Hello and welcome to The Starlight Megaphone’s playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, an open-world adventure game originally released for the Nintendo Wii U and Switch consoles, worldwide, on 3 March 2017.
Scarcely a year has passed since the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the game has already achieved a near-legendary status as perhaps not only the finest 3D Zelda game ever made, but perhaps also the finest open-world adventure game as well. After the recent, less-than-stunning entries of Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, both of which were so hampered by motion controls to the point that they were nearly unplayable, fans of the franchise were delighted to hear that an entry had been slated for release on the Switch, and that as a result of the Switch’s more traditional control options, the newest Zelda game would not once again implement motion control–a method of user interface which Nintendo sdoggedly refuses to admit as the terrible failure it surely was.
Although there were concerns along the way about the open-world direction (often presenting as an uninteresting sandbox) and elements of the combat system (breakable weapons), any negative effect from these development decisions proved to be minor: the game was a smash hit selling over five million copies on the Switch alone (before the Holiday 2017 season), and receiving universal praise from the notoriously difficult-to-please Caspius.com and The Starlight Megaphone staff members from its launch until the present. Caspius himself has praised it in the highest terms of any other Zelda game, placing it alongside The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker as one of the legends of the genre.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild builds upon the worlds of previous Zelda-series games, setting itself squarely in the Kingdom of Hyrule, and scattered throughout with villages like Kakariko, and races such as the Gerudo, Goron, Rito, and Zora. As in The Wind Waker, the ostensibly beautiful setting belies a post-apocaylptic storyline: Ganon has triumphed and laid waste to the Kingdom of Hyrule. The Divine Beasts created to protect the denizens of Hyrule now threaten them at every turn. The forces of darkness are periodically resurrected, ensuring that no real headway can be made against Ganon’s stranglehold on the land. And, the heroes responsible for combatting his rise to power have gone missing. Even Link has not been seen in years.
…until now. As Link, you will return to Hyrule and take up the charge against Ganon’s awful and pervasive power. Along the way, the story of what led to the fracturing of the group of heroes will be revealed, and as Link recovers both his memory and his strength, the Kingdom of Hyrule’s salvation becomes ever more certain.
Use the comment thread below to discuss your approach to the games, challenges you have faced, secrets you have uncovered, and what you are getting out of your playthrough. Do you feel that the Legend of Zelda series has truly advanced since its origins in the 2D era? Or, do you prefer the aesthetics gameplay of the classic titles? Has your experience with the DLC content affected your perceptions of the game? Do you find the world immersive, or too lacking in direction? Tell us all about it and join in our discussion below! We will select some of the best comments, each week, for our podcast discussion.
The aim in this playthrough is to complete the entirety of both games in four weeks (if you have already completed the game, start a Master Quest file!):
– Week 1: Depart the Great Plateau, visit Kakariko, Hateno, Korok Village, and Ancient Labs, and get the Master Sword.
– Week 2: Defeat the first two divine beasts (recommended: Zora and Goron)
– Week 3: Defeat the second two divine beasts (recommended: Gerudo and Rito)
– Week 4: Further upgrades, and defeat Calamity Ganon to complete the game.
Please join in, even if you are behind on the playthrough. Anyone and everyone is invited to participate, regardless of speed of play or familiarity with the series. Comment and tell your friends!
Without further adieu, it is our pleasure to invite you to join The Starlight Megaphone’s staff members and readers as we explore a new world of adventure in Spring in the Wild: A The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Playthrough!