The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017), much like Ocarina of Time (1998) in many respects, is known as one of the best role-playing games in video games history (but actually we should treat Breath of the Wild as an action-adventure title). Not least, from the critic’s point of view. Over the years, the cherished series has felt the strain of expectation which lies heavily on the shoulders of this global, cult-series of games.
From soaring highs to disappointing lows, it has been a turbulent affair in recent years. In truth, the last entries show signs of promise, but the magic of the past is missing.
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review
Thankfully, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild embodies everything we hold dear in the series canon. On that note, it mimics the iconic N64 title and sets itself apart in the process. Sure, it’s back to basics, but the results are indeed a sight for sore eyes. One thing is certain. Nintendo’s jewel in the crown belongs at the top once more. Welcome back Link, it has been too long.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a grand tale and a visually stunning masterpiece that will no doubt go down as one of the best of its genre. The story carries themes of love, loyalty and the conquest of good over evil. A tale of epic nature, that more than lives up to the name.
Unlock the secrets of Hyrule and save the princess from the evil clutches of a cruel and wicked villain. Hmm. That Sounds like a task for our number-one Robin-hood lookalike.
Now, we move on to the world, and it’s a dazzling sight to behold. The Kindom of Hyrule has never looked this good, ever. From the sun-soaked meadows and lushly landscaped vistas to the brilliant blue oceans, each area exhibits immense detail and polish. Furthermore, the splashes of color and the charming character models add a fun-loving element to the visuals.
The world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is as big as it is beautiful. Within the game, are mega-cities, dark dungeons, large-scale temples, and vast mountain ranges. Most of which have a uniqueness and an identity in their own right.
On a sour note, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. That said, the game comes with a few detrimental caveats. Firstly, the voice acting is a little shallow and doesn’t do justice to the impactful nature of its story. At times, the dialogue is bland at best, and one dimensional, despite the visual excellence each character exudes.
Secondly, the rate of weapon degradation is a nuisance. What’s more, it ruins the illusion of immersion when your gear is continually breaking. Not least so, when it occurs during the heat of battle.
I want to finish on a high. After all, it’s by far and wide the greatest Legend of Zelda game since “Ocarina.” All in all, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild harks back to the good old days thanks to its highly immersive world, color-drenched visual excellence, and superb art direction.
The imagination and creativity within are abundantly clear. Additionally, the quirky characters and epic quest line create one of the most memorable experiences of our generation. Quite simply, this is a must play for any role-playing fans out there.
It’s not perfection by any means, but it’s as close as you’re likely to get in the modern day.
- Role-playing paradise
- Visual Excellence
- Sprawling open-world
- Beautiful character models
- Weapon damage rate
- Uninspired voice-acting