re­birth of a le­gend

The Le­gend Of Zelda re­turns with some big sur­prises in store...

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Every­thing you need to know about the new im­proved Zelda.

even the ca­sual player will know that E3 week is the most im­por­tant on the gam­ing cal­en­dar. For a few days in June the en­tire videogames in­dus­try de­scends on LA to show off their wares, which this year in­cluded two new con­soles from Mi­crosoft and a suite of new games from Sony, head­lined by a re­boot of God Of War and the lat­est from Metal Gear cre­ator Hideo Ko­jima.

De­spite the dom­i­nance of Xbox and PlayS­ta­tion, it was The Le­gend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild that was hailed as game of the show – im­pres­sive see­ing as it was playable only on the soon-to-be-moth­balled Wii U. Red Alert was able to play a 50-minute demo, and while Nin­tendo kept most of the plot de­tails se­cret, Breath Of The Wild be­gins with Link awak­en­ing from a 100-year sleep in a scene oddly rem­i­nis­cent of the be­gin­ning of Alien.

Though all Zelda games have tech­ni­cally been open world, the en­vi­ron­ment in Breath Of The Wind is 12 times larger than any pre­vi­ous game, with an em­pha­sis on non-lin­ear ex­plo­ration and tack­ling ob­jec­tives in which­ever or­der you want. Link can now climb al­most any ver­ti­cal ser­vice and even has a spe­cific jump but­ton – some­thing the se­ries has al­ways avoided be­fore, in or­der to dis­tin­guish it­self from a pure ac­tion game. It will also be re­leased on Nin­tendo’s next con­sole, co­de­named NX. There was even a clue that the NX would not have a tablet-style GamePad, since Breath Of The Wild barely uses it. In fact, pro­ducer Eiji Aon­uma ac­tively dis­par­aged the con­cept, ad­mit­ting, “We re­alised that hav­ing some­thing on the GamePad and look­ing back and forth be­tween the TV screen and the GamePad ac­tu­ally dis­rupts the game­play, and the con­cen­tra­tion that the game player may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.” A new world awaits...

The Le­gend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild ar­rives later this year.

The wires must have been dig­i­tally re­moved…

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