Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Is The Best Game In The Series?

Initial reviews for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom are calling it the best in the franchise.

By Jason Collins | Updated

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Sequels are often disappointing for a variety of reasons, such as high expectations and lack of originality. So, you can understand the suspicion many had regarding the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom—how can anyone top the greatest game ever made? Well, it would seem that Nintendo has done it; reviews for the upcoming game are in, and the new game, which is already being pirated, could actually be the best in the series.

We often state that originality stems from ignorance, but that true genius lies in taking what’s known and producing something unprecedented. And according to Kotaku, that’s precisely what Nintendo did with the upcoming Breath of the Wild sequel. Instead of inventing a whole new gaming concept, Nintendo took all the material that was supposed to be a DLC for the original game, cooked it up together, and made a sequel that features very little in terms of originality, but plenty in terms of creative genius, so that it meets the high expectations of the fandom.

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No, we’re not saying that the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is without novelty. It’s actually quite the contrary; the game features plenty of new stuff, like the new crafting system and a huge map that extends from deep underground dungeons to high skies. So, despite being a continuation of the previous game at its core, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom actually feels like a brand-new gaming title that’s perhaps as equally awe-inspiring as Breath of the Wild was.

There are plenty of things to be said about the new game. Everything about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is slightly better than Breath of the Wild. But there are some minor details that aren’t so great. For example, the quality of the voice acting isn’t on par with the previous game, and many have complained that it sounds as if the actors didn’t understand the context of what they were saying. Also, some of the main criticism seems to be focused on the complex control system, which takes some getting used to, especially if you just completed Breath of the Wild.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom also has some minor performance issues in terms of framerate drops where there are too many enemies or effects on screen at once, which is actually quite reasonable. Even the strongest gaming PCs struggle in games in which there are plenty of effects and opponents at once. Just look at any World of Warcraft raid with graphical settings tuned to High or Ultra—it looks like a bar fight under a strobe light.

Of course, there are those who would like to prescribe performance issues to Nintendo Switch’s aging hardware, and they wouldn’t be wrong. While many consider The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom a perfect sendoff for a seven-year-old Nintendo Switch, which is at the end of its life-cycle, Nintendo has no plans to release any new hardware any time soon, despite the Nintendo Switch 2 release date leaking online.