The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wii U

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  • Summary: Ignore everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule inIgnore everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure. Explore the wilds of Hyrule any way you like - Climb up towers and mountain peaks in search of new destinations, then set your own path to get there and plunge into the wilderness. Along the way, you'll battle towering enemies, hunt wild beasts and gather ingredients for the food and elixirs you'll need to sustain you on your journey. More than 100 Shrines of Trials to discover and explore - Shrines dot the landscape, waiting to be discovered in any order you want. Search for them in various ways, and solve a variety of puzzles inside. Work your way through the traps and devices inside to earn special items and other rewards that will help you on your adventure. Be prepared and properly equipped - With an entire world waiting to be explored, you'll need a variety of outfits and gear to reach every corner. You may need to bundle up with warmer clothes or change into something better suited to the desert heat. Some clothing even has special effects that, for example, can make you faster and stealthier. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mar 20, 2017
    100
    Does it have the best combat system in the world? No. Is it the best looking game out there? No. Does it have the best RPG soundtrack ever? No. Can the game make you feel like you are eight years old again? Hell yes. It certainly had that effect with me. It has been a long time since exploring, fighting, and adventuring has so consistently brought a smile to my face. Breath of the Wild is such a wonderful experience that once you play it, you will likely never look at open world games the same again.
  2. Mar 16, 2017
    100
    How could the Zelda series evolve and reinvent itself to reclaim its spot among the greatest games in the world? According to the Breath of the Wild book, by rewiring its main conventions and tapping them into the freedom template provided by the saga's very first chapter, adding to them the visual marvels that contemporary technology can achieve, the vastest space for exploration that has ever been created for a Zelda game and a perfect learning cycle that provides Link with an explosive potential for development.
  3. Mar 18, 2017
    100
    If it really is the last major title that the Wii U ever sees, then it's a fantastic way to bow out - The Legend of Zelda has never been so perfect.
  4. Mar 10, 2017
    97
    The Wii U version of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the same amazing, unforgettable experience you can enjoy on the new Nintendo Switch: the game runs pretty smoothly even on the old console, and despite being less powerful, the graphics are almost the same. If you're not buying Switch and already own a Wii U, this really is a no-brainer.
  5. Mar 10, 2017
    97
    Breath of the Wild on Wii U runs at 720p, and has the same, small framerate issues of the Switch version. The loading times are surprinsingly good, considering the size of the game. Anyway, the only important thing to say is that Breath of the Wild on Wii U is as excellent as his Switch brother.
  6. Mar 10, 2017
    95
    Even on Wii U The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is a must-buy. This is a piece of art that does not lose any of its charm compared to the Switch version. Everyone should play this game.
  7. Mar 10, 2017
    90
    Breath of The Wild is not perfect. It suffers technical limitations compared to other open-world games on other consoles, even moreso on Wii U... of course. But this new adventure is absolutely fantastic though, and it's actually one of the best in the series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 376
  1. Mar 3, 2017
    10
    Breath of the Wild broke a lot of records in the history of gaming. By that, I mean it is most likely impossible to find one thing wrong withBreath of the Wild broke a lot of records in the history of gaming. By that, I mean it is most likely impossible to find one thing wrong with this game. It's like Nintendo took the base of Ocarina of Time and modernize it to make it look like this game over here. This is why Nintendo will forever remain in my heart no matter where it all goes. I'm telling you this, Breath of the Wild has everything... yes, every... single... thing that made Ocarina of Time look like a masterpiece. This is the lost brother of Ocarina of Time and the true brother Ocarina of Time will ever need. Just go buy this game, it wants your money so bad, it wants you to play it so bad, it wants to be your local friend literally bad. I'll be waiting until you get this game. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2017
    10
    Believe the hype. I was skeptical at first, seeing so many 10s and 100s given out to this game. I went blindly into Breath of the Wild knowingBelieve the hype. I was skeptical at first, seeing so many 10s and 100s given out to this game. I went blindly into Breath of the Wild knowing nothing about it except for the main trailer of the game. Hours into the game I can only agree: this game is a masterpiece.

    There is so much contect, so many things to do, so many places to explore. You are given complete freedom in this adventure, you can even try to beat the game as soon as you start. Freedom and exploration are perhaps the best gameplay aspects, without leaving behind the sheer amount of actions possible: cooking, riding horseback, climbing... Whether you actually beat the story is also up to you, there is so much to invest in this game you might never grow bored of it.

    Go play this game. Now. This isn't your typical 10/10 game, it goes beyond that. This game is now videogame

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  3. May 21, 2017
    10
    Beautiful, simply beautiful.
    The history of this game is magnificent, I have pc gamer, play 4 among other video game consoles, and I never
    Beautiful, simply beautiful.
    The history of this game is magnificent, I have pc gamer, play 4 among other video game consoles, and I never entertain as much as with the zelda, as this design is made, it is a true work of art, a board does not play it with guides , At the most food guides, or else you miss a little the magic of descrying the mysteries of this work of art.
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  4. Mar 4, 2017
    10
    BotW has been incredible so far. The world is massive, and not only that but it is extremely detailed and beautiful no matter where you go.BotW has been incredible so far. The world is massive, and not only that but it is extremely detailed and beautiful no matter where you go. The biggest joy I have with BotW is the crazy physics engine and the complete lack of bugs and glitches that I have come to expect with open world games. Seriously, I cannot stress enough how clean and polished this game is as I'm over 10 hours in and no so much as a single bug of any kind. This feat alone deserves a 10 rating in my opinion as I have played and loved many open world games in the past, but not a single one of them comes even remotely close to the performance level BotW pulls out. The only minor gripe I have is that in areas such as dense forest, extreme weather, or large groups of enemies the frames do drop a noticeable amount. It isn't unplayable, but you will notice the drop. Given how massive and beautiful the world is with an incredible physics engine and a complete lack of bugs more than makes up for what the old Wii U hardware is lacking and I have to say the Devs did an amazing job of making this game both look gorgeous and run near flawlessly at the same time.

    Outside of that, BotW feels like a completely unique experience. It isn't quite a Zelda game of the past, but at the same time it also isn't quite an open world game that feels completely disconnected from the series either. I can't quite figure out where one stops and the other begins, which tells me that Nintendo did an excellent job of fusing Zelda with the open world genre without losing too much in the process. So far BotW is the first game in a very long time that I've had a hard time putting the control down. It feels just like The Ocarina of Time felt as a child, and BotW contains many, if not all of the tribes from The Ocarina of Time, mixed with the open world makes the game feel very nostalgic but at the same time a new experience and massive adventure.

    Speaking of adventure, I can't seem to move 10 meters without finding a new event or secret to participate in, so I have no idea what game many of these people are playing but it most certainly isn't BotW. In short, BotW is easily going to be GotY in 2017 for most outlets. It packs an incredibly polished open world adventure and fuses it perfectly with the Zelda characters we all know and love. This game has been an incredible experience and I would recommend it to anyone.
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  5. Apr 17, 2017
    9
    I would love to give this game a perfect rating and say that it is a masterpiece of the greatest order (and in many ways it is) butI would love to give this game a perfect rating and say that it is a masterpiece of the greatest order (and in many ways it is) but unfortunately, the shortcomings it has prevent me from saying that. If the rating system allowed it, I would say a 95-96 more than a 9. This game changes the legend of zelda in ways that I never expected to go, taking a page out of the Elder Scrolls and applying it in an excellent way to truly give us a next gen Zelda game, with many new mechanics that probably now I can't see a Zelda game without. But in this effort to truly change the game and make it new and exciting, perhaps Nintendo overplays a little bit and some of the aspects that truly define the series are not here in full. Mostly the aspects I can say that don't live up to par: the dungeons and their bosses while imaginative and interesting are not in the super memorable and complex ways of old. The music, which is a standard of quality in the series, here is just ok, and the main villain, while interesting in its design and fight. leaves a little bit to be desired in question to previous incarnations. For me, this game is an excellent one, one that any fan of zelda, nintendo, open world games, or just games in general have no excuse of not playing (even for Wii U), but there are some aspects that perhaps could have been more up to par to truly be a masterpiece like some games in this series have been in the past. I really enjoyed this one, and I believe that this is the foundation for the franchise forward (including the voice acting, that while not that good, really didn't angered me at all) and with this in place, for the next one is time to truly combine this new aspects and really go full out, a fully voiced acted game not only cutscenes, a more complex storyline with truly great and complex dungeons and bosses and music in the truly legendary standard that this series is used to.
    PS: What the hell nintendo, Why make Epona a pay up priviledge only if you have the Smash bros link amiibo, that's Capcom levels of greed.
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  6. Mar 7, 2017
    9
    Overall, It's fantastic. Blends several different mechanics from some of the most successful games of the last ten years. They seem to takeOverall, It's fantastic. Blends several different mechanics from some of the most successful games of the last ten years. They seem to take away the annoying parts of those games in favor of a simplified entirely enjoyable experience. The English voice acting's not great honestly, and kind of annoying. I'm surprised to see voice acting at all. There's not too much; just here and there, but still annoying. Beautiful expansive environment with little to no loading times for most of it. Just loads the intro, when you die, dungeons, and a few other places. I'm not used to Wii U controls, I usually play PS4 or the XBO controller on Steam, so the controls feel kinda backwards to me but that's just Nintendo controls in general. I'm dying A LOT as a result of that, but that's just my not being used to it. I do wish you could chose to remap controls more than just switching the jump button. The characters have a ton of personality and life, it's awesome! I feel like I'm interacting with real people and enemies with real lives. When fighting, the reactions to what's happening in combat on the faces of the enemy are vibrant and full of personality. The game doesn't run as well as I would hope for a modern console; on Wii U I'm getting plenty of stuttering and chugging frame-rate during battles and in populated areas. The dungeons are fun, don't take forever, and are many. I love how open things are, the world feels real due to temperatures, the passage of time, plenty of variable weather, and the characters in it. The game is not really linear at all. You can follow the game from mission to mission, or go anywhere else and do whatever the hell you want. The only thing stopping you is how prepared you are. So to sum it up, I keep playing and it only ever gets better. I'm not done, but I've put in a ton of hours and feel confident in my review.

    Now, just so everyone knows; I bought this on March 3rd 2017, nobody paid me to give it my genuine feedback. I'm in my late 20's, not a fanboy teenager. I wrote this because I want to give honest feedback for people trying to decide if they want to jump in or hold of on a not insignificant purchase. I don't care and will never know if you buy it or not; but I enjoyed it and I'm sure almost anyone that plays it would.
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  7. Apr 22, 2017
    0
    A very bad game in my opinion, which is only Zelda by the name, the mechanics give the impression of being very varied but after a while theyA very bad game in my opinion, which is only Zelda by the name, the mechanics give the impression of being very varied but after a while they become repetitive leaving you alone with that expectation of seeing what will happen with your seemingly realistic system Of physics, it is those kind of games that first you are attracted to have a great map and many objectives to discover, but that ends up leaving just because it is too long and nothing linear, very bad adaptation of the bomb system and the little comfort that Is to finish a sanctuary compared to previous deliveries, without words, it is better to wait for Nintendo to publish a new delivery more faithful to what a Zelda really is. Expand

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