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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:17:02
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It’s finally here!!! The most amazing looking, unique, formula breaking zelda game ever is almost here.

reviews hit at 6am. I honestly expect some of the highest scores in history. It seems like this will be an all time classic.

Personally this is either the greatest game I have ever played in my life or it’s a disappointment, that’s the expectation level I have.

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:07:58
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Dvader said:

Personally this is either the greatest game I have ever played in my life or it’s a disappointment, that’s the expectation level I have.

Well then, bets are on!  How will Vader feel about BotW?

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Personally, I'd say disappointment is more likely, since it's Vader, so he's too hyped for this.  Then again, this IS vader, who'se love for all things Zelda is uparallelled.  I'd lean towards him declaring it GOAT.

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:00:13
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I'm pretty excited for this myself. Like I said, waiting for Zelda is really difficult during the last week.  I'm picking my copy up from Gamestop, which is unfortunate since they won't open until 10am.  I've looked into switching for a digital copy but from what I can find, it won't download until 3 am est time.  Btw, reviews come out in an hour!

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I can't tell you how excited I am to see Nintendo break away from the stale Zelda formula. The freedom I've seen to go anywhere is just staggering.  I can't wait to explore.

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:06:13
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It's happening!  

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Yeah, these last few days have been tough for me too.  Worst part is I'm leaving for a skiing holliday saturday morning, meaning that unless I want to drive for 8 hours depraved of sleep, I probably won't be able to get any decent amount of game time in untill saturday evening.  Sad

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Dvader said:

Personally this is either the greatest game I have ever played in my life or it’s a disappointment, that’s the expectation level I have.

I'm struggling to remember games you didn't find a disappointment lately.

MGSV, UC4, FFXV?

Anything else?

RE7?

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:30:29

Someone at Gaf recommends a great OT title: The Legend of Zelda: Breath |OT| Wild

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Written Reviews

  • IGN | 10/10

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a masterclass in open-world design and a watershed game that reinvents a 30-year-old franchise. It presents a wonderful sandbox full of mystery, dangling dozens upon dozens of tantalizing things in front of you that just beg to be explored. I’ve had so many adventures in Breath of the Wild, and each one has a unique story behind what led me to them, making them stories on top of stories. And even after I’ve spent more than 50 hours searching the far reaches of Hyrule, I still manage to come across things I haven’t seen before. I’ll easily spend 50 to 100 more trying to track down its fascinating moments.

  • Eurogamer - Essential

    All that has been either swept aside or remade from first principles. It's hard to overstate the courage and conviction with which producer Eiji Aonuma, director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and their team have rewritten their own work, and the size of the risk Nintendo has taken with a beloved property. Breath of the Wild isn't just the most radical departure from the Zelda tradition in its 30-year history, it's the first Nintendo game that feels like it was made in a world where Half-Life 2, Halo, Grand Theft Auto 3 and Skyrim happened. It's inspired by those greats and others, but it doesn't ape them any more than it rests on its own laurels. And if we're talking inspirations, we have to recognise one game above all others, an uncompromising adventure from 1986 that dared to take gaming off the rails, that put a whole world beyond the TV screen and invited the player to explore it: the original Legend of Zelda.

  • GameSpot | 10/10

    No matter how gorgeous its environments are, how clever its enemies are, and how tricky its puzzles get, the fact that Breath of the Wild continues to surprise you with newfound rules and possibilities after dozens of hours is by far its most valuable quality. It's a game that allows you to feel gradually more and more empowered yet simultaneously manages to retain a sense of challenge and mystery--which, together, creates a steady, consistent feeling of gratification throughout the entire experience. Breath of the Wild is a defining moment for The Legend of Zelda series, and the most impressive game Nintendo has ever created.

  • GiantBomb | 5/5

    Nintendo may have changed so many long-standing traditions of the Zelda franchise, but the spirit of discovery is as strong as it’s ever been no matter your age. I didn’t think I’d feel the Zelda magic this strongly ever again, but I couldn't be happier to be proven wrong.

  • Press Start | 10/10

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will go down as one of the best launch titles of all time. Yes, technically it’s a Wii U game that was ported over to the Nintendo Switch, but Nintendo made the right decision in holding this game back. It perfectly compliments the Nintendo Switch and highlights why it has the potential to be such a great console. Many have doubted Nintendo’s ability to bring this series into the modern gaming age, but they’ve done that and taken it one step further in creating one of the best open-world action-adventure games ever made.

  • Stevivor | 10/10

    Breath of the Wild is The Legend of Zelda game I didn’t know I always wanted until I starting playing. It’s a disservice to simply label it spectacular, and “must buy” as a Switch launch title is merely a formality. Nintendo promised a lot and left us hanging delay after delay, culminating in a cross-gen switch, but it’s delivered in every sense of the word. Breath of the Wild is the best in a series that’s almost never disappointed.

  • GamesRadar | 5/5

    The series has always had something of a fairytale quality to it - its grand landscapes and worlds suggestive of so much more. The sight of dawn over a shimmering lake. The rolling plains of Hyrule Field stretched out beneath you. It speaks to our imaginations, calling us on to adventure. What a familiar feeling to look across Hyrule Field at Death Mountain, wondering what it would be like to climb it. What a profound thrill to make that journey in its entirety. It has taken 18 years, but Nintendo has done it again: this is the adventure game to beat.

  • Wccftech | 9.8/10

    Minor technical problems aside, this is one of gaming's greatest and most storied series returning with something we've never seen before. Breaking all the conventions of the series, and even a few general gaming conventions, Breath of the Wild is essential for any self-respecting gamer. A new bar has been set in open world gaming.

  • GameCentral for Metro | 10/10

    In Short: The best Zelda there’s ever been, and very possibly the best video game ever made.

  • Destructoid | 10/10

    This isn't your typical boiler plate open world cash grab, rife with to-do lists and busywork. Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an evolution of the formula for both eastern and western philosophies alike, and a new blueprint.

  • Polygon | 10/10

    I guess, in the end, it’s not just that Breath of the Wild signals that Zelda has finally evolved and moved beyond the structure it’s leaned on for so long. It’s that the evolution in question has required Nintendo to finally treat its audience like intelligent people. That newfound respect has led to something big, and different, and exciting. But in an open world full of big changes, Breath of the Wild also almost always feels like a Zelda game — and establishes itself as the first current, vital-feeling Zelda in almost 20 years.

  • God is a Geek | 10/10

    I do not say this lightly: Breath of the Wild is an absolute masterpiece, and may well be the best The Legend of Zelda game ever made. Having grown up playing those first games as a child on a system I remember fondly, it feels extra special to be playing a new Zelda on a new console; that I can’t deny, and there are flaws (it’s not perfect), but otherwise, this is everything I wanted it to be and more. I won’t forget Breath of the Wild for a long time, because it’s a memorable, beautiful, stunner of a game.

  • RPGSite | 10/10

    This is the most special game Nintendo has made in years - especially for the core game playing audience. It's certainly the most important, interesting and exciting Zelda since OoT and LttP. It is a new all-time classic.


    So here we are. How do you deal with a legacy like The Legend of Zelda? Turn it inside out. Borrow from others. Make something mad. And new. And old. And brilliant. I don't know how they did it either - but they did, and it works.

  • The Verge | No score

    This new direction, and shaking up of the age-old formula that has come to define the series, helps Breath of the Wild return to what made Zelda so beloved in the first place. More so than just about any game series, Zelda’s heart lies in exploration, that moment of seeing a towering mountain in the distance and realizing that eventually you’ll be able to reach the top. Breath of the Wild takes this idea, cuts out the fluff, and expands upon it. It pulls ideas from other games, like crafting or survival, yet makes them feel perfectly at home in its beloved universe. It’s exactly the Zelda game I’ve been waiting for.


    Just watch out for lightning.

  • Vooks | 5/5

    Breath of the Wild isn’t just the best Zelda game ever crafted, it’s one of the best games of all time.


    Hand over the crown, Ocarina of Time.

  • Gameblog.fr | 9/10 (French)
  • GameSource.it | 95/100 (Italian)
  • Jeux-Video Live | 18/20 (French)
  • JeuxVideo | 20/20 (French)
  • Multiplayer.it | 9.7/10
  • EDGE | 10/10 (NeoGAF thread - Print magazine review)
  • Famitsu | 40/40 (NeoGAF thread - Print magazine review)
  • GamePro | 94/100 (NeoGAF thread - Print magazine review - German)
  • GamersGlobal | 9.5/10 (German)


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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:49:06

"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a masterclass in open-world design"

LMAO.

I love how they delivered a masterclass in what's basically their first ever open world game.

Also, these reviewers........... it's like every few years they're reminded "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh....... THAT'S why I like playing Nintendo games"

It's like everyone forgets and disregards, shits on Nintendo, then perrennially remembers how great their games can be whenever there's a new Mario, Zelda, or Metroid. And I'm sitting here thinking, really? The consistency of these developers in quality terms is unrivalled in longevity.

Still, I'm not hyped for the BOTW till I play it. I don't want to gather and cook ingredients just to bring my hearts back up.

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:50:56
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Someone at Gaf recommends a great OT title: The Legend of Zelda: Breath |OT| Wild

Too clever. You need to go low brow:

The Legend of Zelda: Fart of the Wind Official Topic

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:14:40

Greatest reviews ever!!! They did it!!! OoT can move over

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I'm struggling to remember games you didn't find a disappointment lately.

MGSV, UC4, FFXV?

Anything else?

RE7?

Yes by nearly everything not because they are bad, no games are fantastic today. But that magic of discovery, of something actually new seems to elusive. I haven't scored a game a 10 since 2008, nothing has impressed me to the level that my favorite games of all time had. I hope this is finally the one.

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:23:48
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"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a masterclass in open-world design"

LMAO.

I love how they delivered a masterclass in what's basically their first ever open world game.

Also, these reviewers........... it's like every few years they're reminded "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh....... THAT'S why I like playing Nintendo games"

It's like everyone forgets and disregards, shits on Nintendo, then perrennially remembers how great their games can be whenever there's a new Mario, Zelda, or Metroid. And I'm sitting here thinking, really? The consistency of these developers in quality terms is unrivalled in longevity.

Still, I'm not hyped for the BOTW till I play it. I don't want to gather and cook ingredients just to bring my hearts back up.

People shit on Nintendo because they do a lot of stupid shit. And in between, they release some badass Mario and Zelda games. Not Metroid anymore.

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:24:19
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Greatest reviews ever!!! They did it!!! OoT can move over

Yes by nearly everything not because they are bad, no games are fantastic today. But that magic of discovery, of something actually new seems to elusive. I haven't scored a game a 10 since 2008, nothing has impressed me to the level that my favorite games of all time had. I hope this is finally the one.

I thought VR was the great hope?

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:52:16
gamingeek said:

I thought VR was the great hope?

It was, it's not ready. The tech is amazing, the games for the most part are just simple things. The day the games on VR are and inteeesting as zelda or horizon then it seems the great hope.

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:08:50
If there isn't one troll review scoring it a 7 I'm going to be very disappointed. That's how you know a game is truly great. If some small site attempts to trash something legendary in order to get visitors, then you know you have something special.
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