Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

Hello I’m klonoasfan and today I am going to talk about a game called Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  The game came out for the Nintendo Switch and the WiiU, and I have been spending a lot of time playing the game.

Story

Link wakes up by a voice after 100 years of sleeping and losing his memories.  He finds out what happened over the past 100 years when the main villain, Calamity Ganon took over Hyrule Castle, and that the voice is Zelda who is keeping the main villain from escaping the castle.  Now Link’s has to explore the land, recover his memories, free the divine beasts, and defeat the main villain.

Graphics

The graphics are to put it simply beautiful and Asian.  There are bright colors that make everything pop out and it is easy to recognize what is what.  This is especially true when it is day time in the game and in good weather.

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Figure 1: View of land from atop of Great Plateau tower

 

The weather effects are cool due to the fact that it changes depending on the time, the area, and what is going on at the time.  A few examples are nice clear weather, rain especially in Zora’s domain when Ruta is still causing the rain making it hard to climb, and lightning which will strike Link if he is wearing or carrying anything made of metal.

There is a variety of terrains to explore, each with their own looks and hazards.  One of them is mountains that are climbable, and some are so tall that there is a hazard of freezing to death.  There could also be goats that might attack and there are usually monsters to fight against.  Another is open fields where all sorts of monsters may be, some of them even ride horses.

Gameplay

There is a lot to the gameplay, so I will only be able to write about a few things.  First there is the combat where Link has to pick up weapons to be able to fight against monsters, and there are different types of weapons such as swords, hammers, and bows.  There is even a stealth attack that will cause more damage, and attacking the head will also cause more damage.  The thing is be careful because weapons and shields break after some use and they are gone.

Another big part of the gameplay is exploring.  The game is huge with so many areas to explore.  A few methods of getting around are the standard walking and riding a horse which requires Link to tame a horse first.  There are also running, climbing, and swimming which all takes stamina which Link only has a limited amount of.

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Figure 2: Riding a tame horse

There are also quests to take on, and can be found all over Hyrule.  The game has different types of quests.   The main quests continue the story.  Shrine quests where certain actions are needed to find a hidden shrine or to reach a shrine.  Lastly, there are the side quests that some NPCs will give out that include getting specific items and defeating monsters.

My thoughts

This is an amazing game that is worth playing.  It has a huge world with lots to do, and I am still finding new things and quests to undertake.  I recommend getting the Switch version of the game, mainly because it the one that I’ve been playing and it is great to be able to take the game with me when I travel.

P.S. the photos were taken with my cell phone.