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

Breath of the Wild has been a disappointment for the first few hours, but it grows on you little by little until you will not be able to stop playing. You will just need some time to wander around and figure out all the main mechanics. I usually don't like open-world games, but this is actually the first time I felt like exploring all areas and finding out new things rather than going on with the campaign. The continuous changes in the environment and the use of elements have a big influence on the game dynamics, and there are so many little details that will make the experience unique. Puzzles and fights can be solved in many different ways, and sometimes the craziest and inventive solutions end up being the most effective. Looting, cooking and picking up weapons can be frustrating at times, but it will eventually add to the satisfaction of finally being able to survive tougher areas and enemies.

However, while the open world is beautifully crafted and full of different things to do, the number of enemies is extremely limited. We probably have less than a dozen monsters endlessly multiplied by palette swapping. As map events are pretty sparse, running aimlessly and bumping into the same monsters all the time makes exploring pretty dull without a horse to speed up things. Little effort was also made in the plot and characters. All my interest was in exploring and getting stronger, but dialogues were mostly redundant and there is literally zero development in the characters and main story. Side-quests were mostly repetitive and come with very little rewards too (in some cases, you spend more on rupies and resources that what you will eventually get as a reward).

Breath of the Wild is overall one of the best open-world games in recent years in terms of gameplay, but the thin plot and quite repetitive dynamics are the only things preventing it from becoming a true masterpiece. (8.5/10)
«Can’t stop playing»
«Time-tested»

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»