Disclaimer: I did not write this Legend of Zelda review myself, but I am posting it on behalf of Renny Lall.
The popular Nintendo Switch came out in March of 2017 and following it was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. To this day, the Nintendo Switch is still sold out at most places, and there is a wait time for those who have purchased one. While the Nintendo Switch is still a highly sought-after console for more than three years after its release, one of the reasons for that is Breath of the Wild (BOTW).
When I first picked up the game and started it, I had no idea what I was getting into. Prior to playing this game, I had never played any other Legend of Zelda games. I had no idea what the franchise was about or knew about any of the characters (not even Zelda herself). So, it’s very safe to say I went into the game completely fresh.
One cannot simply describe BOTW, but they can try. I wholeheartedly feel BOTW has to be experienced. You start the game playing as Link who has just woken up from a 100-year nap. When you wake up, you’re in a dark cave. Once you walk around the cave and smash some wooden boxes and crates, you’ll find some clothing. Once you put on your clothing, the game prompts you to exit the cave and begin your adventure.
Upon exiting the cave, this is where the BOTW experience starts. There’s an immediate cut scene that shows you the world of BOTW. You’re shown the forests, lakes, mountains, and even animals roaming. The graphics in this game is second to none. Everything you see from here on out is accessible, and nothing is off-limits. The first hour of the game is spent doing a tutorial that does not feel like a tutorial. Usually, for me game tutorials tend to drag and get boring, but not this one. The tutorial explains that Link is the only hope to save Hyrule from Calamity Ganon, a primal evil that has captured Princess Zelda and has taken over the kingdom.
Once you complete the tutorial, you’re free to embark on your journey and do anything you want. Yes, literally anything you want. If you want to march straight to Hyrule Castle and fight Ganon, you can do so (he’ll definitely kill you though). If you want to strip, jump in a lake, and catch fish you can go right ahead. You can even set stuff on fire and/or throw bombs at enemy Bokoblins. Or you can set them on fire and then throw bombs at them, in whichever order you prefer.
My favorite thing about this game is its freedom. If you can dream of it, you can most likely do it. For me, BOTW was the very first (and only) game that made me feel like I was on an actual adventure. I spent countless hours doing nonsense instead of completing the main storyline, and that’s completely okay. BOTW does not force you to stay on a certain path, instead, it encourages you to explore and never stop. The game is also challenging- it makes you work for what you want. There are upgrades that you can get if you defeat certain enemies, such as the Divine Beasts. The game has a very wide-ranging difficulty level, which makes it a very versatile game when it comes to new and old gamers.
Despite BOTW being out for three years now, it is easily in one of the best games out for the Nintendo Switch. It’s definitely a staple for every Switch owner and player. Nintendo has also revealed plans for a sequel to BOTW, which should be released in 2021. This sequel will definitely be highly sought after, as many Switch users cannot wait for it. Overall, BOTW is without a doubt my favorite Switch game, and by a solid margin. The game is just simply beautiful. It’s a game that gives you a true experience. An experience you’ll never forget. My rating for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is easily a 10/10. It’s perfect in every way.