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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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@carlosrox I don't really know what it DOES, but the humor is more in what it IS. And it actually retroactively makes the Korok Seed quest really funny in hindsight. That's probably the most I can say about it to keep it vague.
I made it to the region where my last Divine Beast is (Southwest/Gerudo one). Spent most of the week exploring the southern/Faron region. It was still good, because the whole game is, but this was definitely the weakest area of the game I've been to so far. Not as much interesting stuff going on, outside of a really cool area with a lot of waterfalls where things were pretty densely-packed with secrets. And it rains all the time there!
Looking forward to getting back onto the main quest.
I finished my last one today. Up in the NorthEast/DeathMountain area.
I'm only one of the standard 12 Memories away from having all those which is my goal atm. I think it's near Hyrule Castle but I don't quite know. I'm not ready to go there for the actual fight but I should explore somewhat.
Man, I'm still shocked at how much this game has consumed me. I finally got around to beating the first dungeon. It felt very different. I enjoyed the story bits with Mipha, too. Some of the dialogue was a bit stilted (and I'll assume that the weird, halting way of speaking was a deliberate affectation). But, even with the voice acting, it still managed to be kind of affecting, in that abstract Zelda way.
Anyway, still diggin' it. I'm also diggin' the daily hauls of fish that good ol' Toon Link brings me.
Also, I love the economy of this game. The limited resources, degrading equipment system, purchasable armor sets, mining, hunting and foraging, cooking, blood moon, etc. really dovetail together beautifully to make every activity seem important and worthwhile. Finding a 100 rupee piece or a gem is always pleasant and welcome.
Did a lot today. Finished my last divine beast. This has been one of my favorite parts of the game so far, the whole Gerudo area in general. The dungeon and the lead-up to it was probably the 2nd best out of all of them, and Thunderblight Ganon was definitely the best boss fight so far. I'm guessing it would have been a lot harder without the Stasis upgrade!
Got a lot of interesting stuff in the surrounding areas to check out still, I'll probably do some more of that tomorrow. There are some really awesome shrines in that region; two in particular were really neat (one involving moving an ice block, and another involving bombs). Also got over 200 Korok seeds!
I've almost completed a full donut around central Hyrule; I've got two towers left to climb. Once I finish exploring a bit around the place I'm at now, I'll probably start moving in towards Ganon. I've also still got 4 of the main/Zelda memories left to find. I suspect I'll find them along the way in places I haven't been to yet, though #12 has had me scratching my head for a while now. The picture doesn't give any sort of indication where it might be located on the map, aside from that there are trees, but based on its placement in the timeline and other story stuff I've gleaned from NPCs, I have an idea of where it seemingly should be -- but that was not the place. So I dunno...maybe it's closer to Hyrule Castle than I would have thought...we shall see.
So I beat Ganon tonight (in no way would I say I finished the game, because there's still so much content I want to see). So I was curious and just checked my Wii U's log to see how many hours I'd played. If you'd asked me, I'd have guessed around 40-50 hours.
It was 96.
96?! This is insane to me. It took me a couple of months to put that much time into Overwatch. What have I been doing with my time? Have I been bathing? Did the kid get fed? Is the fish still alive? This game has consumed me... I would say like no game since Galaxy, but actually I think it's like no game ever. It's to the point where I'm willing to say it's changed my life - and for the better. I know this sounds like crazy talk, but I feel like it helped lead to a kind of spiritual awakening in me. I'm interested in going out and doing some real life adventuring, now. I've got things I've been putting off that I want to go accomplish and this game has really emboldened me to go do that.
I've never felt that from a game before. I mean, GTA IV made me want to go steal cars and Clubhouse Games made me want to play hanafuda, but this game kind of reached out of the imaginary world and changed the way I look at the real world.
If you need me, I'll be climbing a local water tower and jumping off it with a pillowcase.
@kriswright I'm just under 70 hours, and it'd be quite a bit more if I hadn't gone away last weekend. And I still have not finished any of the four DBs (though I'm right at the doorstep of each, I think). I've still got plenty of sidequests to do, and while I have all the towers done, I've left a lot of the map unexplored, main roads and out-of-the-way stuff alike.
I beat the game after about 65 hours and by then I was growing tired of it. I actually finished the game around a week ago and haven't touched it since. Maybe this is because I'm not a big fan of open world games. Or maybe I'm just a joyless contrarian.
For me, once you get past the impressive scope of the world, there isn't as much to enjoy about Breath of the Wild as there is other Zelda games. So once I tired of slowly climbing mountains and flying off of them, the biggest draw of the game for me had expired. This is probably a matter of personal taste, as I do think that Breath of the Wild is the best open world game I've played. And I do like it a lot. But in the spectrum of Zelda games, I would probably place it towards the lower end of the middle tier. That may sound like condemnation, but I do like Breath of the Wild a lot; I gave it a 9.3 or so on here. But Zelda is my favorite series and I'm personally not a big fan of open world games.
So, like I said, once the magic of the world's size wore off, there wasn't much else to hold my attention. Other Zelda games have better dungeons, better sidequests, better main quests, better writing, better characters, better combat, better structure, more rewarding gameplay loops, and so on. If Breath of the Wild also had sidequests on the caliber of Majora's Mask; or combat depth comparable to Skyward Sword; or dungeons matching of Ocarina and Twilight Princess, maybe it would be among my favorites. But as it stands this game's biggest draw for me- its big open world- is a double edged sword that is at times awe inspiring and rewarding, while at others is time consuming and monotonous. As time goes on, the ratio of positive to negative attributes skews further towards the negative. This is the problem I was brushing up against once I had some of the best gear in the game and had resorted to Shrine hopping.
I don't mean to come across as overly negative here. Others have articulated what makes this game great, so I'm trying to explain what qualities of it prevent me from enjoying it as much as others do. I can see how Breath of the Wild pushes all the right buttons for a lot of people and gives them the kind of Zelda game they've wanted for years (maybe even since Ocarina of Time or as far back as Zelda 2). But for me, it's not the kind of game that I adore. I am glad so many people have finally gotten the game that they have been waiting for all these years.