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Why The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a Bucket List Game


The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.


I have always been a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda series, but for some reason, I originally was not that excited to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Perhaps it is because I only completed one 3D Zelda game (that being the Wind Waker) along with my undying love for the 2D entries. But as the game’s launch approached, my desire changed from apathetic to desire-filled. Having played it for over one hundred hours, I can say with confidence that not only is Breath of the Wild a bucket list game but it is now one of my favorite Zelda games. It is very, very, good.

ZELDA FEVER RISES-

But before we move on, let us go back in time to the week before the Nintendo Switch (Nintendo’s hybrid console, handheld device) launched. My spouse ordered a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild expecting to receive it the same day as the console itself. But to both of our surprise, a shiny new copy of the latest Zelda adventure showed up on her doorstep seven full days before we even had the console to play it on. I ogled the cover and held the new Switch cartridge in my hand for the first time with glee before placing it on a coffee table careful not to scratch or scuff the exterior. There it would remain atop the table, next to tons of paper work and puzzle books, for the next week. Wanting to be played.

At this point, my spouse and I really wanted to play it. My Zelda enthusiasm was at full force now that we had the game in our possession. A friend gave me her copy of Game Informer magazine that had Breath of the Wild as a cover story. I offered to look at it with my spouse but she declined, not wanting to spoil or ruin the experience which I thought was a good idea as well. The next seven days could have been slow, waiting for the Switch console to launch, but real life events surely made the time fly by. Real life events that will forever be intertwined with my memories of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

THE DIAGNOSIS OF ADVENTURE-

A month before the game released, my spouse was diagnosed with cancer. Our days were filled with appointments, rehabilitation, taking medicine every few hours, cooking healthy foods, and sleep. Time passed very fast. By the time Zelda released and we finally had the Nintendo Switch in on hands, my spouse was ready to delve into a giant adventure to take her mind off of matters. And I was, too.

I will never forget the first moments of the game, waking up as the main character—Link—inside a darkened cave only to step outside into a vast world of green with mountains and structures as far as the eye could see. It was the start of an adventure that would take two months to complete with over one hundred hours (and counting) of play time. And that is without collecting all there is to collect and completing all of the puzzle rooms called Shrines.

So if my spouse and I spent so much time playing the game without completing everything, what were we doing? Adventuring! This world is huge and allows the traversal through water, up mountains, through vast plains, into enemy lairs, across deserts and much more. If we were not running from a huge mini-boss or the many Bokoblins throughout the lands, we were cooking food we could use to heal us later. Or perhaps we were completing a side quest and helping the man from Kakariko Village collect his chickens. We stopped to help those in need and adventured to everything we saw far off in the distance.

IF YOU CAN SEE IT, YOU CAN EXPLORE IT-

Is that an aircraft in the shape of a bird? We have to get there. Is that something climbing on the volcano? We have to visit it. What is that shining light coming from the mountain in the distance? Let us find out. This game is full of exploration; furthermore, the detail crafted into the anime inspired graphical presentation (along with the minimalistic sound design) only made the exploration more enjoyable to watch, hear, and experience.

The experiences did not end there and the game allowed us the freedom to tackle the open game world any way we saw fit. We decided to explore the world of Hyrule, opening up the map by visiting grand towers that loomed in the distance. Afterwards, and dozens of hours later, we explored the beautiful painting-esque world for specific locations the game asked us to find. And finally, we decided to complete the four main quests in the game before tackling the final boss. Of course, we found treasure chests, hidden secrets, and chased after many shooting stars along the way. But our adventure was distinctly ours and we will always remember it.

YOUR NEWEST BUCKET LIST GAME-

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was not a game I was anticipating. But it was a game I, and my spouse, needed in a tough time in our life. It is a grandiose experience worth spending hundreds of hours exploring. And I cannot wait to explore hundreds of hours more in the world of Hyrule, a Bucket List game for sure. Actually . . . I think I will play some more right now.

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