Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Zelda: Breath of the Wild
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Parent Approved Hero

9.0/10

Appropriate Combat

9.0/10

Constructive Language

9.0/10

Spiritually Sound

7.0/10

Family Safe

8.0/10

Safe for Time and Money

5.0/10

Positive Messages

9.0/10

Positive

  • Incredible Story
  • Beautiful artwork
  • Fun gameplay for wide age range
  • Great continuation of a series

Concern

  • Long game play (42+ hours)
  • Downloadable content ($20)
  • Highly engaging story can make it hard to stop
  • Nintendo Switch makes it accessible anywhere (hard to leave it)
  • Some mild mature themes

Zelda: An Epic Adventure

Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BotW) is a massive open-world action-adventure game that puts you in control of a daring hero (Link) who sets out to save the world from certain destruction.

The Zelda franchise has been active since 1986 and is known for:

  • Epic adventures: Free roaming fun
  • Creative challenges: Lots of puzzles, use of tools and problem solving
  • Engaging their audience: You feel like you are part of the story

It’s not every day you sell 86 million of your game.

A Classic Adventure

Zelda BoTW starts much like it’s predecessor 30 years ago: Link is on a daring quest to save princess Zelda.

The player starts with humble beginnings. Then begins a series of increasingly audacious quests building up skills, weapons and hearts (your life bar) in order to overcome evil and save the day.

Along the way you meet dangers, puzzles, an assortment of awesome tools (hook-shot, bombs, the master sword) and a variety of baddies.

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Zelda on the original Nintendo defined Action-Adventure games.
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The Legend of Zelda (Super Nintendo) established the franchise for years to come. Don’t even get me started on those angry chickens!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Focus on Freedom

Many games require you to finish one task before you can move on. Breath of the Wild prides itself on allowing you to do basically anything you want. You awake from a 100 year slumber and are given a:

  • slate (basically an iPad)
  • brief introduction 
  • prompt kick sending you into the unknown wiles of the Kingdom of Hyrule.

To get a feel for just how expansive this adventure is, check out the trailer:

Zelda: A Parent’s Dream Game

For parents of gamers, Zelda hits the sweet spot:

  • Zelda is loaded with adventure and exploration
  • No gore – all violence is cartoonish
  • Varied lengths of play time
  • Story is the focus rather than simply killing
  • Graphics engage and accentuate the tale. They aren’t the reason to play

Areas of Concern: Informed Switch-ing

The Nintendo Switch brings out some of the best and worst aspects of gaming. The Switch is:

  • Portable
  • Includes popular game series
  • Social: the focus is back on playing in groups
  • Accessible to a wide age range

All of those are great, and they come with special challenges. Be sure to be aware of the signs of unhealthy technology use. These signs are the technology version of a fever. The fever itself isn’t the problem. It tells us that something is wrong. When we see warning signs of unhealthy tech use, we take action as loving parents to support our child.

An Adventure Worth Taking

Zelda: Breath of the Wild hearkens back to what video games were created for – that sense of wonder and adventure that is larger than life. Yet it perfectly connects back to those parts of this world we understand:

  • A broken reality that needs a hero
  • Monsters and obstacles that block our way in life
  • Team work and determination are critical for success

To see why Zelda: Breath of the Wild scored the way it did, read the Zelda: Breath of the Wild Grade Breakdown.