diana;;zelda;;breath;;wild;;rpg;;action;;strategy guide;;nintendo;;piggyback Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee


By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on August 9, 2017

It has been a little over a year that played Breath of the Wild for the very first time during Nintendo's preview event. From that moment on I couldn't wait till the full release and judging by the enthusiasm of the rest of the crowd, I just know I was not the only one. Meanwhile, five months have come and gone since the full release and I would love to tell you about my great adventures while playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!

On release day, I started playing my Wii U version of the game, because I didn't own a Nintendo Switch at that moment. A week after the game was released, my Switch arrived and I had a tough decision to make. I had already played several hours of the game on the Wii U, but what is eight hours compared to the whole game? Not much, I'll tell you that.

Breath of the Wild offers you an unbelievably huge world, filled with lots of enemies to defeat, puzzles to solve and secrets to discover. The main goal is, of course, to defeat the calamity Ganon. But Link had a big nap and doesn't have any memories of who he is, let alone of Princess Zelda and all the dangers he has overcome in the past. Luckily for him there are several people who want to help him and sometimes he hears a woman's voice, guiding him and also desperately asking him for help. (Hmm, I wonder who that might be?)

First thing you'll need to know is that it is very important to visit as much Shrines as you can possibly find. When you complete a Shrine challenge, you'll receive an orb. When you exchange four orbs at a holy statue you can choose to extend your HP or Stamina wheel. But finding these shrines becomes more and more difficult as you progress through the game. I once searched for an hour and a half for a Shrine, even while using the direction indicated by the Shrine indicator. But I just couldn't find it. After an hour and a half I gave up and searched the internet for an answer. And what do you know? The Shrine was hidden inside a mountain, behind a waterfall!

That was the moment I decided a needed a strategy guide for this game. Not to lead me from Shrine to Shrine, but to give me hints and directions where to search for them. I ordered the strategy guide, published by Piggyback and let me tell you; that was a very wise decision! Not only do I save time when I'm searching for a Shrine, but I now also save a lot of time and ingredients when preparing a dish or elixir.

The strategy guide by Piggyback is very, very beautiful. Every page is illustrated with clear images that completes the explanation on that page that page. A complete walkthrough, enemies, weapons, recipes, it's all in there to provide whatever help you need. This strategy guide comes with a big map of the land of Hyrule and that in itself is helpful and looks like a piece of art.

In Breath of the Wild, you can do whatever you want. I already chopped trees, cooked dishes, rode horses, climbed trees, snowboarded on my shield off a mountainside, sailed a raft and so on. With every new land you discover things get more difficult, but your opportunities to do cool stuff will also expand and the weapons you'll find will steadily get better. And let's not forget about the special abilities you collect while completing the Shrines in the first land. You can manipulate time, use magnetism, throw bombs and turn water into ice. Those abilities can be very helpful in Shrine challenges, but you can also use them in the rest of Hyrule.

I love playing Breath of the Wild. It kind of reminds me of the original NES game, but with a bigger world, more opportunities and much, much better graphics, of course. I love the side quests, the Shrine challenges and the overall story. In my opinion, this installment in the Zelda has the most and best ways to make Link stronger and best prepared for all the challenges he has to face. Legend of Zelda never looked any better and Breath of the Wild does exactly what it promised: Offer you the greatest and most comprehensive adventure in the awesome world of Hyrule. Now, I just need one more thing to complete my experience: the Amiibo Wolf of Twilight Princess to accompany me during my adventures!

game available on:

Nintendo (game) & Piggyback (strategy guide)