Breath of the Wild

Whether Skyward Bound, Adrift In Time
Or Stepped In The Glowing Embers Of Twilight,
The Sacred Blade Is Forever Bound To The Soul Of The Hero.

– Princess Zelda Bosphoramus Of Hyrule

I’ll be upfront about one thing: I Am A Huge Zelda Fan!

I’m not ashamed to admit it, nor will I ever be. Twenty, thirty, even forty years from now, I think this is one game I will always play. The ‘Legend of Zelda’ holds a very special place in my heart and I am very fortunate to be playing ‘Breath of the Wild,’ which is unlike any other Zelda game I have ever played. It is, simply put, a force to be reckoned with!

The game doesn’t go the same route the others before it has gone. Yes, we still play Link throughout the game. Yes, we’re still saving Princess Zelda. However, unlike the previous games, the story isn’t about Link. It’s about Zelda. It’s about her memories, her growth as a character (through said memories) and her struggles to become the woman Hyrule needed (and still needs) her to be. It’s about Zelda. It’s also about Link and his issues with his memories…but I’ll say that for a different conversation.

I’m not sure how many of you play ‘Zelda.’ All I know is that I’m a huge fan, I love the games and I am so into ‘Breath of the Wild.’ I’m writing a post about it, aren’t I? However, no matter how much I love the game…there are some issues I have with it. Those issues are overwhelmed by the good things, but they’re still there.

For instance, the scenery in the game is breathtaking. I could turn on my Wii U and just trot around the wilderness for an hour or two. No fighting, no guests…just walking through the woods or plains that make up Hyrule. There are ecosystems, places to explore, weather, varying temperatures; all of these things make the game shine (as does the voice acting, all save for {no surprise} Link) and draws the player deeper.

Another bonus is buying, and furnishing, a house. I think the developer may have gotten this from ‘Elder Scrolls: Skyrim,’ but I’m not entirely sure. It certainly reminded me of the ‘Elder Scrolls,’ that’s for sure. The downside, however, is this: you have to furnish the house one item at a time. It’s frustrating when you have all the money but have to do it one at a time with the same, annoying ‘hyaaaaaaa’ of the construction workers doing their thing.

Another thing, there is no Epona in the game. You can get an emoji for her. But she’s not naturally in the game. Zelda’s horse is, though. So is Ganon’s horse. But no Epona. I can’t help but question the sense in that move. Why have the other two in the game but not put Epona in there? Did the developers just forget about the iconic steed Link has had for a very long time? She’s in every game, save a few.

Foraging is awesome, too. Weapons breaking, not so much. Perhaps the next time around they should add a way to maintain said weapons so they don’t break (minus the ones that are rusted, made of wood or aren’t maintained) in the middle of an important battle. I was playing against one of the bosses in the game, my sword broke…and I died a very gruesome, painful death. And Link can die a lot of different ways, in ‘Breath of the Wild.’

However, I think one thing that could have been added is giving players an option to have a partner on his journey. There was Navi and Fi, and Minda, from the other games. They provided some interactions, though Minda, from ‘Twilight Princess,’ was my favorite. Tetra, in ‘Windwaker,’ was another companion who Link was able to interact with from time-to-time.

It would have been nice if, while playing the game, Link could band together with other hylians to do a quest or overtake a stronghold instead of having to go solo the entire game. Or ever if, in the main villages where some of the big bosses reside, having a companion during those trials. There’s this huge world to play around in. The history behind said world is learned through the NPCs, so it would have been a nice touch if Link could befriend these characters and learn more about the world he finds himself in instead of, ya know, being alone the entire game…as per usual.

Frankly, I think the above might be why FanFiction exists in the first place. I’m not sure about all of you, but I think each person has some idea of what they’d like to add to their favorite games (like marriage dialogue changing in ‘Elder Scrolls: Skyrim,’) so they can fully be in the game. ‘Breath of the Wild’ is a beautiful game, with an amazing storyline, and I’ll love it forever, but these are just my thoughts.

How about all of you? Are there any movies or books or games you like where you had that thought that ‘if this happened instead of this, things would have been very interesting’? I’m a gamer, but I like movies and books to. I’d like to hear all of your thoughts on this. The only way to know is through sharing, as I have been told.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. daisymae2017 says:

    I’ve heard of Zelda but that’s as familiar as it gets for me. I read mysteries, suspense and some other books. It’s funny as a child I loved the Hardy Boy And Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Wizard Of Oz and other books.

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    1. 93bnmill says:

      I’ve been playing Zelda for a very long time. I read a bit of Nancy Drew as a child, but I was largely a gamer. I’m glad you liked the post, regardless of not knowing much about Zelda.

      Have a good day!

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