Hyrule as you wish, as the game focusing on an open word feel. You can go to towns from different means every single time if you want to; you have no real path to follow, save one goal, beat Ganon. You pick up bits and pieces of the story here and there and have parts of it returned to you as you recover your memories through flashbacks.

The Graphics

Despite not playing the game myself, I have seen many trailers of the game and am impressed with what I have seen so far. The creators of the game tried making it more realistic by allowing you to tame horses and save them at stables, give them treats and they grow to trust you, train them, and they increase their speed..

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds

You can find new clothing options for Link, even dying them to suit your taste in some towns. You can find new weapons here and there or buy something from a local town. You can hear the crunch of the grass beneath your feet. You can push a rock off a cliff and watch where it tumbles, even taking out enemies in the process. And when you see a storm roll in, you can watch as areas fill with water and lightning strikes trees.

Personal Review

I must pick up a Nintendo Switch, so I can play through the game and see for myself if its worth the rave reviews. I have enjoyed playing the other titles in The Legend of Zelda series, which made me excited to see another titled released for the series for the newest Nintendo console. From the trailers alone, I will rate the game an eight out of ten. I am a bit skeptic of the open world aspect.

Burned it!
Emberly

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