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Zelda Breath of the wild review


Breath Of The Mild.

Breath of the wild wastes no time attempting to suck you into its world with gorgeous visuals and music. But don’t be fooled it doesn’t matter how beautiful the icing is that you put on a cake, if the cake itself is stale. The phrase Jack of all trades master of none is the best way I can describe Zelda Breath Of The Wild. It tries so many different things but none of them are ever fully developed. It feels as though Nintendo just took a bunch ideas for different smartphone games and compiled them into a $60 AAA game that tries to be so many things that it lacks its own identity.

 Upon starting the game and awaking from your 100 year slumber you will most likely try to start up the main quest. However in order to do so you must first complete a side quest for an old man who tells you that you must complete a task for him so that he will give you the means of transportation that you need to explore this world. After completing it he tells me that he wants me to do more for him in exchange for a para-glider and the game forces you to obey if you want to traverse the world. At this point less than 1 hour into the game, it already felt extremely flawed. In a game like Skyrim if someone tries to screw you over you can fight them and change the course of the game. Sure they might not like you but that’s the point of an open world game, making every decision feel like your own. If I was link I would have said “screw you old man give me the Para-glider or I’ll stomp your ass into the ground.”

 A true open world game would let you make decisions that affect people's perception of you and make the game easier or harder depending on your choices. Sure some people in the game might not like you if you don’t help them, but I can’t think of a time when not helping someone lead to a moment in the story where that person wants revenge or tries to make your life difficult. When I think of the term “next gen Zelda” I thought that Nintendo would finally give you choices that stuck with you and made you contemplate the morality of the situation. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a situation where you had to lie to someone or betray someone who trusted you to get what you wanted, and then choosing to do so made them detest you throughout the rest of the game?

 Or how about giving you the option to not kill certain enemies, and bosses, and those same enemies and bosses end up helping you against the game’s final boss. Or maybe have like a twist ending where the good guys were secretly the bad guys all along, and you were being manipulated into serving them. Or maybe instead of being constantly hailed a hero you are treated as a vileness outcast because of something you may or may not have done before your 100 year coma. Or maybe even play as the villain for once and you have to choose to follow your destiny to be evil or break free from that mold and help people. Then at the end of the game you realize that Destiny is whatever you make of it and no predetermined course of action defines you.

 Something like that would add a little more oomph to the story. What I'm trying to say is that your actions and you wanting to do the right thing makes you a hero. But hey it’s not the story right it’s gameplay that matters, and boy does Zelda Breath Of The Wild have a lot of it. And somehow Nintendo managed to make the gameplay both too primitive and too complicated at the same time. One of the games features is letting you cut down trees with weapons for wood. When I stumbled across an enemy standing on top of a makeshift wooden ramp I thought to myself that I would be able to cut the thin wooden beams holding it up but when I tried it wouldn’t work. So you're telling me that Link is strong enough to cut down a massive oak tree with just 2 swings of an axe but a makeshift ramp that is clumsily put together with thin wooden support beams can’t be cut down. “Next Gen” my ass. Also why does swimming slowly cause you to lose stamina. Just like in Skyward Sword you have a stamina bar and it depletes quickly. I knew that swimming fast would probably cause it to diminish, but when I was just casually swimming slowly it went down. And when I just stood still in the water the stamina would not regenerate. And if that’s not bad enough when you are swimming and run out of stamina instead of just restarting you near the body of water, you lose health. Even when the water was only a few feet deep Link still drowned.

 How is link such a pansy that he drowns in water no deeper than a kiddy pool? So Link drowns in 2 meters of water yet he is strong enough to climb mountains with his bare hands, and traverse dangerous environments like Lava with ease. There's also a weapon upgrade system that I rarely ever used because weapons are so plentiful that it’s easier to just use the weapons that you pick up rather than spending dozens of hours to find the right materials to upgrade them. Finally the combat sucks ass. It was extremely difficult to target a specific enemy when there were lots of them, and the new weapon throwing mechanic gave my fingers carpal tunnel syndrome. You have to hold down R1 on the controller to aim where you want to throw your weapon and release it to throw your weapon. If you want to cancel the throw you have to press R2. However with my big sausage fingers this became difficult.

 Every time I accidentally pushed R1 I had to move my index finger to the top left of the button while using my middle finger to press R2. Why couldn’t you just aim with R1 and throw with R2. I strongly recommend that if you play this game you use a pro controller. And finally whenever you are fighting a giant enemy instead of becoming translucent the enemy becomes invisible so you can't see where they are half the time. Games like dark souls make it so when your fighting a giant enemy they become translucent, so why couldn't this Zelda game do the same. I cannot believe all the people who are giving this game perfect scores. 10 out of 10 my  ass. Nintendo should be ashamed of themselves for making WiiU owners wait an extra 2 years so that they could change everything to make it compatible with the switch.  Overall I thought the game's open world was fun to traverse, but the combat, Stamina system, and weapon degradation mechanic all suck ass. SCORE 7.2/10


FUN FACTOR - A game that offers a lot but not all of it is fun 7.0

GRAPHIC - A very colorful palette at least makes the game fun to explore  8.5

SOUND -One thing you can’t criticize this game for is its  musical score, and sound effects, from slipping and sliding to the iconic tunes everything is immersive. Though the annoying sounds that your weapons make when clanging with an enemy can get annoying. 8.0


SINGLE PLAYER - A completely average open world game with lots to do but not much incentive to do it. 5.0

CONTROLS - You better have a pro controller when playing this game otherwise it will be a pain for your fingers.



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About Spazzzh20one of us since 9:46 AM on 10.09.2018


I am an avid fan of art, literature, and history. I live in New Jersey and am currently a student at Seton hall. I have always been a fan of Anime since I was six and I was first introduced to Dragon Ball Z. I have always wanted to start a blog but was afraid that I would never be able to update it as often as I wanted to. Anyway here are some basic things you should know about me

My Favorite cartoons (American) The Simpsons, Batman the animated series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Transformers Armada, Sonic Sat AM. Ed, Edd, And Eddy. Dexters Lab, Power Puff Girls, Megus XLR, basically anything from Cartoonetwork 1998-2004. Hey Arnold, Rug rats, Cat Dog. Rocket power, Southpark, Family Guy, Cubix Robots for everyone, Jakie Chan Adventures

My Favorite cartoons (Japanese Anime) Toonami, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Evangelion, Dragon Ball Z, Elfen Lied, Clannad, Mezzo DSA, Nightwalker the midnight detective, Fist Of The North Star, Berserk, Pokemon (First 3 seasons) Digimon (First two Seasons) Ruroni Kenshin Episodes 1-65 (Everything after that was just filler) Yu Yu Hakusho, Yugioh, Sonic x (Japanese Dub Only) Naruto ( Not Shipudden it completely destroyed everything that the first series established).

Favorite books. Star Wars, Lord of the flies, The New Police Man, Maze Runner ( Soon to be a Feature Film) Goosebumps (Series) Ender's game.

Favorite Films (Not Animated): Star Wars, Terminator 2, Dead Poet Society, Jurassic Park, The Goonies, Back to the future 1, and 2, Indiana Jones trilogy, Good Will Hunting, The Wolverine, 300, Skyfall, Casino Royale, Goldeneye, A view to a kill, Tomorrow never dies, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, The world is not enough. Die Hard 1-4

Favorite animated Films: Akira, Children who Chase lost voices from deep below, End of Evangelion, Buddha The Great Departure, The Evangelion Rebuilds (Not 3.0 that movie sucked) Berserk the golden age ark films. Toy Story trilogy, How to train your dragon, transformers (1986) The Hunchback of Notrodome, Disney's Aladdin.

Favorite Manga: Detective Conan/Case closed, Evangelion, Evangelion Shinji Ikari Raising Project, Berserk, Ruroni Kenshin, Fist of the north star, Dragon ball Z, Change Guy, Change 123, Elfen Lied, Akira, and Yugioh.

Favorite Shows: Breaking Bad, Law and Order SUV, The Twilight zone, New Amsterdam, The new outer limits, 24, The angry video game nerd Web series.

Favorite games: Sonic 3 And knuckles, Sonic adventure, Bioshock infinite, Rayman 2 the great escape, Super Mario 64, Mario galaxy 1 and 2, Mario kart 64, Metal gear solid series, Golden sun 1, and 2, Skies of Arcadia, Dark souls, Resident evil 4, uncharted 2, The last of us, Max Payne 1, 2, and 3, Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, GTA 4. Call Of Duty 4, Zelda Majora's, mask, Super Smash Brothers (Series) Metroid prime 3, Super Metroid, Mega Man 2, Ecco The dolphin, Soul Calibur, Tech Romancer, God of war Series, Castlevania (The good ones) Killzone 3, Halo 2, Amnesia the dark descent, Age of Empire2, gone home, FTL, X-com enemy unknown. Singularity, Star Wars Jedi Knight 3 Jedi Academy,

Well, that's the basic just of me, I do hope to write journal entries more often.