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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: 26 out of 423
  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 30, 2017
    10
    After the disaster that was Skyward Sword & the terrible controls of Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks (having to cover the entire screenAfter the disaster that was Skyward Sword & the terrible controls of Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks (having to cover the entire screen Link is on with my hand to be able to move around is just a terrible design decision), I didn't go into this game expecting anything. If not for the trailers showing it to be much better, I might not have gotten the game at all. I got the Wii U version and found the game to be quite good. I had started to grow concerned for the series, but with this amazing game, I no longer feel that way. The open world feels more like the original NES Zelda than any other game in the series, while still being very much its own thing, and this return to the series roots breaks a lot of the conventions that I've had a problem with ever since Ocarina of Time.

    Though as someone who enjoys exploration far more than combat, I do feel like the enemies should have far less health than they do. In the original Zelda, fighting a group of blue lynels with the wooden sword was very difficult, but completely possible. Fighting just one with a boko club in this game is simply impossible... But at least the combat difficulty curve isn't based on how patient you can be, like it was from Ocarina of Time through to Skyward Sword, which was a terrible design decision.

    The enemies also don't feel very varied, simply because such a large percentage of them are humanoids, which all seem to act pretty similarly. Where are the tektites, leevers, pols voice, & poes? And if you're going to favor humanoids so much, why not a few with play styles that are a bit more different, like the boomerang-favoring goriyas, or the slow-but-tough gibdos and redeads? Thankfully, most combat can pretty much be ignored for those who wish to simply run past it, so I'm not going ding the game on that, but it's a thought to share..

    The world to explore is huge without feeling empty like Ocarina of Time's larger areas, or feeling repetitive like most open worlds seem to do. For example, I enjoyed Fallout 3 & New Vegas, but didn't get Fallout 4 simply because I got so tired of staring at a brown screen, and with the same assets everywhere, most places didn't feel unique enough to really remember where what was in relation to one another. Breath of the Wild's regions are colorful and varied, with no areas feeling too samey to one another.

    All in all, great job on this. 10/10 from me!
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  3. Sep 13, 2017
    10
    i have the wii u version of the game and i loved it, when i started playing the game i was a little scared if it wouldn't live up to the hypei have the wii u version of the game and i loved it, when i started playing the game i was a little scared if it wouldn't live up to the hype but oh boy it did, i few in love with the game and there are so many new mechanics that now i wish were on every zelda game from now on. I showed this game for a friend that never played a Zelda before, now he will buy a switch and Zelda BOTW will be his first game so... just one tip, go, get it, like right now, cause this game is awesome and became my favorite game instantly.
    PS: the game has some flaws of couse but the game is amazing and still deserves a 10 even with these mistakes
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  4. Mar 3, 2017
    10
    The result, for all the longevity of its series and the familiarity of the open-world genre, is a game that evokes feelings we haven’t knownThe result, for all the longevity of its series and the familiarity of the open-world genre, is a game that evokes feelings we haven’t known for 20 years. Not since Ocarina Of Time have we set foot in a world that seems so mind-bogglingly vast, that feels so unerringly magical, that proves so relentlessly intriguing. Plenty of games promise to let us go anywhere and do anything; few, if any, ever deliver on it so irresistibly. Nineteen years on, Ocarina is still held up as the high-water mark of one of gaming’s best-loved – and greatest – series. Now it may have to settle for second place. Expand
  5. May 3, 2017
    9
    I absolutely loved this game. My own personal play time of roughly 100 hours was some of the most fun I've had playing a game in my life.I absolutely loved this game. My own personal play time of roughly 100 hours was some of the most fun I've had playing a game in my life. Every action I took was done when and where I wanted - absolute freedom to play in Hyrule how I wanted. So much freedom in a game is bound to create very personal experiences with a game, with every player having a unique adventure and with their own stories to tell in how they managed to tackle a group of moblins or solve one of the 120 shrines.

    The fact that BotW is so personal to whomever plays it is likely one of the contributing factors for the rating a player gives this game. I personally never came across any game-breaking glitches, and don't actually recall having any frame-drop issues. But, that might be due to the way I chose to play the game - little to no combat, high stealth, and lazily walking everywhere I went. I can see how another player who chose to take on BotW in a completely different way might be confronted with different issues, which in itself challenges the "freedom" granted by this game. If choosing to play BotW in certain ways results in a higher likelihood of problems, then it seems to restrict what players can actually do in the game.

    As an avid Dark Souls/Bloodborne fan, I enjoyed the flavor of combat in this title. Battles had weight, with enemies dealing HEAVY amounts of damage, and weapons being all-too fragile when in a pinch. The score is thoughtful and subtle, the world is gorgeous and varied, and the story (though thin) has a pretty heavy ambience to it that felt darker and more oppressive to me than it likely did for most other players.

    BotW is not without its problems. The voice acting is bad, but not even in a charming "so-bad-it's-good" way ala Silent Hill 2 or House of the Dead. The monotony in a large percentage of the shrines can grind gameplay to almost a halt. The lack of ANY non-breakable melee options is frustrating; even something like a broken hilt or weak knife would be better than being completely unarmed without breaking the game's difficulty. Other players have found ways to break combat with armor buffs, but a casual playthrough like mine didn't see much opportunity to increase armor stats.

    In the end, a 9/10 is my subjective score for this game. I have so few issues with it, and can't wait to return to it. It's hard to give an objective score because BotW, like the rest of the Zelda series, is very personal. For those who enjoy BotW, they love it. For those who don't, they, well, don't. If you have a WiiU, there is really no reason to let this one go untried. Rent it. Buy it. Borrow it.
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  6. Mar 8, 2017
    9
    While not perfect this game is excellent. The open world setting fits very well with the feel of Zelda and I quickly found myself lost in aWhile not perfect this game is excellent. The open world setting fits very well with the feel of Zelda and I quickly found myself lost in a fantasy world hunting down shrines and towers. The world is densely populated and there never feels like huge expanses of nothing. Somehow the world feels alive and everywhere you go there are glowing towers or glowing shrines to find and explore. I always feel like I have a clear goal and even choice between multiple different goals. The combat mechanics are polished and it feels good to get a perfect parry or dodge then strike your enemies with a flurry of attacks.
    I don't like the durability on your weapons though and after killing a few enemies even the good weapons break which is frustrating. In one part I got what is basically a lightsaber and it lasted me only a single fight which didn't feel cool. I started using the garbage clubs the basic mooks drop so that I could save my good weapons for later and I think that's poor game design to force me to use garbage to fight instead of my awesome silver greatsword or lightsaber.
    I also dislike the fact that you get a special magic tablet thing right at the start but the Wii U gamepad does nothing. I know that the Wii U was a failure but it seems pretty ridicolous that a major story item would fit perfectly with the gamepad and they passed up such a great opportunity. At the very least they could have made it a map. This was the last big release for the Wii U and they didn't bother even trying to make use of the gamepad that made it unique. It is a missed opportunity they won't get again for any major releases.
    Aside from these criticisms the game is very well polished and is enjoyable to play. It is an excellent Zelda game and deserve the high praise it is receiving. I am impressed that the transition to open world was handled so well and it is not only one of the best Zelda games I've played but one of the best open world games. What I enjoy in open world games is having cool little things to do in between the big story things. When I set out in breath of the wild it is an adventure getting from point A to point B and there is so much in the world to distract me that hours flew by and I was left wanting more.
    I give this game a 9/10 because the combat, open world, and most of the gameplay are spot on and make for an exceptionally well polished experience. However it is far from a perfect game and I am dissapointed that their Wii U release didn't make full use of the gamepad and the weapon durablity system is anti fun.
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  7. Mar 4, 2018
    0
    This game doesn't deserve the praise it gets. When you first start the game you have no clue what you are meant to do you have to look it up online.

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