|#12||The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild|
|past years||2019: #13, 2018: #4, 2017: #5|
Well, what can I say about this game. It made the singlehandedly the Switch a success. It won a shitload of game of the year awards. It is among the highest rated on Metacritic. This game is successful, influental and just great.
Breath of the Wild is among the greatest games of all time, without feeling too much like a Zelda game. The game feels so free, so open, I can go everywhere, do everything, discover so much stuff. The physics engine even further allows for experimentation. This is just awesome. And the world to explore is interesting. The region matches the description of what happened. The ruins, the emptyness, the nature getting back at civilization, this matches the destruction 100 years ago. Many things show this in detail, like the massive field of destroyed guradians before the walls of Hateno village. For each village still existing is an explanation how it survived. Hidden in the mountains. Big wall. Only reachable by air. This all fits. At the same time civilization slowly gets back in form of the stables. This gives the game an overall feel of a coherent world.
And everything is so beautiful. The nature, the ruins, all so serene. Until you meet a monster, that is. You can roam the landscape and explore the land. It is dangerous, but beautiful at the same time. I run around and was just blown away by some of the views of nature around me.
The game gives you so much stuff to do, to explore, to fight, to collect, that you can completely forget the main objective. Ganon? Zelda? Who cares, I have to cook the perfect meal under a red moon.