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Jumpin said:
Barkley said:

It's a game with a number of flaws and problems that show Nintendo's inexperience with creating this massive open-world type of game.

Combat is unrewarding and resulted in me eventually just running past all the random encounters, the vast majority of side quests are uninspired and bland. The world lacks variety and is copy and pasted (Every stable is the same) shrines used to pad out the game. Lack of abilities mean puzzle solving is limited, you basically just get out your magnet and look for something that glows. The map could also see improvement, making it more apparent where you've actually explored.

BOTW is saved by it's polish and soul. I didn't get caught up in any hype so it didn't have anything to live up to for me. It was an 8/10 game for me.

The sequel will eclipse BOTW in every aspect, except sales unfortunately.

every aspect except cultural impact, innovation, inspiration, originality, and the other more significant things.

Mechanical and graphical improvement are a given, since that's what generally happens with newer games. But in the end, those aren't as important as the revolutionary status of the original, and the sequel is still going to largely imitate.

So don't be surprised if the original enjoys greater critical and commercial success.

Well I think he was talking about the actual game itself, not the impact it has on the industry. That's like saying that no mario game has eclipsed the original because the original had the most impact on the gaming industry or more broadly on culture itself. Fact is that in terms of the actual game, unless Nintendo somehow screws it up, BotW2 should definitely surpass the original in many areas because they can see what improvements people want and implement the ones they see fit. Only real question is will it feel stale cuz its in the same world, or will everything else about the game be so new and cool that people don't mind playing a new adventure in the same place all over again.