Is Zelda: Breath of the Wild a Perfect Game?
by 👨💻 Graham Pierrepoint
There is plenty riding on Nintendo lately – with many territories expecting to start playing their new console, the Switch, this month, it’s hardly surprising that the Japanese firm have really played their A-game when it comes to producing big name titles for the platform. The Wii U console was underwhelming for many and, while the Switch has barely landed, reviews are already looking positive. The console, which boasts a revolutionary tablet to allow you to take console games outside of the home, caused some controversy over pricing when it emerged that it would be sold without a game bundled – however, it appears that the most attractive game on the starting block seems to be a winner like Nintendo has never seen before.
The Legend of Zelda series has been a huge crowd-pleaser for Nintendo for around thirty years, and while many instalments were better received than others, few came to appreciate the same critical and player reception that 1998’s Ocarina of Time garnered. There hasn’t been a new Zelda title for home consoles since the Wii’s Skyward Sword, which, while well-received, arguably still lived in the shadow of Ocarina. If early Metacritic scores are anything to go by, it would seem that the latest instalment, Breath of the Wild, is not only on par with Ocarina of Time, but downright challenges the game for its throne as the pinnacle of Nintendo adventure gaming.
It is notoriously difficult for movies and games to gain scores on Metacritic which weigh in at 90 or above – this is because all ratings are based on individual reviews and are tightly measured on sliding scales of favorability – however, with 56 scores currently in the website’s ranking at the time of writing, the new Zelda title has earned an astonishing score of 98 out of 100. This, as Metacritic states, is almost unanimous critical acclaim – an incredible achievement for Nintendo, who have struggled to regain the trust of the wider consumer market following the fall of the Wii U.
According to critics, the new Zelda title ‘revolutionizes’ the series, opening up the once linear adventures of Link into a never-before-seen open world discovery engine, allowing the plucky swordsman to explore the vast lands of Hyrule like never before. Trailers and hands-on-plays, too, inspire many to discover what is lining up to be an incredible first title for the Switch. It bodes well for the console, which is set to see new instalments in the Mario and Splatoon franchises as well as revamps to both Mario Kart 8 and Street Fighter II.
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