E3 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks well worth the wait0 Comments
We've been waiting so long to finally catch a real glimpse at the next entry in the hallowed Legend of Zelda series. The news that it had been delayed time and time again to release alongside the Nintendo NX was no doubt disappointing for many, but it seems that Nintendo made the most of that extra time. Today, when the Nintendo Treehouse took off, the first thing we got to see was the glorious and gorgeous new title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
You can check out the gameplay trailer above, and they've shown so much more since. So many Zelda conventions have gone out the window to create an experience that still looks and feels like the franchise you love, but moving in an all new direction. Breath of the Wild stars a Link who wakes from some strange machine in a place called "The Hall of Resurrection" by the voice of a mysterious woman. He immediately finds a device called a Shiekah Slate which serves as his main gadget for the game.
Machines aren't the only interesting new addition this time, as Link will now be gathering gear. RPG-style loot mechanics are now a thing for Legend of Zelda, allowing you to customize the look of Link with stat-increasing clothes and weapons. You won't just run around with a sword, you can find axes, clubs, and more. You can beat up a moblin by breaking your old stick on his head, and then pick up his club and that's now just your weapon until it also breaks.
We're only shown a small portion of the overall world, but they do zoom out a bit on the world map to give us a taste and it looks enormous. Another awesome addition is that you won't just be running around or riding your horse, as Link can now climb practically anything. There's also a sneaking mechanic — complete with a gauge showing how much sound you're making — as well as a temperature mechanic, which will require you to dress appropriately for different environments. Also, hearts will no longer drop from grass, as you'll now heal from eating food. You can even cook the food to create better food with special effects.
All in all, this was an absolutely amazing reveal. The game looks phenomenal, and it's made it that much harder to wait for the full release next year. In addition to the gameplay video embedded above, you can check out more over on Nintendo's YouTube channel.