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Absolutely yes, it gave me this magical feeling that I last felt when OoT came out! The wonders of exploring this world gave me some of the best video game memories ever. What a beautiful achievement this game is, top of the top



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I don't often get hyped up for a game, with a new Zelda game that is trying something new I wanted to give it a fair chance. I got it day 1 with the Switch and I thought it was a good game, if I was forced to give it rating I'd say 7/10. As time passed (about 105 hours) I lost interest and never finished the game so maybe it's more a 5/10 for me now, though I did do all 4 of the temples so I could probably go back and tackle Ganon's castle. I doubt I'll buy the sequel on day 1 (I don't know anything about it so far, so there's still a chance), I think I'll wait a long time and pick it up cheap.

Even though this has been a bit disappointing for me, compared to plenty of the other Zelda games, I won't say they've ruined the franchise or that I'll never buy another Zelda game again. I'm pretty sure they'll continue to release Zelda games that I'll enjoy.

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Mnementh said:
Yes. But maybe not in the sense you think. It may have it's downside as a Zelda-game (a little light on story for instance), but the part that makes it unforgettable is the consequent rethinking of the formula.

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I don't recall a Zelda game that has even close to as much plot and subplot as Breath of the Wild. Nor do I recall one that has even close to the level of presentation.



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It was just as good as I expected, though I have to admit I kept my expectations moderate.



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The_Liquid_Laser said:

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.

I think this is a major reason why just about no one was disappointed in the game. The Plateau portion was so damn compelling, but then the game after the Plateau was so much greater than the part that they sold and hyped everyone on.



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i bought a wii u use don ebay just so i can play zelda botw. As much as the game impressed me, the wiiu pro controller was just as impressive and the batterly life insane, coming from a ps4 and dual shock my whole life.



Jumpin said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

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.

I think this is a major reason why just about no one was disappointed in the game. The Plateau portion was so damn compelling, but then the game after the Plateau was so much greater than the part that they sold and hyped everyone on.

Yeah, they gave us a fantastic appetizer knowing that the main course was even better.

Nintendo, over the decades, has had these moments of brilliance where they not only had a great game, but they marketed it just right.  The key is to hype the game, but still not hype it too much.  Examples that come to mind are Super Mario 3 or the first Smash Bros commercial.  I never even bought a N64, but I do remember thinking the whole Smash Bros concept looked interesting just from the commercial.  And Mario 3 had a whole movie to market it, but it really was an amazing game.  They gave Zelda: BotW the same kind of treatment by making it their only real game to show off at E3 2016 (not to mention teasing it for years).  The hype was big, but the game was even better than the hype.



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.



Jumpin said:
Mnementh said:
Yes. But maybe not in the sense you think. It may have it's downside as a Zelda-game (a little light on story for instance), but the part that makes it unforgettable is the consequent rethinking of the formula.

O

I don't recall a Zelda game that has even close to as much plot and subplot as Breath of the Wild. Nor do I recall one that has even close to the level of presentation.

I always think the same thing when I read the comments on the story of BotW. It's not like previous Zelda games were huge on story and if you go and find all the memories, you get a ton of story. I can understand people who didn't like the focus on the past events but saying there was less story than usual is not accurate.



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Landale_Star said:

I don't often get hyped up for a game, with a new Zelda game that is trying something new I wanted to give it a fair chance. I got it day 1 with the Switch and I thought it was a good game, if I was forced to give it rating I'd say 7/10. As time passed (about 105 hours) I lost interest and never finished the game so maybe it's more a 5/10 for me now, though I did do all 4 of the temples so I could probably go back and tackle Ganon's castle. I doubt I'll buy the sequel on day 1 (I don't know anything about it so far, so there's still a chance), I think I'll wait a long time and pick it up cheap.

Even though this has been a bit disappointing for me, compared to plenty of the other Zelda games, I won't say they've ruined the franchise or that I'll never buy another Zelda game again. I'm pretty sure they'll continue to release Zelda games that I'll enjoy.

I'd say any single player game that gets you to play 105 hours (and you haven't even beaten it yet!) is pretty incredible. Maybe you should have just tried to beat it after like 80 or 90 hours instead of keep going and eventually lose interest racking up an insane amount of playtime. No matter how good any single player game is, eventually you're gonna get tired of it if you keep playing it. Seems weird to downgrade your score just cuz you played the game to death. I mean, you're saying you put over 100 hours into a game you give a 5 out of 10. That's pretty bizarre.