What It Is
Nintendo returns to Hyrule for a new adventure game in the popular Legend of Zelda series. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, from Nintendo, is the 2017 addition to the Legend of Zelda franchise, that takes the familiar characters and locations from the series, and places them in a new, story-based adventure game. Players take on the role of Link, and explore the lands of Hyrule, which are presented as a huge, open world. As players explore - the story unfolds, and involves an epic unfinished battle from the past, Princess Zelda, four Divine Beasts, and the villain Calamity Gannon.
Is It Fun?
The huge open-world of this game makes it one of the most immersive Zelda games to date. The new story is interesting, and engaging, and utilizes the franchise characters and locations in a way that makes sense for the series. Breath of The Wild also features the puzzle-solving dungeons that the long-running series is known for. In this game, the dungeons are called Shrines, and they are scattered throughout the game world. Many are easy to find, but some are hidden, and finding them can be an adventure, and puzzle of it's own.
Who It’s For
Breath of The Wild is for Zelda and Nintendo fans. The game is rated E10+ for the fantasy violence, mild suggestive themes, and use of alcohol. From what I've seen after playing the game for about a week, the content and difficulty are suitable for gamers as young as 7, that have some third-person, adventure game experience. That said, however, this game is going to appeal to a wide age-range, especially older kids, and adult fans.
What To Be Aware Of
Some players will run through the main mission as quickly as possible, but for anyone that takes the time to explore, this game has days of active play, and new things to discover.
One thing that surprised me were the game's graphics. I played the Nintendo Switch edition of the game, and expected the new Nintendo system to have more detailed and advanced graphics, similar to the PS4 or Xbox One. However, the game looks like it is being played on Nintendo's last generation - Wii U. That could be intentional, as the game is also available for the Wii U, but still something I think worth mentioning.