Video Game Tuesday: Breath of the Wild Impressions

Michael Blaker
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This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m taking a look at what Nintendo brought to this year’s E3! It’s my Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Impressions!

What did we know so already?: Not much we know that it will feature the first fully open world in the Zelda franchise, which from what we’ve seen is pretty damn impressive. I’ll admit I really want to be playing it right now as I’m writing this, but as I don’t own a Wii U and it’s not out I’ll have to deal with it. It will feature open ended game play, although there is probably an intended path for players to play the game, it’s completely up to the player where they go. We also knew that Epona wouldn’t run into trees anymore.

What did we learn this year?: That Link will be able to climb anywhere he wants, that the world works almost like it would in real life, a boulder pushed down a hill into enemies will crush them, setting fire to a grassland will cause a huge fire, and if it rains it will go out. There will be storms where lightning can hit the ground and you’ll want to stop using any metal weapons, although you could throw it at an enemy to attract the lightning. There will be a completely new equipment portion of the game, with gear for different environments and weather. You’ll want warmer clothes if you go climbing up a mountain, and even warmer if you want to go to the peak of said mountain.

We know that he gets a new item called the Sheikah stone which acts sort of like a tablet computer for link. I assume this will hold various hints, or knowledge we learn through the game. We also know he get’s a new item that lets him levitate objects like planks and the like from afar. Link can also use his shield as a surfboard on hills and attack while shield surfing. I’m probably forgetting a few things, but those were the big things that hit me from the presentation and what we learned afterwards.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday! See you all next week!

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