The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Olympics get in on esports.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a masterpiece
Last Friday, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, was released. It is, in a word, spectacular.
The story picks up where Breath of the Wild left off. Link is the hero of Hyrule and the protector of Princess Zelda. The two of them are exploring caverns beneath the castle when something old and evil awakens.
Link loses in arm in the confrontation; Zelda vanishes. Our hero – you – wake up on an island in the sky, with a fancy new arm.
This game has been in development since 2017, and the same team that created that unique variation on Nintendo’s famous franchise are also responsible for Tears. It’s proof that development team tenure is valuable on a series; this sequel is its own distinct thing while delivering the feeling of magic that Breath gave us in 2017.
Among the game’s most distinctive new features is crafting, which allows you to modify weapons with a variety of objects from the world as well as engineer and build contraptions to solve the environmental challenges and puzzles. These skills are key to being able to wield, in the most imaginative ways, the ancient machines that you’ll find scattered around, relics from an ancient race.
You’re never abandoned, either. Tears eases you into these new tools in an extensive tutorial that, explored leisurely, can easily take a couple of hours. It’s worth taking your time in this early part of the game, too, because things get busy in a hurry when you reach the surface of Hyrule again.
Tears is a Switch exclusive, as was Breath, and this new game pushes the technical capability of Nintendo’s console. The game is so compelling and fluid that you won’t really be bothered by the occasional frame rate and resolution issues, but they are there.
We’ve been waiting for Tears of the Kingdom for a long time. It was worth the wait.
Olympic Esports Week showcases simulated sports
Even the Olympic Games organizers are exploring simulated sports. Olympic Esports Week is a four-day festival in Singapore this June (June 22 to June 25).
The competition, in ten different events, has been going on for a couple of months, and culminates in live finals.
The ten events are:
- Archery: playing mobile game Tic Tac Bow
- Baseball: WBSC eBaseball Power Pros, available on PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch
- Cycling: Zwift’s virtual cycling
- Dance: Ubisoft’s Just Dance
- Motor Sport: Gran Turismo
- Sailing: mobile game Virtual Regatta
- Shooting: International Sport Shooting Federation has built a competition in Fortnite
- Tennis: mobile game Tennis Clash
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