The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch/Wii U)

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Re: The Legend of Zelda (for Wii U and NX)

Post by goldenphoenix » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:08 am

So for fun I decided to go to Ganon even though I have only freed two of the divine beasts. Won't spoil anything but I did make it, and made a good attempt fighting him but sadly lost in the end, he is not easy (which is not shocking at all lol).

All was not lost though since I did get three important things
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The Hylian Shield, and two of what are likely the hardest memories to get around and in Hyrule castle
. Anyway back to exploring and chipping away again at the end game (I've made a really big dent though considering how well I did with Ganon lol).
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Re: The Legend of Zelda (for Wii U and NX)

Post by BanjosBackpack » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:14 pm

@GoldenPhoenix,

In spoiler text, can you describe what happened when you were there two-divine beasts short? I beat him last night with all four freed. After seeing what I saw, and how those beasts affect that battle, I am curious on what you experienced with only two. I have my hypothesis.

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Re: The Legend of Zelda (for Wii U and NX)

Post by goldenphoenix » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:55 pm

BanjosBackpack wrote:
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:14 pm
@GoldenPhoenix,

In spoiler text, can you describe what happened when you were there two-divine beasts short? I beat him last night with all four freed. After seeing what I saw, and how those beasts affect that battle, I am curious on what you experienced with only two. I have my hypothesis.
Sure
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You basically have to fight the remaining bosses from those divine beasts you didn't free in a boss rush mode. So for me it was thunderblight ganon and fireblight ganon. Then when Calamity Ganon comes out the two divine beasts you did free damage him by, what I'm guessing, half of what their total power would do
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Re: The Legend of Zelda (for Wii U and NX)

Post by BanjosBackpack » Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:58 pm

@GP,

Did the following happen to the final boss for you?
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Ganon's health went down by a quarter of his health? Because when I went it, he jumped to half because I had all four done.
I'm betting you're right about your hypothesis.

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Re: The Legend of Zelda (for Wii U and NX)

Post by goldenphoenix » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:52 am

BanjosBackpack wrote:
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:58 pm
@GP,

Did the following happen to the final boss for you?
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Ganon's health went down by a quarter of his health? Because when I went it, he jumped to half because I had all four done.
I'm betting you're right about your hypothesis.
Honestly I don't remember clearly
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it was either 1/4th or 1/8th lol
it was late but I believe so.
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Re: The Legend of Zelda (for Wii U and NX)

Post by goldenphoenix » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:12 am

Only one more divine beast to go, and about 4 hidden memories before I attempt to finish the game.
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Re: The Legend of Zelda (for Wii U and NX)

Post by goldenphoenix » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:58 am

I completed the main story just now. It is strange I still feel I haven't quite scratched the surface of all there is to see and do in the game but after near 80 hrs of gameplay I am extremely happy with my adventure. Here are some of my final thoughts on the game. Is it a masterpiece? I guess that depends on how you define one, but I say it is a great game even if it has some flaws. How does it rank with other Zeldas? I'm leaning towards it being my favorite but it is really hard to compare it to some of my favorites like Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Ocarina, LTTP and LoZ since it has a different feel and focus.

With that said when completing this game I felt accomplished, like I was on a grand adventure, and surprisingly I don't feel as if I ran into any artificial padding to extend the game, but that is likely due to the open world nature of the game. I hesitate to call this the most difficult Zelda because the game centers on survival and chipping away at things until you can take less care and be more direct with enemies. Also if you cook a lot you have plenty of health for many of the things you need to do. It is interesting that while it doesn't rely on finding equipment to progress, it does have another sense of "I can attempt to do that now" as you get stronger.

Don't want to write too much more so I'll break my pros and cons up to bullet points, but overall I am so happy with this game.

Pros:
-Story for the most part especially the hidden memories, while not the most complex it is one of the more human feeling stories of the Zelda series with real emotion in places.

-Sense of wonder and exploration. There is always something to see and do, it creates lasting memories. It has multiple moments that will forever be cherished by me and created awe in me. Kind of like in Wind Waker when you first discover Hyrule castle which is still one of my most cherished Zelda memories

-Weapon system. I wavered a bit on where to put this, but overall I think it is a positive. While it may need to be tweaked in future games to make weapons a tiny bit less durable I think they solve the issue that plagues not on previous Zelda games but games in general that emphasize exploration, and that is finding meaningful things. This is especially true throughout the first part of the game, you want to explore shrines to not only improve stamina and hearts but also to find brand new weapons, and since weapons break so often you almost always appreciate what you get.

-Visual design

-Side Characters are all pretty interesting

-Humor. Multiple times I encountered some LOL moments

-Cooking is a ton of fun

-Shrines

-Final Boss

-Weather system (mostly)

-Likely the Iwata memorial. Wont' say anymore but there is a place that appears to be dedicated to Iwata and it is beautiful

-Side quests in generals were solid; I didn't even mind the fetch quests. Heck I despise stealth and escort missions but this game made it fun since you had different ways to approach them

-Getting to the divine beasts. These segments were always enjoyable to me.

-Overworld creatures, especially the larger ones. Still remember a particular encounter I had on a mountain several hours into the game. They can be especially intimidating when you are so weak

-While slow going when you do progress and find new more powerful things it is a wonderful feeling

-Quick travel system

-Selfies. Nothing like taking selfies in front of a creature that wants to eat you.

-Gliding through the skies. One of my favorite mechanics in any Zelda game

-Puzzle design and the fact you have most of the tools you'll need after the first area. While some puzzles relied on what I consider lame motion controls so many more were a blast with some out of the box design.

-Overall sound design, especially the wildlife and nature noises. While seemingly minor they really help immerse you in this world

-No underwater levels or places. LOVE this, no chance for giant eels or some other creature of the deep to terrify me

-Finally, the overworld design in general is diverse and vast. Clearly a lot of time and love was put into this. And the fact you can climb or explore every mountain you see is exciting in of itself.



Cons:
-Enemy variety, felt there could have been more variety instead of color coding them.

-Rain. While I like the concept of rain it more than once caused the games exploration to grind to a halt since you can't climb wet surfaces. Also it seems to rain too much in places.

-Horses. I wasn't quite sure where to put this but overall I felt horses were pretty useless in the game.

-Ending of the game. All I will say is that I felt it had much to be desired especially compared to other Zelda games

-Primary bosses excluding Ganon. Uninspired is how I can best describe them

-Primary dungeons. While I don't hate them I didn't feel they were that great either. Not to mention I felt they were kind of unnecessary which is weird to say since I love dungeons in Zelda games, but in this game I think the shrines and the world itself was more than enough.

-Voice acting. Not horrible (I've heard worse) but not good either.

-User interface for item selection felt clunky could have been a bit more intuitive.

-Frame rate issues. Not sure why the frame rate chugs in places so bad, but it is some of the worse I've experience in a Zelda title. Can't help but think the game may not have been given enough time to optimize especially on Switch

-Music while solid was never memorable to me, so for that reason I'll put this as a con.

-No traditional fishing. Definitely a personal preference but I really miss relaxing and fishing in the game, swimming around to catch fish or bombing them just doesn't compare

Conclusion: I loved mostly every minute of Breath of the Wild, and even with its flaws it didn't change the great time I had with the game. I have to say though I do hope the next Zelda takes place in a Hyrule that is decimated by Ganon, I would love to visit the Hyrule from the past, heck maybe even the Hyrule that created the Guardians that would be cool. Looking forward to see what Nintendo does with the DLC for this game.

On top of all that I can't wait to see what Nintendo does with Zelda in general in future titles. While BOTW is great, there is room for improvement and so much more to, ahem, explore.
Sophia

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Re: The Legend of Zelda (for Wii U and NX)

Post by Rocket » Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:38 am

Ahh... lovely write up there gp! Very considerate too regarding spoilers! Though personally I'm not too bothered by spoilers. Very happy to read about your take on it :)

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Re: The Legend of Zelda (for Wii U and NX)

Post by goldenphoenix » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:36 am

This game has such a weird pull for me, even after putting 80+ hours into it and completing the main quest I still want to play it more, which is rare since I tend not to be a completionist or do too many side quests in games.
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Re: The Legend of Zelda (for Wii U and NX)

Post by BeautifulShy » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:45 am

I do need to pick up a switch and this game soonish but I have been watching some streams of the game and it is pretty entertaining to watch.

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