‘Breath of the Wild’ – A Zelda Newbie’s Perspective

I have only ever played one Zelda game to completion and that was Twilight Princess on Wii. The general consensus for Twilight Princess is that it’s not great, and I can’t really remember it so I’m inclined to agree with the internet on this one. I have tried my hand at Orcarina of Time on 3DS and gave up quite quickly. I felt Zelda wasn’t for me and put it in a category of games I should probably play but probably won’t, despite knowing it is one of the most acclaimed franchises of all time.

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After all the hype surrounding Breath of the Wild and currently not having anything to play I decided I’d give Zelda one more chance. Unsurprisingly, I gave up early on when I had to find and complete 3 trials which required me to trudge through snowy peaks whilst maintaining a heat source so I didn’t lose health. I kept dying and was getting fed up very quickly. A couple of nights later I decided to dock the Switch and play it through the TV , giving the game one final chance before I would replace it with Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze.
Everything changed.
Suddenly the game seemed a lot more approachable and a few hours later I had tamed my first horse and found my first Korok seed! I could suddenly appreciate the full artistry of the game as I constantly annoyed my girlfriend to look at the beautiful scenery. I hope Nintendo never stray from their unique style and leave the realistic looking games to Sony & Microsoft.

There is a very real struggle at the beginning as the game drops you into this huge landscape with little instruction and a huge learning curve. This could easily put unsuspecting players like myself off who are new to the franchise but I’m glad I pushed through and I’m now excited to continue my journey through Hyrule.

– Ciarán Hayward

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