Big time Zelda fan (big Hylian tattoo on my shoulder if its any indication), I experienced something I haven't in a very long time in a game. A sense of wonder, and adventure. Never did I feel like time was "wasted" while wandering around, I was rewarded in some way by either some wonderful hand crafted landscape features, or by finding the near endless hidden treasures. The game is massive in scope, and a grand adventure. I felt the ending and fight leading to it was a little underwhelming, but it was most definitely about the journey.
If you have any interest in adventuring, this game is most definitely for you.
The whole reason I bought a Switch was for this game. I was on the fence about purchasing a Nintendo Switch at all.; after playing Breath of the Wild on my friend's console, my mind was made up. I purchased a Switch with peripherals and a couple of games (including BOTW). I have had my new console for several months and have yet to play any game other than Breath of the Wild. The music, graphics, and game-play have kept me enthralled for months. You can definitely complete BOTW in linear fashion but the rewards from deviating from the main quests are endless. I think I played 10 hours of sheer exploration (intro aside) before remotely getting to the main story line. Would definitely recommend.
Probably one of the best zleda game I've ever played. There's so many secrets, references, exploration. It really feels like I was playing the original, open-world/non-,linear Zelda. I'm not even 20 hrs into the game and I could sink at least 80 hrs more.
The title basically sums it all. There’s no reason to get a switch without this game.
The game is amazing, especially on a possible handheld device. One thing to note though is that you should take your time and play it. I made the mistake for rushing to the ending, not being able to fully enjoy the random encounters and all the puzzles.
Fun game, you'll be playing it long after you beat it.
There are only very minor gripes.
The first is that "shrines", one of the biggest gameplay elements, often look similar and somewhat disconnected from the rest of the game. Compared to classic dungeons, it can feel like quantity over quality.
The second is load times and some annoying cutscenes. The cutscenes are skippable, but in a game where you might see the same cutscene several dozen times when opening doors or waiting for a drop of goo to slowly fall - you start wishing it would hustle a bit without you needing to explicitly hit skip. On the load times it's a bit unavoidable, but Nintendo has historically taken steps to hide load screens in many cases. I kind of wondered why - when there's a 20-second cutscene of link steeping in and out of an elevator - they didn't hide the load screen in there.
That being said - those are the worst gripes I could muster. This game is a gem where so many things are possible you can't help but explore long after you've beaten it or start again to do things differently.
Amazing game! It is a contender for best Zelda game yet! I had already completed it on the WiiU but after purchasing a Switch, it was a must-buy again. Well worth it just to be able to make it portable. It's easy enough to play on the small screen but even more beautiful when docked and playing on the big screen. Expansive gameplay, and while some of the puzzles can seem relatively simple, others are dynamic and can be solved several ways and require some thought. I'm 100 hours in and still haven't gone to finish the end boss. The DLC expansions will guarantee extended replay and even after playing it through a few times, I still find the rush of coming out into the wide world off of the plateau one of the most magical gaming experiences I've had since the 8 and 16 bit days.
I love Zelda because of the Legend of Zelda on SNES and on GameBoy. However, I haven't played any other Zelda since then. However, this version cap my attention and I'm very pleased with the game. It's also awesome to be able to play on TV or handheld on the toilet like old times with my GameBoy ;)