While I’ve never played a Warriors game and have had no intention to until now, I have to admit that telling The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s backstory through this style of game makes perfect sense. The Great Calamity was a war which affected all of Hyrule and taking on one thousand plus foes at once using Breath of the Wild’s game mechanics wouldn’t have quite worked. While I will miss those game mechanics until the sequel to Breath of the Wild finally comes out, I am still looking forward to the exciting possibilities that this new Warriors game could bring to the table.
Missing Story Links
For starters, it’s no secret that Breath of the Wild was missing a great story. The bulk of the story seemed to have already played out one hundred years ago during the battle and was only hinted at here and there in cutscenes. For the most part, the ruins and rubble of that great battle showed glimpses of that story in a very surreal and solemn way that I don’t believe that any other game has done to that degree before. While I do consider this form of storytelling to be a refreshing form of art, I am looking forward to seeing the events of that great battle unfold. It’s going to be really cool seeing thousands of Guardians scurrying across the land.
Despite Breath of the Wild’s lack of narrative, the game did feature likeable characters, namely The Champions. Usually, it takes a bit more story telling for me to actually feel something for a character, but each Champion had a certain wit or personality about them that made me actually care about them. This makes me look forward to finally seeing their backstories in Age of Calamity. I’m not looking forward to seeing their inevitable demise but I’ll at least likely care more about it.
Princess Zelda has always been an integral part of… well… Zelda games! Her name is the title of the series for a reason. In Breath of the Wild, we got to see glimpses of her backstory through Link’s unlocked memories. We got just enough to get a glimpse of why she has the motives that she does. I am looking forward to seeing more of her story play out such as her relationship with her father and even her day to day activities as the Princess of Hyrule.
The World Of Hyrule
Another thing that I’m looking forward to is seeing Hyrule as it was before the Great Calamity. We’ve already seen glimpses of what some places looked like, including the area around Hyrule Castle. It’s already weird seeing actual standing houses where I remember seeing only fields and rubble, but it’s a good kind of weird! One thing that I’ve thought about is that we’ll likely see Lon Lon Ranch. While Breath of the Wild’s map only referred to it as Ranch Ruins, we all know what it is. It will be pretty awesome to see it in updated HD graphics, even though we’ll likely see its destruction.
Below is an exclusive screenshot from the new game from a Japanese Nintendo news site.
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While there’s a chance that some of what I’m looking forward to in Age of Calamity doesn’t happen, I can still look forward to at least seeing this world come back to life again. One thing that made Breath of the Wild my favorite game was the art style of the world in general, a style which is mirrored from one of my favorite movies, Princess Mononoke. I’ll gladly pay $60 just to experience that world again fresh and new. So what are you looking forward to in Age of Calamity? Sound off in the comments below!