Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Last updated date: August 1, 2019

DWYM Score
9.6


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In our analysis of 29 expert reviews, the Nintendo Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild placed 2nd when we looked at the top 2 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.5
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.8
17,217 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The untamed, post-apocalyptic, techno-fantasy land of Hyrule is the main character in Breath of the Wild. Not only is it vast, beautiful, and filled with a diverse set of locations from grassy fields to craggy alpine mountains, but it follows surprisingly realistic rules that let you pull off solutions so intuitive that you might be surprised they actually work.
- IGN
March 3, 2017 | Full review
The graphics are gorgeous and the world is intricately designed so it never ceases to be interesting.
- BestReviews
Not only is Breath of the Wild’s map large; it’s also dense. I was constantly discovering new places and puzzles, both elaborate and diminutive. One of my favorite additions to the game is the shrines — glowing caverns scattered liberally across the map.
- The Verge
March 2, 2017 | Full review
A vast and epic world, visually breathtaking, complete freedom, surprisingly deep story
- Wired UK
May 2, 2017 | Full review
There are hundreds of objects all across the world that you can harvest and collect, from apples to snails to precious minerals. Find a fire and you can combine these objects, cooking them to make valuable food and potions.
- Kotaku
March 2, 2017 | Full review
He can find and climb towers to mark new areas on the map and travel at speed between them. He can break in wild horses and ride them, collect foodstuffs and cook them, collect new weapons and kill new things with them.
- The Guardian
March 2, 2017 | Full review
Climbing is Breath of the Wild’s secret weapon. Scrambling up surfaces makes you intensely aware of the world above you and invites designers to hide secrets in the weirdest places.
- Games Radar
This is also the largest Hyrule Nintendo has ever created, in both breadth and depth. Having a simply massive open world wouldn’t mean much if there wasn’t so much to do within it, but there’s tons.
- Trusted Reviews
April 7, 2017 | Full review
Everything about this game – the aesthetic, the music, the exploration, the combat, the puzzles – comes together in a way that elevates Breath of the Wild above not only every other game in its genre, but above most video games in general.
- Slash Gear
Link’s attacks — and many of his other moves — are also limited by the stamina meter, so you can’t just hack and slash your way to victory. Even seemingly benign fights can quickly get very intense.
- Digital Trends
What experts didn't like
There’s a wide variety of them and a majority are excellent little puzzles to figure out, but a few of the combat-focused challenges are repeated and another handful use motion controls that just don’t feel quite as sharp enough due to wonky physics.
- IGN
March 3, 2017 | Full review
Princess Zelda's voice actress isn't the best
- BestReviews
This lack of direction can be disorienting at first. I played Breath of the Wild immediately after finishing another huge role-playing game, Horizon Zero Dawn, and it was a jarring transition
- The Verge
March 2, 2017 | Full review
Difficulty spikes can be offputting, climbing in rain frustrating, no recipe book for cooking
- Wired UK
May 2, 2017 | Full review
Here is a complaint about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The “sprint” button is mapped by default to X. You can swap it to B, but either way this poses a problem: To run and move the camera at the same time, you need to put your right hand into “claw” position, which is neither comfortable nor sustainable.
- Kotaku
March 2, 2017 | Full review
The downside is pairing that approach with an extremely limited inventory space, and the rapid desire to keep a few types of weapon on hand for specific uses (a metal blade for making sparks to light fires, for instance, and an icy weapon for killing fiery enemies), can quickly feel cramped.
- The Guardian
March 2, 2017 | Full review
Diligent exploration uncovers Shrines, containing a room or two of dungeon puzzling that didn’t find a home elsewhere. On that note, while some may feel the ‘proper’ dungeon count a little low, and their size a little small, the many dozens (possibly hundreds) of Shrines make this the most puzzle-stuffed Zelda yet. Your brain certainly doesn’t come out the other side feeling undernourished.
- Games Radar
One is the somewhat hammy voice acting, though it’s only used in cut scenes so doesn’t impact the game too much. It’s the first time a Zelda game has had voice acting in it, and I think Nintendo’s inexperience with this shows.
- Trusted Reviews
April 7, 2017 | Full review
The biggest problem I encountered throughout the game were occasional frame drops. These tend to happen when you’re in an area with a lot of action on screen, such as a forest with a lot of foliage.
- Slash Gear
Confusing at times
- Digital Trends

From The Manufacturer

Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Now on the Nintendo Switch console, your journey is freer and more open than ever. Take your system anywhere, and adventure as Link any way you like. Discover a world as never before seen: by making your own path, choices, and consequences Ingenuity is the key to survival: find multiple solutions to tons of dynamic puzzles Surprises hide around every corner: scavenge weapons, armor, plants, animals, and mor Live off the land: find weapons and armor, cook food, and brew elixirs Utilize special technology: the in-game Sheikah Slate controls objects and enemies in fun way Gear up: many weapons and armor have unique stats, resistances, effects, and durability Shrines offer hundreds of clever challenges even veterans won’t see coming Compatible amiibo include the Wolf Link amiibo figure, figures from the Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary amiibo series, and figures from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo series. Each one will offer Link in-game items that may just come in handy.

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