Have you ever just gotten lost in a world? Books, movies, TV shows, and other forms of media grab our attention and thrust us into an entirely different place. We see ourselves being sorted into different Houses while at Hogwarts. With Inception, we overthink and over analyze the rules of dreaming. Great characters in shows like Lost have us feeling different emotions. Regardless, we love being taken to a different place and living in that world. Well, thanks to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I’m here to tell you that I have been immersed in the land of Hyrule for over a week, and it has been wonderful!
You’ll Never Quit Exploring
First, let’s talk about the most incredible part of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and that is the ability to explore the world. The amount of freedom that has been given to Link is restricted only by your Stamina Meter. Climbing mountains, swimming through rivers, paragliding through the skies, and so much more give a feeling of freedom that I have rarely ever experienced in video games. As I stated before, your Stamina Meter is the only thing holding you back. You may not be able to climb that mountain because you lack the stamina to make it. However, brewing potions or growing your Stamina Meter are two avenues that you can easily take to increase that. Basically, if you want to try and get somewhere, it is definitely possible.
Now, exploring the vast land of Hyrule will require you filling up a map. Personally, this is a tool that has been moved into a more modern gameplay mechanic. Let me explain. In this game, you will find many towers to climb that will help you fill in the map with traditional map locations like bridges, mountains, and towns. However, these aren’t always the most important things for you to know. Sometimes you may find a nice location to farm some materials. Your map doesn’t tell you where these things are, though. Instead, you can use Stamps to mark the location yourself!
Always Remember to Mark Your Map
So, some of you are probably saying, “Who cares about that? Seems like more work.” Well, it invokes an amount of nostalgia from my past. When I was a kid, I used to map out all sorts of things in the old video games. Integrating a map that I can customize and make “my” map is a creative way to call back to an old way of gaming that I really enjoy. I have mapped out farming areas, tough boss battles, and other things using this clever function. It really makes exploring much more manageable.
Being an Adventurer Ain’t Easy…
You know what else makes this game so great? The difficulty! This game isn’t easy. I have seen the “Game Over” screen more times than I would like to admit. From running out of stamina and drowning to trying to take down a monster that I definitely wasn’t ready for, I have been taken down. It is something that isn’t the norm for Nintendo, who usually adds bubbles to protect Mario and invincible mode for Yoshi. I honestly never thought we would see something like this from Nintendo anymore, but it is refreshing to see.
Even with all the deaths in the game, I haven’t felt like it was unfair. Being taken out randomly hasn’t happened. I understand and learn what works and what doesn’t work in the game from playing the game. Sure, I can climb a mountain, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t have trouble coming back down. Or, I can travel anywhere to explore, but there are going to be monsters that are currently out of my league. A bit of quick advice: Save often. Seriously, save often.
Characters I Care About
When it comes to the story, I honestly haven’t progressed very far, but the parts that I have played have been great. The main story is just like most of the others in this series. Link and Zelda are two heroes who are trying to save Hyrule from an evil being. There are many other characters that are in the main story that I have been enjoying, but I hope to get to know a little bit more as things continue. I need to play more, for sure, but I am enjoying it thus far.
Everyone that I have met in this world has been super interesting. Every character that I have met has had a name, an interesting quirk, and something to tell me about them or this world. I have met NPCs who are looking for hidden treasure, love training horses, or are big pumpkin farmers. Depending on the times of the day, they go off and do different things. Unlike other games like The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, these characters will tell you different things depending on what they are currently doing. It really fleshes out the world of Breath of the Wild and makes me feel like they are living even when I’m not there.
How’s That Switch Working Out?
I have been playing Breath of the Wild on the new Nintendo Switch. So far, I haven’t had any problems with the controllers de-syncing or the battery dying on me. In fact, I have only had one problem with it so far. I find myself taking it everywhere! On break at work, I will pull out my Switch to play for a bit. Going somewhere that I am going to have to wait a bit? Grab Zelda. Time for bed? Not really, because I am still adventuring with Link. It’s crazy how easily I can pick this thing up and just go. My biggest problem is losing sleep from playing it so often!
5 out of 5 Stars
If you have the opportunity to play Breath of the Wild, then take it. You won’t regret it. Exploring, surviving, and just adventuring has never been captured better than this. I mean, I didn’t even talk about how fantastic the combat feels, or how the Shrines have been fun exploring, or how you can increase your heart and stamina bars by gaining Spirit Orbs. The game has so much depth that you will be exploring for hours. I cannot recommend this game more.
What are your thoughts on Nintendo’s newest game? Do you think it is as good as I say? Have you had any crazy moments that caught you off guard? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter! Or, if you’re more interested in exploring the new Mass Effect Andromeda then check out this write-up! Maybe you want to get to know some of our writers better? Then check out the Dungeons and Dragons in-person meetup that some of us at MHG were able to do.
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