The Legend of Zelda is a saga where there are no words to describe this work of art created by Nintendo, I can say that it is one of the most interesting and intense saga that exists in the world of video games; I’m became a fan when I played The Legend of Zelda (1986), game that I played on Nintendo NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), loving the 8-bit style and at the same time enjoying the beginning of this saga.
I’m going to be honest here, I haven’t played all The Legend of Zelda games; my last one was The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask on Nintendo 64, an unforgetabble experience. I was able to play The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening in Game Boy where it was a different experience but at the same time fun. But my heart belongs to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; I don’t know how my Nintendo 64 survived all those play hours I invested in that game.
But now we have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to invade my heart with a world unlike any other I’ve ever saw, with a hint between one and another The Legend of Zelda. Link, a child with a sword that defies a demon who simply will not die without the help of the princess. Zelda and Ganon have been trapped in a 100-year battle at Hyrule Castle. The cities and villages were destroyed and their remains have been scattered throughout the earth as reminders of what has been lost. Link, seriously injured in the fight, was taken to a restoration chamber, waking up 100 years later without remembering what happened. Your overall goal is obviously to beat Ganon and save Zelda! But the path to final victory will be shaped by your actions and your decisions.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has an open world design where you can easily spend about 50 hours in it, discovering as much as you can and at the same time enjoying its landscapes that are the most beautiful I have played in any game. Once you finish the mission The Old Man in The Great Plateau you will be free to go to any direction you want to conquer the game however you want. In my case I ran like crazy sometimes but also took my time to explore and I discovered all the Shiekah shrines that I could. These puzzles and combat modes built centuries ago offered me many opportunities to use the Shiekah board.
Link now has a technologic multitool that allows you to create bombs, stop objects in time, manipulate magnetic objects and freeze water or destroy ice. It may sound a bit limiting but this small selection of tools can be used in powerful ways to solve or eliminate whatever gets in the way. His progress through the earth is not hampered by the tools he possesses. Instead it’s about your armor and the weapons you currently have in possession with the number of hearts you have.
Enemies in Breath of the Wild are brutal and often give blows capable of removing five or more hearts in one hit. Weapons and shields can deteriorate and break, Link had never been so fragile or so human. In The Legend of Zelda’s latest games, with its linear progression you were always prepared for the upcoming fights; the game gave you the right tools at the right times where the land was full of bombs, arrows and enough rupees to fill what you wanted.
In Breath of the Wild you can’t make a lot of mistakes when fighting a boss, unless you go out of your way to find the supplies you need to strengthen your character – while looking for food all the way because there are no pieces of hearts – stealing the weapons of the enemies – because yours are about to break – cooking food from different dishes to survive certain circumstances – because there isn’t a potion store easily accessible. Link’s success will be your big responsibility.
The weapons break easily, sometimes they don’t last a single encounter and there were times that I had to use three different melee tools to defeat an enemy. Replacement weapons are available with the Shiekah Chalkboard where you can easily steal swords before the Bokoblins can use them against you. Sword and shield combos, two-handed spears that are ideal for mounted combat, sticks of all sizes and boomerangs that could be used as a short sword and a projectile that returns to you.
The fact that the game is not that easy it’s what makes it interesting. The sense of discovery in Breath of the Wild is like nothing I’ve felt in a long, long time in other game. I felt like a Christopher Columbus in his adventurous years. However, the techniques you learn from the Shrines become an essential training in Breath of the Wild. Whenever I encountered a new Shrine, I was excited to discover any new challenges it contained, with some particular Shrines the sensation was as intrinsic as the first levels of the portal because they implied something much larger and more impressive.
The saga has always had something like a fairy tale with its great landscapes and suggestive worlds. The view of the sunrise over a shimmering lake with the beautiful plains of Hyrule Field stretching beneath you, fill your head with imagination creating an unforgettable adventure.
In order to avoid the spoilers I will not go into too much detail, but I can tell you that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a MASTERPIECE and is a game that you can’t miss having in your console if you own a Nintendo Wii U or a Nintendo Switch.
I was able to play it on Nintendo Switch and I can tell you that I enjoyed it to the maximum and I didn’t have nothing to envy to any of the latest games that have been released on Xbox One S and PS4 Pro scaled to 4K. I never felt any frame drop when I was in the Dock as well as in the Portable mode.
All I can say is, Thank you Nintendo!
Translated by Angelica Lora.
Juan Vásquez / GamersRD