Relentlessly inventive and intriguing, it shakes adventure games upside down.
in – but at some point you’ll get around to taking on the main quest. Calamity Ganon has been sealed away in Hyrule Castle for 100 years, but his power is growing; he’s taken control of the four Divine Beasts, hulking mechanical constructs that, corrupted, are causing merry hell in the regions they once protected. One has caused incessant rain to fall, and a local dam is about to overflow; down in the southwestern desert, citizens live under constant sandstorms. At the urging of the four tribal elders, Link must free the Divine Beasts of their corruption, returning them to their rightful owners so they can assist him in the final assault on Calamity Ganon.
By the time you’ve completed four shrines in the Great Plateau starting area and used your reward, the paraglider, to float on the breeze to the world below, you’ll already have every power you need to go anywhere and do anything. That’s real freedom, and everything else you learn is part of the robust physics system. There are tricks hidden everywhere.
The combat’s (mostly) glorious and requires a level of inventiveness and observation that rewards tenfold. A fantastic debut for a new console, BreathoftheWild is one of the best games of 2017. A must get.
TOP LEFT A huge, colossal world that has been given room to breathe, despite the volume of things to do.
ABOVE Princess Zelda tells you that you’ve been asleep for 100 years – that’s a lot of Netflix to binge.
TOP RIGHT Manage your inventory well, all weapons break with use.