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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: 28 out of 436
  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 16, 2017
    10
    Preface: Just saw a review from a person called TheWinner and I didn't read all of it. I just wanted to quote something they said rightPreface: Just saw a review from a person called TheWinner and I didn't read all of it. I just wanted to quote something they said right quick; "Be wary of people giving this game a high score. They just might be trying to sell you on something.". People read reviews to decide whether or not they want to buy something. Just kinda seems like nonsense by saying that.

    Additionally, I've read a lot of negative reviews to see where people stand. I understand where people are coming from with some of the reviews considering they are issues with the Switch (which shouldn't necessarily affect the game review but whatever) or issues with the game working properly. That all makes sense and by all means make sure you understand there may be some technical issues with some games. That being said, it's not always the case and there are exchange policies in place to alleviate those issues if they do arise. It's an inconvenience when these issues do happen, but they are very rare.

    A lot of the negatives have to do with personal issues with the game, like getting lost or not liking 30 frames per second or not sticking to the traditional Zelda format. Those points are absolutely moot. Sorry about the preface and please read on. I only wanted to convey how ridiculous some of the negative reviews are and how obvious it is that a lot of them are publishers trying to sabotage a fantastic game.

    That out of the way, lemme do a review. First and foremost, this game is large. There is a lot to do. You can get invested in Hyrule easily. There is no hand holding throughout the game (no more Navi or Fi) so you don't have to worry about a nagging AI telling you what you need to do next. In fact, it's replaced with a quest system where you get to choose what you want to do and set yourself a navigational pin. Also, it's not hard to find yourself in an area you've never been to and stay there for a while.

    The game explains things to you so you get how it works. After the first hour or so, I felt like I understood a good chunk of what I needed to know to advance through the game. There is nothing better than a game that allows you to do what you want without leaving you with no understanding of how it works.

    The graphics are superb. Everything, from the villages to the enemies, has an element of detail you'd expect in a game like Skyrim. There are times where I am lost in the landscape and how beautiful it is.

    There is a lot of fan servicing in this game. If you are a fan of the Zelda series, you'll find out when you start playing.

    I'm gonna make this short but basically the weapon system is pretty good. I know a lot of people are complaining about the weapon system but anytime I defeat an enemy, they drop another weapon for me to pick up so you never truly run out of weapons. During a battle, you find that your weapon may break. This is a good way to show your resourcefulness and use other weapons or skills to evade and prepare yourself in a battle. And it's not like the battles are all that hard. So when you do lose a weapon, you hold down a button and switch to another weapon and use that. I can't understand how people have a problem with it. It's not hard at all.

    Finally, I have negatives. I don't like the random lag spikes there are in the game. They're not that often but they do break some of the immersion. I also don't like looking at a map with a crapload of pins everywhere. I really wish they would have made it so you can turn off the shrine pins in the map. Sometimes I need to place a pin on the map and there's shrines making it impossible to do.

    Other than that, it's a great game and I highly recommend BUYING this game because you're clearly here to see whether or not you should BUY the game or SKIP it. (The logic of some people baffles me sometimes.)
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  3. Oct 27, 2017
    10
    Gigantesco, épico, maravilloso, divertido, desafiante, sobrenatural, impresionante, superior, único... y me quedo corto
    Después de jugar a
    Gigantesco, épico, maravilloso, divertido, desafiante, sobrenatural, impresionante, superior, único... y me quedo corto
    Después de jugar a Zelda BOTW los demás juegos parecen inertes sin alma, la última maravilla de Nintendo... hasta Super Mario oddissey
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  4. Mar 8, 2017
    10
    This is a beautiful game and I think that it is the best game that I have ever played. It reminds me the famous Shadow of the Colossus withThis is a beautiful game and I think that it is the best game that I have ever played. It reminds me the famous Shadow of the Colossus with more details and playing game. It is a MUST HAVE. Good job Nintendo. Expand
  5. Apr 21, 2017
    9
    Does pretty much everything perfect the only the problem i had with it was getting bored of the quests one of my most favorite games ever itDoes pretty much everything perfect the only the problem i had with it was getting bored of the quests one of my most favorite games ever it lived it to the hype Expand
  6. Mar 5, 2017
    9
    I'll be honest. I didn't believe the hype, not one bit. I'm a 2D Zelda fan and have always preferred A Link To The Past and A Link BetweenI'll be honest. I didn't believe the hype, not one bit. I'm a 2D Zelda fan and have always preferred A Link To The Past and A Link Between Worlds far more than Ocarina, etc. I'm not a hipster by any means, I just always got lost, confused, and bored when playing 3D Zelda games.

    Nonetheless, I was a die hard Wii U fan for the little bit of time that it was relevant so I gave Breath of the Wild a shot, knowing that it would be the last Wii U game I'd ever buy.

    I'm absolutely stunned.

    This isn't the best game I've played this year - for me that's Watch Dogs 2 - but Breath of the Wild is definitely the first time in a long, long time that I've agreed with game critics reviews 100%. This is Zelda defined. I'm barely 10 hours into this thing and am so blown away by it that my face is numb from smiling so much. Think that sounds cheesy? Consider that I'm a 45 year old gamer from the stone age - and I'm loving every minute of this.

    Kudos Nintendo. Way to send the Wii U out with a bang - and usher in the Switch.
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  7. Mar 4, 2018
    0
    This game doesn't deserve the praise it gets. When you first start the game you have no clue what you are meant to do you have to look it up online.

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