The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a follow-up to Breath of the Wild that takes the original game’s formula and elevates it to the next level. From the freedom of exploration to the depth of the story, the game captures everything that made its predecessor special. The game is set in the familiar world of Hyrule, but with new towns, ruins, and challenges to explore, players are sure to find plenty of new experiences.
A More Involved Storyline
One of the biggest criticisms of Breath of the Wild was its lack of story. Tears of the Kingdom addresses this issue by providing a more involved narrative that ties together the various areas of the game. The new and returning characters all have their moments to shine, and the side quests are more interesting and memorable. Long quest chains help guide players in the right direction, while still allowing for plenty of exploration.
An Expanded World and Puzzles
Tears of the Kingdom features three maps to explore: the Surface, the Sky, and the Depths. The Surface is similar to the open-world environment of Breath of the Wild, while the Sky is made up of smaller islands with puzzles and challenges. The Depths are a dark underbelly hidden beneath Hyrule, filled with dangerous enemies and new status effects.
The game introduces four new abilities that crack open a world of possibilities in terms of combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving. These abilities allow players to fuse objects together, ascend through certain obstacles, recall dropped platforms, and more. The puzzles are more varied this time around, with tutorial-style shrines that teach new skills and challenges that force players to start from scratch.
Overall, Tears of the Kingdom manages to take everything that made Breath of the Wild great and make it better. The improved storyline, expanded world, and new abilities provide players with a fresh, exciting experience. The game’s art style and music are as lovely as ever, and the challenge level is higher than its predecessor, making for a more satisfying gameplay experience. While the game does have occasional performance issues, they in no way detract from the enjoyment of the game. Fans of the original game will find plenty to love in Tears of the Kingdom, and newcomers will be just as captivated by the magic of the Legend of Zelda universe.