The Legend of Zelda was the game that got millions of people into video games. It was the first, majorly successful attempt at merging an immersive story into a game. Fast forward 31 years and we come to the latest game in that series; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It is the first major console released Zelda game since Skyward Sword 6 years ago and it is one of the eight debut titles for Nintendo’s newest console, the Nintendo Switch. There is no other way for me to describe Breath of the Wild other than using one word; phenomenal. I’ve already put 30 hours into it and I am still not even remotely bored.
Breath of the Wild is drawn in a very anime-esque style. It’s filled with bright, soft colours to make it always easy on the eye. And it works. It really does. There is something just so welcoming and warm about the style which really fits well with the overall tone of the game. It really is an impressive looking game however I have experienced a few instances where I have had frame rate issues. They don’t tend to last more than a couple of seconds and they only seem to occur after I’ve been playing constantly for a few hours.
The world of Hyrule in Breath of the Wild is the best part of the game. That sentence is in no way disrespect to the story, the game play or the visuals but the world is just that good. It may be a massive cliche but the world really does feel alive, especially during a thunder storm (which actually saved me by striking down a very powerful monster for me).
The main characters should be no stranger to fans of the series, or fans of video games in general. Everyone in the gaming world has heard of Link and Zelda. In Breath of the Wild a beast known as Calamity Ganon appeared in Hyrule to cause evil. To attempt to stop the evil, Link and Zelda teamed up but ultimately failed leaving Link badly injured causing him to lose his memories. Through his travels he must recover these memories and defeat the Calamity Ganon before it destroys the world.
Magnificent. That is all that needs to be said.