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Savoring The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

So no doubt every gamer on the planet was playing Zelda for the past month since it came out. I had decided to delay my playing until I was able to secure a Nintendo Switch System. It’s sad that in 2017, a gamer who wants to play the newest system can’t get his or her hands on one unless they pay out of their ass for one on eBay. Seems like everyone and their grandmothers are scalping these days. Buy stuff at MSRP and sell it for profit! Who needs real jobs? I then decided to stick it out with the Wii U and play Zelda on that until I can get a Switch.

Not really surprised, Nintendo Switches are continuing to sell out and the only place available seems to be eBay. I was finally able to get an order in through Amazon when they had a small restock of Grey Switches. At the time, I was already a couple of hours into BotW on the Wii U, the transition to Switch was seamless. The different is so minute I wasn’t sure if it’s a good thing. This means the Switch is not a huge step up in terms of power compared to the Wii U. In any case, this does not take away from how breathtaking the new Zelda game is.

My favorite Zelda game is Ocarina of Time. I think it has storyline, music and gameplay in perfect harmony. I remember many fond memories of OOT, though I can’t say the same about the Nintendo 64. The N64 hasn’t aged well at all, where as other systems(with the help of upscalers) look surprisingly good even today, the N64 is still a blurry mess, except back in the day, alot of forgiven and Zelda: OOT was loved by all. Thankfully, OOT is available in many other forms such as the wonderful 3DS version(the 3D effects are surprisingly good and relevant) and the GameCube’s Zelda Collector’s Edition. Breath of the Wild also invoked that sense of wonder the first time I played it. The world is huge and so far I’ve only seen just a fraction of what’s out there. One of the biggest elements of the game is gathering of loot and cooking the materials into food and elixirs, which is fun and exciting to see what you can cook up with. Combat mostly stayed the same from the other Zelda games, actually, I believe the controls are exactly the same as OOT. The music so far is pretty unmemorable. The different abilities the Sheikah slate grants you are pretty interesting so far and the ability to hunt and mount animals is always fun. The funnest thing would have to be the Hang Glider. Climb to the highest part of the land and just soar and glide, just take in the view!

Overall, I am very impressed with Breath of the Wild so far and can’t wait to see what else the game has stored!

 

 

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