The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is directed by Hidemaro Fujibayashi and produced by Eiji Aonuma, it was first announced in 2013 as a WiiU exclusive but later came out on March 3rd,2017 for both WiiU and Nintendo Switch. The game is one the most critically acclaimed video games in history.
I grew up with Zelda, I played Link to the Past in 1994 and this series always held a very special place in my heart, however Breath of the Wild marks the series’s foray into the the open world which in my opinion results in one of the baldest moves Nintendo has ever made with their landmark series, not only it abandoned all of the previous structures the series is known for but it adds things that is unexpected from Nintendo.
The game has a beautiful slick anime look to it that is not 100% cartoony but it doesn’t look realistic either I personally love this new style for the series and I would love it if they went with it for the future games, the attention to detail here is unparalleled by most games in the genre even after 120 hours I was still finding things to be amazed by and the game shines the most in that aspect. Nintendo doesn’t just give you the illusion of choice it actually delivers on it, you have technically the option to walk into the Hyrule castle and challenge Ganon and beat him the moment you walk out of the Great Plateau, he will kick your ass because Breath of the Wild is by no means an easy game but you have the option never the less, you can also forget the main quest for a hundred hours or so and just do whatever you feel like it, there are more than 120 shrines in this game and by beating four of them you will have the option to either increase your stamina or health bars, also there are seeds that you find around the open world to increase your inventory, you also have many many side quests to tackle and so on and so forth, but here is the thing the game never tells you any of this, you are 100% free to find what you want and do what you like however you chose to, if that sounds like a good thing to you then Breath of the Wild will blow your mind.
The Shrines are one of my favorite parts of the game because they are not easy to find, maybe the first 20 will be you can just scout them from the towers but the rest all have a puzzle or a quest to complete in order for the shrine to appear, inside some of them are a Portal like puzzle chamber you need to solve in order to get to the end of it, some of them are a test of strength and some have a lengthy quest to get inside of it as soon as you do it will reward you, these shrines also serve as a fast travel location which is very cleaver way of encouraging more exploration.
Hyrule is a very well designed and well crafted Open World it is not made to serves as a walking simulator every corner has a something to do in it, someone did the math and found out the game’s map is almost 1.5 times bigger than Skyrim’s which I think it is remarkable to jam this much content in a map this size. all of this won’t mean Jack if the game wasn’t fun to play, why would you want to climb mountains and glide off them and fight random monsters that you don’t have to and get your weapons to break if you are not enjoying everything that you are doing in the game, is it enjoyable? well the answer to that is a hard YES, Breath of the Wild is perhaps the most enjoyable open world game I have ever played, and it is quite a remarkable achievement on Nintendo’s behalf to make a game that is so much fun and also really big and immersive.
The main quest of Zelda is also a great one, it might not be for everyone but if you enjoy the Zelda myth and prophesy and story it will hit right at home with you, the side characters are all colorful and filled with personality and there is a small but very sweet romantic subplot that I really enjoyed.
Verdict : Breath of the Wild enjoyed widespread accialm and I want to say it is all that, Nintendo doesn’t reinvent the wheel with this game neither for its open world sanbox nor to the original Zelda formula but it perfects it, the final product is what some calls it a perfect game and I think if any game is perfect Breath of the Wild is damn sure a good candidate for it. (10/10)