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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. Negative: 0 out of 109
  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. Jun 15, 2018
    10
    This game is sincerely BEAUTIFUL! The open world concept is gorgeous, the controls are amazing, and literally the story with voice actors andThis game is sincerely BEAUTIFUL! The open world concept is gorgeous, the controls are amazing, and literally the story with voice actors and links to Link's past (; just makes this game truly deserve its game of the year award. I would rate it 50 out of 10 if I could. A MUST PLAY! Expand
  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. Jun 23, 2017
    10
    I will first say I haven't beat the game, but I have put in over 100 hours. It's quite possibly the best game I've ever played in my 20 someI will first say I haven't beat the game, but I have put in over 100 hours. It's quite possibly the best game I've ever played in my 20 some odd years of being a gamer. Definitely the best Zelda. It is more similar to the very first Zelda game in terms of being dropped into a massive world with no hand holding. It breaks away from traditional Zelda style, but manages to do so without ruining the core Zelda experience. Aside from all that, it is the best open-world game I've ever played. Every game with an open-world from now on has to compete with Hyrule as it is presented in this game. It will be no easy task to outdo this game. A real gem. Truly the hallmark of excellence. Expand
  4. Mar 7, 2017
    10
    Pros:
    - Amazing graphic design
    - Huge world - A lot of stuff to do - Full amazing details in all the map - Fun combat system Con: -
    Pros:
    - Amazing graphic design
    - Huge world
    - A lot of stuff to do
    - Full amazing details in all the map
    - Fun combat system

    Con:
    - FPS drop in certain zones
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  5. Mar 4, 2017
    10
    Besides the over 500 negative trolls, this game is pretty good! I'm not into this open world games but I'll try my best to explore this vastBesides the over 500 negative trolls, this game is pretty good! I'm not into this open world games but I'll try my best to explore this vast world Nintendo is giving us in this adventure, WiiU or Switch the game looks magnificent (Switch gets better resolution and less frame drop)
    Frame drop is a thing in the game but it will be minor, and btw those ugly troll comments...you cant deny that all this open world games DO run on less than 60FPS, by the end of the day it's not the FPS, the graphics, and/or power, but what you felt with the game, the story, music and mostly how you enjoyed the game.

    Happy gaming! I usually dont rate stuff but this game is getting that troll hate so I wanted to balance this, game is not perfect, I have NEVER seen a perfect game in my life, they all have an issue, heavy bugs, horrible controls, no music, bland story....but until now (7 hours of gameplay) I can say Im happy with my purchase!
    10/10
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  6. Mar 5, 2017
    9
    Firstly, I'll start by addressing some complaints I've seen in negative reviews of this game:

    "There are no dungeons." Yes there are.
    Firstly, I'll start by addressing some complaints I've seen in negative reviews of this game:

    "There are no dungeons."
    Yes there are. There are 4 dungeons, accompanied by a myriad of shrines.

    "It's too easy/hand-holdy."
    I'm sort of baffled by this one, and all I can say is that is that the people saying this must not have engaged in any exploration whatsoever. A lot of the main-quest and areas around towns, etc. contain relatively easy puzzles and fights, but if you take the time to leave the beaten trail, you'll probably come across a fair challenge pretty quickly. Reviewers who specifically mention hand-holdiness have clearly not played nearly enough of the game to piece together an educated review.

    "The music sucks."
    A quick read through of comments in this vein shows that the actual meaning behind this criticism is that the music is different. Music plays a different role in this game than it does in previous titles. Here, it gives the game a bit of flavour and atmosphere rather than blasting the player with overt, repeating musical themes. It's fine to not like the music in this game, but it's useful to note that a thorough playthrough of this game will be far longer than the typical 20-40 hours of previous 3D Zelda titles. It's likely, given enough play time, that catchy, repetitive themes in the context of this game would end up being incredibly grating. As it is, there is a clear emphasis on the environments here and the use of music to simply enhance the mood set by the environmental sounds works extremely well (plus there are some really great musical moments where music is present).

    "There's nothing to do."
    There are over 100 shrines to discover, a bunch of sidequests if you look in the right places, over 300 unique photos to take in-game, and a number of diverse and engaging areas to explore. I'll concede that if you don't enjoy exploration, this game isn't for you.

    "It looks terrible."
    It doesn't have the best graphics on a technical level. It's low-res by modern standards, with some pop-in and frame drops, and it could do with a bit of anti-aliasing, but the game's art style stands out from its technical limitations, as was the case in The Wind Waker, and even Skyward Sword to some extent. The frame drops are a a fair complaint, however I haven't found this factor to have any effect on gameplay since they mainly occur in places with a lot of NPCs, which tend to be less timing-sensitive areas. They do occur in forested areas quite a lot, but this isn't an online FPS, and not every frame is critical in combat, to be brutally honest. It's a valid complaint, but I don't think it's a big enough issue to make this particular game less enjoyable by any significant measure.

    That's pretty much every complaint I care to cover. Now for some reasons to like this game, rather than reasons to simply not hate it.

    1. Combat/Gameplay
    The enemies in this game vary significantly in difficulty. Some are extremely easy to beat, and areas of the game that have high proportions of these enemies can begin to feel a bit too easy after a while, but what's interesting is that the combat never gets boring. The combat in this game requires a lot more strategy to deal with than in previous titles and keeps you on your feet since dodging becomes a really important aspect of swordplay. Coming off a 40 hour play-through of Twilight Princess HD, this a breath of fresh air to me as enemies have different attack styles that require adaptive strategies, unlike in Twilight Princess, and these strategies are often based around your fundamental moveset rather than gimmicky items and gameplay mechanics (I'm looking at you, Skyward Sword).
    Speaking of which, the basic controls are surprisingly deep for a game of this nature. Hours in, I was still learning new things about the controls. It could be argued that the game not teaching this to you from the outset is poor design, but in my experience, these elements are unnecessary for the progression of the game, and I'd argue that it's a plus that the early game doesn't get bogged down in tutorials or hint panels.

    2. Shrines
    The shrines can be divided into two categories: Combat and puzzles. The puzzle shrines have a wonderful amount of diversity, though they are not all particularly challenging. As stated above, the more isolated or out of the way a shrine is, the more likely it is to pose a challenge. The combat shrines are pretty homogeneous, but a lot of them pose a really great challenge, taking the aforementioned combat mechanics to their limits. Some of these shrines feel like dedicated boss arenas, and it's a lot of fun to employ all the strategies you've accumulated up to these shrines in defeating their enemies.

    3. There's a great sense of progression in this game, even without an experience or leveling system.

    4. I have reached my character limit. The game is great.
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  7. Nov 2, 2018
    0
    Me aburrió, probé este juego pensando que me podría gustar, en menos de una hora lo dejé, es lento y el mundo abierto es grande pero vacío.Me aburrió, probé este juego pensando que me podría gustar, en menos de una hora lo dejé, es lento y el mundo abierto es grande pero vacío.
    Nunca he jugado un Zelda y probé este para ver porque a la gente le encanta pero no me convenció, me parece aburrido hasta el cansancio, y debido a los insultos que recibí pues ya saben lo que voy hacer.
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