In 2014, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was introduced to the gaming world. I was ecstatic about how great the game looked and was excited about its 2015 release for the Wii U. However, Nintendo delayed the game’s release until 2016, and again in 2017. As a result, when Nintendo announced that the game would be released in 2017 for the Switch as well as the Wii U, I was very skeptical. However, March 3rd came along and Nintendo finally came through with their promise, the Switch was released alongside Breath of the Wild. The game has come out with a price of $59.99. Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out!
I really enjoyed the story of Breath of the Wild. The game takes place in an area named Hyrule. It begins with the main character, Link, who wakes up after hearing the princess of Hyrule, Princess Zelda, call his name. Link has been asleep for 100 years, during which Hyrule has been collapsing all around him. As a result of his slumber, Link has lost his memory of what occurred years ago. Also in that time, the great king of evil, Calamity Ganon, has been in locked up in the Hyrule Castle. However, he has been getting much stronger over the years. If he gets too strong, he could destroy the entire world. After the introduction, which seems suspiciously similar to the beginning of Avatar the Last Airbender, Link goes on a quest to become stronger, defeat Calamity Ganon, the final boss, and save Hyrule. In his journey, Link helps free several Divine Beasts from the Calamity Ganon’s control. He also goes to several locations to retrieve his lost memories. The downfall of the game lies within the ending. (*Spoiler Alert*) After the player defeats Calamity Ganon, restoring peace to Hyrule, the player is sent back to the last saved point. So in other words, you can never beat the game. This was a huge mistake on Nintendo’s part and it is bound to annoy several gamers, one of whom being myself.
I loved the gameplay for Breath of The Wild. The game has a large open world where the player, who controls Link, can roam around freely. This is one of my favorite parts of the game because it allows the player to take their time and go at their own pace. For example, there are many quests in the game to go through like the ones previously mentioned. It is not mandatory that the player beats them, although if they do, they get a major advantage in the final battle. Also, if somebody wants, they could go up against Calamity Ganon in the beginning of the game. However, the player will likely lose as they are not strong enough to defeat him yet. Another great thing about the open world is it allows the player to explore it, find items, and fight enemies. For example, in the beginning of the game, Link is given an item called a Sheikah Slate. It primarily functions as a map, although as one progresses through the game, they pick up items which give the Sheikah Slate new abilities. This is great because encourages the player to explore the giant world and look for new items. It also adds some substance to the game. I caught myself spending more time just exploring the world and finding new weapons than continuing on the main quest.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released roughly three weeks ago. So far, it has received a lot of praise, being called one of the best games in the Legend of Zelda series. It is by far the best game on the Switch so far (not that there was too much competition in the first place). However, is it worth the hefty price tag of $59.99? Definitely, Nintendo took several years to release the game, and their hard work is shown in how good the game is. The story is incredible, the open world is fun to explore, and is an incredible installment to an already great series.
– Michael Rehani