The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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jamiesummerz may have just sold me a switch (once i get my financial/time life rebalanced)

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Thursday, 9 March 2017 15:04 (two years ago) link

i guess the souls comparison mainly comes from the fact that:

1. there's very little handholding, you're rewarded for curiosity, exploration and experimentation. i'm 15 hours in and only just worked out that sometimes money is hidden under rocks, that I can make a horse more friendly by patting its head, that i can parry projectiles. etc.
2. just like the second enemy i met in yarnham, i got wrecked to death by the second trash mob enemy i met in zelda
3. that GAME OVER red on black screen is very YOU DIED. and i've seen it a bunch.

fun article on Breath Of The Wild deaths at

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 9 March 2017 16:23 (two years ago) link

also love the fact that after an hour or so, i could very quickly switch to play this with zero hud (other than seeing hearts on top left)... only time i need to know more than what the gameplay itself shows me (how much noise i'm making, how visible i am, link shivering shows me it's cold, etc) is when I need to check my map every now and then.

also, climbing a tower to reveal more of the map reveals noting other than topography. if you find somrthing and want to remember it, you tag that map yourself with an icon. no assassins creed jumble of side quest icons - you find that shit yourself through exploring.

aaaanyway, great game.

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 9 March 2017 16:28 (two years ago) link

i kind of stayed away from dark souls because i heard it was "hard". maybe that's my fault, because when i think "hard" i think like battletoads or some shit. this game, i could get myself killed really easy but the game autosaves every two minutes and i can just spend all day cutting down grass and hunting for bugs if i want. and then i got the camera so i'm basically playing pokemon snap here.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 9 March 2017 17:27 (two years ago) link

dunkey vid makes it look like this owns. hard

||||||||, Thursday, 9 March 2017 21:51 (two years ago) link

It does. One of the monsters just picked up a smaller monster and threw it at me lol.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 10 March 2017 00:48 (two years ago) link

i ran into a couple archers on horses the other day and it was pretty tight

art, Friday, 10 March 2017 01:35 (two years ago) link

i've been dating a gamer for a few months and this is by far the best thing i've seen him play. it's really magical.

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Friday, 10 March 2017 01:52 (two years ago) link

I fucked up the use of an amiibo today though.

There's a one time only bonus of a horse awarded for syncing an OG Link figure in game. Not knowing this, I used my amiibo in a dumb location. And my one-time-kickass-bonus horse spawned on top of a tower.

I gave it a Viking funeral because why the shit not.

rb (soda), Friday, 10 March 2017 01:56 (two years ago) link

so the real real question i have is if this game is worth the roughly $450 it would cost for me to buy the system, the spare joystick and zelda (when it's eventually available in wide release this summer) because i'm guessing there might be five or six more games I'll buy for this thing over the life of the system? so i kinda want to know that one of them will be among the very best games I've ever played.

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Friday, 10 March 2017 08:04 (two years ago) link

This game looks great. I'll buy it on the WiiU when the price drops, and I might get a Switch when they bring out a Mario Kart that isn't just MK8 with 4 new coloured shyguys or whatever.

barbarian radge (NotEnough), Friday, 10 March 2017 09:33 (two years ago) link

This game looks great. I'll buy it on the WiiU when the price drops, and I might get a Switch when they bring out a Mario Kart that isn't just MK8 with 4 new coloured shyguys or whatever.

― barbarian radge (NotEnough)

nintendo games are about the only games where i don't wait for the price drop. first because it doesn't come - if you're waiting for the price to drop you will be waiting a very long time - and second because unlike other companies' AAA games, nintendo games aren't completely buggy and broken on launch.

"so i kinda want to know that one of them will be among the very best games I've ever played.

― removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses)"

i haven't played the same games you have so i have no basis for making that claim. all i can say is that i play games very, very rarely. the last game i played regularly was civilization v. before that it was rock band. i'm playing the shit out of this game, which is kind of a problem because i really should be packing. (if you don't already have a wiiu they seem like they're going to just rerelease all the best wiiu games for the switch, so you should probably get some of those too.)

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Friday, 10 March 2017 12:19 (two years ago) link

I suspect that the WiiU version is going to have a limited print run and prices are liable to stay the same or go up as they did for Twilight Princess on Gamecube.
Was playing this last night and marvelling how seamless everything is, then thinking about how buggy Bethesda etc games are. The verticality in the world is also really good, feels similar to XCX in that respect and I believe some of the staff on that game also worked on this.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 10 March 2017 12:41 (two years ago) link

played this on Switch yesterday for the first time. very impressive! the graphics are really nice, like really really really nice! best-looking grass in a videogame yet. really goes a long way to capturing the feel of running over a sunny hillside. the wind blows and the grass moves like it would in real life. someone was playing Horizon next to it and while that game is a graphical powerhouse, it was still a little obvious that the plants and stuff were just assets stuck to the world mesh. the Breath in the title of this game is v significant: this may be the first open world game where it felt like there was actually wind in the air.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:21 (two years ago) link

To hell with you, Ziga clan. Eighty bajillion deaths at your katana-wielding paws.

rb (soda), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 21:38 (two years ago) link

Just got this for my birthday. Now to kick the bf off the TV so I can play it.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:55 (two years ago) link

Yiga Clan ain't nuthing ta fuck wit

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:48 (two years ago) link

i haven't had much in the way of problems with the yiga clan yet. lynels, on the other hand... i'm pretty sure they use an aimbot.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:46 (two years ago) link

you can actually mount lynels and whack them in the head a bunch before they attack back...

completed the first 'dungeon' today - the final battle was greeeeat

jamiesummerz, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:38 (two years ago) link

hahaha, the spouse and i were just speculating this morning on whether you could ride a lynel... though the spouse wanted to tame them. :)

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:04 (two years ago) link

i definitely am having nostalgia for the old-school lynels who shot swords out of their mouths book of revelation style

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:06 (two years ago) link

I love how the Northeast of the map looks like New Hampshire in early October. Also, I bought a house and a lot of furniture and...? There is no benefit except I can dump extra weapons in the middle of my room.

rb (soda), Monday, 20 March 2017 15:50 (two years ago) link

i named my horses Mr Horsu and Horseface. i loves them.

jamiesummerz, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:44 (two years ago) link

oh my god, the fucking Trial of Wood, i'm going to have a sore throat tomorrow from screaming at my television

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Monday, 20 March 2017 23:08 (two years ago) link

Possibly a dumb question, but how much does your left hand have to press buttons in this game? I'm slightly paralysed in my left hand - so games where you only have to move the stick are fine, but games that rely on constant left-finger-buttoning can be difficult.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:32 (two years ago) link

the left hand buttons are primarily used to quickly switch equipment which you do pretty often. but you can do it by going into yr inventory only using right hand though (is obviously a lot slower).

devvvine, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:40 (two years ago) link

also left hand triggers are used fairly often as well for guarding and abilities.

devvvine, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:42 (two years ago) link

Thanks! Do you use your thumb for all of that or 2nd/3rd fingers? (My thumb is the good one!)

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:45 (two years ago) link

no problem, thumb for weapon switching, 2nd/3rd finger on the back trigger and bumper (this is on wii u i should say, dont know if its much different on the switch)

devvvine, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:49 (two years ago) link

Same on switch, use thumb to click on L stick to crouch/sneak, use thumb to press buttons to change weapons and skills quickly (handy tip: hold down ZR and you can cycle through arrows), use finger on L button to activate skills (most of the time during puzzle solving), use finger on ZL to lock on to enemies/raise shield. Depends on your play style I guess, I play without locking on/raising shield and game is perfectly playable this way.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:26 (two years ago) link

So, I started this yesterday and it took me basically all day just to get off the fucking plateau. Comedy of errors really - when I realised I needed to get that Warm Doublet I was pissed off to realise I'd accidentally eaten the only raw meat I had on me. I then managed to kill a bird - but then promtly died 3 mins later and lost my save. I then spent TWO HOURS stalking/creeping in the forest trying to catch a fucking bird/squirrel/boar. &*$%^%^$%$!!

Rest of the level was a cakewalk in comparison lol.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:41 (two years ago) link

Still I suppose I'm real good at hunting animals with a bow now, haw :(

The doublet was the only thing I got on the plateau before I took off with the paraglider btw - have I missed anything else? I take it you cant get back there?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:42 (two years ago) link

didn't know you could get the doublet on the plateau, just cooked loads of spicy meat. you can always go back, stamina and extreme temperature the only things limiting you from going anywhere.

devvvine, Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:01 (two years ago) link

Yeah you make the spicy meat/ seafood fry for Old Man and he gives it to you.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:12 (two years ago) link

my girl and i have made a pact that we are going to get a switch/zelda if we hit some specific money goals. this game is helping me budget!

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:48 (two years ago) link

i love this game, but it can definitely be frustrating. but frustration is used as a feedback tool in this game, i think? when i am frustrated it has come from the knowledge that i am doing something ineffectively, not that the game is holding back or setting up artificial difficulty barriers. so far i have been annoyed w/ the warm doublet quest (b/c there were a million ways to solve it, and i was looking for the "right" one, though i eventually switched tactics and solved it easily).

the lynel in the zora domain
getting zapped while hiking into the zoras uglyass domain
the one tower i *still* can't climb due to electro guys swimming nearby
another fucking lynel
a boring shrine quest where i had to kill three giants
a horse-taming quest
some bullshit in the lost woods
the goron quest
gathering wood to build my effing house

remy bean, Monday, 27 March 2017 00:00 (two years ago) link

Apparently having metal items mean you get struck by lightning during rain? Fun.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 27 March 2017 00:10 (two years ago) link

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Wednesday, 5 April 2017 16:36 (two years ago) link

I'm already overwhelmed looking at how much map there is to cover. Its not just that its large - its that so much of it is only accesible in really gruelling ways like slowly climbing cliffs. I feel like I'll be playing this game for years at this rate.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 6 April 2017 00:01 (two years ago) link

cliff-climbing gets much easier by mid-game, once you gain some stamina and other stuff that makes you climb faster/longer.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 10 April 2017 21:42 (two years ago) link

One of my workmates recommended gunning for stamina over health in the early stages of loading up on upgrades, I wonder if thats a good idea? Ive just been gathering a lot of staminella shrooms and the fish that do stam and storing a ton of meals.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:35 (two years ago) link

Oh and Ive already hit a snag - I'm trying to do the sheep rustling side quest on Hatero beach and those monsters are really hard to kill - and Ive only got piddlepuff weapons :( I need to find somwwhere that sells bows.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:36 (two years ago) link

...aaaand apparently I now find out weapons cant be purchased. Gah! The breakability of weapons is the most frustrating part of the game.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 02:58 (two years ago) link

You can buy some weapons, but I think it's only Guardian weapons and the like up at Akkala Ancient tech lab. Don't remember seeing any others for sale elsewhere.

CraigG, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 09:57 (two years ago) link

None of the side quests proved to be super essential, and some were downright tough at low levels. I'd focus on uncovering the whole map, walking everywhere you can, and finding shrines over Official Questing during the first 20-30 hours. Sell ALL of EVERYTHING at first for new armor, and remember that after blood moons you can re-obtain armor from the shrines that have it.

rb (soda), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 19:51 (two years ago) link

Re-obtain good weapons at shrines. Also, silver hinox is super hard.

rb (soda), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 19:53 (two years ago) link

Cheers - yeah I'm aiming to get to all the towers - though that fucking central tower is brutal and I dont see how I'm possibly going to get to it with all the Guardians around it.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:57 (two years ago) link

after blood moons you can re-obtain armor from the shrines that have it.

I didnt know this! Thats good to know. I've also of course discovered that my amiibo gives me weapons once a day (I have Archer Link) so theres that too.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:58 (two years ago) link

stealth armor is worth the high price, it makes all sorts of tasks easier

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 13 April 2017 17:17 (two years ago) link

Yeah, don't see the point in horses as you can fast travel most areas and miss loads whilst riding.

My son loves them though, has five different ones and will happily spend hours just riding around on them finding cool ways to dismount.

groovypanda, Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:09 (two weeks ago) link

yeh no horses here, but that beautiful white boi was worthwhile

nxd, Saturday, 1 February 2020 17:31 (two weeks ago) link

Horses were great until I figured out, one divine beast in, that climbing the towers unlocked the maps, duh

Still - the horseride from kakoriko to rito, near the start of the game, without a map, realising how huge the playing area was vs. Ocarina of Time, dying very often, was one of my favourite gaming experiences ever

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 3 February 2020 21:01 (two weeks ago) link

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