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Realism should never get into the way of playability, especially if it's inconsistent. All I can say is that rain was the No1 factor why I stopped playing the game and that is just terrible game design. Sadly, the word "optional" doesn't exist in Nintendo's vocabulary.

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Like Curl said if you plan yourself ahead, you can bypass or avoid climbing altogether while it's raining, sure it can be annoying sometimes in different situations but the game let's you with different tools to experiement the best way to achieve your goal.

Some peeps are demonstrably showing their lack of adaptability during certain situations like these and just claim the game as faulty ...



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curl-6 said:
Azuren said:

That's not always available, though, and the cooldown can be even longer than waiting on the weather.

True, but it's availability it up to the player. If I know I'll be needing it shortly, I won't use it all up. It can be upgraded to greatly reduce cooldown times as well.

Plus I don't think there is anywhere save the towers with only a single scaling route; if it's raining and the distance is too great to use the step-step-step-jump trick, I'll scout around the base and there's almost always an easier way up, and even a depleted Revali's Gale will recharge in the meantime.

It breaks the flow of the game, regardless. The first few times, it gave a "Wow, this is neat" vibe, but beyond that I was just annoyed that my progress was constantly hindered. And you shouldn't have to resort to broken mechanics like the 3xstep-jump to get around a roadblock to the game. I would have much preferred an item or food combination in game that strengthened my grip to climb in the rain.



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Mar1217 said:
Like Curl said if you plan yourself ahead, you can bypass or avoid climbing altogether while it's raining, sure it can be annoying sometimes in different situations but the game let's you with different tools to experiement the best way to achieve your goal.

Some peeps are demonstrably showing their lack of adaptability during certain situations like these and just claim the game as faulty ...

Showing annoyance with an unnecessary game mechanic that arbitrarily hinders a massive draw to the game (the ability to scale just about anything is a huge part of the game) doesn't equate to lacking adaptability.



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Azuren said:
curl-6 said:

True, but it's availability it up to the player. If I know I'll be needing it shortly, I won't use it all up. It can be upgraded to greatly reduce cooldown times as well.

Plus I don't think there is anywhere save the towers with only a single scaling route; if it's raining and the distance is too great to use the step-step-step-jump trick, I'll scout around the base and there's almost always an easier way up, and even a depleted Revali's Gale will recharge in the meantime.

It breaks the flow of the game, regardless. The first few times, it gave a "Wow, this is neat" vibe, but beyond that I was just annoyed that my progress was constantly hindered. And you shouldn't have to resort to broken mechanics like the 3xstep-jump to get around a roadblock to the game. I would have much preferred an item or food combination in game that strengthened my grip to climb in the rain.

I didn't find it broke the flow at all; early on, before I gained the skill and abilities to subvert it, it may have diverted my exploration in a new direction as I searched for an alternate route, but I was still exploring. 



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NightlyPoe said:
If it's raining early in the game and you've gotta get up a cliff, the only in-game option is just to put the controller down and wait.

Not true; in the early game, most notably on the plateau, you can reach pretty much everywhere without climbing. No need to put the controller down and wait; just explore and find an alternate route.



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Azuren said:
Mar1217 said:
Like Curl said if you plan yourself ahead, you can bypass or avoid climbing altogether while it's raining, sure it can be annoying sometimes in different situations but the game let's you with different tools to experiement the best way to achieve your goal.

Some peeps are demonstrably showing their lack of adaptability during certain situations like these and just claim the game as faulty ...

Showing annoyance with an unnecessary game mechanic that arbitrarily hinders a massive draw to the game (the ability to scale just about anything is a huge part of the game) doesn't equate to lacking adaptability.

You've just explained the point for this mechanic though, it is there to challenge your ability to gauge these situations and see how you'll tresspass them. If you can't think of anything and just try to force it and get yourself annoyed then that's mostly on you for your lack of adaptability.



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I personally loved the rain and all it brought with it, both the negative stuff and the positive, in BotW



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curl-6 said:
NightlyPoe said:
If it's raining early in the game and you've gotta get up a cliff, the only in-game option is just to put the controller down and wait.

Not true; in the early game, most notably on the plateau, you can reach pretty much everywhere without climbing. No need to put the controller down and wait; just explore and find an alternate route.

It literally can't rain on the plateau, he clearly wasn't talking about it.



mZuzek said:
curl-6 said:

Not true; in the early game, most notably on the plateau, you can reach pretty much everywhere without climbing. No need to put the controller down and wait; just explore and find an alternate route.

It literally can't rain on the plateau, he clearly wasn't talking about it.

The answer is the same though; explore for an alternate route, or find a dry spot to camp out. I played BOTW for well over a hundred hours and never, not once, did I put my controller down and wait for the rain to stop.



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