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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Zelda expansion brings more mild combat, creative puzzles.

Game Nintendo Switch 2017
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Once you get over the disappointment of not being provided a new region to explore or any significant new storytelling to enjoy, this downloadable content (DLC) pack becomes a lot more fun. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad is about being given a chance to revisit one of the best games ever made. You'll get to re-familiarize yourself with its gorgeous world -- and will likely find plenty of secrets you missed the first time through -- and re-master Link's key abilities along the way. And once you've completed the new content, you'll be able to explore with greater freedom than ever before via the Master Zero Cycle, which is about as close as this DLC comes to providing Link a new ability. It's kind of like riding a mechanical horse, but it's much faster and surprisingly more useful when fighting tougher enemies -- especially for those who prefer combat from a mount.

Still, there are moments of disenchanting repetition. Facing down each of the four primary pre-Calamity Ganon bosses a second time rather than taking on new villains feels like a wasted opportunity for fresh challenges. And while the new dungeon is fun, it's neither as complex nor as lengthy as veteran players might expect. In the end, the best reason to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad might have little to do with the expansion itself. Instead, it might simply be that it serves as an excuse for players to come back to a game they thought they were finished with and remember all the reasons it was so special.

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