It’s been many, many years since last I’ve played a game that reminded me just why I became so in love with everything that surrounds this wonderful industry. For some it’s about the thrill of a multiplayer win, for others it’s the joy of playing a game online in co-op surrounded by friends. Some people purely want to take on a tough task of beating a boss battle and having a challenge, while other gamers do it purely to relax. We all have that special something, and that very special game.
Then last week I played and completed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
For years now I’ve always had this feeling in the back of my mind that games have changed. It’s not quite as detailed as it used to be. Now, don’t get the word ‘detailed’ wrong. When I say detailed I’m not referring to the beautiful graphics of Horizon Zero Dawn, I’m referring to a world where you can completely lose yourself in, a fantasy world – without being overwhelmed, where each and every tree, mountain and item location has a reason for being there.
You start a game thinking – oh, that’s a cool mountain that splits in two… and later on you find out that this mountain has a big part to play hidden deep beneath story. That the four rocks at the top weren’t just randomly generated using some software the devs have put more time in, than actually caring about reason. You have so much at your disposal to play with and test out that years from now people will still be finding secrets and Easter eggs, and new methods of achieving goals that no one thought of before.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a love letter to us oldschool gamers who grew up in a time where we made the most of our limitations. The Switch hardware, for example, takes a knock from most gamers for not being hardware intensive, but that’s the beauty that most do not see when it comes to most Nintendo games – how they deal with this limitation is what pushes them to be more creative. It’s a rare commodity that developers grant us these days and I’ve not been reminded about my love for games quite as much as Breath of the Wild did for me. In fact, leading up to Breath of the Wild I’ve been struggling for a few months to really sink my teeth into something. There have been great games but nothing has been quite as memorable and downright legendary for me personally. It’s exactly everything I want in a game.
It’s a reminder that you don’t need all this hype and flashy nonsense in your life, you just need that game that you can’t put down. We all are different, we all have various reasons for loving games and no story will be the same. So, I ask you – Is there a game in recent memory that reminded you why you love playing games? A game you still randomly think about and wish you could play again for the very first time?