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: 23 out of 399
  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 9, 2017
    10
    Excellent and Wonderfull... What a beautifull Zelda, The best of them all!
    Believe the Hype... The Hype is REAL!.
    Nintendo is back with all
    Excellent and Wonderfull... What a beautifull Zelda, The best of them all!
    Believe the Hype... The Hype is REAL!.
    Nintendo is back with all the might!
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  3. Jun 19, 2017
    10
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild is one of the best games I have EVER played, The soundtrack is very elegant and peaceful, and when youThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild is one of the best games I have EVER played, The soundtrack is very elegant and peaceful, and when you run across a boss the soundtrack gets dramatic. The open world is filled with things to do, and unlike most games, and Zelda games, there is so many mechanics that make the game shine. Like cooking, The graphics are amazing, and that frames are good, but there is still drops, that should not take away from the gameplay given they are rare unless looking over a vast area. What I like is that some characters voices have voice acting during important cut scenes, and normal text wile playing. The inventory looks great and being able to upgrade items is a great plus. The detail in the game overall is phenomenal and you NEED to buy it. Expand
  4. Mar 3, 2017
    10
    Pró: Pra fechar a geração do Wii U com chave de ouro. O Hype é real! Obrigado Nintendo por esse jogo sensacional.

    Contra: O jogo apresenta
    Pró: Pra fechar a geração do Wii U com chave de ouro. O Hype é real! Obrigado Nintendo por esse jogo sensacional.

    Contra: O jogo apresenta algumas quedas de fps durante a jornada, porém quase nunca durante os combates, o que não interfere no andamento desse jogo maravilhoso.
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  5. Apr 30, 2017
    9
    I've played many other Zelda games: the original one, A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, The Wind Waker,I've played many other Zelda games: the original one, A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and A Link Between Worlds. Breath of the Wild takes a step in a different direction from those games, as it focuses almost entirely on its open world exploration. It feels more like Skyrim in terms of gameplay, while still feeling very much like earlier Zelda games in terms of setting and atmosphere.

    Graphics: 10/10
    It looks beautiful. One of the best-looking games on the market.

    Soundtrack: 7/10
    Atmospheric and fitting soundtrack, with some nods to the soundtracks of previous Zelda games. It fits the game nicely, and it is well produced, but I wouldn't listen to it outside the game. It is ultimately just background music, and it can be rather forgettable.

    Story: 3/10
    Breath of the Wild is not a story-oriented game, and it shouldn't be reviewed as one. The story really doesn't have much going for it, but that doesn't detract much from my opinion of the game. This is an exploration-oriented adventure game, and it doesn't need a good story. However, if you are considering buying this game hoping for a good story, you might want to reconsider. It's basically a 30 minute story in a 200 hour game. Every other Zelda game I've played since and including A Link to the Past, has had a better story. I won't spoil anything, but the game starts with Link waking up after a long slumber, and he has lost his memory. The problem is, all the story bits happened before Link wakes up, i.e. before the game starts, i.e. it's all exposition. This exposition is told to you mostly through short memory snippet cutscenes. The cutscenes are quite nice and enjoyable, but they don't make a well told story. You start playing the game in what is technically the final resolution stage of the story.

    Gameplay: 9/10
    This is the most important aspect of a game, and I believe it is the most subjective aspect to review. For me, Breath of the Wild has excellent gameplay. The world is filled with interesting places to explore, weapons to wield, enemies to fight, and things to do. You can even help build a new town! The game rewards exploration, which goes perfectly together with the large open world. The combat is very fun and not too complicated, and the difficulty level is perfect in my opinion. However, there is one mechanic that directly obstructs the exploration-focused gameplay: rain. Specifically, the fact that rain makes climbing nigh impossible. This is implemented intentionally at one point during the game, to prevent you from taking shortcuts through a certain area. And that's perfectly fine. But the random rain that occurs throughout the game is anything but fine. Exploration is the key focus of this game, and climbing is one of the key methods for exploring the world. It should NOT be compromised for the added realism of a random rain mechanic. That, along with some recurring frame rate drops, keeps this game from getting a perfect 10 for gameplay.

    Overall: 9/10
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  6. Mar 5, 2017
    9
    I'll be honest. I didn't believe the hype, not one bit. I'm a 2D Zelda fan and have always preferred A Link To The Past and A Link BetweenI'll be honest. I didn't believe the hype, not one bit. I'm a 2D Zelda fan and have always preferred A Link To The Past and A Link Between Worlds far more than Ocarina, etc. I'm not a hipster by any means, I just always got lost, confused, and bored when playing 3D Zelda games.

    Nonetheless, I was a die hard Wii U fan for the little bit of time that it was relevant so I gave Breath of the Wild a shot, knowing that it would be the last Wii U game I'd ever buy.

    I'm absolutely stunned.

    This isn't the best game I've played this year - for me that's Watch Dogs 2 - but Breath of the Wild is definitely the first time in a long, long time that I've agreed with game critics reviews 100%. This is Zelda defined. I'm barely 10 hours into this thing and am so blown away by it that my face is numb from smiling so much. Think that sounds cheesy? Consider that I'm a 45 year old gamer from the stone age - and I'm loving every minute of this.

    Kudos Nintendo. Way to send the Wii U out with a bang - and usher in the Switch.
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  7. Jun 7, 2017
    0
    This game is Nintendo at is best. I thought Nintendo would never make a Legend of Zelda game that would TOP Ocarina of Time. But they had meThis game is Nintendo at is best. I thought Nintendo would never make a Legend of Zelda game that would TOP Ocarina of Time. But they had me dead wrong. This game is a masterpiece. It's so beautiful and so wonderful, it's very hard to put into words, you HAVE to experience this game for yourself. Whether your a PC player, Sony, Xbox, this game is bound to astonish you. Nintendo will forever be in my heart. Expand

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