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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. 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. Jul 12, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I want to make this clear to whoever is reading this review right now. This game is not perfect, but that’s ok because no game will ever be. What this game has accomplished is simply amazing. Nintendo finally took a shot at an open world game, with the genre being as popular as it is, and blew us away with their first go. (Spoilers from here on out)

    PROS- Traveling throughout the world in Breath of the Wild (BOTW) is the most fantastic part of the game. You have so many options as you are traveling. You can surf down massive cliffs and snow mountains for a blistering way to get to places. Climb up mountains anywhere to get a good view on the landscape, plan where to go next and paraglide over their. If you want to get to an area quickly you can take a horse, or if you completed the DLC a motorcycle. If your in the desert you can use a seal to take you across it quickly. This game provides options when traveling throughout the world witch plays in part why it’s so fun to explore. The other reason this game is so enticing is their is something around every corner. Their are 4 divine beast, 120 shrines, 900 korok seeds, and many side quest and mini games. So while the world is massive their is always something to see or do. The world is most enjoyed when you take your time with the game. Both me and one of my friend got the game around the same time as each other my friend tried to collect everything in the game before beating Calamity Ganon, including all 900 korok seeds. By the end of the game he had put just about 300 hours in to it. He was completely burned out and hated the game for it. This is not the game where completing it 100% completion will be fun in a short period of time. I have had the game for about 1.5 years now and still play it because I don’t do the little at at once. I beat the game a couple months after I got it and completed all the main stuff along with it like, freed all dive beast, got the master sword, found all the memories, and beat the DLC. After I defeated Ganon I still wanted to explore the world and see what I could find. I still only have about 250 korok seeds and finally finished all the shrines but I’m till even to this day having fun exploring the world. I constantly come back and find new things. I stumbled upon a beautiful dragon for the first time and was blown away. Found full towns after beating Ganon and still have fun finding korok’s around every corner. Some of the best moments I have ever had in gaming are from stumbling into stuff naturally from this game. BOTW does this better than any game I have played yet.

    Cons- It’s interesting because what this game achieves so well make the shortcomings seem like more of a misstep than it normally would be. The voice acting in many ways is just average, which really surprised me since this is the first time there are voice actors in a Zelda game that both Nintendo and the voice actors didn’t go for perfection. In many of the cutscene it seemed like they were took only a couple times. The Divine Beast are very interesting and unique concept the first couple you do but later on I realized they were extremely short and boring compared to past Zelda dungeons. They also have exactly the same boring interior look for each dungeon and shrine. Again, previous Zelda dungeons where much more creative and interesting than these and if one thing gets changed in the sequel I hope it would be this. Most of the other problem I had were small. The music in this game is perfect for what the game is supposed to be, but for a more personal problem I miss the bombastic Hyrule Field music or the optimistic Great Sea theme. Again this is not a problem for the game but a personal one. The durability system is almost great for the ability to keep you on your toes at all times but I would like if you got a couple more hits out of each weapon, so instead that would make players be more aggressive instead of being cautious about breaking weapons. The menu system works ok but I still often find myself stumbling around in it. Also I didn’t like how you can only hold 5 items at a time; I would like to be able to hold more.

    In conclusion, this game is fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone who has any interest in it. This is probably my favorite game of all time, mainly because I have had so many memorable moments from it and I can call my adventures in the game my own. This game got me back into video games and I really appreciate it for that. Yes, the game does have flaws just like every other game ever will, but here hoping the recently announced direct sequel can fix some of those problem, retain what’s great about this game, and come up with creative ideas and story to make it unique from its predecessor.
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  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. Feb 20, 2021
    10
    El mejor exclusivo de Switch y de toda la generación.

    Nos ponemos en la piel de Link, el cual despierta de un letargo de 100 años y
    El mejor exclusivo de Switch y de toda la generación.

    Nos ponemos en la piel de Link, el cual despierta de un letargo de 100 años y emprende la misión de salvar al reino de Hyrule de las garras de Ganon.

    Historia: la narrativa es el punto más flojo del videojuego, quizás el único. Nos cuentan la historia en forma de 12 recuerdos localizados en diferentes puntos del mapa de juego. Veo poco desarrollo en este aspecto, pero Zelda no suele destacar por la narrativa individual de cada juego. Lo realmente interesante es el Lore alrededor de la saga y la conexión entre las distintas líneas temporales.

    Jugabilidad: La jugabilidad es sobresaliente, introduce muchos cambios respecto a las entregas tradicionales. Gran variedad de armas: lanzas, espadas, mandobles, hachas... Todas ellas se rompen, obligando al jugador a variar el arsenal continuamente en los primeros compases del juego. Después todos tenemos nuestra Tier List personal de armas y sabemos aprovisionarnos.

    Gráficos: Este juego es un milagro, que ocurre cada cierto tiempo. Digo milagro porque siempre hay algún juego en todas las generaciones de consolas que nos parece imposible a priori que un hardware de esas características lo pueda mover. Zelda ofrece un gigantesco mundo abierto lleno de vida, está entre los 10 mapas más grandes de la historia de los videojuegos. Todo ello lo mueve con la posibilidad de jugar en modo dock a 900p 30 fps y modo portátil a 720p 30 fps. Personalmente, el rendimiento deja algo que desear, llegando a bajar de los 30 fps en algunas zonas del juego como el Bosque Kolog, que es la más notable en cuanto a bajada de rendimiento. Por lo demás, sobresaliente.

    Duración: Completar la historia principal siendo un jugador medio en su primera run, entorno a las 20 horas. Pero este juego es mucho más que eso, la forma real de disfrutar esta obra maestra es explorar cada rincón de Hyrule y descubrir sus innumerables secretos. Eso nos puede llevar centenas de horas. En mi caso personal, he completado 3 partidas distintas, entre las 3 sumo más de 500 horas. Y lo peor de todo, ninguna de las tres las he completado al 100%, se me resiste buscar las 900 semillas kologs. Una run normal centrándose únicamente en la historia, recuerdos, bestias divinas y los 120 santuarios sobrepasa las 100 horas.

    Banda Sonora: No es necesariamente mala, pero me parece de las más flojas de la saga. Pero todo ello es un gusto personal, no me considero un experto en la materia.

    DLC: añaden contenido adicional al juego, pero salvo alguna excepción como el modo experto y el santuario de la espada los veo bastante pobres. También he de añadir la inclusión de algún objeto bastante interesante, como las bridas y arreos ancestrales y el teletransportador.

    Conclusión: Juegazo IMPRESCINDIBLE. Seas o no fan de la saga, es una rotura de los cánones tradicionales y una vuelta a los orígenes, con un clara referencia en Zelda (1986).

    Nota: 10.
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  4. Mar 13, 2017
    10
    best game i played since the last of us. the world is packed of things to do. very sad to see people trying to make its rating go down.best game i played since the last of us. the world is packed of things to do. very sad to see people trying to make its rating go down. bought the game day 1 and played it everyday and im nowhere near finished. Expand
  5. Mar 5, 2017
    10
    Very good game good game play, soundtrack, graphics and story. Well done nintendo the hype for this game for this game for many years and youVery good game good game play, soundtrack, graphics and story. Well done nintendo the hype for this game for this game for many years and you kept your word and gave us a solid experience in the end Expand
  6. Apr 6, 2023
    9
    Beautyful locations, interesting character with their own story and a lot of variety about weapons, monsters and animals. Cutscenes and musicBeautyful locations, interesting character with their own story and a lot of variety about weapons, monsters and animals. Cutscenes and music maybe are to much absents and sometimes the game lag in locations with a lot of obstacles, like tropical forests. Expand
  7. Jan 24, 2023
    0
    Weapons break badly.
    The map is too big for nothing.
    Solving dungeon riddles is boring. Link's clothes are light blue for some reason, and
    Weapons break badly.
    The map is too big for nothing.
    Solving dungeon riddles is boring.
    Link's clothes are light blue for some reason, and Princess Zelda's design is terrible.
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