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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: 33 out of 467
  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 13, 2017
    10
    I love this game. Is it perfect? No, but its the closest thing to "perfect" any game of this genre has come. It's gorgeous, it's massive, it'sI love this game. Is it perfect? No, but its the closest thing to "perfect" any game of this genre has come. It's gorgeous, it's massive, it's full of life and secrets and those little touches that define "Nintendo polish". I can't tell you how many times I've had my jaw drop at something I accidentally stumbled upon and just went "what is that? WHAT IS THAT?!?" It's probably been over half a decade since I've felt so addicted to a game. While I would have liked more character development for the four champions, Zelda herself is more well-developed than any character in any of the previous Zelda games. Nintendo really made an amazing character with her. She's multidimensional, she has multiple character arcs, and it's all presented in such a creative way. They even give Link some character development, in a way. You would think that giving Link personality would ruin the character, since he's supposed to be the silent, "blank slate" protagonist that people project themselves onto. But once again, it's done so smartly that it does wonders for the character's likability. All-in-all, an absolutely amazing game. I look forward to seeing how Nintendo tries to top this one. Expand
  3. Dec 29, 2017
    10
    I’ll be honest - I was more than skeptical buying the Wii U version of this game, but since I didn’t have a Switch and I was so desperate toI’ll be honest - I was more than skeptical buying the Wii U version of this game, but since I didn’t have a Switch and I was so desperate to play it, there was no other choice. However, I’m glad to say that my worries have been set aside!

    I’ve been playing the game for over 30 hours now and there is still no end in sight, which may seem tedious but in fact the game always gives you new objectives, whether it be self-set or in your quest log. On the topic of self-set objectives, I’ll always find myself distracted from my main goal. For example, I climb onto a mountain and see a shrine in the distance (a mini dungeon that there are 120 of) and start paragliding towards it. I then notice a camp of Bokoblins and decide to ambush them instead. By the time I’m at the shrine, it’s already been a good 15 minutes!

    I won’t spoil anything here, but the story is refreshing, even for a Zelda game, and blends perfectly with the open-world and exploration. Most of the game’s characters are unique and memorable and I’ve even found myself in the market for some of the Amiibo!

    Speaking of Amiibo, they offer a great boost to those who already have them. Amiibo can be used once a day and provide Link with some random food, materials and herbs. However, use a Legend of Zelda Amiibo and you’ll be rewarded with some special items! For example, by using the 8-Bit Link Amiibo you will obtain the outfit from the original Legend of Zelda and also some Rupees as an added bonus. I already own quite a few Amiibo myself so I was pleased to see them utilised so well!

    I’ve been reading some reports on framerate issues and I’m happy to say that they are VERY rare. The only two instances I can give are in the water at the very first shrine (but strangely no other water) and at Kakariko Village. Other than that, I’ve had no problems and the Wii U version compares vey nicely to the Switch version!

    Overall, this game is a refreshing experience that can be enjoyed by anyone! The mechanics are so unique that they don’t get boring, even after 30+ hours, (although some friends of mine have logged over 70 hours) but still carry that ‘Zelda Vibe’ that makes the series instantly recognisable. Just yesterday, I went to the bathroom and came back to find my 10 year old brother exploring the world and loving it just as much as I did! I would highly recommend picking up this game!
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  4. Mar 8, 2017
    10
    Breathtaking. Wonderful. It's like Witcher 3 BUT you can play it with your kid.
    Can't understand the conformism and clinging to some abstract
    Breathtaking. Wonderful. It's like Witcher 3 BUT you can play it with your kid.
    Can't understand the conformism and clinging to some abstract ideal expressed by most of the downvoters.
    I love the whole franchise. Played five or six of them, some finished, some will be some day.
    But this does some much right that it seems to me one of the best games I ever played.
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  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 16, 2019
    0
    most boring zelda experience i ever had .
    the endless world is to big and senseless
    the fight is to unlimited and i dont get a clue why i
    most boring zelda experience i ever had .
    the endless world is to big and senseless
    the fight is to unlimited and i dont get a clue why i was still running through it with all the superpowers from beginning.
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