2017's reinvention of Zelda is a refreshing, landmark example of how games can be a naturally interactive art form; a back-to-basics reminder of how to make an open-world game that isn't a series of checkboxes. There's none of this distractionary “Complete 15 collectibles for the sake of it”, “Here are a million icons to discover” or "If you want help, we've got microtransactions!” bloatware thrown in, just a handcrafted game that trusts the player to indulge in its systems at their leisure.
Therein, lies a tranquil return to why we play video games in the first place: Escapism.
Breath of the Wild does away with money-grubbing, board room meeting pitches and creates a soulful world for you to explore in the most direct sense, thanks to climbing, swimming, cooking, an experimental physics engine and a slow-burn narrative that acknowledges your actions as a timeless hero saving the kingdom from ruin.
It’s the total antithesis to everything wrong with the industry today, a reminder of what video games are, and how they can affect you on an almost spiritual level. Nintendo have created something that encapsulates their entire history alongside lessons learned from 30 years of game design, resulting in a game that will take some beating to dethrone across the rest of this generation.
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