Hellfire Reviews – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The year was 2000, I had just turned 4 and the one thing I always remembered doing: playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past for days on end. Most have called it not only the greatest SNES game of all time, but THE best game of all time. Me? I believe it to be one of the best Zelda games, along with Twilight Princess. Both games were amazing; action-adventure with puzzles and RPG elements. The one thing I always heard from people was that it wasn’t enough RPG. That all changed when the Switch was announced.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is both quintessentially Zelda and something completely new. It finally has major RPG elements, such as multiple weapon choices, shield choices, different clothing options that change buffs and defense, and an expansive world in which to explore. The Land of Hyrule has never looked so good. Some things have changed from previous entries, with bombs being an ability and not an item as an example. The story is very gripping and the gameplay is fantastic. The art style is completely different and looks amazing, with Link and Zelda looking their best.
The story is similar to that of others, but with a different way to tell it. The story begins with you waking in a cave, with no memory of how you got there or why you are there. You find out its 100 years after the fall of Hyrule, Ganon has won, defeating Princess Zelda and claiming the Castle. Most of the land is still striving on its own, but is dealing with monsters that have come from Ganon. Your mission is to reactivate the Divine Beasts and defeat Ganon once again.
I have always loved Zelda games, my favorite game series of all time. This one is honestly in my top 3 now; behind A Link to the Past and Twilight Princess. The characters you meet will have lasting effects on you as a player. They know they live in a horrible world, but they are making do with what they have. They always seem to have a smile on their face and will always have something for you. The callbacks they have to previous games are massive, whether there is a character or a place within the world named after a prior character to straight name drops within the story.
I have loved every single Zelda game that has been officially released (CDi’s do not count), even Skyward Sword, which many consider to be the black sheep of Zelda titles. They all have their own style and loveable story. BoTW is definitely Zelda, but anyone could pick it up and understand it. It’s just that amazing. If I could give this more than a 10/10 I would. IF you have never played a Zelda game, you should start with this game.