The Legend Of Zelda
Publisher/ developer Nintendo ( EAD) Format Wii U Origin Japan Release 2015
Eiji Aonuma’s open-world Hyrule is looking imposingly large, if a little sparse. Still, its recent showing was likely Nintendo’s way of demonstrating it can build sandboxes as vast as those of its peers, and we’d expect it to fill up with distractions by launch. Epona’s movement is semi-automated (because horses don’t tend to run into trees, says Aonuma), letting Link fire arrows easily as he rides, while leaping off slows time so he can steady his aim in midair. Rocky outcrops provide good spots from which to tag points of interest, allowing you to create your own waypoints instead of following preset markers. Ubisoft, take note.