I've been playing Video Games since I was 3. I'm now 31. It's been a long time. I remember my parents hiding the NES bundle behind the giant radio with two massive, tall speakers in our living room. It wasn't something I even knew about or cared to have at the time. I'm assuming it was meant for my father, really. The moment I got my hands on it and the games it came with. There was a baseball game, Rad Racer, SMB/Duck Hunt, and The Legend of Zelda. For what I recall. I was young, and I was hooked. I couldn't get enough of it. It got my parents frustrated and annoyed because I was obsessed to the point I played for hours. Zelda, especially. I was young and I constantly deleted my father's profile by accident because I couldn't read. He'd get the white tunic frequently and I'd continually delete that file. I'm sorry for that, Dad.
I recall sitting in the living room and watching my uncles and father play through a dungeon while they socialized. I was captivated by it. To me, it was real. The combat and the interactions. It felt like a real adventure during a time where all I could go was in the apartment where we lived. It was liberating and it was amazing. The secrets that unfolded infront of me. To see my father find secret staircases that took him to other parts of the map, the haunting tune played on the flute that summoned a tornado to take us to other areas, and the hidden openings unveiled from burned bushed and pushed boulders? It was amazing.
My mother ended up giving that game away, deeming it too violent for me. I was very sad and was obsessed for years in getting it back. Some years later when I was 9, I got the SNES and got a game called Zelda for it. I thought I got my game back. Because I was young, I couldn't appreciate it for what it was. It wasn't the original zelda I was hoping for. Now that I've grown, A Link to the Past has become my favorite game of all time.
Recalling all that, having heard what kind of game Breath of the Wild was, I was incredibly excited. It was exactly what I was hoping for since the first game. A genuine open ended, open world game that offered the whole world to you to do whatever you want whenever you want. And let me tell you, playing this game has been everything I've been waiting for since those days I watched my father and uncles play in that living room. Of course there's some concerns I have with the game, but this is more what I've been waiting for since the first game. Even later installments, like Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword didn't fulfill my wishes as much as this game.
I have enjoyed this game so thoroughly with over 100 hours already played and I cannot be happier.