This is it! The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has finally been unleashed upon the world. After almost four years of teasers and crumbs of information, we can now explore the wonders that are Hyrule, both above and below.
The Twink is Back!
Link is once again on the hunt to save Princess Zelda from Ganondorf and whatever evil plan he is concocting. Traverse familiar locations, or try something new and take to the sky to uncover the mystery of these Sky Islands. Use all-new skills and fund unique ways to get around the many problems that always seem to find their way to Hyrule.
Tears of the Kingdom adds a whole new level to exploration, quite literally, with the addition of a vast underground area to explore. With the same size as the upper map, the underground is littered with enemies, treasure, and unseen difficulties to overcome. So make sure you are well-equipped before heading into that dark abyss.
New Skills That Kill
Just adding two new levels to explore would have been enough for most sequels, but Nintendo has decided to add so much more. They have completely redone the skill runes from the last game. Instead, you have the Ultrahand that helps you cause havoc to the legion of Gannondorf’s minions.
Ultrahand lets you create and build whatever you can think of, even if it’s stupid and will definitely blow up in your face. Or you can use the Fuse power and strap a flamethrower on a boomerang to give those enemies an extra insult to injury. Why not mess with those enemies and put an explosive on your shield so it will explode when they attack? Don’t worry; it won’t hurt you.
Remember in Breath of the Wild when you had to climb everything to get to the top of a structure? Well Tears of the Kingdom heard your concerns and added a skill called Ascend, where you can transport through the ceiling and into whatever it is on top. As long as you can get under it, you can get to the top quickly.
Another very useful skill for attacking or traversing is called Recall. Send that thrown item right back at whoever dared toss it in your direction. Bomb spiked ball or spear; It makes no difference when you return to sender. Just make sure you are out of the blast radius.
Not much has been talked about with regard to the storyline, and I definitely will not be spoiling that here. Just know that Gannondorf is back, and it looks like he has taken his final form as Daddy. Zelda needs to be rescued (of course), and Link is the only one that can do it. Just after he gets honey for that drummer, he finds camping.
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