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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 2 weeks ago.
You can play this game in the following styles:
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:
This game is good if you want to:
- Find your way more easily
- Play prestigious games
- Play your first adventure game
- Inspire young chefs
- Distract yourself from pain
- Use motion controls rather than sticks
This game has helped players develop their Skill as part of the following pathways:
This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:
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.
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:
- 12-year-old: Discovering Taxonomy
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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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild
- 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.
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Release Date: 03/03/2017
Out Now: Switch and Wii U
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Accessibility: 22 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild is part of The Legend of Zelda franchise of games: