The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom allows gamers to create their wildest thoughts in a virtual place, and Zelda players are breaking the internet with their bizarre and sadistic creations.
Since its gameplay reveal, players have known that they can create cars, trains and planes within the new Nintendo Switch title. Using the Ultrahand and Fuse abilities, Zelda players have created mechanical monstrosities that are, quite literally, out of this world.
As soon as the game released, players turned from avid gamers to mad scientists. Using the abilities, Zelda players took their creative talents and found ways to torture Hyrule’s population of Koroks that hide across the world.
In one viral video, a player fused wood together to make a massive crucifix. Afterwards, they attached the Korok to the front, and wheeled it across the country, showing every Korok what will happen to them if they disobey.
Bizarrely, this is one of the lightest scenarios shown off by gamers in the latest Nintendo game. One user created a rotisserie machine, a basic tool to cook meat or, in this case, torture Koroks until they become crisp.
An impressive Twitter thread by user Oyffie showcases some of the more bizarre attacks on Koroks we’ve ever seen. From firing squads to burning at the stake, the sheer scale of Zelda players’ maniacal imaginations is worrying.
If abusing Koroks isn’t your bag, don’t worry — Zelda players are also busy roleplaying as the United States. In a move that crushes the Geneva Convention into a fine paste under high-grade steel-capped boots, gamers are using Link’s new abilities to create weapons of mass destruction that can obliterate Ganon’s armies.
Like a truly evil Dr Doofensmirtz, Zelda players have created terrifying, awesome (in the biblical sense) marvels that throughly raze Bokoblin villages to the ground, forcing relocation of the native hut-dwellers as Link reigns fire and lasers from above.
In one video, a player created a gigantic mech suit that link can control. Using a giant lever, the player pushes the Zelda Mech forwards, spewing flames at Ganon’s fear-filled soldiers as the struggle to find a way to even try and battle their butcher.
At this point, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is perhaps one of the biggest power fantasies in all of gaming. Even with the sheer skill of Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor now on display, Link in Nintendo’s latest adventure is a force to be reckoned with.
If you found it unrealistic that Link could save Hyrule in the last game, Tears of the Kingdom’s latest tools turn Link into a foe that Ganon should be absolutely terrified of. I know I am.
It just goes to show that hero and villain truly is a matter of perspective. Sure, Link here is fighting for the greater good, but the way that he’s going about it is nothing short of large-scale terrorism.