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Why Breath of the Wild Will Divide Zelda Fans

Alex St-Amour from Link-Cable writes: "In all of video gaming, no series elicits a more fervent following than The Legend of Zelda. Fans of the long running series will often debate without end which game is the best and the reasons why. Some prefer the classic 2D games like A Link to the Past while others prefer the 3D world of Ocarina of Time. On top of this gamers are also divided along the lines of what makes a Zelda game great whether its the puzzles and combat or the story and characters. With Breath of the Wild a few months away, Zelda fans are waiting with bated breath (see what I did there?) for the next game in the Zelda series. What they might not expect though is for this to be one of the most divisive games in the series yet."

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Zeldafan641073d ago (Edited 1073d ago )

Breath of the Wild is returning to what the series established in the very first game, exploration and puzzle solving, just with some modern concepts thrown in. All Zelda games have puzzle solving but none have had complete freedom of exploration since the first game 30 years ago. I fail to see how BotW will divide Zelda fans, it is staying true to the core of what makes a Zelda game a Zelda game, though I will miss the motion controls from Skyward Sword. I honestly think this article was written by someone who HAS NOT been playing Zelda since the beginning otherwise he would not have published this in the first place.

All of the above I typed without actually reading the article. Now that I have read the article I'm convinced that this person has not been playing Zelda since the beginning, if at all. Story has hardly been too much of a concern in Zelda games. I'm not saying the story is bad in Zelda games, just that they aren't the main focus for the most part. The author brings up Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword as good examples of storytelling, which I would agree with, but why leave out Wind Waker? I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea, I'm all for Zelda games having more fleshed out stories but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it if they don't. I think BotW is going to have a more fleshed out story than most people think, and who knows, maybe it will have multiple endings based on what all you did before you beat the game.

Metallox1073d ago

Disappointing article (forgot that this is N4G). The author only brings up story as the only reason on why Breath of the Wild will divide fans, I think it will, but not because of narrative at all.

On another note, he claims that Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword have good stories, something that I'd hardly agree with, at least with the former. I mean, there's a series of articles from Zelda Informer that explain why TP suffers in the narrative department, and it also tries to propose solutions, which may not be the best, but at least the author clearly details the issues with the storytelling in TP, if by any chance they weren't plain obvious when you first played the game.

Skyward Sword is a great step in the right direction, but it was still one of the things less worthy to highlight from the game. I agree with your sentiment about Wind Waker, though, Zeldafan, that game has very powerful themes, to the point where I think that, despite having a simple narrative, it's still very well done.

Zeldafan641073d ago

I think from a story telling standpoint Skyward Sword is the best game in the series, as well, at least for me, in the gameplay as well, also in the overall soundtrack.
In regards to Twilight Princess I've seen people say that they don't like the way Zelda is portrayed in the game. They say she's emotionless and boring. I don't understand why anyone would say that given the circumstances under which you meet her. In Skyward Sword she's happy and cheerful which makes sense, she's your childhood friend and she's led a happy, carefree life without any sort of real hardship. When you meet her in Twilight Princess her castle has been taken over and there really wasn't anything she could have done to stop it. Of course she is going to be sullen and downtrodden. People don't take the context of how you meet someone into consideration at all and that baffles me.

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Big_Game_Hunters1073d ago

All i expect out of zelda
Fun gameplay
fun puzzles
Good characters
enticing story
good music.
Give me those things and i dont care what artstyle and mechanics you use.