The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been critically acclaimed to be “one of the greatest video games of all time,” and rightfully so. Steering away from the classic dungeon roaming pattern and plot driven narrative, this game allows the player to choose their own adventure and explore various playing styles. Here are the top five reasons why this game is a breath of fresh air, so to speak.
The Open World Map
Zelda games are notorious for having large maps with intricate play areas and complex characters living within them. Despite this, the lack of an open world feature has made exploring beyond the main quest a little boring and short lived. Breath of the Wild is the first Zelda game to have miles of virtual space, with little to no plot relevance. This means hours and hours of side quests, mini bosses, and treasure chests to be sought at the players’ leisure.
The Mouth Watering Food
Oh yeah, speaking of the open world map, another unique thing about it is the opportunity to hunt. Creatures of all shapes and sizes can be found across the world and hunted for their meat, ranging from basic to gourmet. Ingredients from animals, monsters or vegetation can be mixed together to create dozens of different dishes and elixirs, all with unique stats and HP healing properties. No more smashing jars, desperately scavenging for a heart for this guy!
The Variety of Sharp, Pointy Things
We all know Link and the Master Sword have a long history together. Well, in Breath of the Wild, it seems Link has started looking around for a new companion. Each weapon found in game has a lifespan. When a weapon has been swung at too many baddies, it will break, and the player must find or equip another to continue fighting. This allows the player to learn and explore various fighting techniques, as well as find favorites within the many subcategories of weapons.
The Fashionista Called Link
Alongside the customization of weapons, Link’s clothing can also be changed. There are several different set combinations that will boost different stats for our hero, all with unique designs and plot relevancy. The best part of all is that the player, upon visiting Hateo Village, can dye clothing with items and rupees. Green is so last season.
Epona has been the first and only horse of the series. Now you get to choose your four-legged friends with the new taming mechanic. Wild horses of all colors and abilities roam the open fields, neighing and casually flipping their manes. With some stealthy behavior, Link can jump atop a wild horse and tame it into becoming his best friend. Players can name their horse, catalog it, and even dress it up in special equestrian gear. Each horse has different strengths and weakness, and they can form bonds with the player to become more agreeable.
So if you haven’t already gotten a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild what are you waiting for? While you’re at it, check out our collection of The Legend of Zelda merchandise. You’ll be saving princesses in no time!
-by Sam Cubbison