Breath of the Wild 1 Year Later: Great Game, Average Legend of Zelda Title

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a great game. Metacritic rates the Nintendo Switch version 97/100, landing it in the aggregator's top 20 games of all time and behind only the 99/100 Ocarina of Time in the storied franchise.

It's a refined pinnacle of modern gaming. It has a massive open world full of depth and nuance for expert gamers. More casual gamers, or non-talented ones like myself, can appreciate its artistry while playing linearly or wandering around. It's not an RPG and yet is entirely immersive in its protagonist, story and world. It doesn't defy system limitations or push hardware (see the WiiU version), but uses everything in Nintendo's arsenal. It's a triple-A gaming done right.

Still, despite the accolades, it's nowhere close to being my favorite Legend of Zelda game. It's not science - the two categories are apples and oranges - but it's fun to consider the differences between critical and personal preference.