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There were several things that I would like to see improved (Dungeons and a more present story), however, the Open World aspects were probably the best I've ever seen.



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Tbh I did like BOTW when I played it and beat it. I do think it's a little bit overrated. While I think the concept of being able to explore in a non-linear way in a western RPG like the open world is amazing, the game just didn't have enough for me to justify a GOAT game type category for me especially when previous Zelda games did certain things far better than BOTW. I miss the huge and challenging dungeons from previous Zelda games, the world also felt far too empty with barely any interesting villages or people, I do wish there was a better story as well. Overall I think it's still a good game like 8/10 but not GOAT game like everyone says it is.



I actually hyped this game for myself far more than normal.  I saw that it was a special game from E3 2016 and I watched every minute of footage I could possibly find on youtube.  Not only did I watch all of the Nintendo Treehouse, but I watched a ton of different Youtuber's footage that were at E3.  I was so friggin' hyped for the game that I know I watched at least 10 hours of footage total.

My wife was like, "You should stop watching that game.  You're going to spoil the whole thing for yourself and then you won't enjoy it when it's released."  

And I was like, "No it's just one tiny plateau area in the middle of the map.  The game is actually amazingly huge."

Did the game live up to all of my hype?  Hell, yes!  This is the Zelda game that I waited at least 25 years for.  In fact, my favorite Zelda is the first NES one.  This game gave me the feeling of freedom and exploration that the first Zelda gave me, but it came with modern graphics, huge scope, and an innovative physics engine.  I love Breath of the Wild.  It is my game of the decade, basically tied with Dark Souls.

I think I am kind of like that Star Wars fan that saw the first Star Wars in the theatre in the 70's.  They hated the prequels, but then came out in droves for The Force Awakens.  Breath of the Wild is my version of the Force Awakens.  I didn't like the 3D Zelda's I played.  But Breath of the Wild...this is a return to form for Zelda.  In fact, it's my second favorite Zelda.  I like it better than Link to the Past and Zelda 2, which are also games on my top 50 list.  

Is BotW flawless?  No, but it's damn amazing.  It's a rare gem.  As I said this is my game of the decade.



Honestly the lead up to BOTW's release wasn't exactly "hype" for me, so much as nearly 3 years of excruciating frustration. They way they kept us in the dark for 18 months, skipped E3 2015, refused to give us a release date until the 11th hour, truly Nintendo at its most fucking annoying. Thank fuck the game turned out so great, as I don't think any game has pissed me off more in the lead up to release, though Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 will probably dethrone it for this dubious honour soon.



curl-6 said:

Honestly the lead up to BOTW's release wasn't exactly "hype" for me, so much as nearly 3 years of excruciating frustration. They way they kept us in the dark for 18 months, skipped E3 2015, refused to give us a release date until the 11th hour, truly Nintendo at its most fucking annoying. Thank fuck the game turned out so great, as I don't think any game has pissed me off more in the lead up to release, though Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 will probably dethrone it for this dubious honour soon.

That's something you are doing to yourself because you create a strict priority order in your mind.

"This is a game that has my full attention despite not releasing anytime soon."

Of course that's going to be a taxing experience because you are constantly waiting for something that won't occur anytime soon. The absence of news is predictable, but you keep clinging to unrealistic expectations and hopes.

Play more Picross. That keeps your mind healthy.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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RolStoppable said:
curl-6 said:

Honestly the lead up to BOTW's release wasn't exactly "hype" for me, so much as nearly 3 years of excruciating frustration. They way they kept us in the dark for 18 months, skipped E3 2015, refused to give us a release date until the 11th hour, truly Nintendo at its most fucking annoying. Thank fuck the game turned out so great, as I don't think any game has pissed me off more in the lead up to release, though Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 will probably dethrone it for this dubious honour soon.

That's something you are doing to yourself because you create a strict priority order in your mind.

"This is a game that has my full attention despite not releasing anytime soon."

Of course that's going to be a taxing experience because you are constantly waiting for something that won't occur anytime soon. The absence of news is predictable, but you keep clinging to unrealistic expectations and hopes.

Play more Picross. That keeps your mind healthy.

I can't help the games I feel excited for. Nintendo (and all game companies) just shouldn't announce games years out and then not supply a steady stream of new material in the lead up to release.



curl-6 said:

I can't help the games I feel excited for. Nintendo (and all game companies) just shouldn't announce games years out and then not supply a steady stream of new material in the lead up to release.

Companies won't change, so the responsibility to make it easier for yourself is yours. You can do it, curl. Just one step at a time.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club

RolStoppable said:
curl-6 said:

I can't help the games I feel excited for. Nintendo (and all game companies) just shouldn't announce games years out and then not supply a steady stream of new material in the lead up to release.

Companies won't change, so the responsibility to make it easier for yourself is yours. You can do it, curl. Just one step at a time.

Might help if there was something, anything, to look forward to in the mean time. But we don't have release dates for anything I'd consider worth buying atm, nothing at all. :(



Yes.

The game was refreshing and novel, which was especially impressive given the release year and open-world genre. It felt like a true adventure, carving out the map in any way you saw fit. Real world logic could be applied to situations which was unexpectedly engaging in its own right.

It was a return to the original Legend of Zelda, which ironically meant it didn’t feel like a “traditional” Zelda game to newer/younger fans of the series. WindWaker is still my personal favourite in the series, but I would love to see how Nintendo could merge the format of Breath of the Wild with what have now become staples of the series.



curl-6 said:
RolStoppable said:

Companies won't change, so the responsibility to make it easier for yourself is yours. You can do it, curl. Just one step at a time.

Might help if there was something, anything, to look forward to in the mean time. But we don't have release dates for anything I'd consider worth buying atm, nothing at all. :(

That's why it's better to live in the present than in the future. When you pay more attention to the games that you can already play now, then the wait for something new will barely be felt.

You suffer from hype-addiction, meaning that waiting for something is more interesting than playing something. It might help if you put games that you are interested in on your Switch eShop wishlist and have e-mails from Nintendo activated, then you'll get notified everytime something you are interested in is discounted. If you are in a situation with a small backlog where you have 2-3 unplayed games at any time and you go from game to game, then the time until the really big releases passes quite fast.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club