10 Iconic Video Game Influences You'll Find In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

From Shadow of the Colossus to Assassin's Creed.


Now that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally here after what seems like an eternity of waiting, it's being showered with critical praise. The game is largely considered a shake-up of a now stale Zelda formula, and gamers are appreciating the fact the franchise no longer holds the player's hand with lengthy, un-skippable tutorial sequences.

The freedom of exploration is genuine, too, as key items are not locked away in dungeons that stop you making progress through the game. What's more, voice acting has finally come to Zelda as the new game is addressing long-term criticisms as well as modernising its gameplay systems.

Taking a close look at the systems that mesh this new installment of Zelda together, however, reveals a surprising range of influential games. With everything from Portal to Far Cry and a little of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim mixed in for good measure, Breath of the Wild shows that the new talent within Nintendo is capable of transforming games beyond Japanese tastes by looking to the west for inspiration.

Here's our guide to 10 Iconic Video Game Influences You'll Find In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.


Bryan Langley’s first self-bought console was the sublime Super Nintendo and he hasn’t ever stopped using his opposable thumbs since. He is based in Bristol, UK and writes to reminisce about the glory days (which sadly never existed).