The defender of Hyrule is only days away from the Nintendo Switch. However, as we wait for Link, is Zelda Breath Of The Wild worth the wait? General impressions say it is, however some would also advise gamers to take note of substantial input.
Zelda Breath Of The Wild will arrive on March 3, coming to the Nintendo Switch as one of its launch titles. Sadly, it is also the last hurrah of the Wii U as Nintendo also ceased its production. This puts a lot of responsibility at the hands of Zelda creators Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. After all, the franchise is one of the most celebrated video game series of all time.
Link, Zelda and the rest of Hyrule’s most colorful cast return to Zelda Breath Of The Wild. The action adventure game follows the story of Link, who acquired amnesia after 100 years of sleep. He has to follow a mysterious voice to defeat Calamity Ganon, a recurring villain in the franchise.
Zelda Breath Of The Wild: First Impressions
The latest Zelda title is being hyped to fans due to its departure from the rest of the series. Aside from packing a robust physics engine and high-definition visuals, the game is generally open world. This means Link will be able to traverse Hyrule and play through the dungeons in any order.
In addition, Nintendo announced earlier that the game’s overworld is 12 times larger than Twilight Princess. According to IGN, as a nod to classic Zelda games, Link starts off alone without any knowledge where to go. This allows players to explore freely and learn at their own pace.
This is, in fact, one of the qualities of the game that stands out. GameSpot told readers in their first impressions review that the title demands players to always take their environment into consideration. This steep learning curve will force gamers to be on their toes, making every encounter unique.
Survival is an important aspect of the game as Link will have to look for food and resources to make sure his health does not drop. The protagonist is also capable of taming horses – with varying difficulty – in order to traverse the lush environment around him. However, his weapons break and tear upon use, meaning he constantly has to choose his battles.
Speaking of which, mobs will be plentiful around Hyrule. According to Polygon, this forces Link to learn how to parry and study his opponents immensely as they deal quite a lot of damage. Players also have the option to dodge and backflip, allowing for some acrobatic feats. This also expands the options players have during battles.
All the weapons in the game can be obtained from enemies. However, they have limited durability, meaning they break easily. This happens to most of the swords, clubs, shields and spears. This is sad news for weapon collectors, but this reinforces the point of the game: survival is key.
Dungeons themselves are all over Hyrule, providing plenty of puzzles for fans of classic games to enjoy. Some shrines also grant Link powers called “runes,” which have abilities. For instance, Link will be able to summon pillars of ice or move metallic objects.
Nintendo also recently explained the difference between the Wii U and Switch versions of the latest Zelda game. In a statement provided by Nintendo to IGN, both systems will generally have the “same” experience. However, the publisher paid particular attention to specify that the Nintendo Switch’s version will have better graphics.
Zelda will render in 900p when played on the television at 30 frame rates per second (FPS). It will have higher-quality environmental sounds for the Switch. This means the sounds of steps, grass and water will sound better when played on the new handheld console hybrid.
The game will also need 13.4GB of storage in the Switch’s main hard drive. This is 40 percent of Switch’s 32GB of internal storage. Fans who want to play other games may want to buy a microSD card, which is something that can be inserted into the Switch.
Fans might also forget that the Zelda game was in fact delayed twice. The game was originally announced in 2013 with a 2015 release. The title, finally set to arrive in the homes of viewers, will have big shoes to fill.