REVIEW – Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 1: The Master Trials

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The Master Trials, the first installment of a two-part DLC expansion pass for the hit Switch/Wii U game The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, launched on June 30th injecting brand new content into Hyrule for Link to explore.

As a bonus to those who buy the expansion pass, there are three brand new treasure chests hidden in the Great Plateau. Two of the chests contain regular items for Link to use on his quest while the third chest gives Link a special new piece of gear: a red Nintendo Switch t-shirt.

The Master Trials also throws in plenty of more armor pieces for Link to hunt down, collect and wear, including Majora’s Mask, the Phantom Gear that appeared in both The Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks and Midna’s helmet from Twilight Princess. Link can also collect the Tingle armor set that, while wearing the full outfit, scares all other NPC’s when they are approached.

However, the most helpful mask included with this DLC is the Korok Mask, a piece of gear that, when worn, will shake and make Korok sounds when a hidden Korok is nearby. This is essential for helping collect all 900 Koroks!

Another helpful tool added to the game is the Travel Medallion. This new item allows Link to set a fast-travel point anywhere that he can return back to at anytime. However, this can only be used once at a time, so if you want to set a new travel point on your map, your previous one will be erased.

The new Hero’s Path Mode highlights on your map everywhere you have explored during the last 200 hours of your adventure. This is another great tool for helping you find more Koroks and Shrines by finding unexplored areas of the map.

There is an entirely new difficulty included with this DLC called Master Mode. From the main menu, if you choose Master Mode, you’ll start a second save file and can play through the entire game on a much harder difficulty!

In Master Mode, enemies are not only an entire level higher (meaning Red Bokoblins you’ve previously faced are now replaced with tougher Blue Bokoblins) but their health also quickly regenerates during a fight!

There are also new floating platforms where you’ll find new enemy types and hidden treasure chests.

To further showcase the harder difficulty, Nintendo also included a Silver Lynel right on the Great Plateau.

The final addition of the Master Trials is the Trial of the Sword, a forty-five room set of challenges broken up into three sets of trials.

Link begins each set of trials stripped of everything except his shorts, forcing the gamer to think on her/his feet to outsmart the enemy and replenish Link’s inventory.

Completing the Trial of the Sword will unlock your Master Sword’s true potential by doubling its original strength.

OUR VERDICT: The Master Trials is a fantastic addition to an already perfect game. Whether you are just starting The Breath of the Wild for the first time or have been playing since launch, there is something here for everyone to enjoy!

Be on the lookout for Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 2: The Champions Ballad which arrives Holiday 2017.


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