I remember the Christmas of 2018 was definitely one of the most memorable as the last present that I opened, by the instruction of my parents, was a Nintendo Switch. It was love after first sight. The system had already been out for a year and the titles that had come out for it were all very exciting. However, there was one title that really stuck out to me, which just so happened to be the first game that I purchased for the console.
This game introduced several new gameplay mechanics that already added to the music and art style that fans of the series have come to know and love about the Zelda franchise. The gameplay added new weapons, armor, and ingredients, that allow players to customize Link to embody their own personality, create new items for gameplay, and use items from past entries and races of Hyrule. One very distinct feature of this game is the physics engine and the chemistry system that the developers implemented, which allows a player to create chain reactions and defeat enemies in new, innovative ways. The game world became more immersive, as compared to Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, and allows players to freely roam and explore. The music adds tone and mood to the various areas you visit and changes depending on the time of day. The story and characters work in tandem to create the events that the player has to complete in order to save Princess Zelda. The graphics and visual design adds more of a high-definition appeal to previous entries in the series and still retain the core elements to creating the land Hyrule. Though there is a suggested way to complete the game, there is nothing stopping the player from running straight to the final boss after starting the game.
There are just so many things that Nintendo did right with this game in particular that really set it apart from past entries in the franchise. One of the best things about this game is just the way they were able to seamlessly add various references to past games, even though the timeline concept for each game is broken to make the game’s atmosphere work. I don’t mind the oversight of the timeline because this game requires all of those elements to make it epic and it became just that.
I would say that Breath of the Wild is by far one of the best video games that I have played to date and speaks volumes for the rest of the franchise. Now I just need to wait until next year to play the sequel and as they say, the waiting is the hardest part.