Up until a few months ago, I'd never really played a Legend of Zelda computer game. I'd played occasionally with a friend's Ocarina of Time on the N64, knowing the inside of Jabu-Jabu's belly and the first main village, as well as the overall gameplay mechanics of targeting and the playing of music, but I never got to play the story or understand how the game's gameplay-loop worked. I enjoyed my time with it, finding the little spider crabs quite challenging.
I do remember finding the game awe inspiring though - the graphics were incredible, and so was the crafted world that the game was set within.
I later owned a Wii and bought The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but never opened it. It stayed in it's cellophane case - I think that the console might have came with it, as I don't imagine buying a game I never intended on playing. I didn't fancy it, and whilst I maybe always intended on playing the game at somepoint, by the time it came to the Wii was a forgotten Bowling Simulator console that I'd only crack out in a party setting. Then that was replaced in 2009 by Rock Band at any rate, and the Wii just disintegrated.
I do have earlier memories of The Legend of Zelda mind you - that same friend who let me play Mario Party, Super Mario World and Unirally over endless lunchtimes did own one SNES Zelda, but I don't remember much about it. In those days, you'd be happy just to sit back and watch someone play a game like that, and I remember vaguely the heart containers and maybe the aesthetic, but apart from that I really don't have much contact with Zelda, in the end.
When I got the Switch I was told that "you have to get Zelda for it". I think I didn't ever consider it because Zelda was this other thing, a series I have never even played, never mind loved. I realised that it was the game to get a Switch for - but for me that was Super Mario Odyssey and, before that, Sonic Mania. So after a few months of rinsing both Mario and Rocket League I mentioned to Connie at somepoint I'd love to get The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and she nodded her usual nod, and then promptly surprised me with the game one evening, leaving the game box lying next to the Switch dock, not saying a thing.
My reaction was simple - "Wait, why is there Zelda sitting there?!". A wonderful gift, and a wonderful moment. Authors Note: Connie has since lamented buying me the game for how many times I tell her what I have done in the game, or the amount of time I spend engrossed in the game as well. For that, I directly apologise to her.
So, how is the game? Well, as you might be able to tell with the "(Part 1)" in this post's title, I have a lot to say about the game, and it's not bad. In fact, it's the opposite.
It might be the greatest videogame I've ever played. In fact, I know it is one of the greatest games I've ever played. It's just simply a masterpiece. And I'll write more about it in the coming days.