Breaking Down Why Breath of the Wild is Highly Overrated

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It's been just over five months since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild opened to a landslide of perfect scores from the media at large. I was beginning to think we as a gaming community had gotten past hyperbole, but many have been quick to declare this the best Legend of Zelda game, the best open world game, and the overall best game of all time.

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Travis370814d ago

I'm a big Zelda fan and I can honestly tell you BOTW is overrated. Now before people start downvoting me and getting mad just know that I love BOTW, but it's far from the best Zelda game or even close. The game is lacking in content, the enemies are the same, but with different colors and the final boss (Ganon) is disappointing. You would think after those easy 4 divine beasts he would give a better challenge. When you complete 50 shrines it's no reason to do anymore since every shrine has only minor differences. The side characters are boring and lack any support. The world is dead and empty and the game has a lack of music previous Zelda games had. I completed this game and would give it no higher than a 9. It does not deserve those 10/10's or that high 97 score on Metacritic.

EddieNX 14d ago

Theres a huge variety of enemies and animals, the only shrines that are similar are the combat ones, the world is teaming with things to do, collect, discover etc. Theres a sense of freedom and creating your own path thats unrivalled, the music is fitting for the wild rather than in your face hyrule field over and over. The physics and combat and general gameplay are flawless.

Its not supposed to be like the old Zelda games, its about exploration and survival and realistic physics. I give it a 10 all day. Its much better than most games apart from a handful like GTAV and Skyrim when they first launched. Its not surprising at BOTW has a 97 on Metacritic.

Shin-Zantetsuken14d ago

BotW is definitely one of the most overrated games in the history. It has so many flaws and problems that other games get destroyed for but BotW got a free pass on them. Major frame rate drops, muddy textures, poor antialiasing, lack of enemy variety, lots of palette swap creatures, lack of story, lack of character development, poor combat system, poor loot system and many more issues.

It is so unfair to other games that reviewers automatically give a 10/10 to every major Nintendo release without properly considering its flaws and merits. I wish someday the gaming industry and media wakes up and stops giving Nintendo the special treatment and free passes for everything just because they "saved" the gaming industry 30 years ago or just because they used to love Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64 as a kid.

Shiken14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

BotW is easily GotY and one of the best games we have seen in over a decade. The open air concept may not be for everyone, I get that. But the quality of the game is undeniable.

It deserves all of the praise it gets. Most of the nay sayers are either pissed off fanboys from other camps who have never played the game or old school Zelda fans who just want a traditional Zelda title. The old school fans I can understand, this type of gameplay may not be their cup of tea. There is a lot to be desired if you prefer a more linear, story driven dungeon crawler.

With that in mind however, no game is for everyone. This is why I say ONE of the greatest games in over a decade. Someone else may say Uncharted 4, Mario O, Anthem, or Witcher 3. These are all different types of games that are on the same level, but they all have haters for one reason or another.

For me, BotW is my game of the gen. I do not expect everyone to feel the same way, but the guy in the article is clearly trying to reach for clicks and nothing else. He contradicts himself left and right and can't even write a structured article. Just the first few paragraphs are enough to give me a headache.

Again, everyone has their opinions. However this article is clearly clickbait saved for a slow day.

Just my 2 rupees...

k2d14d ago

More than anything, the game lacks replayability and late game challenge.

The missed opportunities that are shrines is a chapter of itself.

Dispite all the shortcomings it is still contender for GoTY

Vegamyster14d ago (Edited 14d ago )


What games exactly get destroyed? Bethesda's Tes/Fallout have far more technical issues & awful melee combat but always score high, GTA5 on the 360/PS3 had framerate that could hardly hit 30 fps consistently & muddy visuals with lots of aliasing but got a 97/100, MGSV had great gameplay but one of the dullest open world in recent memory yet it still got a 93/100 ect.

Aside from the framerate which was only bad in a couple areas of the map and during large explosions, it was pretty much a bug free game with an excellent art style that does a good job hiding blemishes. Enemy diversity could be better but the combat system while not super deep is not poor, it's not TeS bad lol. Those points also ignore other things that the game does well which is the reason people enjoyed the game so much, the point of the game is to just explore and experiment with the rule set you're given.

You could nit pick any game that receives lots of 10's and ignore why people like the game, it comes down to personal preference.

psyxon13d ago

Lol. GTAV is just as bad as Botw when it comes to games getting scores they don't deserve based on name alone.

indyman7713d ago

This game got more 100% scores than all other scores combined. This game got 100% scores from sites that rarely give out 100% scores. Maybe it is the HATERS that dont want to give credit where it is due. This is click bait DESTRUCTOID.

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narsaku14d ago

BOTW is factually one of the greatest video games ever created. Your inability to see that simply because it's not doing what you've grown to expect from the series is a really conservative, un-evolving, poor excuse.

Eonjay14d ago

That's like saying someone has to hold it in the same esteem as you.

bluefox75514d ago

I don't think you know what factual means...

narsaku14d ago



of or relating to facts; concerning facts:
factual accuracy.
based on or restricted to facts:
a factual report.

I don't think you know what the word means. :/

Unless of course you're implying it's not one of the greatest games ever made, when it's universally considered so... Here's a tip. You can personally dislike a game even if it's critically acclaimed. But you should still be able to recognize why it's loved.

You can't, because you don't want too. That's being a hipster, btw.

narsaku14d ago


Absolutely not true.

You don't have to like the game, but if you know enough about video games to give an intelligent opinion about them, you'll clearly see why the rest of the world outside of N4G/your preference loves the game.

Remember, I didn't say greatest game ever made. But it ~is~ one of them.

Arguing that doesn't change the fact.

narsaku14d ago


Yep. It's a word.

*scratches head*

..Feel stupid yet?

Razzer14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

Nope. I understand it's meaning. You do not, obviously. You posted the definition and still don't get it.

jznrpg14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

Factually is the wrong word , arguably could work but it's not in my top 10 and I really like it. It's all opinion

Eonjay14d ago

Something even evaluated as 'great' means that a subjective lens was placed over it to get to that outcome. Only numbers can be greater without subjective interference. He said that according to his subjective lens, he evaluated it to be less than its predecessors. His opinion and the opinion of those you mentioned are both factual according to your own definition. There are no excuses here. He explained his opinion and it can be a factual account without being the same as anyone elses. Proof: the non-conservative, evolving changes of BotW may not be to his liking. Can't tell you how many times a game got changed and it upset fans.

ziggurcat14d ago

@narsaku: your opinion != fact.

shaggy230314d ago

"It is so unfair to other games that reviewers automatically give a 10/10 to every major Nintendo release without properly considering its flaws and merits"

Your joking right? there are loads of Nintendo games that have been reviewed poorly.


I love the game and in the end I'm extremely glad Nintendo released it on the Wii U! It
's like, Nintendo is like we messed up with the Wii U, we used you as guinea pig's to make our good console, here's a great game don"t hate us.Lol!

KwietStorm13d ago

The *fact* that people are arguing the statement of being the greatest or one of the greatest games ever made, literally refutes your own statement about being universally accepted as such. So not only do you not know what factual means, you actually go on to disprove your own point. It doesn't get any better than that.

AJBACK2FRAG8d ago (Edited 8d ago )

You've got to keep in mind the series was dying in Japan and losing interest in the west. Nintendo was able to flip over the coffee table and revive the whole action rpg genre. What Nintendo ended up with was, despite you guy's minor gripe's, to me another masterpiece. Nintendo will be using this game engine for a very long time tweaking it, twerking it, improving it... video game's as art? F U I'm soaking in it!!!!! Here's the scary part, what's next for our intrepid hero's and our most vile of villain's!!!! I was freaking out hard as cut scene's let the story unfold. I guess I'm easily amused.

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Summons7514d ago

"The world is dead" Yup, generally happens when the world ends and everyone is barely living and constantly in fear that Ganon will break free from the castle. Nothing to do after 50 shrines? Yeah, suppose we can ignore Link's green outfit. The sense of freedom is fantastic and different colored enemies is no different from other Zelda games. My biggest complaint was the Divine Beasts. I agree that it's not the #1 Zelda game out but it deserves all the praise. It's the first open world game I've had fun with in a long time.

hamburgerhill14d ago

Definitley not overrated! You can hate all you want but no other game on any other platform (playstation or Xbox) can hold a candle to BOTW!

MrFisher2114d ago

Lmao. C'mon now. Let's be realistic here.

jznrpg14d ago

Xbox this gen sure, but PlayStation has a lot of great games that are comparable or better depending on who you ask of course

DialgaMarine14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

If you're gonna make such a claim, at least have some sort of metric:

For example, Graphics? If you really think NOTHING on PS4 holds a candle to it graphically, then well... Ignorance is bliss and we're all entitled to it.

Dark_Knightmare214d ago (Edited 14d ago )

Dude I would take horizon,witcher 3,bloodborne,Uc 4,persona 5 and halo to name just a few over botw any day

hamburgerhill14d ago

You guys would take anything on Playstation just claim its the best thing. If you want to be realistic why not talk about how overratted Horizon is. Lol

Aenea14d ago

"why not talk about how overratted Horizon is"

Alright, talk about. What do you think of Horizon Zero Dawn after playing it?