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The wait is nearly over. The game is being detailed left and right by the media,… the amiibo have been announced,… and the Nintendo Switch is imminent… The Legend of Zelda series has been a special one for Nintendo fans since it began and the next chapter starts on March 3rd, 2017.
A hero's tale begins anew. Open your eyes and see what is true.
Fun Facts: Vast open world where you could go find the end of the game within 15 minutes… but you won't survive it. Weapons have stats and durability. Climb pretty much anything you want. Eat and cook to regain health. Full voice-acting for all except Link
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I found the Zora funneling thing hilarious, and it gets more so when you meet the guy on the bridge. Part of me thinks Nintendo's poking fun at itself in that whole sequence. Even if it's not, it's no great sin to have NPCs trying to keep you on the critical path for a bit.
Anyway I've played for probably 40 hours now and have not done any of the four things or even come all that close to doing so. I'm mostly just faffing about and having a wonderful time doing so. I think I'm gonna gather up all the memories (I have like five) then make a run at Hyrule Castle with this sick new Bow I just paid 1k rupees and some rare components for. Just as soon as I check out this suspicious-looking hill over here...and that forest...and maybe do another sidequest or two...ooh hey a shrine....
@carlosrox You'll need those rupees eventually for certain things. My biggest single use of rupees in the game so far is 10,000 (some of you will know what for). It's the first Zelda where I don't mind buying things like arrows at merchants either from time to time! Also, yes, The Akalla purchases.
On the topic of how we're all scattered in different areas, I wonder what paths everyone has taken? It's interesting for me to think about where I've gone, when and why. (Again, a tracking feature would have been AWESOME for this game.) Broadly speaking, my game has progressed kind of like this:
- Plateau - Road to Kakariko - Hateno Village becayuse fuck if I'm going to go right to Kakariko first, you don't own me game! - Oh Hateno people want me to see Impa. FINE. - Kakariko. - Back to Hateno (sigh). I'm going to take the scenic route though.... - Ok I'm finally here. Go down to the beach you say? Ok. Ooh an island. (Eventide) - Killed. - Killed again. - Killed a bunch more. - Fuck this island. - Back to Kakariko. I should hunt down Robbie. - WANDER EVERYWHERE. - Meet the Zora prince. - WANDER ALL OVER ZORA'S DOMAIN. - Eh. I wanna check out that thing they told me about in Hateno. - WANDER EVERYWHERE SOME MORE. - Hey maybe I can take another crack at Eventide now. - Seriously, fuck this island. - Back to Zora's Domain. Complete Zora lead up. I'll just head back to Kakariko for a moment to do one quick thing... - ANOTHER 6 HOURS OF WANDERING. - Dungeon complete! Yay? - Ugh my weapons are full. Where did that weed say he was headed? Oh yeah. - Head north. Activate all the towers. - WANDER ALL OVER THE NORTH/NORTHEAST. - Except Death Mountain, because seriously, what the hell. - Ok, enough of this nonsense. Eventide is gonna get conquered. - Hooray! Where to now? Death Mountain sucks ass. Lets check out the south. - WANDER ALL OVER FARON PROVINCE.
....And that's where I'm at.
(Also co-op would utterly ruin my wanderings. There'd be constant fighting over where to go.)
That sounds terrible. Don't you feel like you've seen a bit of everything already?
I'm glad I still have numerous entire chunks of land I haven't even seen yet. The entire desert chunk is 95% mystery to me, as is the snow, Death Mountain, Akalla, Hyrule Castle, and many areas of the regions I've been to are still needing some good digging in to.
I unlocked 2 of the western Towers back to back and figure I'll be spending some time here before I do the DB. I feel a bit sad seeing the western edge of the world though. Oh and I only flirted with the beach/water on the east side.
Still soooooo much to see. I wonder what my total play time to finish will be. 2 months? 2 months of basically hours daily mind you. Pretty unprecedented.
@carlosrox Yeah I've been basically sticking in whatever area of the map I'm in without leaving it too much. Here and there I will cross out to do a shrine or something but I like the idea of leaving huge chunks unexplored for later in the game.
Well nothing out west, except one weird glowy part. Like I said, that entire edge of the map is still blank- What, 5 or 6 regions?
And I haven't really scoured Faron yet, not like I did Lanayru, (or to a lesser extent Akalla.)
Half the reason I kept getting distracted in Lanayru was because I kept seeing something new in my travels in previous areas that I missed the first time. Heck, I only just found a hidden shrine near the first stable yesterday. Even in areas you figure you explored pretty well, I guarantee there's plenty more to do.
You can cheat the island!! Before you run onto the beach or a side island, use Cryonis as close as possible to the beach, stand on top of the block, drop any equipment or material you'd like to have, jump down to the beach, start the event, then go pick up your equipment.
I actually died a few times even doing that, mostly because I was goofing off or got stomped by a mob. I got sick of repeating the sequence, so I just ran naked and completed the event as quickly as possible, only picking up a boat oar and a rusty sword.
This probably isn't the type of hint you're looking for, but the reward has a lot more value if you speak Japanese or know a particular fact about Japanese culture. If you don't know Japanese culture, the reward feels like it has meta commentary implications (which might be part of the intention, but that seems unlikely to me given the meaning behind the reward).