The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Hype Thread (HYPE: AAAAE) (HYPE MET!!!!) (97 on Metacritic)

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THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD

  • RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2017 (WW)
  • PLATFORMS: Nintendo Switch, Wii U
  • DEVELOPER: Nintendo EPD, with assistive work by Monolith Soft, Brownie Brown, and more
  • PUBLISHER: Nintendo
  • AWARDS: Most Anticipated Game of 2017, Best of E3 2016, Best of Gamescom 2016

SPECIAL EDITIONS

PLOT AND BACKSTORY

In the past, the many races of Hyrule lived together in harmony, the Sheikah's blue aura providing life to the land, and everyone benefited from the Sheikah's advanced technology. That all ended when a beast that came to be known as Calamity Ganon appeared. The Hero and the Princess attempted to stop the evil, but the Hero ultimately failed. As they helped the Princess see to the Hero's injuries, the Sheikah, as a last resort, awakened an army consisting of four divine beasts and a massive amount of mechanical guardians, that they had created in secret. They managed to seal Calamity Ganon inside Hyrule Castle, but during the battle, the monster's power turned their army against Hyrule, and out of fear, the King of Hyrule and his people banished the Sheikah from the land.

In the present, an amnesiac Link awakens from a deep sleep, as a mysterious female voice guides him to the now ruined kingdom of Hyrule. He meets an old man and learns that Calamity Ganon has been sealed in Hyrule Castle for one hundred years. Although trapped, Calamity Ganon has continued to grow in power, and Link must defeat it before it breaks free and destroys the world.

PREVIEWS

TRAILERS

FOR REFERENCE, HERE IS THE RECEPTION OF SOME PREVIOUS ZELDA GAMES:

  • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST: 95 (Metacritic); 9.3/10 (Gamespot)
  • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME: 99 (Metacritic); 10/10 (Gamespot)
  • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA'S MASK: 96 (Metacritic); 8.3/10 (Gamespot)
  • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER: 96 (Metacritic); 9.3/10 (Gamespot)
  • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS: 95 (Metacritic); 8.8/10 (Gamespot)
  • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD: 93 (Metacritic); 7.5/10 (Gamespot)

REVIEWS

EDGE: 10/10

" The result, for all the longevity of its series and the familiarity of the open world genre, is a game that evokes feelings we haven't felt for 20 years. Not since Ocarina of Time have we set foot in a world that feels so mind-bogglingly vast and unerringly magical, that proves so relentlessly intriguing. Plenty of games promise to let us go anywhere and do anything. Few, if any, ever deliver so irresistibly. 19 years on Ocarina is still held up as the high water mark of gamings best loved and greatest series. Now it may have to settle for second place".

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • [B]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 Stars

    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)
  • 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)

Video Reviews

  • EasyAllies | 4.5 Stars - Excellent
  • GameXplain | No score
  • God is a Geek | 10/10

More to come...

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#2 Edited by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -

AAAA:

  1. charizard1605
  2. ConanTheStoner
  3. trugs26
  4. quatoe
  5. logicallizard07
  6. adsparky
  7. Jshoelace
  8. the_master_race
  9. sailor232
  10. ArchoNils2
  11. Smashed_Pinata
  12. enzyme36
  13. SecretPolice
  14. Bread_Or_Decide
  15. spike6958
  16. sHaDyCuBe321
  17. iambatman7986
  18. HughJankles
  19. Deevoshun
  20. FlyinCloud1116
  21. zassimick
  22. sonic_spark
  23. David719
  24. Elaisse
  25. ProfVannostrand
  26. PikachuDude860
  27. 93BlackHawk93
  28. DJ-Lafleur
  29. YearoftheSnake5
  30. R10nu
  31. hiphops_savior
  32. princeofshapeir
  33. m_machine024
  34. PonchoTaco
  35. ellos
  36. NathanDrakeSwag
  37. Maroxad
  38. TheEroica
  39. mems_1224
  40. KungFuKitten
  41. Life-is-a-Game
  42. DrRollinstein
  43. hatecalledlove
  44. AznbkdX
  45. Big_Pecks
  46. N64DD
  47. verbtex
  48. locopatho
  49. datadyne51
  50. King_Dodongo
  51. madrocketeer
  52. getyeryayasout
  53. mjorh
  54. GarGx1
  55. mirgamer
  56. SushiGlutton
  57. EliminatorPaige
  58. Wasdie
  59. OhSnapitz
  60. pyro1245
  61. Phazevariance

AAA:

  1. Aigis
  2. silversix_
  3. Sgt_Crow
  4. Litchie
  5. HalcyonScarlet
  6. p3anut
  7. LegatoSkyheart
  8. PrincessGomzez92
  9. svaubel
  10. lundy86_4
  11. Phazevariance
  12. Epak_
  13. xantufrog
  14. Sam3231
  15. BobRossPerm
  16. 22Toothpicks
  17. Eklypse
  18. REVOLUTIONfreak
  19. GameboyTroy
  20. MBirdy88
  21. BassMan
  22. khoofia_pika
  23. Giancar
  24. kingjazziephiz
  25. mmmwksil
  26. DaVillain-
  27. Chutebox
  28. cheesie253
  29. Vaasman
  30. CTR360
  31. cainetao11
  32. Elpresador-911
  33. AzatiS
  34. jun_aka_pekto
  35. superbuuman
  36. onesiphorus
  37. _Matt_
  38. tormentos
  39. Shinobishyguy
  40. no-scope-AK47
  41. Zero_epyon
  42. dalger21
  43. mojio1988
  44. ButDuude
  45. Eponique
  46. Blazed
  47. super600

AA:

  1. iandizion713
  2. PsyD802
  3. PurpleMan5000
  4. nintendoboy16
  5. Howmakewood
  6. dracula_16
  7. foxhound_fox
  8. dobzillian
  9. jun_aka_pekto
  10. osan0
  11. Blabadon

A:

  1. Brah4ever
  2. PopGotcha
  3. AtariKidX
  4. rbamsey
  5. DocSanchez

BELOW A:

  1. PhazonBlazer
  2. Comduter
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#3 Edited by PhazonBlazer (12013 posts) -

Below A

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#4 Posted by King_Dodongo (3756 posts) -

It's GS so it'll get AAA here. (but it should be AAAE)

Vote: AAA

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#5 Posted by aigis (7312 posts) -

Personally 8/10, but knowing gamespot it will probably get a 9/10 here

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#6 Posted by ConanTheStoner (17309 posts) -
@charizard1605 said:

I was originally going to make this a fancy ass hype thread with lots of text, images, and effort, but f*ck that.

I feel ya. Definitely expected more, but that shit can be way too much effort.

I'm going balls out here, it's fucking Zelda and it looks like it could be the best 3d Zelda yet.

My official GS hype is 10/10.

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#7 Posted by m_machine024 (15633 posts) -

I'll go with AAA.

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#8 Posted by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -

@ConanTheStoner said:
@charizard1605 said:

I was originally going to make this a fancy ass hype thread with lots of text, images, and effort, but f*ck that.

I feel ya. Definitely expected more, but that shit can be way too much effort.

I'm going balls out here, it's fucking Zelda and it looks like it could be the best 3d Zelda yet.

My official GS hype is 10/10.

Yeah man, like I had this stuff planned where I would have images with embedded texts and GIFs, and basically all this information so that even someone new to games would know what this is about, but... I mean, really, all things considered, does this game actually need that?

So I just went with this. Maybe over time I'll add more stuff to the OP, but everyone on SW knows what Breath of the Wild is, they don't need me to tell them lol

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#9 Posted by Brah4ever (1558 posts) -

A

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#10 Edited by PopGotcha (716 posts) -

7/10.

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#11 Posted by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -

@aigis: I have you down for AAA hype, is that right or should I move you to AA? Your post was unclear lol

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#12 Posted by aigis (7312 posts) -

@charizard1605: ya AAA is fine, thats what I think it'll score

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#13 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -

This will be one of the most overrated titles in the last 5 years
AAA on GS and probably like 92 on meta.

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#14 Posted by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -

@silversix_ said:

This will be one of the most overrated titles in the last 5 years

AAA on GS and probably like 92 on meta.

How will you decide if it is overrated?

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#15 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:
@silversix_ said:

This will be one of the most overrated titles in the last 5 years

AAA on GS and probably like 92 on meta.

How will you decide if it is overrated?

Gonna steal a switch for a week. I'm sure at least one of my friends will be getting it.

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#16 Posted by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -

@silversix_ said:
@charizard1605 said:
@silversix_ said:

This will be one of the most overrated titles in the last 5 years

AAA on GS and probably like 92 on meta.

How will you decide if it is overrated?

Gonna steal a switch for a week. I'm sure at least one of my friends will be getting it.

Ah, that's fair.

Well, I legitimately hope you enjoy it lol

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#17 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:
@silversix_ said:
@charizard1605 said:
@silversix_ said:

This will be one of the most overrated titles in the last 5 years

AAA on GS and probably like 92 on meta.

How will you decide if it is overrated?

Gonna steal a switch for a week. I'm sure at least one of my friends will be getting it.

Ah, that's fair.

Well, I legitimately hope you enjoy it lol

lol i don't know about that. every single video i've seen, the open world reminded me of SotC (emptiness wise). we shall see, tho.

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#18 Posted by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -

@silversix_: The Game Informer preview (the only guys who actually got to play the game beyond the 20 minute vertical slice that Nintendo has been otherwise pimping out since last E3) said this was the densest, most packed Zelda world yet.

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#19 Posted by trugs26 (7494 posts) -

On aggregate websites like Metacritic, this will be a 95+ game.

On Gamespot, who knows. There's framerate issues, so it might get marked down for that.

Ah screw it, it's AAAA game of all time material. Lock me in for AAAA.

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#20 Edited by quatoe (7135 posts) -

10/10.

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#21 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@silversix_: The Game Informer preview (the only guys who actually got to play the game beyond the 20 minute vertical slice that Nintendo has been otherwise pimping out since last E3) said this was the densest, most packed Zelda world yet.

I wonder what that density really is. DA:I was also considered dense for a lot of people, but lets just say i wasn't one of them.

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#22 Edited by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -

@silversix_ said:
@charizard1605 said:

@silversix_: The Game Informer preview (the only guys who actually got to play the game beyond the 20 minute vertical slice that Nintendo has been otherwise pimping out since last E3) said this was the densest, most packed Zelda world yet.

I wonder what that density really is. DA:I was also considered dense for a lot of people, but lets just say i wasn't one of them.

Dragon Age was considered dense? lol WTF

But nah, even in the vertical slice I played, something kept happening every 20 seconds or so. I don't think sparseness will be an issue, except for, I guess, areas like a Tundra region which are specifically designed to be sparse

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#23 Posted by logicallizard07 (322 posts) -

Gonna hype this AAAA. Can't wait for launch day!

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#24 Posted by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -

Clearly, it's this hype thread that's making people hype this AAAAE.

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#25 Posted by adsparky (1007 posts) -

Ahhh **** it, 10 out of 10, it can get a 9/10 but let's ride the hype.

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#26 Posted by Sgt_Crow (5279 posts) -

9/10 on GS.

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#27 Edited by Jshoelace (762 posts) -

Normally I don't care about reviews but I admit to being a bit anxious about this one.. If it doesn't score at least a 9 people will make fun and it will hurt my feelings. I've not been this hyped for a game in about 20 years and even booked the day off work. But sod it, I'm going 10/10.. However, im wondering if both versions will score the same.. I think performance issues might bring the score down.

10/10 all in... Regardless

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#28 Edited by Litchie (20695 posts) -

9/10

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#29 Edited by the_master_race (4371 posts) -

10/10

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#30 Posted by sailor232 (6763 posts) -

10/10

This is going to be something very special, Ocarina of time special.

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#31 Posted by iandizion713 (16025 posts) -

8/10, Gamespot gets lost and complains they can't figure out its sense of direction. Where do I go George?

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#32 Posted by HalcyonScarlet (7980 posts) -

AAAE.

Is it still exclusive if it's on two platforms? This new 'brand family' thing. Many must know, I'm no Xbox fan any more, but the Xbox 360/Xbox One games struggled to get away with that.

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#33 Posted by p3anut (6207 posts) -

AAA

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#34 Posted by ArchoNils2 (9411 posts) -

I'm going all in, 10 / 10 and GotY 2017

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#35 Posted by Maroxad (14587 posts) -

AAA.

As of late I have always been one A off however. This time I will be spot on.

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#36 Posted by smashed_pinata (3747 posts) -

AAAA BABY!!!!! All aboard.....

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#37 Edited by LegatoSkyheart (29679 posts) -

9 or bust.

Total flop if it's not at least AAA.

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#38 Posted by enzyme36 (3089 posts) -

1st 2017 10/10

AAAA

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#39 Posted by SecretPolice (31988 posts) -

GS loves "N" so 10/10 it is. :P

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#40 Posted by Bread_or_Decide (24814 posts) -

AAaa

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#41 Posted by PrincessGomez92 (5083 posts) -

AAA.

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#42 Posted by svaubel (3913 posts) -

9+/10 hype level. My body is ready!

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#43 Posted by lundy86_4 (48661 posts) -

Oh man, so close. Going with a nice comfortable 9 on this one.

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#44 Posted by spike6958 (6660 posts) -

@charizard1605: Put me in the AAAAE area. 10 out of 10. This looks to be the best game to be released in years. It's gonna be great to have Zelda back on top.

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#45 Posted by sHaDyCuBe321 (5682 posts) -

I gotta go AAAA. WHERE MY TOAD BROS AT!!!!

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#46 Posted by Phazevariance (12181 posts) -

I'd love to see it get 10/10 but officially i'll have to go with 9/10.

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#47 Edited by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -

Sweet, it's still hyped a 10. Nintendo fans putting their mouths where their money is.

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#48 Posted by iambatman7986 (2511 posts) -

I really have to go with 10/10 on this one.

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#49 Posted by AtariKidX (6994 posts) -

From what i have see probably............7/10.

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#50 Posted by JumpAction (5522 posts) -

I still have my apprehensions about this one. I hope it turns out to be good though.