The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Preview

Don't count the Legend of Zelda series out! The next installment promises to breathe new wild breath into the beloved system-selling franchise and give it a second wind (breath).

"GRAND ADVENTURE IN AN OPEN WORLD THAT PUTS THE WITCHER 3 TO SHAME!"

When it comes to masterful game design, Nintendo is a master. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the approach to game design in Breath of the Wild. Every decision to make an improvement is well done, and every improvement makes the game noticeably better. An instant classic!

As Link, you'll set off on a grand adventure in an open world that puts The Witcher 3 to shame. Each area is so large that Link could run in a circle and never stop. Environments are lovingly detailed, jaw-dropping vistas so beautiful you'd swear the creators used art techniques.

But that's just the surface. What really makes the world compelling are the opportunities it presents to the player. A day/night cycle triggers thousands of immersive events such as the setting of the sun. Link can climb just about any surface - even ladders! Fire propagation and physics are fully modeled to a sim-like extent, allowing you to pull off some amazing feats like turning to your friend and saying, "See how the fire propagation and physics are fully modeled to a sim-like extent?"

There's even a crafting system and stat-driven loot. You can pause the game at any time.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will certainly be a breath of fresh air when it comes out in 2017.