Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Review Round-Up

The review embargo for the highly-anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has lifted today, and the prognostication is that it’s a masterpiece (with a capital ‘M’).

With a 98 aggregate on Metacritic as of publication, it’s safe to say that Breath of the Wild is the Switch’s must-have at launch, and the Wii U’s final masterpiece. Here’s a collection of online reviews that reinforce why Breath of the Wild is one of, if not the, greatest Zelda adventures ever made.

IGN

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a masterclass in open-world design and a watershed game that reinvents a 30-year-old franchise. It presents a wonderful sandbox full of mystery, dangling dozens upon dozens of tantalizing things in front of you that just beg to be explored.

Giant Bomb

This sense of wonder is something that I haven’t felt so strongly since I played A Link to the Past when I was seven years old. Ocarina of Time was able to capture some of that same magic in my teenage years. Now that I’m in my thirties, I don’t think that I expected it to be possible for a game to make me feel like that again…Nintendo may have changed so many long-standing traditions of the Zelda franchise, but the spirit of discovery is as strong as it’s ever been no matter your age. I didn’t think I’d feel the Zelda magic this strongly ever again, but I couldn’t be happier to be proven wrong.

US Gamer

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an amazing game. As someone who loves open-world games, this is one of the best out there. As someone who enjoys the Zelda series, I honestly think I can say the same thing again. Nintendo has brought together a number of different ideas and mechanics, but integrated them into something that stands on its own. It’s the kind of game where I don’t want Nintendo to do something completely different for the next Zelda. I want more of this.

Destructoid

This isn’t your typical boiler plate open world cash grab, rife with to-do lists and busywork. Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an evolution of the formula for both eastern and western philosophies alike, and a new blueprint.

Polygon

I guess, in the end, it’s not just that Breath of the Wild signals that Zelda has finally evolved and moved beyond the structure it’s leaned on for so long. It’s that the evolution in question has required Nintendo to finally treat its audience like intelligent people. That newfound respect has led to something big, and different, and exciting. But in an open world full of big changes, Breath of the Wild also almost always feels like a Zelda game — and establishes itself as the first current, vital-feeling Zelda in almost 20 years.

VentureBeat

Nintendo has made a special video game in Breath of the Wild. As the name suggests, it is a breathing wilderness that Nintendo brought to life by abandoning the structured, predictable Zelda formula. At the same time, it feels like the ultimate culmination of the ideas we encountered in the first Zelda in 1987. And I think the result of all of its interlocking systems is a game that wants to slam you with moments of epiphanies…For Breath of the Wild, Nintendo made a game that could replicate that moment over and over.


Breath of the Wild’s Metacritic score places it a bit higher than the last console entry in the series, 2011’s Skyward Sword, which sits at 93 on the site. In fact, the 98 score for BOTW places it in the company of games like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, two of the highest-reviewed games in the medium. The open-world Zelda launches in North America March 3rd.

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