Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. NF Magazine
    Feb 26, 2018
    90
    The secrets and surprises are worth the cost of entry. [Issue #32 – March/April 2018, p. 26]
  2. Jan 21, 2018
    90
    The second DLC provides more things to play and experience than the last one, with new combat, new puzzles, new areas to explore, and new story to dig.
  3. Jan 4, 2018
    90
    The Champion’s Ballad acts as a perfect tribute to both Breath of the Wild and to the Zelda series.
  4. Dec 14, 2017
    90
    A splendid continuation of one of 2017’s finest titles. Though it features minor disappointments, the overall experience is incredibly enjoyable.
  5. Dec 17, 2017
    88
    Breath of the Wild's latest DLC The Champions' Ballad has some problems that cannot be ignored, but its best parts exceed even those of the main game.
  6. Dec 13, 2017
    85
    The Champions’ Ballad hits a few stumbling blocks in its execution, but by and large is an excellent coda to the soaring symphony that is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. With a balanced mix of combat, exploration, story, challenge, and discovery, there’s no reason to stay away from the DLC if you, like most of us, enjoyed the game to begin with.
  7. Games Master UK
    Jan 25, 2018
    84
    Not quite what was advertised, but a splendid coda to one of the greatest games ever made. [Feb 2018, p.78]
  8. Dec 13, 2017
    83
    Will there be more, perhaps post-endgame DLC down the road? It seems highly unlikely at this point, but knowing that a new Zelda is likely pretty far on the horizon, maybe Nintendo can surprise us in 2018. As it is though, Breath of the Wild definitely benefits from this DLC pack, and while it might not be a big enough draw for players that have essentially wrapped up the main story, it certainly feels like a nice boon to those of us that have yet to 100% the game.
  9. Dec 13, 2017
    83
    This isn't the Nintendo's Wine and Blood we hoped for - but it's still a great DLC, with an amazing dungeon, and beautiful new shrines.
  10. Dec 12, 2017
    83
    Despite the unfortunate boss retreads and disappointing final dungeon, The Champion’s Ballad is a great excuse to revisit Breath of the Wild’s enormous world. Its new challenges highlight what made Breath of the Wild great in the first place, giving you some fun new ways to utilize your old toolkit. Figuring out where the new shrines are, puzzling out how to complete them, and finding several new secrets along the way gave me the same exciting wonder I had when I first started exploring Hyrule, and make me eager to continue exploring it and see what other secrets I’ve missed.
  11. Dec 12, 2017
    83
    With new gear, 16 new shrines, 1 new divine beast and a new great boss, The Champion’s Ballad offers hour of the best elements in BOTW (including exploring and combat). It might not be narrative driven but overall the experience is fun and challenging.
  12. Dec 18, 2017
    80
    Through such arduous trials, the Champions' Ballad pushes Breath of the Wild's mechanics to their limits, whether combat or puzzles. Hence this quest leads to discover all the subtleties of the gameplay, and explore this world deeper with no stone left unturned. Although the riddles are often composed of familiar refrains while the delicate, then ultimately moving narrative remains in the background, this expansion makes The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild even more unforgettable.
  13. Dec 17, 2017
    80
    Who knows if Nintendo will continue to surprise us with fanciful new additions to Breath of the Wild down the road, but considering that The Champions' Ballad is likely the final world on this chapter in The Legend of Zelda, it's a bittersweet goodbye.
  14. Dec 13, 2017
    80
    The Ballad of the Champions could have been an unforgettable farewell for Breath of the Wild, and instead it is just an excellent appendix.
  15. Dec 11, 2017
    80
    The Champion's Ballad has great sanctuaries, the best final boss in Breath of the Wild and some good extra stuff, but is poor in story and doesn't add anything new in terms of gameplay.
  16. Dec 11, 2017
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  17. Dec 11, 2017
    80
    What it does deliver, though, is a collection of some of the best elements of the base game. New armour set treasure hunts, new shrines to take on, and a whole new Divine Beast to overcome. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad is highly enjoyable and a reminder of just why this game has already won its first of what is bound to be many "Game of the Year" awards.
  18. Dec 12, 2017
    78
    The Champions’ Ballad isn’t the extra dose of story for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that many fans were expecting, but it would be churlish to turn down another chunk of hours with one of gaming’s greatest achievements. Even better, those hours are filled with new surprises, endgame-level challenges, and the weirdest post-game reward of recent years.
  19. Dec 13, 2017
    75
    The Champion’s Ballad DLC is a nice addition to Breath of the Wild, but not an essential purchase. Great for people looking to return to Hyrule, but casual Zelda fans might want to wait for a sale.
  20. Dec 9, 2017
    75
    I had a great time taking on the new shrines and the obliteration silliness. Breath of the Wild is still a blast, so even if everything feels familiar, I couldn't help but take myriad detours and comb through areas I had already been before just to ensure that I didn't miss something. Keep your expectations in check and you'll enjoy the ride.
This publication does not provide a score for their reviews.
This publication has not posted a final review score yet.
These unscored reviews do not factor into the Metascore calculation.
  1. Dec 13, 2017
    It slumps in the middle but rebounds with a soaring finale. Breath of the Wild’s latest adventure is well worth the time and effort, ending on on a triumphant high.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 258 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 258
  1. Dec 10, 2017
    0
    Disappointing!
    Reusing of existing content. old areas, same weapons, same enemies...
    giant new dungeons? lol, its the smallest one and
    Disappointing!
    Reusing of existing content. old areas, same weapons, same enemies...
    giant new dungeons? lol, its the smallest one and finished in 1 hour...
    Compared with Witcher 3 DLCs - the work from nintendo is horrible
    saddly all DLCs does not change the ending.

    Content overview: Find 4 MetaShrines finish for each Metashrine 3 challenges and 3 shrines, go to the last dungeon. DLC is done ... Not funny and not good
    Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2017
    10
    This beautiful game never needed a DLC, it was so massive, innovative and comprehensive. The Champions' Ballad is merely a gift to the worldThis beautiful game never needed a DLC, it was so massive, innovative and comprehensive. The Champions' Ballad is merely a gift to the world of Zelda fans. Bravo for the fun addition to this magnificent game! Full Review »
  3. Dec 8, 2017
    9
    Even though this DLC is not as big as Blood and Wine, considering that it is just 10 bucks, I would say it fulfilled my expectation. TheEven though this DLC is not as big as Blood and Wine, considering that it is just 10 bucks, I would say it fulfilled my expectation. The volume of the DLC seems to be 8-10 hours which is good enough and new dungeons and stories were very interesting and the final boss was much better than Calamity Ganon. However, it seems like new costumes just act as new fashion without being useful which I think it would be better if I can actually use them in gameplay. Full Review »