I did it. I finally completed Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild.

Sort of.

I was a little bit late to the party in buying Nintendo’s latest console. For those of you who are unfamiliar with gaming, the Nintendo Switch was released along with it’s first game Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild back in March of this year but at the time, I was a few months off finishing university and decided to knuckle-down with my coursework and treat myself to a Switch upon completion of my last exam (hopefully ever!).

Around came August and I finally bought one. And was it worth it?

Definitely.

I’ve been into gaming ever since I was a kid and used to watch my brother play Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time on his Nintendo 64. The adventure, the characters and is it even possible to have a crush on an animated fictional character (?*), the Legend of Zelda series remains as my favourite gaming series to this day and is probably where my love of all things fantasy and adventure originated, as well as inspiring the vast majority of my creative written work.

Breath of the Wild is no exception. I personally really enjoyed the game’s explore-all set up, allowing you not just to see those mountains in the distance but climb them and travel far beyond them too. Challenging at times, the game has plenty of variety and visually is absolutely beautiful. A great step forward in terms of Zelda series development.

I do have a couple of criticisms however. Despite the beautiful visuals of the game, I feel like the graphics have gone down in quality since the release of Twilight Princess, which I thought was far more detailed. In all fairness, I think it’s a different art style but I’ve got to admit I much prefer the more detailed and perhaps darker style of Twilight Princess compared to that of Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild. I was also a little disappointed with the lack of dungeons/temples in this game, the usual seven or so being swapped for just four. I suppose this is because Breath of the Wild has the shrines instead which act as mini-dungeons and although I like that Nintendo tried something different, I sometimes found working out the puzzles in the shrines a bit repetitive.

Despite this however, I still think Breath of the Wild is an amazing game and would highly recommend it to those who are fans of the series. Also, the handheld on the Switch is really good! When I first saw the trailer, I didn’t think I’d enjoy playing on the handheld, usually preferring to play games on a bigger screen with a controller. But I was pleasantly surprised and actually ended up playing Zelda on the handheld controller a lot of the time so nice one Nintendo!

Do I like Breath of the Wild more the Ocarina of Time? No. It’s likely Ocarina of Time will always have a special place in my heart, much like many other people from what I have read on fan websites online. But I would definitely place Breath of the Wild in my top three. If the next Zelda game has the vast content of Breath of the Wild combined with the detail of Twilight Princess and some links back to Ocarina of Time, then there could absolutely be a new number one spot!

Now, time to return to Hyrule and seek out those sixty-two shrines I have yet to complete…

*yes.


‘A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage.’ – Hero’s Shade.