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Review: "Breath of the Wild"

by Tegan Mazur - Copy Editor
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:00 pm

 "The Legend of Zelda" is a series that has enjoyed graceful success and the newest game in the franchise is one for the books. I did not grow up as a youngster gamer playing as the little green clad hero called Link, but I've always wished I had. This game gave me that opportunity, a chance to jump on the "Zelda" train and it, if you'll pardon the phrase, took my breath away.

The first thing you notice about this game is its art style. From the moment you press start you feel as though you've wandered into a Studio Ghibli film, with all the combative excitement and open world exploration of "Skyrim". I'm not exactly a full-time gamer; I have a handful of games I like to play and that's about it. So I'm not someone you'd call for when you can't beat a boss or the like. That being said, this game was extremely easy for me to figure out. The learning curve is quick and it's easy to keep up with. Working the swords, bows and shields takes some getting used to, but in no time you're launching bokoblins into the air with your wood cutter's axe. 

I also fell in love with the development of every mechanic. Every element in the game serves a purpose. The Paraglider is beyond fun when you get it, but you actually need it to get places in the game. The cooking feature is fun to play with, but you need food to replenish health and survive cold and hot climates. There are so many features in the game and they all feel useful and important, rather than just novelty features that the designers didn't bother to perfect.

What I love the most about this game is the storytelling. Throughout the game the story progresses at an excellent pace from the time you awaken as Link, follow the age old quest to find the Master Sword and save the princess in the Castle from Ganon. The story can go at whatever pace you want as there are plenty of side quests to get lost in and help you explore the world you're in. 

Whether or not you're a big fan of the franchise, this is a wonderfully developed game with a beautiful look, fluid fun mechanics and an engaging story. I look forward to a life-long love affair with this franchise thanks to this game. I couldn't help but leave a small piece of my heart in Hyrule after playing this game.

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