The Game Awards 2017 have come and gone, and Nintendo reigns supreme with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild winning the coveted Game of the Year award. There was a large part of me that was worried though. I thought that fan favoritism would sway the vote to a title that I personally do not believe should be a game of the year, but the goddesses of Hyrule made sure that Zelda took its rightful place.
If you haven’t yet played this game then you need to get out from under your rock and play it. It takes the open world formula and applies it to the world of Legend of Zelda in such a way that it completely changes what it means to be a Zelda title. I mean, if you want to talk about re-inventing a series then this game is one you need to play to experience the evolution of a series. I know that the naysayers and haters will say that all this does is apply the open world formula to the Legend of Zelda series, and the short answer is yes it does apply open world gameplay to Zelda; but it does so much more when you actually look at it in the context of a Zelda title, and it does this in such a polished way that if this game didn’t at least get a Game of the Year nomination then something is seriously wrong. Every little piece of this game is so well thought out and planned – is that a lightning storm? put away your metal weapons unless you want to get electrocuted; Want to get across that lake to a chest? oh hey, let me use my magnesis and make a bridge out of these steel beams. Playing this game for a short while shows you just how much care was given to it to ensure the final product was top notch. The only criticism I can personally levy against the game is that it is light on story. For any other title this may be a huge issue, but for a Legend of Zelda title I don’t see it as such a negative. My reason? The basic story of Legend of Zelda has always been the same – Link saves princess Zelda from the evil Ganon. There are only so many ways to retell the same narrative, and I for one am glad that they kept the story simple and instead focused on all the little details of Link’s interaction with the world at large.
6 nominations, 3 wins. Breath of the Wild staked it’s claim in 2017 and helped Nintendo make an unlikely come back in the world of console gaming. I loved this game, and had so much fun with it. It felt like true evolution for the series as a whole and was a technically sound title overall. Like I mentioned before, this game was my personal pick for Game of the Year and i truly believe that it was a well deserved win.
Random side note, if Player Unknown’s Batttleground had won I would have been seriously heated.