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- Explore the wilds of Hyrule any way you like—anytime, anywhere! - Climb up towers and mountain peaks in search of new destinations, then set your own path to get there and plunge into the wilderness. Along the way, you'll battle towering enemies, hunt wild beasts and gather ingredients for the food and elixirs you'll make to sustain you on your journey. With Nintendo Switch, you can literally take your journey anywhere.
- More than 100 Shrines of Trials to discover and explore - Shrines dot the landscape, waiting to be discovered in any order you want. Search for them in various ways, and solve a variety of puzzles inside. The tasks you must perform in each Shrine varies, and you'll never expect the challenges you'll face until you enter. Some will involve realistic physics, and some will require you to harness the power of nature, including electricity, wind, fire, and more. Work your way through the traps and devices inside, utilizing your runes and think outside the box to earn special items and other rewards that will help you on your adventure.
- Be prepared and properly equipped – With an entire world waiting to be explored, you'll need a variety of outfits and gear to reach every corner. You may need to bundle up with warmer clothes or change into something better suited to the desert heat. Some clothing even has special effects that, for example, can make you faster or stealthier.
- Battling enemies requires strategy – The world is inhabited with enemies of all shapes and sizes. Each one has its own attack method and weaponry, so you must think quickly and develop the right strategies to defeat them.
- amiibo compatibility – The Wolf Link amiibo from Twilight Princess HD, the Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series amiibo are all compatible with this game. Tap the Wolf Link amiibo (sold separately) to make Wolf Link appear in the game. Wolf Link will attack enemies on his own and help you find items you’re searching for. Tap a Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo to receive helpful in-game items or even a treasure chest!
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Game of the Year, Best Action Adventure, Best Game Direction
The Game Awards 2017
Best of Show, Best Console Game, Best Action/Adventure Game
E3 2016 Game Critics Award
2017 Nintendo. The Legend of Zelda, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch are trademarks of Nintendo.
Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Now on the Nintendo Switch console, your journey is freer and more open than ever. Take your system anywhere, and adventure as Link any way you like.
- Discover a world as never before seen: by making your own path, choices, and consequences
- Ingenuity is the key to survival: find multiple solutions to tons of dynamic puzzles
- Surprises hide around every corner: scavenge weapons, armor, plants, animals, and more
- Live off the land: find weapons and armor, cook food, and brew elixirs
- Utilize special technology: the in-game Sheikah Slate controls objects and enemies in fun ways
- Gear up: many weapons and armor have unique stats, resistances, effects, and durability
- Shrines offer hundreds of clever challenges even veterans won’t see coming
- Compatible amiibo include the Wolf Link amiibo figure, figures from the Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary amiibo series, and figures from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo series. Each one will offer Link in-game items that may just come in handy.
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+Best Zelda story to date. Yes, it may be the same premise, but there is much more depth this time around. There are other things going on, not just Link rescuing Zelda. All of the side quests add so much to the main story. The depth is what makes the game succeed.
+Voice acting adds a lot to some of the characters we already know and love, including Zelda herself. It makes for a richer and more interesting story.
+Gameplay is king in Zelda games. We all know this. BOTW is no different. There is a ton of gameplay variety, more than there has ever been. Everything from fighting, exploring, cooking, transportation, it's all been either improved or newly introduced.
+Open World and Exploration are front and center in BOTW. The open world design allows you take whatever path you choose. While most Zelda games in the past were linear, this is not the same. Whatever approach you prefer is completely fine. The freedom really shines through in BOTW.
+The beautiful art style makes up for anything lacking in the graphics department. The Wii U and Switch are not on par with the PS4 and Xbox One, so don't expect that type of beauty, but the art style truly does make a big difference. Nintendo has always been king when it comes to gorgeous art and design. Exploration is one of the game's biggest draws. Conquering the 100+ shrines is amazing!
+Wii U and Switch versions offer choice for the gamer. You don't have to upgrade to the Switch to experience BOTW. The Wii U version is every bit as great as the Switch one. In fact, I owned the Switch version but got rid of it in favor of the Wii U version. I did not see the point in upgrading since the only other Switch game I care about is Mario Odyssey and that doesn't come out for almost another year.
+More than 100 hours of gameplay offers major value (in your wallet) and replay value. There is always something to see and do!
+The game world is absolutely huge. This lends itself to many hours of fun, whether you are doing side quests, the main quests, shrines, or goofing off.
+Challenging and thought provoking puzzles are a standout in BOTW. Every shrine has a challenging puzzle, while most boss battles require you to solve a puzzle as well.
+Cooking is really fun. Doing recipes is a blast, just experimenting with food can be an interesting distraction.
+Great A.I., from the main characters, townsfolk and enemies.
+Use the Wii U Pro controller for the best experience. It is more tight and comfortable than the GamePad. I don't have experience with the Switch Pro Controller (probably because it's $70!) but I am sure it's superior to the Joy-Cons and Grip.
-Weapons break a lot, maybe too much. I found that a lot of my time was devoted to changing weapons, whether in a battle or not. It's not a game-breaker but it is an annoyance.
Overall, Zelda BOTW is an all time great. It's a game you must experience and have in your collection. I bought the Wii U version, but the choice is yours. Go out and buy it to experience something you will never forget!
The world is vast and feels old giving a real feel of a adventure, the combat is ingauging, the difficulty is perfect, physics are the best around, cooking is accually entertaining and worth while, the ability to climb really adds something, the art design is great at hiding the 720p/900p resolution, and the ammount of things to see is awesome, the puzzles are well done for the most part, and the lack of direction harkens back to the NES game.
On the downside the story is not in the league of say Witcher 3, the music can feel to subdued in my opinion, voice acting is sparse and should have been fully voiced or not at all, and the weapons do break to often.
The gameplay makes up for all of this though. I am addicted to the gameplay, and you set the pace. I'm typically a 60fps4k pc gamer, but this game is just done so well.
So is this game a nostalgia trip. YES! But it is an amazing experience. So here we are 30 years after the original golden cartridge that first really got me into video games and this is a worthy successor. My 4yo son sits with me when I let him. I help him play, and read him the text. It is one of his favorite things to do. It's the only game he loves. Seriously this cartridge should have been gold.
I love having so much exploration and experimentation to do, and to be able to just take it with me wherever, sneak in what play time I may, and then put it to sleep or resume in a second. But that's more the Switch in general than this game particularly.
The game is a good fit to the console, I think. And it's easily the best-looking handheld title I've ever played, without feeling like a handheld game.
It takes a little bit to learn, but you do acquire basically all the skills you need to solve every puzzle in the game after the first 4 shrines- the rest is a question of searching, surviving, and creative solutions.
Everywhere in this game there's SOMEthing to do or see, large or small, and frequently more than one thing. I expect to be playing and enjoying this for a very long time, based on my time so far.
You're probably tired of hearing it's a must-buy, yes? It's magic, it cured my bald spot, it makes you delicious breakfast, walks the dog, reads your mind, and so on.
Well, yes. It's great. There's a part at the start where you may need to get used to the controls and mechanics, but they're mostly explained- thank goodness the old man at the start says more than just "It's dangerous to go alone, take this." But you'd swear he's a relative of that guy.
Anyhow... if you have a Switch and don't have this game, it's a worthy purchase. The game card version is 1-2 seconds slower to load areas than internal memory or microSD, I've heard, but it hasn't been a problem for me.
If you like exploring, Zelda, and small-ish physics and skill-based puzzles (in the form of shrines), give it a try. You may find yourself addicted.
Tips: Don't get too attached to your weapons. Even the best ones, you'll find something just as good in a day or so most likely. Cooking is done by choosing materials from inventory, selecting Hold and then dumping them in a cookpot if you find one- that's one thing that isn't explained by the old man, and it WILL be useful to know for many reasons. And listen to what that old guy at the start says- he gives good advice. Lastly, and this is what makes the game enjoyable for me: if you see something cool in the distance, go there. Detours from the main quest can very easily lead you somewhere just as fun, and if you don't like an area for some reason, you can just head for the horizon and explore elsewhere, coming back when you're feeling up to it, or even not coming back at all.