The wait is overthe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom game is finally here! Theres a lot to discover, and we want you to put your best boot forward when you set out in Hyrule.

Lets start with a few important tips before you start playing. But dont worry, well stay away from any spoilers. Think of this article as a way to help get in the right mindset before playing.

Oh! And well be bringing you more tips articles in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on the news feed.

Tip 1: Unlearn what youve learned

Yeah, this may sound like something youd be told from a martial arts master, but hear us out. Whether youve played hundreds of hours of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or are brand new to the series, your experience level doesnt really matter when it comes to this game.

While things youve done in previous games may still work, you have a wide variety of options in this sequel. Sure, you can still fight enemies with a stick or you can fuse a boulder to your stick and jump on springboards to bonk enemies on the head. Sure, you can climb your way out of a hole or you can use the Ascend ability to travel through the ceiling and get where you need to go.

Tip 2: Try everything

This game encourages you to try new things throughout. From traveling around Hyrule to solving puzzles, there are multiple ways to overcome problems you run into. The joy comes from trying out crazy ideas that end up working.

Oh, and if something isnt working out the way you want, take a moment and try something else. Some players find joy in attempting a difficult jump over and over. Others would rather build a bridge. Experimentation is the heart of this gameeven if a situation doesnt go as expected, you may stumble upon something that will help you later.

Tip 3: Get some perspective

When you enter a new area, find a tall vantage point and scope out your surroundings. Youll find all sorts of stuffenemies, chests, materials, objects or terrain that will help in fights, and more. Believe us, it will be easier to do this before enemies spot you. Speaking of

Tip 4: Prepare for fights beforehand

Look, you dont have to do thiswere (sometimes) fond of charging into the middle of things while screaming and wildly waving our arms too. But if you want to use the Fuse ability to make strong weapons or Ultrahand to build a makeshift missile turret, you may want to do that before Bokoblins are trying to smack you around. A little prep time can go a long way.

Tip 5: Use your words

This wont work on enemies (at least the ones weve tried) but try talking to the more peaceful characters out there! In particular, characters called Constructs may give you helpful tips about the area.

Tip 6: Play it your way

OK, this is probably the most important tip. Sure, Link is the character in the game, but remember that you are the hero here. You are saving Hyrule. And you can do it how you want to! Play around with everything you get your hands on, because theres room for massive creativity (and shenanigans) in this game.

With that said, dont worry about not being creative enough. Everyone is creative on some level, and a part of creativity is giving yourself permission to try new things. We all play in different waysmessy ways, elaborate ways, unexpected ways, and silly ways that have no purpose other than to see what happens. Dont worry about playing the game the right way because its up to you how you want to approach obstacles. If something works in the end, its a success. If it doesnt, did you at least get a chuckle out of it?

Tip 7: Share the knowledge

And finally, creativity comes alive when you share what you know and get inspired by others. Talk to your friends to see what theyve tried. Maybe find out what other people have done. You may be surprised what ends up inspiring you!

Alrighty, thats all for now. Be on the lookout for our next tips article which will cover the four new abilitiesFuse, Ultrahand, Ascend, and Recall. You can also buy the game using the link below.

Have fun out there!

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the KingdomRegular Price:$69.99Nintendo Switch

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