It's the Press X to Podcast edition of the total Zelda rankings! From the NES to the Nintendo Switch, here's where we placed every game in the Legend of Zelda franchise!
I cannot understand why BOTW is in the top 5 of any Zelda list. It's not a good "Zelda" game and would never even be on anyone's radar if it wasn't for the name (it would have gotten Immortals Pheonix Rising scores).
I highly disagree. I know that some people didn't enjoy it, but many people did love it as well. For me, the exploration in the overworld was the best part. Truth is, any giant game of this level creates a large enough userbase where a certain percentage of that userbase is going to be long term fans and absolutely despise it. What is not legitimate is trying to marginalize the vast amount of users who do love this game by pretending that the people who dislike it are a bigger part of that percentage than they actually are. Based on sales, reviews, and even community reception(imo) or any other quality-telling metric I can even think of, the game ranks well. I would be surprised if BOTW wasn't in a legitimate top 5 zelda list put out by any major website. Very surprised. As for comparing it to Immortals: Phoenix Rising in quality, I'm not going to flame that game, but lol, no. When one gets in a bubble one can only hear an echo.
The definition of “Zelda” is not set in stone. There’s “Zelda” games that don’t even have Zelda in them. BOTW is a good adventure game. Not the best Zelda, but it’s not a bad game.
Thing is no one really says it's a bad game in general, it's just a really bad overrated Zelda game. I can't think of anyone who's said "Oh BotW? Yeah it's a terrible game in general" It's like a solid 7/10, not "OMFG GAME CHANGER, BEST GAME OF ALL TIME"
if it's a Zelda game without Zelda in it, then it shouldn't even be called as Zelda, right? that's just milking
@badz149 Milking? What? Nintendo would NEVER milk their beloved franchise like that.
@Necrum This claim is simply unfounded. There have been Zelda branded games with middling reviews (Hyrule Warriors, Triforce Heroes, etc). Even traditional Zelda titles haven't received the praise that BotW did. BotW is able to stand on it's own as a great game.
What 5 Zelda games you would list above BOTW? Honestly I guess it's all opinions but I cannot understand why BOTW wouldn't be top 5. It's an amazing game on it's own. Some Zelda purists love to hate it because it is missing some classic Zelda elements. But imo it's an amazing game on it's own even without considering it as a Zelda game and a better game overall than Immortals (which is a great game too).
“Missing some...” I’m not a purist by any means but my biggest issue is that it’s missing almost everything that makes a Zelda game. Breath of the wild is not a bad game at all just as a Zelda title it’s really lacking a lot of critical things that I think should’ve been in it. It’s an open world with physics and everything that you do is just mini games for points to upgrade either your stamina or your health. There are new special weapons, nothing about the tri-force, nothing that really brings to the lore of the world, no dungeons in the same Ganon enemy four times. It literally has a great world that you can interact with it but there’s nothing there that is truly tangible for this universe. I think if it had actual dungeons then it wouldn’t bother me so much. There is an open world progression system that Zelda games have and this game just didn’t have it. I think one of the other big areas that I thought was kind of disappointing was that a game of this scale that is completely focused on exploration and discovery was treated like a carrot on a stick because there was never a satisfying ending to going anywhere or doing anything. Also my favorite Zelda games are linked to the past, whine waker, the original on Nintendo, and I just really enjoy the Zelda hand held games.
For me; worst: all are good.(even zelda II) best: Majoras Mask
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Exactly where I sit as well. Two wasn't even bad. It just wasn't great. I had some fun with it back in the GBA days when I was a kid.
Botw is a decent starting point for a more free-form zelda. It's far from top 5. I would appreciate it a lot more if there was at least some of the classic zelda tropes. Special items would be great. Even just empty bottles. Something. There is very little connecting it to the series besides the name and some imagery. I would say I like botw, but it is really more of a proof of concept, IMO.
The Oracle games are quite underrated, but I loved them when I played them on the 3DS (RIP VC). OoT is still my favourite though. Maybe it's a case of the first cut being the deepest, but it's the Zelda game I've come back to a few times. That said, there aren't any games in the series I'd consider bad, at least among those I've played (I'll be the first to admit, I haven't played every single one, though I'd love to one day). Heck, I actually enjoyed Phantom Hourglass.
Right there with you on OoT. I actually like Majora more, but I prefer ocarina if that makes any sense at all haha. It came at just the right time in my life to make a huge impact on my young mind. The shop music is basically an A-Bomb of nostalgia.
When Majora's Mask isn't in the top 5 but Breath of the Wild is you know it's a s**t article.
you know its a shit article when James Paley wrote it
Majora's Mask will always be the GOAT for me, personally.
Best Zelda game is ‘A Link To The Past’’ as far as I’m concerned. That game will never be topped by another Zelda game. I still go back to play it now and then! I’d put Ocarina of Time second and Majoras Mask third. For me, I don’t really care for Breath of the wild. I found the dungeons pretty terrible, the open world pretty empty with the same enemy camps spread around. I absolutely despised the breakable weapon system as well. Total rubbish as far as I’m concerned. I’m aware this will upset some people, but just my honest take.
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