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  • Summary: Forget 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, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discoverForget 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, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this 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.
    * Battling enemies requires strategy - The world is inhabited with enemies of all shapes and sizes. Each one has its own attack method and weaponry, so you must think quickly and develop the right strategies to defeat them.
    * amiibo compatibility - Tap the Wolf Link amiibo (sold separately) to make Wolf Link appear in game. Wolf Link will attack enemies on his own and help you find items you're searching for.
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  1. Negative: 0 out of 109
  1. 100
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games ever made.
  2. Dec 12, 2017
    100
    Where it takes mechanics from others in the industry, it improves upon them; where it introduces new ones, you slap your forehead in amazement that it hasn’t been done before. Breath of the Wild is development done right, and damn near the best game you’ll play all year.
  3. Mar 2, 2017
    100
    I guess, in the end, it’s not just that Breath of the Wild signals that Zelda has finally evolved and moved beyond the structure it’s leaned on for so long. It’s that the evolution in question has required Nintendo to finally treat its audience like intelligent people. That newfound respect has led to something big, and different, and exciting. But in an open world full of big changes, Breath of the Wild also almost always feels like a Zelda game — and establishes itself as the first current, vital-feeling Zelda in almost 20 years.
  4. 100
    Despite the stellar story and the absolutely fantastic visuals (aside from some framerate issues on the Switch), it’s this world overflowing with life that will grab and hold your attention for hours upon hours of gaming. As much as this is a story-driven RPG, Breath of the Wild is about its world, a world so vast that you could spend hours upon hours traversing its lands (trust me, I did) before actually making tangible progress in the story...It’s the Zelda game we’ve all been waiting for.
  5. Mar 18, 2017
    100
    The largest Zelda? No dispute. The finest launch title for a new console? So, it is. And isn´t it also the best Zelda? Yippee. And something more. Breath of the Wild is so far the best Zelda, which will be unforgettably written in the history of open-world games.
  6. Mar 23, 2017
    96
    A new direction for the franchise that is as brilliantly successful as it is bold, Breath of the Wild raises the bar for a series that has already set a phenomenally high standard.
  7. Mar 12, 2017
    60
    The audiovisual beauty alone of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is liable to convince you that more is indeed better.

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  1. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    PERFECT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM! 500++ HOURS PUT IN THE GAME AND I'M NOT DONE YET.
  2. 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
  3. Mar 10, 2017
    10
    Even though the game suffers from some frame rate issues which does bother me to some degree, the game as a whole is just pure fun. It mightEven though the game suffers from some frame rate issues which does bother me to some degree, the game as a whole is just pure fun. It might not have the best story ever, nor the best looking graphics out there, but the overall experience deserves a perfect score in my opinion. Definitely a must play! Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2017
    10
    This game is amazing, massive step up for Zelda and Nintendo, true open world with very little hand holding and a solid Zelda story. I reallyThis game is amazing, massive step up for Zelda and Nintendo, true open world with very little hand holding and a solid Zelda story. I really like that there in no order you are required to do things in because all your core abilities are given to you within the first 30 mins, to me this game is the only reason I bought a Switch, I'm like 40 hours in and still have stuff to do. If you are a fun of Zelda, you really need to play this game. Don't buy into the hate train, this game is near perfect and surprisingly challenging. Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2017
    10
    Its a shame how many people vote this title a 0. Nearly every 3rd user! That looks liek a joke. What a nonsense. All the trolls and hatersIts a shame how many people vote this title a 0. Nearly every 3rd user! That looks liek a joke. What a nonsense. All the trolls and haters coming around and try to downscore this game ..without a reason, without playing it or only playing for 2 hours and some only because they want to hate and want to troll. metacritic was much realer and serious before they decided to let users vote . So if you want to decide if you want to buy this game or not...have a look on the critic reviews/ proper metascore but not to the distorted user score. Thanks. Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2017
    9
    Almost a perfect game. I couldn't stop playing until I finished it.
    More than 110 hours of entertainment and I didn't get bored even one
    Almost a perfect game. I couldn't stop playing until I finished it.
    More than 110 hours of entertainment and I didn't get bored even one minute. It definitely worth its price.
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  7. Jan 9, 2020
    0
    This could honestly be one of the worst games I’ve ever played. This game was probably fun for about 30min then it was all downhill fromThis could honestly be one of the worst games I’ve ever played. This game was probably fun for about 30min then it was all downhill from there. Had to stop playing after about 5-10hrs because it was so painfully bad. I don’t think I’ve ever not finished a game until this one.

    This game is literally just a giant sandbox with 0 purpose. You can face the final boss immediately, there is no leveling system, no equipment you get to keep, there is literally 0 reason to kill or do anything in this game. Everything feels completely pointless other than just so you can mess around and kill time. The weapon breaking system where everything breaks after 3 hits has got to be the dumbest **** I’ve ever seen put into a game. Who ever came up with this idea should be shot. There is no leveling system to help you get stronger other than finding shrines for hearts which is more work that it’s worth (which is a theme in this game) so every enemy literally one shots you (again meaning there is 0 reason to even fight anything)

    It’s really pretty dumbfounding how bad and flawed this game is. None of these devs should have jobs in the video game industry for approving this dumpster fire. The only idiots who like this game are Zelda fan boys, and Minecraft nerds who just want to frolick around a a sandbox with no real guiding purpose.
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