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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

It has been a long time since I’ve posted something on this blog. I’ve been in the process of finishing school and working on creating my own brand new review format. In the past, my posts have been quite text heavy and I used to have to invest a lot of time working on new articles before I could finally publish them. With this new format I am able to condense the information from my past reviews, new reviews and various random articles, making them much easier for  readers to skim through. This format also makes it easier for me to throw short reviews together and give you guys the gist of what my thoughts on a game are. This is the first post using the new format, so please let me know what you think. Constructive feedback is welcome. Thank you! Onto the review.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

Story

  • Excellent (4)
  • Satisfactory (3.25)
  • Needs improvement (2)
  • Poor (1)
  • See me after class (0)

Notes: Breath of the Wild has an interesting story with quite a bit more depth than a typical Zelda title. Definitely not a story driven experience, but satisfying never the less. I enjoyed the side character’s stories far more than I did the main story. The relationship between Zelda and Link and their tale, while good, was a bit too over dramatic at times. Zelda’s character development as the main focus of this story was an interesting take, but I think it fell flat in some parts. Overall, the story was enjoyable, but not something that particularly motivated me to keep going to find out more about it.

Gameplay

  • Excellent (4)
  • Satisfactory (3)
  • Needs improvement (2)
  • Poor (1)
  • See me after class (0)

Notes: The gameplay in Zelda is fantastic. Climbing and parachuting off of things is incredibly satisfying and left with me a desire to do it in every action/adventure game I’ve played since. There is virtually no place in the game that a player cannot reach. Combat has been slightly expanded with the inclusion of new items, upgrades, and unique enemies to fight. The amount of collectibles in the game will leave the player with tons of extra gameplay hours, especially for those brave souls looking to complete the game 100%. The addition of an item degradation along with the upgrade system is good, but sometimes frustrating. This is a difficult game, but it gets somewhat easier as one gets better equipment and learns the intricacies of the game. Expect to die a lot.

Design

  • Excellent (4)
  • Satisfactory (3)
  • Needs improvement (2)
  • Poor (1)
  • See me after class (0)

Notes: The way in which this game was designed is astounding. It is the biggest Zelda game to date. There are hours upon hours of exploration available to the player almost from the very start of the game (after the short tutorial section). The player may choose how they would like to play the game. The game is not linear in the slightest. The final boss is available for the player to challenge from the start. The environment is gigantic, but it can feel a bit empty at times. Combat is fluid and polished. The cell-shaded graphics are nice looking and impressive for what the console itself is capable of.

Sound

  • Excellent (4)  
  • Satisfactory (3.50) 
  • Needs improvement (2)
  • Poor (1)
  • See me after class (0)

Notes: As to be expected from a Zelda title, the sound is top-notch. It is catchy and memorable. It is a bit subtle at times, but beautifully crafted to blend into the background. This is the first Zelda title to include voice acting. It is not perfect by any means, but is a solid first attempt for the series.

Replayability

  • Excellent (4)
  • Satisfactory 3
  • Needs improvement 2
  • Poor 1
  • See me after class 0

Notes: The game is so big, that it is unlikely the player will have completed everything and seen everything in the game before defeating Calamity Ganon. The collectibles and the exploration are enough to keep players coming back for more. DLC also offers another way to entice players back. At the time of this reviews release, DLC is already available for players to pick up.

Combined total: 18.75/20  

Grade:  93.75% 

A+ 97%-100%

 (A 93%-96% )

A-90%-92%

B+ 87%-89%

B 83%-86%

B- 80%-82%

C+ 77%-79%

C 73%-76%

C- 70%-72%

D+ 67%-69%

D 63%-66%

D- 60%-62%

F+ 50%-59%

F 40%-49%

F- 30%-39%

F – – 0%-30%

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