How Zelda Breath of the Wild Has Influenced Open World Gaming

By aJNation71
January 6, 2019

There is no denying almost two years after its release, Breath of the Wild is starting to build a lasting legacy in gaming. Since Link’s latest adventure released in March 2017, we have seen several big open world games that have come out. The most notable have been the two Assassin’s Creed games, Far Cry 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, all of which have one thing in common, the inspiration they took from the Wii U (remember that thing?) and Switch classic.

YouTuber MojoPlays’s latest video showcases the various gameplay elements their team believe have been incorporated in different games released since the latest entry in the Zelda series. All of these inspired by the originality featured in Breath of the Wild. Amongst those featured include a non-linear mission structure, the ability to traverse any landscape without limitation, and more sophisticated survival like elements.

Breath of the Wild’s build is very much about stripping back structure. Games that were released 30 years ago on limited hardware introduced a level of freedom due to the inability to introduce parameters because of the technical limitations. As gaming evolved through the various generations, the increased power introduced increased linearity. Developers felt that players needed to be guided from goal to goal either to showcase the worlds the team had created or due to the systems introduced in the game itself. Games in the Zelda series have also fallen foul to this.

But, with the creation of games like Skyrim, MGS V: The Phantom Pain, and Zelda: A Link Between Worlds the industry has tried to go back to explorational elements and barrier-less gaming. The aforementioned titles act as pillars that support the foundation of what Breath of the Wild has created and deserve credit, but the job that Nintendo EAD has done by taking the tools given to them and using them to transform/reinvent a genre yet again can not be understated. This is why future Ubisoft, Rockstar, and other developers open world titles will never be the same again.

This is aJNation for TGPZ, take care and keep gaming!

You can check out the video below or click here to watch it on YouTube. Enjoy!


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