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The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (2017) departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and the passage of the sun and moon extend the deep encounter with the fantastical world, but it’s the sense of history in the dilapidated buildings and long-untouched wilds that draw you in. You must work with the land, foraging for food, scaling snow-covered mountains and searching for shade in scalding deserts to continue your quest to uncover its history and restore balance.

This is a magical world that exists not only as a backdrop for adventure but as a living, breathing environment that must be negotiated as intelligently and carefully as any monster you fight.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Adventure, Simulation and Traversal game with Fighting, Shooting, Stealth and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

 
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 200 hours to complete. Duration varies greatly depending on approach and ability. Most will be able to complete the main threads in 50 hours. But to do everything in the game is a huge challenge, taking over 200 hours over many months.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

 
This game has helped players develop their Skill as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for depictions of non-realistic-looking violence towards human-like or animal-like characters. During scenes of violence, bright lights are shown on impact of attacks. When the player character Link takes damage he flashes orange, and he continues to repeatedly flash red when running very low on health. Some attacks can knock him to the floor for a short time, but he quickly gets up and carries on fighting. When he is defeated he falls down to the floor and the screen reads ‘game over’, there are no visible injuries on his body.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol. As players explore the open-world environment, they can forage for materials, explore shrines, and engage in melee-style combat against fantastical creatures (e.g., goblins, skeletons, centaurs). Players use swords, axes, clubs, and bows to defeat enemies that generally disappear amid puffs of smoke. One brief sequence depicts a battlefield strewn with the bodies of enemy creatures; in the background, a few bodies appear to be impaled by spears. The game contains some mildly suggestive material: fairies with moderate cleavage and/or exaggerated-size breasts; dialogue such as "I get to see a young hunk draw a bow again?" and "If I have to have something pounce on me, why couldn't it be a lady?" During the course of the game, a shop owner tells Link that she only serves "...drinks that are definitely just for adults..."; players can also encounter a drunken character that occasionally hiccups.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Although younger children can enjoy exploring the world, to really play on your own you need combat, navigation and planning skills.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 12-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
There are substantial in-game purchases for additional story, quests, items and challenges. You can buy these individually or via the "Expansion Pass" that also adds three new treasure chests as well as the two packs:
  • The Master Trials: The Trial of the Sword, Master Mode, Hero's Path Mode, the travel medallion, and new armour.
  • The Champions Balad: The Champions’ Ballad, nine armours you can find while treasure hunting, and an ancient bridle and saddle.

This game supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Out Now: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation, Traversal (Fighting, Shooting, Stealth and Strategy)

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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