‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’ Review

By Kristine Garcia , Updated Mar 15, 2017 04:19 AM EDT

“Breath of the Wild” is the latest addition to the “Zelda” franchise, does it manage to hold up to the game’s legacy? Does it offer something new, or is it the old formula repeated once again? Nintendo has some big surprises coming with this title.

Trusted Reviews has shared their experience with “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”. The world of Hyrule is immense. Much bigger than anything ever shown in any of the “Zelda” games before. There are plains, lakes, mountains, volcanoes, snowy slopes and much, much more. Gamers may walk for hours and still not encounter every single type of environment available. This bring about one of the big problems of the game and that is the staggering, especially when the console has been docked. In handheld mode visualization is stable, but when switched to a TV, several problems occur.

In more dynamic environment, the frame rate rapidly drops and there is staggering and tearing of the picture visible. Sadly, the little device does not have enough horsepower to keep the big picture going and the dock does not offer any additional processing power. Of course, these problems occur mostly in highly dynamic environment, where more calm scenery does not offer such issues.

GameSpot shares insight on the gameplay of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”. The immense world is filled with adventure and possibilities. Even though there are just a few dungeons, the world offers interesting exploration and 100 shrines, which are mini-puzzles offering additional awards. Old timer “Zelda” fans may be shocked by the realization that equipment is not permanent, both weapons and shields have their wear and once it’s gone, they follow it. Fear not, since most enemies drop usable equipment and keep the player going on the track. The combat or any special features of the game, like cooking, are not explained. The gamers are free to walk around and discover this world’s secrets on their own. This adds a word of mouth value to the title, where most of its secrets are shared within the community. Most interesting feature of the game is the interactivity with the environment. If a player has metal objects on them during a storm, lighting will be attracted to them. If they carry wooden items in the fiery lands, the items will burn on them and slowly eat away the heart containers. Hyrule has become bigger, more interesting and more dangerous than ever before. Be wary in both fights and travel.

GameRant reports that in an AMA session, “Overwatch” director Jeff Kaplan has shared that “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is one of his favorite games and a masterpiece. His opinion is supported by the game’s 97% Metacritic score and overally staggering reviews, which rarely fall under 9.5/10. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is available on WiiU and Nintendo “Switch”.

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