Today, I finally have the last day of my recap of the 10 day video game challenge on Facebook. Today’s game is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While this list isn’t my top ten favorite games, they do include my ten most influential games in my life as a gamer. This game makes this list for a variety of reasons, most notably for its overall quality.
To start, Breath of the Wild is perhaps the best game I have played to date. I will be fair about this, I have not played every game in all of existence, so I don’t know if there are any better games. I also haven’t tried the DLC (though I have purchased it), and I haven’t done all the side quests, or found every worthwhile item. I can tell from playing the main story, and some extra exploration on top of it, that this game is either perfect, or near perfect.
This game simulates being lost in the wilderness incredibly well. You have to cook your own food, manage your own stamina while mountain climbing, and scrounge around for resources. You will find fragile, sometimes makeshift weapons, explore a massive world, and discover new ways to use your limited tools in order to progress, or at least discover something new or useful.
I had previously thought that The Legend of Zelda series had peaked quite a while ago, with games like a Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, and perhaps Skyward Sword were about as good as these games got. Breath of the Wild gave me renewed hope that an old game series, even one that is already great, can move on and evolve to reach greater heights. In fact, there are similar games on the Switch, such as Super Mario Odyssey, that managed to breathe new life into Nintendo’s long running franchises. Without this game at launch for the Switch, Nintendo could have been in trouble, but it turns out, they are bouncing back.
Another thing I noticed about this game is that I can still take a look back and say this is the highest quality game, but I still have other favorites that I may like better due to personal biases. I still love Earthbound, for example, and some of that is personal bias, but Breath of the Wild is still a much higher quality game. As a new game journalist, I find that being able to make that distinction, and I hope that shines through for my readers, will help with clarity in my reviews. It is my duty to give an accurate representation of my opinions, and to be as objective as possible so that my readers will have a good idea if they will enjoy a game before they purchase it. No review system is perfect, but my ability to look back and say what is good, and what isn’t, and why is always helpful.
Here are other Legend of Zelda games you might like, even if they don’t quite hit Breath of the Wild’s many high notes:
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Of note, Four Swords Adventure is an odd personal pick. This game is fun, even if there’s not much else to do than to play through it. It also has a big multiplayer component, and is the best Zelda game that supports other players. Yes it does break with convention in some odd ways, but is worth a look, even if it isn’t a masterpiece.
All in all Breath of the Wild is an incredible game, and I made some important personal discoveries as well as many in-game discoveries. I have no idea how long I will have to wait to find out when another game like it comes along, but I have high hopes that other games of similar levels of quality will eventually show up. I hope you can be as excited as I am for that day to eventually come.
So that was my recap of my day 10. What games would you place on your 10 day list, if you were to participate in the 10 day challenge? Are there any recent games that made you look forward to new games on the horizon? What is your favorite discovery in Breath of the Wild? Let me know in the comments below!