I’ve played Zelda in its various incarnations for years, since Nintendo 64, always playing 100% through the games. So it wasn’t a surprise to me that I loved this game, with a few caveats. Want the details? Read on…
The gameplay was awesome: For me, that means there’s enough of a challenge defeating enemies, accomplishing quests, and finding stuff that I’m invested but not overwhelmed. The learning curve was realistic for me. Keep in mind that I’m a 50-year-old woman who’s been gaming for 15 years, and take that for what it is. It also means that there are still things that could challenge me a year or two into playing the game, which there are. I have yet to complete all the Master Sword trials.
The world was rich and big, and the graphics were good for the kind of game that it is. It’s what you’d expect for a Zelda game, not Horizon Zero Dawn beautiful or varied, but still diverse and interesting.
Plenty of Collectibles and Side Quests
There were definitely PLENTY of collectibles and side quests. One could even say that there might have been too many collectibles in this game. To wit: the only thing that keeps me from giving Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a full and resounding 5 stars is the fact that, even after collecting all the korok seeds, defeating all the divine beasts, going to all the locations, and finding all the shrines, I still only had a 99.91% completion rate. For a completionist like me, that really bugs! And that was even after watching countless videos, reading countless walkthroughs, reading the Complete Official Guide Expanded Edition, and chatting #spoilers in one of the Zelda servers on Discord.
It took me a year and a half to get to that 99.91% (what with my full-time job, family, and sidegig blog/influencer business), but I enjoyed the playing, even if it didn’t end with 100%. It’d be nice to get that last .09%, but I don’t see how I can at this point. I don’t recommend getting the DLCs, unless you love Breath of the Wild so much that you can’t stop playing it. After finding all 900 korok seeds, I was a bit done-in, and doing the extra quests to get the extra items seemed pointless to me.
Would Be Stronger With a Better Storyline
I would’ve liked more of a storyline. While there definitely was more fleshing out of Princess Zelda’s and Link’s relationship, I think the game would’ve been stronger if that would’ve been fleshed out even more, even if only in quests designed for us “older” players who are a little tired of the same old backstory.
I recommend getting the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Complete Official Guide Expanded Edition if you’re going for 100%, in addition to the many great walkthroughs on GameFAQS (I recommend the one by @sokkus, especially).
What’s the Deal?
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t find you some kind of deal, and I found an AWESOME one for you! After searching a ton of different sites, and finding it listed for $60 – $70 everywhere, I found a way you can get a used copy for $21.56 through NewEgg.com! You’re welcome.