Crosstalk: Is The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild one of the best games of all time?

Clayton Purdom: Like everyone else, I’ve spent the past two weeks in thrall to Nintendo’s new Zelda. Breath Of The Wild feels like a cultural moment, one of those rare occasions when a new artwork is immediately and almost unanimously agreed upon as an all-time great. I’m thinking of albums like My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and movies like There Will Be Blood—releases that feel like seismic events.

Your reviews of the Breath Of The Wild have done a great job exploring what makes the game itself so compelling and graceful, so I think we can leave whether or not it’s great aside, but now that we’re a couple weeks away from the “holy shit it’s good” moment, I wanted to talk about how good the game is. Several Zelda games are regularly categorized as some of the “greatest of all time,” in …

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