GOTY 2017 | Number 1 — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The hype was real for The Leg­end of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but no one could have seen just how inno­v­a­tive and rein­vig­o­rat­ing the game would end up. Nin­tendo had been play­ing it safe for too long with the Zelda series and vowed to go back to its roots for Breath of the Wild. The suc­cess they found with this new for­mula will likely go on to influ­ence the series going for­ward and likely the design of open world games in gen­eral. Many open world games rely on point­ing the player in the direc­tion they want them to go, for fear of them get­ting bored. Nin­tendo expertly solved the issue that other devel­op­ers didn’t even see here, by rid­ding the world of developer-laid icons and allow­ing the player to choose their own jour­ney. Stand­ing at the top of a tower, you might see some­thing that looks inter­est­ing and decide to inves­ti­gate. Nearly every time, you will be rewarded for your curios­ity with some­thing, even if it’s some­thing small. This is what sep­a­rates Breath of the Wild from other open world games. It allows play­ers to cre­ate their own sto­ries and explore the world at their own pace, while pack­ing every nook and cranny with fun things to find. Hours melted away while I was play­ing Breath of the Wild as I got lost in the gor­geous world. The Leg­end of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games ever made and eas­ily deserves the spot as the best game of 2017.

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Wednesday Night Stream | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Join me for some Hyrule-exploring action at 9pm EST! Feel free to com­ment on this post directly or head off to my Twitch Page to chat with me as I play!

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The Platinum Diaries | Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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Why This Game?

I would be lying if I didn’t say that this one wasn’t per­sonal. Res­i­dent Evil is one of my favorite series and I can con­fi­dently say that this lat­est entry is one of the best yet. Res­i­dent Evil 7: Bio­haz­ard being a rel­a­tively short game over­all also con­tributed to my drive to make this my first plat­inum tro­phy of the series, though it being an immensely fun game didn’t hurt. Look­ing at the ini­tial tro­phy list, it didn’t seem like too much of a tough one to tackle, but like any plat­inum, there are a few obsta­cles that are easy to under­es­ti­mate when you’re sim­ply star­ing at a list. That being said, let’s break this one down.

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E3 2016 | A Narrative Journey Through ‘Breath of the Wild’

The foun­da­tion of the Leg­end of Zelda series was built upon explo­ration. Wan­der­ing the scenic hills of Hyrule in search of secrets has always been the thing that made the best games in the series so fun. Nin­tendo allowed me to explore the diverse lands of The Leg­end of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in the E3 demo for quite a while, so instead of list­ing off the fea­tures I noticed in this breath­tak­ing, pun com­pletely intended, adven­ture game, I’m going to take you through the story of my explo­ration of Hyrule. Come join me as I stroll the the lands of Nintendo’s next epic.

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