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Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Review-in-Progress Part 1: To the Next Level

Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom came out on Friday. Thanks to Nintendo Canada, we’ve playing the game since then and have some thoughts on it so far. How is Tears of the Kingdom? Is it better than Breath of the Wild? Spoiler Warning: if you don’t want to know anything about Tears at all, don’t read this review-in-progress!


Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is already better than Breath of the Wild. And that’s saying a lot. Breath of the Wild is an amazing game. Right from the beginning, you can go anywhere, including the final boss. There’s so much to do, so much to see. How can Tears be better than Breath of the Wild?

Well, if you thought there was so much to see and do in Breath of the Wild, then you will be shocked by Tears of the Kingdom. Nintendo took Zelda to the next level, three levels in fact. In the previous game, you had the massive land of Hyrule to explore. In Tears, you have Hyrule, the sky, and the underground to explore! Three different maps! When you’ve visited each of them, you’ll even be able to switch between maps and go back and visit them whenever you want.

Tears of the Kingdom has also changed Hyrule a lot. There are now caves, dungeons, shrines, and tons of side quests to find.


Around every corner of the three maps, surprises await you. What we’re telling you here is only the tip of the iceberg. You can be just wandering around Hyrule and then something unexpected will happen. Some unique enemy will attack you or you’ll find a new side quest or a hidden treasure. Tears of the Kingdom is just packed with things to do.

Just like Breath of the Wild, there are shrines in this game and they are a lot harder. The whole game, in fact, is much more difficult than the previous Zelda. You will find challenges all around. Make sure to get some more hearts for Link as soon as possible. Of course, we haven’t even talk about the biggest change yet…

Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom features unique building abilities. We’ll talk about them tomorrow in Part 2 of our review in progress!

Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is out now for the Nintendo Switch!

Thanks again to Nintendo Canada for the review code!


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blank Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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