Our Game Of The Year 2017 – Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild


 

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In concept alone, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild does for the franchise what only two other installments (The Legend of Zelda and A Link to the Past) had been able to do: it does not merely advance the saga, it dares to press the reset button on one of gaming’s greatest and most acclaimed properties in order to build it from scratch. In doing so, the game opts to retain many of the series’ vital staples – dungeons, tight controls, puzzles and thrilling combats – while also borrowing the open-world gameplay that has become one of the highlights of contemporary gaming. Not content with merely borrowing, though, Nintendo takes a hard look at the issues and qualities of that gameplay style and opts to get rid of the former by leaning on survival and sprinkling the map with mysteries and rewards, and keeping the latter – and augmenting it – by taking the freedom and the allure found in a well-constructed world to their very extreme.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is, then, not a continuation, but a new and exciting beginning. From this point onwards, it becomes the guiding light that will illuminate the path of not only future Zelda installments but also of any open-world game. Surely, there is room for improvement, as the Zelda aspect of the game could have been a little bit meatier in order to offer a more significant counterbalance to its open-world tendencies, which can take gameplay time up to one hundred hours. However, the existence of such shortcomings do not – in the slightest – mean Breath of the Wild is disappointing; it actually makes anyone who goes through its adventure become thoroughly excited for the road that lies open up ahead. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may not be a pioneer, for it borrows more than it creates, but in taking two gameplay styles – open-world and Zelda – to their very apex by joining them, it earns the right to be called a classic and to become one of those tall poles that divide history into two parts: what came before it and what will come next.

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#Our Game Of The Year 2017 – Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

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