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During an early Nintendo E3 booth tour we got almost 45 minutes with Link's newest adventure. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is something of a wild departure from the formula established in Ocarina of Time, but it still feels true to the spirit of the franchise, established with the original Legend of Zelda on the NES.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild opens with a disembodied voice (possibly Zelda) telling Link to wake up and open his eyes. It's worth noting that this voice over is in English, a first for the series. Series producer Eiji Aonuma told us the game would feature more voice over, but wouldn't say if the game would be fully voiced. Series fans will also be happy to know that Link is still a silent protagonist.
English voice-over is far from the only new addition to this Zelda. As previously seen in past trailers, Breath of the Wild is an open world game, and it reminded me of games like Skyrim or the The Witcher, in that Link can travel to any point in the world that he can see. All told, Breath of the Wild's world is 12 times the size of Twilight Princess' Hyrule.
Thankfully, navigating that world seems relatively interesting, with various enemies, animals, and other points of interest scattered about. The world is dense with activities, and Nintendo hopes players will experiment with the world in various ways. After cresting a hill, we noticed a few Moblins at the bottom of a valley. Instead of jumping down to battle them, we pushed one of the boulders off the edge and crushed them underfoot. Players will also be able to climb trees, hunt animals, and chop down trees to create makeshift bridges across rivers.
Another thing we quickly noticed while navigating the world is Link can now jump at will. That's right, there is an actual jump button. This makes navigating the world a lot easier. By pressing and holding the jump button, players will also be able to scale cliff faces and other vertical walls. Link also has a stamina meter that slowly depletes while climbing, running, or doing any other physical activity.
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