The Nintendo Switch launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took the gaming world by storm. It was a huge success for Nintendo, selling over 26.55 million copies since its release in 2017. But it has been over five years since the last Breath of the Wild. So it is safe to say, many Zelda fans have completed every shrine, collected every last rushroom, and even found every hidden Korok since then. It has been a long wait for the second Breath of the Wild. And while it does have a release date of 2022, it has already been delayed once. Zelda fans desperately need to scratch that Breath of the Wild itch at this point. So if that sounds like you, here are five games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild to play while you wait.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Immortals Fenyx Rising is an action-adventure title from Ubisoft that will definitely give you your Breath of the Wild fix. It was actually criticised upon release for borrowing too liberally from the Nintendo title. But for many, Immortals Fenyx Rising actually improved on Nintendo’s winning formula.
You play as a winged Demi-God named Fenyx, who must release four Greek Gods from an evil curse that has befallen them. These four Greek Gods are located in different corners of the map, and are somewhat reminiscent to the four Divine Beast’s from Breath of the Wild. Puzzles also make up a large portion of the gameplay. The map is littered with Vaults. These are separate stages that present Fenyx with a number of puzzle, platforming, and combat challenges. Sound familiar? It should, because these basically act as the Shrines from Breath of the Wild. Immortals Fenyx Rising is an incredible title in it’s own right, and is well worth playing while you wait for Breath of the Wild.
Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm
It doesn’t take long to realise why Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm has earned it’s spot on this list. The protagonist is equipped with a hookshot, has an odd but familiar affinity with smashing pots, and most definitely shops at the same vendor as Link. But Oceanhorn 2 is yet another example of taking inspiration from the greats, while still creating a unique and fun game in it’s own right. Oceanhorn 2 is visually stunning, with vibrant colour palette and well rendered character models.
Oceanhorn 2 isn’t exactly open-world like Breath of the Wilds, and does play like some of the older Zelda titles. But there are some fully realised dungeons – or temples if we’re using Zelda lingo, and classic puzzle solving mechanics. As an indie title, Oceanhorn 2 is also significantly cheaper than other AAA titles, so you really have nothing to lose by giving this game a go.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles might not be as action packed as Breath of the Wild. But it absolutely captures the magical beauty that you feel when your exploring the wilderness of Hyrule. Developed by the Australian development team Prideful Sloth, Yonder takes inspiration from Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon, Skyrim, and of course, The Legend of Zelda. It’s hard not to get hyped up with a roster like that, and Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles does not disappoint.
You will find yourself ship wrecked on an island named Gemea. Your main quest is to collect Sprites in order to banish a fog that has shrouded the island. Apart from the initial quest, you are free to explore the vibrant open-world of Gemea at your leisure. You can farm, complete side quests, and adopt any of the interesting and creative wildlife you find around the island. Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a magical open-world adventure that is sure to tide you over until the next, big, Breath of the Wild.
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
If you have been looking for a Zelda clone with an extra sprinkle of badassery, then look no further than Darksiders: Warmastered Edition. It takes inspiration from both old and new Zelda titles, combining dungeons with a fully explorable open world. All while slapping it in a savage, and blood thirsty coat of paint.
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition brings you oversized weapons, and even more oversized boss battles in this ruthless Zelda-like adventure that is sure to kill some time before the release of Breath of the Wild 2.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt supplies you with all the fantasy and mystery that you feel while playing Breath of the Wild. But on top of this, it adds even more depth to the experience with an incredibly engaging storyline. Whether you follow the main story quest, or set off on your own adventure, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has something new and exciting hiding around every corner.
The open world here is choc-full of side quests, enemies, and mysteries. If all of this doesn’t sound like enough game for you, you can also kill time by playing ‘Gwent’; The Witcher 3’s game-within-a-game. In short, much like Breath of the Wild, The Witcher 3 is set in a vast, immersive open world that is teeming with adventure. The mystery of the journey, and not knowing what was coming next is one of the main charms of Breath of the Wild. And The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt stirs up those same, intrepid feelings of wanderlust that we felt while playing Breath of the Wild.
Comparing games is like comparing apples and oranges. Every game is different. None of these are exactly like Breath of the Wild, but they definitely bear similarities. And they might just be enough to tide you over until we get our paws on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s sequel.
Xenoblade wasn’t mentioned? Go back, play, write that in and try again
There are so many more this article could do with a part 2 😛