The first official review for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been released with the newest issue of EDGE magazine. The publication is notorious for being stingy with perfect 10 out of 10 scores, handing out only 19 in its 24 year history. This bodes well for the latest Zelda game, which has been in development for four years and delayed numerous times. Its open world gameplay is new to the series and a risk for Nintendo, who traditionally likes to stick to its formula of what’s been successful in the past. It looks like, at least in the eyes of the EDGE reviewer, Nintendo has created something truly magical:
The result, for all the longevity of its series and the familiarity of the open world genre, is a game that evokes feelings we haven’t felt for 20 years. Not since Ocarina of Time have we set foot in a world that feels so mind-bogglingly vast and unerringly magical, that proves so relentlessly intriguing. Plenty of games promise to let us go anywhere and do anything. Few, if any, ever deliver so irresistibly. 19 years on Ocarina is still held up as the high water mark of gamings best loved and greatest series. Now it may have to settle for second place.
Technically the review embargo for Zelda doesn’t expire until Thursday, March 2, but it appears given the nature of print media, that some folks have gotten their issues a little early. That hasn’t stopped some media outlets from gushing praise on the game. Thanks to Dystify on NeoGAF for creating an amazing preview thread, we have some great quotes from various sources:
Needless to say, we are extremely excited to get to finally play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! For more videos, screens, and information be sure to stop by our preview page. March 3 is nearly here!