What a generation it has been, full of incredible stories and countless incredible games that have kept players company for hours upon hours. It’s no secret that we at Press Start love our gaming and there has been a lot to love over the last console cycle.
In that time we’ve awarded five Game of the Year awards, given a perfect 10 to fourteen games, and reviewed a lot of others. We’re here to continue our countdown towards the Press Start Game of the Generation.
For an overview of the rules we set for ourselves in determining this top ten, click here.
#4 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Breath of the Wild has been decreed by many as the definitive Legend of Zelda title, it’s a groundbreaking entry to the series that brings discovery and exploration to the forefront of the experience. There’s a whole world to be uncovered, though it isn’t made easy thanks to tough survival concepts that turn the series on its ear.
It was unafraid to break through the structures that had defined what it means to be a Legend of Zelda game for generations and, as a result, became one of the most decorated launch titles for any platform ever.
Given the limitations of the Nintendo Switch as a piece of hardware when compared to its contemporaries, Breath of the Wild’s Hyrule and its many lairs are a breathtaking paradox and it set the tone for the remaining open-worlds the generation had to offer.
“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will go down as one of the best launch titles of all time. Yes, technically it’s a Wii U game that was ported over to the Nintendo Switch, but Nintendo made the right decision in holding this game back. It perfectly compliments the Nintendo Switch and highlights why it has the potential to be such a great and versatile console. Many have doubted Nintendo’s ability to bring this series into the modern age of gaming, but they’ve done that and taken it one step further in creating one of the best open-world action-adventure games ever made.”