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The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (BOTW) video game recently came out and already people are falling in love with it. I play it on the Nintendo Switch. First, let’s talk about the things that make it AMAZING!!. BOTW is a mega open world game, I’m not even joking. The map is 120x bigger than a regular U.S map, making it a long game that will leave you exploring for hours. You are Link and your goal is to defeat Ganon (he is the bad guy) and rescue the beautiful Princess Zelda. There are a variety of things that Link can collect to help him on his adventure. For example, Korok seeds. They expand your inventory. The bad news is once you collect all 900, you get Hestu’s gift which is poop! The graphics are also brilliant-- not only are the natural surroundings lush and green, but the characters like the Lynel (centaur), Hinox (cyclops) and the Molduga (giant sand fish) look scary and powerful.


BOTW is also unique compared to a lot of other open-world games because you can play the game in any order – in other words you play the story line starting at the beginning, the middle, or the end. For instance you can just fight Ganon, the villain, at the beginning of the game! (But I wouldn’t do that if I were you because you would die in seconds!). It also features tons of tricky challenges that make the game hard to complete in one sitting. If you do truly want to complete the game, you’ll be surprised by how long it will take you. It took me 30-40 days to complete the main storyline!!!


Now let’s talk about the game’s faults. First the bosses. The bosses are challenging don’t get me wrong, but they are predictable. Each one is just a different form of Ganon. For example, one of the bosses is called Windblight Ganon and he does moves that are “windlike”. The same goes for Waterblight Ganon, Thunderblight Ganon, and Fireblight Ganon. You get the picture? Another problem is that the characters and their dialogue sometimes don’t make any sense. Like for instance, the characters who die come back as memories to Link. One of those memories is called Subdued Ceremony. In that memory the characters talk unlike normal people using fancy words and sentences. But all in all BOTW is a game that is age-appropriate for most children. There’s no blood or gore when fighting monsters or enemies, though there is combat.


BOTW won The Game Of The Year in 2017 and I can see why. It is a challenging and cool mega-puzzle game packed with action and adventure at every turn. So go out and tell your mom or dad, “ I want this game right now!” Have fun!

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