The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Master Trials (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Drew Hurley 03.07.2017 8

Review for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Master Trials on Nintendo Switch

Any real Zelda fan will remember Master Quest, the add-on to the GameCube port of Ocarina of Time from 2002, which breathed fresh life into the legendary game. Breath of the Wild hardly needs fresh life blown into it at this point, as it's still under four months old, not to mention that few and less players have experienced even half of what it has to offer. Regardless, Nintendo is keeping players in the land of Hyrule by delivering the first ever DLC for Zelda in the form of The Master Trials, but just what does it have to offer, and is it worth the price?

Possibly the biggest inclusion in this initial DLC pack is the Master Mode. Drawing back on the Master Quest of old, this new version of the game is a chance for players to take on Breath of the Wild once more in a different and more punishing world. A perfect example of this crushing difficulty is the inclusion of one of the most terrible enemies in the game appearing right in the first open zone, as a White Lynel stalks through the tall grass. Even better, further in, there is a brand new Gold Lynel that will quickly wreck even the best equipped and experienced of players.

Thankfully, too, despite Breath of the Wild lacking the ability to have multiple save files - a horrible flaw - this new mode gives a separate save file and single auto-save slot. This is a level of challenge never previously seen in a Zelda title, and while it can occasionally feel frustrating, it's a real blast and highly addictive.

Screenshot for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Master Trials on Nintendo Switch

The next most significant inclusion would be a new quest from the Great Deku Tree, known as the EX Trial of the Sword. This quest is only acceptable after acquiring the Master Sword and promises to unleash the true power of the blade. It sees Link stripped of all equipment, then sent into a gauntlet of challenge rooms - 60 in all. The mission is simple: overcome each room and gather up equipment to move onto the next. The difficulty scales from simple wooden spear-wielding Bokoblins, to Moblins, to much more terrifying enemies. Taking the weapons from these enemies and scavenging for health recovery items is essential to overcome this new challenge.

There's also some extra side quests included that have familiar relics for fans of the series' history. Those willing to track down the truth behind Misko's riddles can look forward to items like Majora's Mask and even a certain green leotard. There's also a quest that grants an item many completionists out there will be overjoyed to get their hands on. Tracking down every shrine and finding every side quest greatly pales to the mammoth task of hunting for all 900 Koroks. This task is now made a great deal easier with the reward for this new quest, which is a Korok Mask that can be used a little like the Sheikah Sensor. This wooden visage will rattle and shake as Link approaches the diminutive forest spirits.

There's a second tool included in this DLC to track down the little blighters and anything else that may have been missed along the way, too. It's called Hero's Path Mode, and is an upgrade to the Sheikah Map that overlays every step Link has taken for up to 200 hours atop the map, showing any gaps in exploration and unexplored areas.

Screenshot for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Master Trials on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

With Nintendo having little experience with DLC, there was always a question as to if the developer could do it right, and it seems unquestionable that the team knocked this one out of the park, adding some new content, giving a completely new game mode, and also including cosmetic little bonuses for series fans out there. The next DLC has only been hinted at so far, but it has been shown to be based around the fan-favourite four champions, and if it's even half as good as this then fans are in for a treat.

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Nintendo

Publisher

Nintendo

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Action Adventure

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1

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Comments

Not sure I'd give it this much praise. I haven't done the challenges yet, but the hard mode and hero's path should have been in from the start, really. At best, they are add-ons many devs would put in with a free update, so it's £20 for the trials and gear. Hopefully the DLC 2 will make it worth that price in the end. Once I'm done with some other games, defo gonna give these trials a proper go.

The irony that my post got deleted and i have to retype it....

As my BoTW file got deleted by Nintendo when i sent it in I am having to restart BoTW from the start. 

I bit the bullet and bought the DLC, given that I am restarting i thought having things like the Korok Mask and Hero's path from the start will definitely help out. Although I feel like Hard mode and Hero's path should have been included from the start (or as a free download) , especially as they have been evidently tracking your progress from the start anyway (if Hero's path retroactively works) 

If I wasn't starting from the start I don't think i would have purchased it until I knew more about DLC pack 2, but I reckon that once DLC pack 2 is released it would be better value.

It's 17.99 GBP, which isn't too bad considering that i had sunk in 80+ hours before my save file got deleted with a tonne more to do. Its incredibly rare for me purchase DLC so at least i can justify to myself that I should get some enjoyment out of it.

Given that the large majority of my friends list were playing BoTW over the weekend i'll conjure a guess to say that others have also succumed! 

 

The trials mode is really fun. I've done the beginning, and middle paths so far. I just have the last one to do now.

Really looking forward to diving back into Zelda because of this. I've not touched it in far too long. In fact, I've not really touched my Switch for a while, since finishing Shantae, actually. I'm a bit hooked on the Twilight Princess Picross 3DS game right now. Nice change of pace Smilie

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Indeed I've been suckered back in by Zelda. I am just trying to scan my amiibo every day so i can get stuff to then sell, so i can get most of my stuff back before starting again properly. Interesting that i am discovering some things that i hadn't encountered before though.

I got the Twilight Picross game for the 3DS, it makes me think about how crap MyNintendo has been though...it went downhill pretty fast and now its pretty laughable to think all the positivity and hype around it when it launched.

Finally did the trials! Wanted to make sure I got it done before DLC 2 comes out. The beginner trials are definitely the more challenging of the lot. The final trials are actually the easiest once you cook the right ingredients and pop a few ancient arrows off on the major buggers, like lynels.

Now, do I want to try and get all 900 korok seeds? Hmm...

Azuardo said:
Finally did the trials! Wanted to make sure I got it done before DLC 2 comes out. The beginner trials are definitely the more challenging of the lot. The final trials are actually the easiest once you cook the right ingredients and pop a few ancient arrows off on the major buggers, like lynels.

Now, do I want to try and get all 900 korok seeds? Hmm...


Hahah, I saw you online last night as well as I was playing it myself. I found the trials overly easy. I was quite dissapointed to be honest, the final trials were too easy. Although I added challenge to myself by only allowing myself to use fairies and only eat to withstand the elements. I still have 20 shrines to find and about 650 Korok Seeds to find. 

Luckily the Hero Path Mode and Korok Mask help with both of these challenges. 

I think that Nintendo might push DLC2 to 2018 though as we have not heard anything about it for a while. This doesn't bother me that much as I feel Mario will be enough to keep me going for quite some time!

Just because we haven't heard anything doesn't mean it's not coming out when they said it will. They'll show DLC 2 stuff much closer the time, and after Mario is out. No need to promote it right now. They're always on cue with their DLC dates. Looking forward to it!

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