The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild (Nintendo)
On November the 21st 1998, I walked to my local Currys to pick up what I would later consider to be my favourite video video game of all time – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time. My only previous experience with Nintendo’s iconic Hylian was in the Super Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda: a link to the past. Ocarina of Time (OoT), however was Link’s first foray into the world of 3D. OoT was a masterpiece; a living breathing world, full of spendour and wonderment. The ominous presence of Ganon loomed large, the whimsical inhabitants, brought to life, not by voice actors but by sounds and eccentric animations. The OoT is a masterpiece, THE bona fide classic in Nintendo’s treasure trove of bona fide classics.
Having ‘gone dark’ on any coverage of Links latest adventure The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild, my anticipation for the title was luke warm. I had seen the initial trailer, but little else and with rumours that the WiiU version of the game would be overshadowed by it’s Switch release, although I had the game on pre-order, I very nearly cancelled my purchase. The game arrived on release day and, upon launching the game, I started to feel like it was once again, 1998. That sensation when you know you are experiencing something really special doesn’t come around that often, but when it does, it brings a level of joy no other medium can really convey. I had that same feeling in ’98 and, almost 20 years later, unbelievably, it was happening again. I haven’t progressed very far into Breath of the wild, but I have played for nearly 10 hours, traversed hundreds of miles, discovered countless vistas, terrains and varying weather conditions. I have made a fire, created a spicy glazed steak supper, trained 2 horses, paraglided off of (what I thought at the time to be) the highest mountain and dived into a lake from 20ft. All to the backdrop of such beatiful art direction and minimal instrumentation. You really savour every moment in the Breath of the wild – It’s an experience like no other.