The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review Round-Up: The Best Zelda Game Yet?

By Melvyn Tan on Mar 3, 2017

IGN - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a masterclass in open-world design and a watershed game that reinvents a 30-year-old franchise. It presents a wonderful sandbox full of mystery, dangling dozens upon dozens of tantalizing things in front of you that just beg to be explored. I’ve had so many adventures in Breath of the Wild, and each one has a unique story behind what led me to them, making them stories on top of stories. And even after I’ve spent more than 50 hours searching the far reaches of Hyrule, I still manage to come across things I haven’t seen before. I’ll easily spend 50 to 100 more trying to track down its fascinating moments.

Mashable - The basic act of exploration in Breath of the Wild is exhilarating enough that boredom never fully creeps in. You'll grumble for a minute about the damnable lack of arrows and your near-empty wallet — which doesn't need to be upgraded, as has been the case previously — then gamely trot off to chart another new corner of the world.

That's what makes this Zelda so special. For all that's familiar in the world and its inhabitants, the mechanics and the abilities they empower, there's one critical difference: Breath of the Wild sets you free. 

We've marched off to free Hyrule from Ganon's clutches time and time again, but this is the first Zelda game in which you can really, truly lose yourself.

Metro - The new Zelda is an outstanding achievement in video game design, even by the standards of the franchise. But the size and scope of the adventure, and the freedom you’re given to create your own stories and cherished memories, makes this the best Zelda there’s ever been.

And that’s no small compliment, because that immediately confirms it as one of the best games ever made. Only hindsight will be able to decide whether it’s literally the best, but this not only breathes new life into series, and Nintendo’s new console, but into future expectations for all video games to come.

The Verge - This new direction, and shaking up of the age-old formula that has come to define the series, helps Breath of the Wild return to what made Zelda so beloved in the first place. More so than just about any game series, Zelda’s heart lies in exploration, that moment of seeing a towering mountain in the distance and realizing that eventually you’ll be able to reach the top. Breath of the Wild takes this idea, cuts out the fluff, and expands upon it. It pulls ideas from other games, like crafting or survival, yet makes them feel perfectly at home in its beloved universe. It’s exactly the Zelda game I’ve been waiting for.

The Wired - I haven’t finished Breath of the Wild yet. It’s scale is unprecedented for a Zelda game, and it encourages you to move slowly. I want to honor that. And while I fear that the sheer breadth of the experience might ultimately push some players away, I’m relishing my time spent in this hushed, half-dead Hyrule. After thirty years of The Legend of Zelda, I’m delighted that the series has finally lost its way again.

USA TodayThe Legend of Zelda's magic is in the ability to discover new things, whether it's a hidden treasure or that challenging solution to a puzzle. Breath of the Wild amplifies this in a powerful way, providing a huge world to explore and opportunities to test your skills at every corner.

It's a game perfect for Switch: between playing at home or on the go, you will never want to put Zelda down.

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Melvyn Tan
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A secretly eccentric college student who writes occasionally for Gamehubs. His gaming interests mostly involve shooting things, but also include sneaking around in sizeable environments, slashing at things and commanding glorious armies. He prefers his turn-based strategy games to involve miniatures and dice however, and his current favourite game is NieR: Automata.
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