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Zelda: Breath of the Wild now has more perfect scores on Metacritic than any other game ever

Posted on March 7, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch, Wii U

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been pulling in perfect scores since the review embargo lifted last week. On Metacritic, it has quickly become apparent has well the game has been received from a critical standpoint.

Breath of the Wild now has more perfect scores than any other scores in history. 43 are recorded currently.

Metacritic has Zelda: Breath of the Wild down with a score of 98. It’s tied for second all time with a few other titles. The first? Ocarina of Time, though there are fewer perfect scores and reviews overall.

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  • Dozuken

    that userscore is a circus of horizon fanboys and haters

    • r4ymond2

      ok

    • Mauricio Valle

      the hate against nintendo will live forever , its kinda sad

      • nemo37

        What worries me most is that this hate can actually affect the sales of a system. The #7 top trending video today on Youtube was the Nintendo Switch video highlighting some of the issues some people have been experiencing with the system (some of them common, like Joycon disconnection and screen getting scratched when not inserted properly into the dock; others not very common at all like dead pixels and power issues, but people are now generalizing as if all Switches have these screen and power issues when it is a small number of defective units). The Nintendo Switch is quite special to me because as a gamer that primarily games on the go, it is the only system on the market that can offer me console sized experiences on a portable device; I really hate how people are trying to sink this system because of their dislike of the Nintendo brand. Sadly, I have come to terms that if this device fails (which a lot of people are pushing for), Nintendo will most likely withdraw from the hardware space all together, and we will be left with mobile devices that are not really suitable replacements for proper handheld systems.

        • Justin McQuillen

          It outsold the Wii launch, it’s not even possible for it to fail now.

        • Bruno_Ostara

          If the system fails because of that I would actually prefer if Nintendo didnt release games for other platforms at all. The industry would become stale in a second. People keep trying to make them fail but wishing their systems had nintendo games. Zelda is just another victim of that. But it doesnt really matter in this case cause it is critically aclaimed.

          • Mohammad Yasin

            nintendo never will they are too big Nintendo never give up and if they quit hardware they would find another market and they wouldn’t go 3rd party

          • GamingSage

            nah nintendo has money in the bank, they actually have and are worth more money than sony

        • Mohammad Yasin

          considering the sales numbers and the fact the general audience wont see those issues shows that they haven’t affected switch sales a all

          • nemo37

            Well this particular video came out a day ago and started trending today, so it may affect future sales, which is my central concern.

        • Tlink7

          I doubt that video will affect sales in a major way. Most people who will see it are probably already folks who are not interested in Nintendo anyway.
          It is, however, a good kick to Nintendo’s backside; they need to start fixing things like the connection issues with the left Joycon

          • Bradley

            Tlink don’t forget to send me your friend code when you get the switch, you are one friend I need to add πŸ™‚
            Also I love splatoon if you’re into it we can team up, I wasn’t going to get mario kart but if I have a friend to play it with I might take the plunge.

          • Tlink7

            Will do friend! If I do forget (I’M SORRY I HAVE A BAD MEMORY xD) feel free to poke me again. I will only have BotW for a few months though, because money πŸ˜€

          • Bradley

            Naaa that’s fine as long as I know you’re there as a friend I will wait in anticipation πŸ™‚
            To be honest the only reason I got the switch and zelda so early was because twice the amount of money I was expecting this month made it’s way into my life, was gonna just get zelda on the wiiu then BAM!!! at just the right time too

          • ForeVision

            I second Bradley’s post, also mine is in the disqus, just hover over the rare moment in which our bunny is Zen.

          • nemo37

            I hope Nintendo does fix the Joy-Con issues and improves the manufacturing process so that there are fewer defective units. However, just going through the comments on that video on Youtube, which as of today is still trending and has 5 million views (this is the second highest number of views on the trending list), there appears to be a good deal of people that were waiting for the second batch but no longer want one in general because of the perception that it will be broken. I believe videos like this have the potential to damage the word of mouth with regards to the system. I seriously hope I’m wrong though. What is somewhat funny though is this channel also made videos of defective XOne and PS4/Pro units, neither have gotten as many views as this video and when you look at the comment section of the PS4 one the top comments are saying people should not buy systems at launch, whereas the top comments for the Switch one are, essentially, that Nintendo sucks, they should leave the hardware business, they are thieves, etc (again all of this largely due to, for the most part, isolated issues that occur with every system particularly at launch).

          • Tlink7

            I didn’t see the video in the trending list at all, but maybe I was looking in the wrong place. I still think the majority of the viewers of the ”Switch bad launch” video are people who were already not fond of Nintendo. There are still a lot of people who don’t use YouTube, so I seriously doubt this will really affect the Switch sales.
            And yep, it is cool to hate Nintendo, so obviously the comments on a Switch video are going to be far harsher

          • nemo37

            It is trending in Canada (the place I live; it is currently in 7th position in the trending list), in the United States (it is currently in 7th position, and it was in 2nd position yesterday), and it started to trend in Australia today (although at a much lower position). You can check regional Youtube trends by scrolling to the bottom of Youtube trends page and changing the country settings. As of right now this particular video has about 5.1 million views. I do strongly hope that you are right in that it does not affect sales, I also hope that Nintendo does get the message to address the more common issues, like Joy-Con disconnection and the dock scratching problems when the console is inserted improperly.

          • ZenGamer

            Nemo37 as long as we don’t see red ring of death levels of hardware failure the Switch will do just fine. That being said I do feel bad for the people who are experiencing these problems it sucks when you shell out 300+ for something only for it not work as intended.

          • ForeVision

            I think that mentality stems from the ancient human dislike of the unknown, or something different in this case. The system may be weaker, may a hybrid, but, save for those hiccups, it runs this MASSIVE game just fine, it allows me to get into the game faster than any console I’ve ever seen, and I am hopeful for it’s future. No amount of cracking down from people who’ve not even had hands-on with the product will stop that.

        • Fisaulerod

          Sadly some people are exaggerating too much about the different switch problems. Yes, the system has some hardware and design problems, but that is expected for a new console. The 3ds, ds, wii u, ps3, x360, all of these systems had similar problems.. in fact most these had way worse issues. Of course it would have been better to have a smoother lunch (as with de ps4 or xone), but it was a terrible launch.

      • Mike

        Let them hate. Their loss. Meanwhile us Nintendo fans are having the time of our lives.

      • Tlink7

        It is cool to hate against Nintendo, because it is kiddy crap long past their prime #NintenDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED

        *sigh*

        • ForeVision

          I’ve got a simple answer to that: Play Zelda BotW, get your behind handed to you by lion-men/haywire laser-firing robots/haywire FLYING laser firing robots/ludicrously fast lizard dudes/a big one eyed cyclops etc. I think Aonuma took some queues from Dark-Souls, game is hard alright, and not at all “kiddy”.

          • Bradley

            He was being sarcastic hence the “sigh” at the end, and yes the Lynels (lion men) are disgustingly awesome and I love it
            πŸ™‚

          • ForeVision

            I know he was, but I’m merely giving him some ammo to fire at the haters. And at least they’re better than guardians, god I hate guardians…..

          • Bradley

            Naaaa bruv you got that twisted I killed two guardians together with a bit of effort but just one lynel took my boosting elixirs and meals head on without dying not to mention it killed my beautiful horse ben :'(
            the only guardians I will agree are tougher than lynels are the ones that fly, I’ve been too chicken to even fight them

          • ForeVision

            I’ll give you a heads-up, they’re still Guardians even if they fly. Also what kind of Lynel was it? Red maned, or anything else?

          • Bradley

            Well……aight I give up you’re right, but I will say they aren’t as annoying as the lynels, those things can get you behind any cover and the only option if you don’t want to fight is too run away the flying guardian thingy can be easily tricked into thinking you’re gone

          • ForeVision

            I’ve been reading up on those, and some people say they can be harder than genuine bosses (aka Ganon esq) and they’re available in red maned (easiest) to blue, to white, to silver (gird thine loins, and gird them WELL).

            What I meant by that guardians quote, was a hint on how to kill them, but I’ll just blatantly ask you this: How do you kill a guardian with 1-shot? (Its possible, and I know how, but I may be in spoiler territory, hence why I’m being cryptic)

          • Bradley

            Is there a way? O_O (I’m not that far in) I just shoot them in the eye and hack their feet away, did that and killed two guardians in succession…….is there something else I don’t know yet
            do you mean the lynel in regards to the color toughness thing? Cause that would EXPLAIN why I was beaten so bad

          • ForeVision

            Yes I mean the lynel in colour toughness thing. Also, since again, I may be in spoiler territory, you’re using the right technique (shooting them in the eye) but there are arrows that will put them down in 1-shot if you hit the eye (this counts for all guardians, and trust me, you want a bunch of these arrows if you arrive at Hyrule Castle, the place is CRAWLING with them).

          • Bradley

            Ahh I know the weapons you’re talking about I had enough money and items to buy it at one point but went for the armour first since armour isn’t limited in use, it’s hard to find “special parts” without killing more of them πŸ™ and I wanted to be sturdy enough to do so
            On a side note I saw your comment above to Tlink and wondered if you want to be friends? πŸ˜€

          • ForeVision

            Sure, put your FC in your disqus if you please, then I’ll add it when time (and Link :P) allows. In regards to Guardians, let’s just say that, the flying ones aren’t a whole lot without what allows them to fly:

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e8260996622ccb54b359bfb7e8a5a6236161075b2bd6a530a4172af58e7e853a.jpg

          • Bradley

            LOL I literally just experimented with what you mentioned earlier I’ve already killed three of them :3
            Ooh and I killed a lynel, though he ate through my shields and best equipment the goods were worth it, a lynel bow lets you shoot three of those special arrows per one ammo, as you can imagine I abused this on the guardians XD
            https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6Zl34xU4AA9dQV.jpg
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2c2f945cf2670bff1ea0f47a4aa3d563c16afd45c3e7c4515bacf4bed036f95a.jpg

          • ForeVision

            A white haired one? Where did you find that? I’ve found red haired so far, and know of a white one in Hyrule Castle but that’s it.

          • Bradley

            I am not so sure since I left without checking the position but he is around north akkala valley leaving leaving the Tempest Gulch, if he is not there check Rok Woods truthfully I know the reason I survived most of his attacks is because of the trees.
            Be prepared though, He broke all my shields even my lvl 40 knight shield I had to go ham with a dragon bone club and no shield not to mention that my clothes have been “boosted” twice, I just really wanted to kill one XD
            My friend code has been added I even sent you a friend request.

          • ForeVision

            Was he as hard as they say? I need to kill a blue one who I remember being close to the research facility that help you with your runes.

          • Bradley

            THAT’S THE ONE THAT KILLED MY HORSE!!! And yes it was tough my good weapons got destroyed, and did I mention that the dragon bone was a lvl 40? Well that got destroyed as welI, what made me happy was that I left some weapons behind due to limited inventory space after killing him I just went back and picked them, the area is west of the place you said could give me good weapons for the guardians up north (the lab)

          • ForeVision

            I’ll suggest you something dangerous, but if you can sneak into Hyrule Castle (yes, where Ganon’s at) you can take some pretty good weapons from there.

          • Bradley

            Hmmmm why not? looks like I have a new place to scavenge πŸ™‚
            oooooH I also found something interesting to you to do boost a certain set stealth clothing twice and drink a speed potion at night, link turns into the flash XD

          • ForeVision

            I took me a 52 damage royal claymore from there, though be prepared for many guardians.

          • Bradley

            Yep I need those in my life

          • TheWeasel

            I finally snuck into Hyrule Castle last night (I’m looking for the horse statue from the picture) and I wound up in the dungeon/prison section in the northwest. There were some impressive weapons inside but I didn’t take any because I’m not sure if they respawn later?

            I’ve dropped a nice weapon before in order to use a weaker one on enemies some 15 meters ahead or so, only to return after defeating them and finding the dropped weapon gone. πŸ™

          • ForeVision

            Apparently a certain famous shield is down there as well *hint hint*

          • TheWeasel

            Ooh! Does it have durability or is it unbreakable? I just expanded my shield stash.

            Do weapons taken respawn? I found a Royal Claymore embedded in the skull rock on top of the Woodland Tower, but didn’t take it in case it didn’t respawn.


            Same with the Silver Sword and Shield in Zora’s Domain. XD

          • ForeVision

            I don’t think they do, but the monsters that carry them do, so that’s where one’s weapon re-supply comes from. Otherwise we’d run out of weapons before long.

          • TheWeasel

            Alright, haha. I suspected as much. I am notoriously frugal, so I have a tendency to hoard a lot or save for later.

            It’s probably just weasel instinct to hide resources away for later. πŸ˜›

            Anyways, in such case, I will probably leave them be until I feel I truly need them, because the weapons staying there is guaranteed, and I can rely on checking that spot later in a pinch.

            I feel like I am making somewhat slow progress, because I am very cautious, but love exploring. I feel like I will often be taking the cowardly ways that Miyamoto (I believe) was talking of. Example: I am now finding out that people actually decided to fight the Lynel on Ploymus Mountain, while I just sneaked around it and haven’t engaged it. πŸ˜›

          • ForeVision

            You remind me of how I reached Hateno Ancient Tech Lab. I didn’t go the normal road, no the fool that I am I went via Mount Lanayru, climbing over every rock in my way, and getting my behind handed to me by a blue maned Lynel along the way.

            Also Weasel, care to add me to thine Friends list? I’ve noticed with Bradley that only one person has to know the code.

          • TheWeasel

            Alright, I will be adding you as soon as I get home. I haven’t even checked my own friend code in this whole time, to be honest.

          • Indielink

            There is a white Lynel on the northern side of Death Mountain. And of course there is another white one above Zora’s Domain.

          • Tlink7

            You will never be able to change their opinion, they will go to ridiculous lengths to justify it

          • ForeVision

            Such people, so set in their ways that they won’t even consider something different, are better off loosening up on that. There’s so much to miss, and so little time to experience it regardless.

          • Nintendo getting Bayonetta was not enough to stop the “kiddy” arguments. Metroid being a thing is not enough. Those people really don’t care, lol. Logic and reality mean nothing in the world of weird, unreasonable hate against Nintendo.

          • ForeVision

            In all honesty, they do kind of keep that image, at least in America of what I know. That said, they offer experiences for everyone, and aim to be able to cater to everyone. I’d say they’re making fair strides in that regard, but I guess people like to tunnel-vision on something like 1,2, Switch, and forget what else exists….

          • I think it’s actually balanced here in America. They advertise different things (FE, MonHun, etc). But in the US, we also have a bad case of people loving to latch on to dudebro and desperate edgy mentalities, and those people like to cover their ears to all else.

    • yup. Looking at some of the accounts you can see that majority of them only made two reviews. For both version of the games.

    • The truth-ier

      horizon looks better, plays better, and is better… zelda has all types of issues, but they all ignored them because its… zelda

      • AJK

        I own both games. Horizon is a good open world game, but breath of the wild is in a completely different league. It is almost perfect from a gameplay and world design point of view.

        • Ryan Hainley

          Agreed. I own both as well. They’re both incredibly different experiences though. You can compare them as open world games, but the atmosphere and gameplay of them is far different. I have, however, felt much more inclined to play Zelda. Horizon looks good and plays good as well, but the open world feels so bland in comparison. Whereas in Zelda, I actually feel inclined to explore the world, I feel genuine curiosity, and I’m constantly discovering something new. Horizon has different environments, yeah, but none of them give off anywhere near the feeling that Zelda does. I love both games dearly regardless, that’s really the only place they can really be compared, the world. I wish people would stop comparing them beyond that and just enjoy the games. They’re both amazing, the pointless hate is ridiculous. :/

        • Mike

          I dislike most open world games. The overwhelming overworlds and general lack of direction often overwhelm me. But BotW is perfect. I don’t feel overwhelmed or lost. The combat is fantastic too which is something most open world games seriously disappoint. Not even because I’m a Zelda fan but BotW is what an open world game should be.

      • Hidden Flare

        Even if horizon is better, does zelda deserve severally low scores?

        • ForeVision

          But what is “better”? It’s merely a subjective thing, and imho, I looked at Horizon and it seemed sincerely boring to me (watching someone do a playthrough) so I’ll stick to Zelda in that regard.

          • Hidden Flare

            I understand that but that wasn’t what I was trying to say in my comment. I was pointing out that even if horizon is better, as the above poster puts it, why does that justify low scores for breath of the wild. If the opposite happened does that mean it would be ok to give Horizon low scores?

      • nemo37

        Nice so now you are trying to pass off your opinion as fact. Also, the reason why user scores on Metacritic are low is due to the fact that Metacritic does not employ anyway to ensure that people actually own and play the game (like Steam does) before they write a review. Therefore, people just like you, that do not own the game and have not played it, can go on there trashing it.

      • amak11

        So are you one of the 17 reviews with the exact word-for-word review in negative user reviews?

        You fanboys need to lighten up. Sony Fanboys cry when their game is beat by a console that isnt theirs. I have yet to find a Nintendo fanboy that purposely goes to a review site and submits false reviews because they don’t like a company or its games.

        • Mike

          A lot of people did it for Metroid Prime Federation Force simply because they didn’t like the look of the game. People even made a petition to cancel the game. These are Nintendo fans not Sony. But regardless some people get angry when a game they don’t like is rated better than a game they like. Makes no sense to me. Just go and play the ones you like and have fun, you know?

          • Stuart

            But to be fair,the damage of Nintendo fanboys it seens only really affects the inside of Nintendo fanbase. I never really saw a bunch of Nintendo fans going after a game exclusive of another platform to try to take it down. There is a crazy amount of Sony fans trying to push BotW score down and with Horizon, ok that there are a few haters here and there, but I don’t see a crazy amount of Nintendo fans there.

        • nemo37

          Actually what is interesting about the Truth-ier (as he is known now, his previous account name was different) is that he is actually a Xbox fanboy. He frequently comes on Playstation and Nintendo websites and follows a pattern of responding. On Nintendo websites he pretends he is pro Xbox and Playstation and anti-Nintendo, whereas on Playstation websites and general gaming articles that talk about Playstation he typically dismisses articles for being pro-Playstation or he frequently makes unjustified claims with regards to Sony (which is pretty much what he does here as well). I very much doubt that he has played Zelda or Horizon.

      • Mr Objection

        it isn’t better at all, look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVPXKdSEGNQ

        • Mohammad Yasin

          lol

        • jwfurness

          The difference between good and great is in the details.

        • Pachirisu

          Wow, BotW is just so alive and everything is either destroyable or you can interact with in one way or another. For example grass sways in the direction of the wind, responds to your weight, and actually burns when set on fire.
          Horizon’s world is pretty, but it lacks any personality, physics, and interaction. everything is just static. Kinda reminds me of the prerendered backgrounds in REmake. They’re very detailed… but they have no life in them.

          • Which is sadly common in these big, AAA games. I think there’s a bad pattern of devs thinking a lively/living world translates to NPCs (that have mildly broken response AI) and challenges/enemies; they neglect fine details that really make a subtle but great difference. Hopefully this will change more~.

      • Mohammad Yasin

        lol no when there are issues people call them out skyward sword is the most hated Zelda game wind waker had backlash for the new style

      • Melatelo

        I also have both and while I am enjoying horizon. Zelda is the better game hands down. There’s no comparison there.

      • Tlink7

      • Stuart

        Sigh…why can’t people just enjoy two great games without this stupid fight? BotW being a masterpiece does NOT make Horizon look worse. Is still a great game with a great score. Be happy about that.

      • metalpants

        Lol, I kinda feel bad for you. You’re always getting “rekt” by people with completely logical, unbiased responses, lolol. Ironic since you’re the one named “truth-ier”…

      • sd

        Have you played Zelda? Or are you going by the internet?

    • Addy

      Every userscore is a circus.

    • Blake Good

      Nintendo haters only like garbage like CoD and Battlefield!

      • Mohammad Yasin

        don’t be as bad as those haters those aren’t bad games

        • Blake Good

          CoD was great, back in the day, but after MW1, it turned to crap. Even classic Battlefield was alright.

          • Mohammad Yasin

            nah the new games are good don’t be like those haters respect all games

          • Bradley

            Yeah I tried the new cod and it wasn’t bad, though I haven’t been burnt out on cod since my first game was Ghost and I tried black ops two to see why my friend loved it so much

      • Tlink7

        …now you are just as bad as the other ”haters”… God, fanboys are just the worst

        • Blake Good

          To each his own, okay.

          • Tlink7

            So saying ”ZELDA IS CRAP” is bad but saying ”COD/FIFA IS CRAP” is alright? Everyone has opinions, yours isn’t superior nor is anyone else’s when it comes to video games

          • Blake Good

            *Facepalm to comment*

    • jettiblue

      I just added my own score and review to counterbalance the troll ratings. This is by far the best game in recent gaming history

    • Bowser

      Userscore is always this way. I couldn’t care less. I think you are misplacing a major group of this, though; the people who hate the Wii U and can’t (or don’t want to) get the Switch.

      Therefore, there is one of the most amazing games of the past decade and they can’t play it. Super salt is inevitable.

    • Wanderlei

      Nintendo having best game of 2 generations makes them mad as hell.

    • Cavalier

      Why can people just be happy that we are getting a good stream of games across all platforms……… smh

  • sd

    Yet many people are claiming nintendo approached all of the reviewers and paid them for the high scores.

    • Hidden Flare

      Gesh, lets say all reviewers can take brides, at the very least they would give good scores like 9.0. How much would nintendo need to pay everyone to get a perfect score?

      • amak11

        I didnt take any brides! They offered me one and I was like “noooo nooo, can’t handle that commitment yet”

        • Blake Good

          What about grooms for girls and people who are gay or bi?

      • Coke, and hookers.
        Lots and lots of coke and hookers.
        That’s my theory, anyway.

        This game is incredible and deserves all the 10s.

      • sd

        Not to mention having a list of every reviewer that might score this game,approach them all and then pay them off . If this ever happened they could produce an article and you tube video with the evidence and watch the money flood in.

    • Jacob Groves

      Nintendo doesn’t pay them the fact is.

    • Justin McQuillen

      The fact Nintendo doesn’t pay review sites is the reason they get shunned on coverage more often than Sony and MS, which in fact actually do pay sites like IGN for coverage. It’s the whole reason Nintendo decided to do Nintendo Directs, so they can deliver information directly to us without going through a middle man (the press). It’s a really successful strategy that even Donald Trump used to win the election.

      • Mohammad Yasin

        facts

    • Tlink7

      Yet many people are grasping at ridiculous straws to try and justify their irrational and pathetic hatred of a video game company… they just cannot handle that Nintendo is doing *very* well at the moment

  • AJK

    I am now around 40 hours in. Finished 26 shrines and still have sooooo much left to do and see. I can honestly say that in my 30 years of gaming on all available consoles, this is the best game I have ever played.

    • Justin McQuillen

      Same here. All of my previous best-of-all-time games are now moved down a notch.

    • jettiblue

      Same here also, played around 25 hrs and havent even gone to do one of the four big ones. Also have soo much area in the world yet to discover. Yet, my time was filled with wonder and excitement. The world design is incredible and impeccable. Often I cant even believe what I am playing. Such a polished and thoroughly designed open world has not been created before. It’s mind-blowing

    • sd

      It is very addictive. Currently i am up to my 3rd beast, 35+ shrines, well over over a dozen korok seeds, a handful if memories ( these are proving hard to find) and more. The thing is the game is still surprising me with the shrines. I had to search in some dark woods to find a shrine yesterday. Nothing but a small torch lighting the area. Just before that i was in a huge maze to find a shrine. It is an amazing game.

  • Hidden Flare

    Its amazing how this game gets such high scores.

    Also if you seen me it looked like I was going to get it on wii u. I just got a good personal deal with a family member for a nintendo switch and this game. So I’m playing the switch version. I still don’t think wii u is an inferior port at all but I did want a switch. Just thought I state this, thank you for reading this.

  • As I began playing BotW I knew it was great, but I wasn’t sure about reviewers claiming it’s the best game ever.

    Now that I’ve sunk 30+ hours into it I understand. I can now easily say it is the greatest game I have ever played.

    I’ve been playing all sorts of games for over 25 years. BotW is an astounding, unparalleled experience.

    • jettiblue

      fitting words, greatest ever, astounding, unparalleled… I was also a bit on the fence after the perfect review scores rained down. Didnt wanna be set up for disappointment. But after the game got me and I was really flowing in it I totally understood… It really is true.

  • Metroid-Dark-Echoes

    Zelda BOTW desvers ever bit of it praise it a amazing game. HZD is just bland , boring with poor gameplay and it don’t do anything new.

    • Ryan Hainley

      Have you actually played HZD though? They’re different experiences, and both are fantastic. You’re just contributing to pointless hate that needs to stop.

      • ben

        Sony fans started it unfortunately.. But I agree.. Comparing a game that perfects last gen game play with a revolutionary game like breath of the wild is silly. Horizon would be a different game if it had come out 2 years after Zelda fact.

        • Ryan Hainley

          Regardless of who started what, it’s ridiculous. This mob mentality is absolutely awful. Both games are fantastic, both deserve a chance, both are very different experiences.

          • Justin McQuillen

            I get what you’re saying, but the vitriol is really coming from the Sony crowd. Nobody is downplaying HZD, they’re just pointing out that Zelda is way better.

          • Ryan Hainley

            Not at all, go take a look at that HZD metacritic Userscore page. The conflict is coming from both sides. Several troll reviews on both accounts. This isn’t just a “Sony crowd” issue. Both sides need to take a chill pill and just enjoy the games, instead of constantly trying to find ways to “fire back”.

          • Justin McQuillen

            I’m going to look, but be aware I’m on the Nintendo people’s side 100%. I have one irl Sony fanboy friend, and he got HZD on launch night. He has watched me and my friend play Zelda a lot and he says there’s no comparison, HZD is a decent game but not groundbreaking like Zelda in any way.

            Personally I don’t even see a relevance between the two games, and that’s where the culpability of Sony fans comes into play. There is just no way that Zelda fans united to go troll HZD, they have no reason to do that (it’s not even slightly relevant). It’s clear that the Sony fans are jealous and that’s how this happened. Most of us would not have even heard of Horizon Zero Dawn if it weren’t for fantards mentioning it in their 0/10 review for BOTW.

          • Ryan Hainley

            Regardless, that doesn’t warrant troll 0/10 reviews because of some need to brag about your own game. HZD is a fantastic game in its own right, Zelda shouldn’t have an impact on that at all, especially when it came out after HZD. I don’t think anything warrants this stupid back-and-forth about who’s got the better game. Just play the games and enjoy them. Taking sides in an argument as dumb as this is just supporting it’s continuation, and that’s just as bad as partaking in it.

          • Justin McQuillen

            I agree, there’s no reason to fight fire with fire. But Zelda is better obviously.

          • Ryan Hainley

            That’s your opinion. It’s certainly not everyone else’s, pretending it’s a fact is what’s getting people so argumentative in the first place. So again, you’re supporting the continuation of these troll reviews and the war between two games that have entirely different focuses and gameplay.

          • Fisaulerod

            I find also funny that the sony fanboys themselves aren’t giving attention to their other big game (nier), which had gotten even better scores than HZD.

      • Tlink7

        ”us vs them” mentality is very human unfortunately, so this childish garbage where people pit random sh*t against each other is never going to go away. Especially not given the anonymity the internet provides

  • Dascylus

    Is it too soon to give Nintendo the Game of the Year Award already? I mean, it’s not like any other game this year will top it.

    • ben

      game of the decade… may as well just hand all the awards to it right now.

    • Tyson

      Maybe Super Mario Odyssey can top it.

    • Justin McQuillen

      Splatoon 2 will no doubt have some surprises in store.

    • jettiblue

      Game of the generation, maybe/probably best game ever created so far. According to Gamerankings, it’s number one of all time. Also I feel the same about the game. It’s a true marvel and masterpiece in all respects (except maybe the technical aspects in part if you will).

  • Roto Prime

    YES!!!!!

  • It’s really good. Like Xenoblade good.
    Makes Skyward Sword look like a joke.

    • ben

      I thought about this.. one whole area of skyward sword is not even a spit mark on the map of Breath of the wild for both content and size… which is pretty crazy to think about.

      • It’s quality, though, as much as quantity. I’ve been playing like six hours a day since it came out and i still haven’t done any of the main quests. I found my first town yesterday. Also I am not sleeping much. Breath of the Wild is my heroin.

        • ben

          I am ith you.. it took me hours to start main questline.

    • Justin McQuillen

      You know what would be sick though? If BOTW had the skydiving mechanic from SS mixed in with its massive world. Imagine if skyloft let you skydive down to a giant overworld like this.

  • Finally! Some credit to Nintendo at last!
    http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/bc.gif

  • Switchling

    This game left a bad taste in my mouth…

    • TheWeasel

      May I inquire as to why that is?

      • Switchling

        Because Nintendo sprayed something on the cartridge to make it taste bad πŸ˜‰

        I actually love this game!

    • Too hard? Too big? Makes you sad when you die or can’t accomplish stuff? I’m not even asking sarcastically, I am so sincere and going by my own experience, lol.

      I love the game though, but those are what make me think it’d leave a bad taste in my mouth.

      • Switchling

        The cartridge πŸ˜‰

        • Oh no, you don’t like cartridges? ;o;

          I love them, so I’m glad to have cartridges back~! ^o^

      • Tony

        If the game is too hard for you, there is a way to make it easier, once you’ve completed the dungeon in zoras domain you get miphas healing ability, it pretty much makes you invincible or should I say immortal

        • My husband just got it, and I’m gonna take a shot at the dungeon soon. Can you reuse it? Or is it like. . . something that gives you a reusable ability?

          The game is comfortably hard, I just get demotivated (but keep going), lol.

          • Tony

            it’s a key-item that resurrects you upon death, at least that’s what it says, I can’t tell if it works all the time since I disabled it right away, but it seems like the game’s easy mode for people who struggle

          • Ahh. My husband was a little confused by it too. It’s nice to have then. I probably won’t use it (I just hoard fairies), but I like that they did that.

    • Hidden Flare

      You aren’t suppose to eat the cartage.

    • jettiblue

      If you use salsa or another sauce it isnt so bad

  • Alex Jones

    This game’s Breath is so Wild…

  • That’s so incredible, but it honestly deserves it. They have an amazing balance of pace, activities, customization and it’s so beautiful; from the OST to the graphics and general design.

    I adore the characters more than anything. From the travelers, to story NPCs. I’ve enjoyed that part of the series since OoT (MM even more), and they have really exceeded standards this time.

    S+ rank job, Nintendo – to the Zelda and Monolith Soft teams especially.

    • NeptuniasBeard

      Don’t forget the kids. This game has the cutest damn kids I’ve ever seen

      • YES! I was telling my husband this! Did you read my mind, or did I already gush about that somewhere else!? x’D

        Like, they are adorable! Lol! β™₯
        I just met the kids in Hateno village (lol, so late for me), and omg the little girl with the dance, lawl. And Koko and Cotta are so cute. Like. Wow.

        • NeptuniasBeard

          Come now puchi, I don’t stalk you THAT much :p

          I watched that little girl dance like 4 times in a row. Probably my favorite is the adorable Sheikah scientist girl (I’m bad with names, the one that was de-aged). She’s anime as hell and I love it.

          My hardrive might just be filled with pictures of all the children in this game. And this is possibly the only time one could say that without getting arrested lol

          And we can’t forget old Impa, the cutest senior citizen.

          • Lol, I think we’re on the same wave length more than I ever thought.

            Yo, seriously! That was adorable. I even re-enacted it for ym hubby (not nearly as cutely. . .). I adore Purah. OMG, yes! She is so anime. I love it too. I just drown in her, lol. I’m about to start copying her for a greeting, lawl. (And start telling people on Siliconera to snap, pffft.)

            Same! Actually. I have a lot of scenery pics and cute girls too (only because I don’t get to bump into the cute guys as much!), but I have so many pics of the kids because they’re so adorbs. I feel so weird too just saying it, but oh goodness. Someone on the team (or a few someone’s) must be a parent for real, lol.

            I want Impa to be my grandma! TTuTT

    • ronin4life

      In my experience so far, it really just keeps opening up and getting better and better as you play on. The exact opposite feeling I got from games like Skyrim and Oblivion.

      • ForeVision

        I share that sentiment. Whenever I advance in any way, just thinking about what’s left has me go “Damn, this game is big”

      • Yes, exactly. I didn’t expect to be having so much to discover and open up to me as I go; and it’s not at all in an empty or (thoroughly) intimidating manner.
        Agreed on that comparison too.

  • Jack Red

    Is it just me, or does the game seem alot harder than any other Zelda game? I seem to die instantly to an arrow. And for some reason, I’m unable to sell weapons like extra bows that I don’t need. I’m not one who very often likes to just drop the weapons on the ground and leave them.

    • Hidden Flare

      I have heard that the item manage is one of the few main issues with the game.

      • Jack Red

        Another issue that even I can acknowledge is the fact that it gets pretty annoying when Link automatically climbs on something you don’t want him to. Like for example, I was in a Labyrinth to enter a shrine and every single time I got too close to the wall, Link would automatically climb when I wouldn’t want him to.

    • Justin McQuillen

      This game is hard, but not the hardest Zelda by any means. The first three Zelda games are definitely way more difficult, and I think they were attempting to match those games in difficulty by having enemies that take 8 hearts in one swing. It’s a way to deter you from moving to areas that you’re not prepared for. Also the stats are equipment based, so the enemies whose attacks take a lot of hearts will give you their OP weapon if you can manage to kill them. If the enemy were using a less strong weapon, they would be easier for you to defeat.

    • Welcome to Open world Zelda πŸ™‚

    • DeltaPeng

      Pro tip: don’t get too attached to your equipment.

      I originally would accidentally throw away my weapons, but a few days in, I think it’d have been nice to have the option to quick-discard my bows and shields.

      • Jack Red

        What I mainly try to do is get the newer weapons that I hadn’t gotten before. And If it’d come down to it, I’d just destroy one of my own weapons that’s about to break so I can get the new one to replace it. I was just hoping to be able to sell my weapons without a problem like I can in Skyrim for example.

  • Justin McQuillen

    Whatever games were previously 10/10, they are now 5/10 at best compared to BOTW

    • Addy

      Just like this year’s Call of Duty or Madden NFL verses anything released ever until next year’s iteration, Hahahaha!

      • Justin McQuillen

        What? I don’t get it. They still make those games?

        • Addy

          As long as EA and Activision make money, they will keep making those games.

  • Blanco8x8

    BotW is getting so much attention and praise, many people are playing it as their first Zelda game!

  • Mr Objection

    Sony fanboys are mad for horizon zero down so they are giving fake userscore

    • Hermione Granger

      only ones that is triggered by sonys horizon is salty nintyfanboys like you. cant have something that can compete with your over hyped zelda, lol..

      • Mr Objection

        Hermionie, you are a sony fanboy that is always commenting in nintendo sites, do you have a life? You are always doing the same, where do you get all that free time? Maybe you live with your parents and you also haven’t got a work guy.

      • Mr Objection

        Also, I am not a Nintendo fanboy, this is the second zelda game that I have ever played, because I am not a Nintendo fan, I am a sega fan… So I won’t get crazy if you blame mario :D.

        • Hermione Granger

          thats good to hear.

  • Mr Objection

    This is for sony fanboy who say horizon is better than zelda, it isn’t better at all, look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVPXKdSEGNQ

    • Justin McQuillen

      Nice one ahahaha

    • ben

      Jesus.. apart from the resolution everything about the Horizon game is dated and looks really bad. Arrows that fly into the infinite. Wow… What is the point of fish that have no idea you exist… What kind of bs.. Majora`s mask animals ran away!!!

    • Kenshin0011

      I’m glad you posted this, I probably wouldn’t have seen it!

      Really shows that a great game comes down to open ended possibilities. Horizon looks gorgeous, but the gameplay experience itself is limiting.

      • AJK

        Yeah. I have Horizon and its…well its a slightly better than average open world game. Zelda has been constantly changing my perception of not just open world games, but games in general.

    • awng781

      Pretty much the perfect example of prioritizing gameplay and immersion vs. prioritizing graphical fidelity and frame rate. Horizon is still a great game though.

    • I’m not anti-HZD, and I appreciate both games.

      But this is sumpthin. I think this is why it’s more important to have a well-fleshed out and immersive game than focus on graphics. I think with the PS3, there was a level of trying to extend graphics but also further interaction in immersive ways; but now things are starting to degrade into this territory of big, “pretty” (hyper HD) but devoid of life or genuine immersion.

      This also creates a bit of a fallacy. A lot of people will look at HZD and say it’s better just because it’s more realistic and has better graphics, while ignoring how little went into the programming. It’s the kind of detail and matter that people use to defend their preference over graphics while failing to realize how their focus on graphics have given them a technically lesser game. (Not a worse game, but certainly not as fleshed out or with as much careful, technical detail put in.)

      It’s okay to not mind that or prefer it, but I don’t think we should let some devs get away with being lazier (because for others, that’s absolutely what it is, even while they boast about what they’re bringing to the table).

  • halcyon

    are people still of the opinion that ocarina of time has aged well

  • Blake Good

    How fun is BoTW and how does it compare to Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword?

    • jettiblue

      You cant really compare the games. BotW is GIGANTIC! And it’s not only very very big, its world is filled everywhere with things to discover and experience. Imagine well-designed Zelda worlds from previous titles and then translate them into a huge open-world. It’s a completely NEW Zelda feeling and experience and it’s absolutely mind-blowing and such a pleasure. The world is also beautiful, alive, and rewarding. The game is very well polished also. Everything feels perfect. It’s such a pleasure to get lost in this world… I havent played this long sessions and gotten that sucked into a game in a very long time. Probably since Skyrim, but BotW is better

    • AJK

      I am not exaggerating at all when I say that this really is the best game I have ever played, and I have been gaming for a long time, and have owned pretty much every console of the last 5 generations at some time.

      • Blake Good

        So this will be the best 3D Zelda game for me since Twilight Princess?

        • AJK

          Twilight Pr8ncess doesn’t even compare to Breath of the Wild πŸ™‚ Imagine Twilight Princess with a world dozens of times bigger but more full and well developed…with better combat, puzzles, items and story.

          • Blake Good

            I actually enjoyed TP, but OoT, MM, and TWW were more memorable games, though. SS was kinda forgettable to me.

  • The Dead Sea has now less salt than the hater community.

    • Derek Foreal

      You can’t easily drown in the Dead Sea, but the haters can drown in their sorrow/jealousy.

      • Blake Good

        Damn straight!

  • excited!!!

  • shaw98

    One of the best games I have ever played. I have not even gotten far in the story and yet I have played hours.

  • One of the best games I have ever played!

  • TDude73

    The development team at Nintendo EPD truly deserves so many accolade from critics and gamers alike.

  • Melatelo

    I can’t think of a more deserving game to earn such a title.

  • JasonBall

    Watch Sony pay for game of the year award just to spite us and feed their slave fanboys. Seriously, I am very confident this won’t win. Something will come up.

    • ben

      For what? What game? Generic farcry? Rip off Darksouls? What?

    • AJK

      The only game I can see possibly rivaling Breath of the Wild for game of the year is Red Dead 2. But I think Zelda will be remembered as a defining game of this decade, let alone game of the year. It will be talked about for a long time to come, and hopefully inspire other game devs to make their open worlds better.

      • JasonBall

        Oh, it absolutely will be remembered well. But I just can’t see, sadly, Nintendo in this day and age picking up such a massive win.

        • AJK

          It won ‘best game of e3’ last year from numerous sites.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Statistically speaking, BotW should be at the top then, no? But oh well, doesn’t make the game any less amazing. Nintendo just has this gift for making exceptions to my tastes. I really don’t care for open world stuff usually, but goddamn if Zelda ain’t just that damn good.

    But some physic based shrines in the next GTA and I’ll be there day one lol

    • Bart

      I was thinking the exact same thing, I usually don’t care much for open world either, but this is something else indeed.

    • R.Z.

      The top is determined by the mean value, so the number of perfect scores isn’t what’s important.

      • NeptuniasBeard

        Which is why I said “statistically”. A 98, heck, even a 90 average out of 70 is FAR more accurate and reliable a score than a 99 from 22 reviews. BotW got over twice as many perfect scores than OoT was even reviewed in total. So it is indeed, the most critically acclaimed game ever. OoT only has the better average, and in context, that means little

        It’s like the saying goes: There are three kinds of lies; lies, damn lies, and Statistics

        • R.Z.

          I’m not sure I can get behind that given the context of OoT coming out in the age of game magazines. In that landscape, OoT got very consistant universal praise, possibly more so than BoTW.
          OoT was the second coming at the time, it peaked in every possible domain and soared over everything released so far. BoTW is very impressive, but it’s not a complete revolution either.

          Fewer outlets mean a bigger error margin, but the outlets were perhaps more curated and professional (or sold over to companies on the contrary … I can’t tell). I’m not sure you can dismiss the quality of the critical acclaim given at the time because there were fewer outlets resulting in fewer values.

  • Kenshin0011

    WELL DESERVED, BOOYAH!

  • Saxo2712

    I love all the “expert” user reviews on day 1!!!!!

    • Hermione Granger

      3 words… fanatic bias nintyfanboys…

      • nemo37

        That’s part of it with regards to user reviews, but then you see the reviews by people that have not played the game and are coming to trash it because it is on a system they do not have and has gotten critical acclaim. You have a nice balance of both on Metacritic’s user sections for pretty much any exclusive game that gets high scores (which why Metacritic’s user review section is unreliable).

      • ronin4life

        The game is being brigaded by rabid Sony fans butthurt over rediculous comparisons to Horizon Zero Dawn.

        • Hermione Granger

          its the other way around mister, this is all about rabid fanatic nintyfanboys. that can not accept Horizon Zero Dawn coming and challenging their zelda botw.

  • Hermione Granger

    this just tell me one thing, there have been many fanatic bias nintyfanboys on metacritic. this game is a 8 at best, and nowhere near a 10.

    • nemo37

      Yeah because the majority of professional reviewers are fanboys. As for “this game is a 8 at best…”, sorry but that is just your subjective opinion, just like all other reviews, professional or otherwise. It is also an opinion that contradicts the plurality of professional critical reviews.

  • Addy
  • Cia

    Actually, the xbox360 version of GTAIV had the most perfect scores til today, standing at 48 bullseyes. Just now BoTW got even, and will likely surpass it.


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Platform: SWITCHWII U
Genre: ACTIONADVENTURE
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release date: March 3, 2017
OWN IT: 9 [I own this game]
BEAT IT: 2 [I beat this game]
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