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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review
Exceptional
by treesniffingzombie

Never has a game felt quite as alive as Breath of the Wild. Initially I was a little put off by the differences between this and previous Zelda entries, but that soon changed to absolute adoration. Not only does it have a massive world, but it's a massive world filled with characters, animals, quests, mini-dungeons (shrines), and secrets. It plays surprisingly smoothly on the Wii U. I've heard things of frame drops, but I haven't experienced that at all (though, to be fair, this could be because I've been playing exclusively on the gamepad). One thing I truly love about Breath of the Wild is the challenge. Standard Bokoblins aside, every battle legitimately feels like a punishing life or death situation with little room for error. Weapons break fairly quickly and I love this. It adds to a frantic sensation of wild survival. What's more, there are little surprises around every corner. I have yet to find an area where exploration didn't bare fruit. While damn near perfect, it has a few minor issues. Firstly, the control scheme may take a while to get used to - the button configuration is kind of all over the place (some commands could probably have been simplified to one button rather than multiple). Secondly, the English voice acting is horrendous, and as far as I know there's no way to change it on the Wii U version. Finally, the actual dungeons aren't nearly as massive as pre-release rumors suggested. Naturally, this isn't the game's fault, rather misinformation leading to speculative hype. The dungeons are fun, but pretty short. The true satisfaction comes from the exploration of the seamless world. 
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit back and relax»
«Beaten more than once»
«OST on repeat»

Other reviews24

10/10
«Blew my mind»
It's probably best Zelda I've played (and I've played almost all of them) but a few things keep it from the ridiculously high scores that the love sick reviewers have given it.
1) Basic melee combat. Sure you can do some interesting things if you go out of your way but the central melee combat is plain and rather boring.
2) Straight-forward story. No twists, turns, or hooks.
3) Silent protagonist. It only serves to weaken a story and this story is already pretty weak.

Date Completed: 2020-03-12
Playtime: ~ 50h
Enjoyment: 8/10
Recommendation: Yes, it's a solid game. Wish the story was more engaging though.
This is my 2nd favorite game all time and it’s there for a reason
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
I had high expectations, but they were all exceeded. Phenomenal game.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
A breath of fresh air for the Zelda series. While other Zelda games' appeal comes from dungeon design, the setting, or art direction, Breath of the Wild's appeal comes from chill lo fi exploration to relax and study to. This pairs extremely well with the Switch's ability to be used on the go, where finding a single shrine is a worthwhile quest.
Wonderful game! 
«Blew my mind»
«OST on repeat»
Great game
Second time finishing this game and still want more!
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»