Before you turn away, yes this is a Breath of the Wild perspective piece… Unless you are looking for a rather famous person’s new fitness book, in which case turn away. This piece contains mild game mechanic spoilers. See next sentence for “best before” advice. The first few hours of play.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is groundbreaking in many ways, not just for a Zelda game, but as a standard for all games to come. One of the many changes to the formula that has been made is that “Link” remains “Link” and can no longer be named otherwise. Not so big a deal for me until I delved into the game, experiencing its wonderful knack for hunter-gathering and master chiefery.
Had I known of this mechanic then I would have most certainly called my Link “Joe”. There would not have been a better name. He can run, jump, climb (unconfirmed), and he does all of this many times over for short bursts at a time. If that is not Tabata, I don’t know what is.
So about that cooking. Yes, it is true, as Link you collect all sorts of items for the chef’s pot from meat to lizards and fairy dust in between. What makes this such a great game mechanic? It is not the achievement of gathering and cooking the items yourself. That would just be a life simulator. It is the buffs that said superfoods can provide you with.
I am telling you, avocados have nothing on an electro omelette. Right from the get go this ability to create superfoods that help buff your strength, stamina, etc. lets you go farther into the world than you should have any right to. Trekking along, tentatively so, hoping that you packed a large enough lunchbox. Disclaimer- An apple a day does not keep the moblins away, but it half-heartedly helps.
Eventually, you will level up your hearts, stamina, weapons and armour as is standard game affair. But until such times you are free to spam the enemies with all of your favourite meals and potions, using the vast amount of raw materials that mother Nintendo provides. Seeing what is out there in the world of Breath of the Wild has me pondering going native in reality. Those pesky supermarkets don’t deserve my Rupees!
So here is my challenge to you the gaming world. Who will create the first Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild cook book? It will happen. I will part with my hard pilfered Rupees to own it.
Written by Ian Kennedy
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