The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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i just got to hateno village. i've procured two horses, visited 14 shrines so far, and i've gotten fairly good at bow/arrow. i am enjoying this game immensely, but eight hours in it feel like i'm just bumbling the heck around. the game insists that i shouldn't be worried about melee weapons, but i break all of the good ones and i'm currently stuck with a rusty axe and whatever clubs fall from the moblins i occasionally explode.

― kellyanne amway (remy bean), Sunday, March 5, 2017 3:46 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

gear impermanence is something that is hard to get used to, but eventually you embrace. wearing through a weapon is a great opportunity for a free critical hit when you throw it right in a monster's face because it's about to break.

i'm also speculating that unbreakable weapons will be attainable at some point, though i'm assuming only at a pretty advanced point in the game. i just got access to a weapon that i can have repaired after it breaks, though it requires a trip to a specific NPC, so some permanence does come along eventually.

art, Sunday, 5 March 2017 23:01 (one year ago) Permalink

I think the gear impermanence is bad design. I run away from fights because weapon rationing is so tedious, thus the entire game mechanic of fancy swordplay, which they spend a lot of time in-game training you on and encouraging... just never happens.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Sunday, 5 March 2017 23:23 (one year ago) Permalink

WANT THIS

need a job tho

PressAnarchyToContinue (Ste), Sunday, 5 March 2017 23:44 (one year ago) Permalink

I mean you can be a virtual opal miner

rb (soda), Monday, 6 March 2017 16:48 (one year ago) Permalink

:)

Fujibayashi and his team built a prototype of Breath of the Wild. They put together a starting area with a small field and a handful of trees, then stuck rupees all across the world, hiding them in places that the development team thought Miyamoto and Aonuma might explore. Then Fujibayashi presented their demo to the two Nintendo elder statesmen.

“We put rupees at the top of the tree to let them know that this is something we’re taking into account, but I didn’t tell them,” Fujibayashi said. “All I did was say, ‘Here, play the game.’ So the first thing [Miyamoto] did was start climbing, and he climbed the tree, and once he was able to do that and see that he can go anywhere within this small field, he got how this game will play out and that’s how I presented it to him.”

Then they watched and waited. And watched. And waited.

“When we first presented this to Mr. Miyamoto, he spent about an hour just climbing trees,” Fujibayashi said. “We left little treats like rupees on the trees, but we also left other things in other places we thought he might go. But he just kept climbing trees. Up and down. And so we got to the point where we go, ‘Do you want to look at other stuff?’ But he just kept on going. Once [he] got out of the Shrine of Resurrection, he spent an hour just within a 25-50 meter radius outside of that cave just climbing trees.”

http://kotaku.com/when-miyamoto-first-played-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-h-1793017234

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 16:41 (one year ago) Permalink

THIS GAME IS SO GOOD. SO GOOD. SO SO SO GOOD.

jamiesummerz, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 11:15 (one year ago) Permalink

It really, really is. Just completed my first 'Divine Beast' dungeon, and really loving it. It's hard, but doesn't feel unfair. I planned on going to bed right after the divine beast bit last night, then ended up doing another shrine, then activating a tower, wandering a bit, another shrine... etc.

CraigG, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 11:49 (one year ago) Permalink

where are yall buying the switch from like did you preorder it or what

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 8 March 2017 21:09 (one year ago) Permalink

you pretty much had to preorder it or show up at the store early on release day. i havent been able to find one myself yet, most places dont seem to think they'll have many more until april.

ciderpress, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 21:12 (one year ago) Permalink

the Wii release was like this too iirc, you couldn't reliably walk into a store and buy one until long after release

ciderpress, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 21:17 (one year ago) Permalink

its not uncommon for popular electronic products ramping up the production of new stuff is difficult

lag∞n, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 21:24 (one year ago) Permalink

oh yeah I remember the Wii for sure. was pretty into the whole deal back then, iirc mrs. aero was trying to order it from her workplace while I was doing the same thing at home, doing a bunch of "it looks like it's going through! fuck...no, price went up!" shit. now I'm old though one huge advantage of being old is like oh there's a new deal? cool I'll get one maybe. oh I can't get it for six months? cool who gives a fuck maybe I'll buy it in six months or maybe I won't care then, all the same really *takes nap*

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 8 March 2017 22:22 (one year ago) Permalink

i stumbled in my way into the zora domain. lizards keep zapping me with wands. i feel like i'm massively underleveled/underprepared for its challenges. hell, i feel massively underleveled/underprepared at all times. i am distracted by taking photos of mushrooms, exploding every rock i see, collecting monster parts to no particular purpose, and my progress in the main quest occurs in fits and starts. there are all these little hints of bigger sidequests (reuniting lovers? finding special bugs?) that i am missing because i am careening through hyrule like a damn loon. i am constantly busting into areas filled with super-strong bad guys that can one-hit kill me, or falling off slippery mountain peaks, or getting chopped up in shrines. and the blood moon mechanic is legit frightening. the whole experience is weird and excellent –– like, i am delighted to run around but i am in constant-fear of insta-death. also, i misunderstood the function of the amiibo, and i gave myself a horse while i was on top of a tower. poor epona, all alone and nothing to do but jump to deah. :(

kellyanne amway (remy bean), Thursday, 9 March 2017 02:22 (one year ago) Permalink

if I had to sum up the game mega quickly in the most reductive way possible and that doesn't actually sum up how fantastic it is, i'd say this is basically Ni No Kuni goes Soulsbourne.
which is probably everything i've ever wanted from a game?

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 9 March 2017 12:02 (one year ago) Permalink

hahahaha, i'm so old, i've never heard of either of those games

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 9 March 2017 13:48 (one year ago) Permalink

the last zelda game i played was "adventure of link". so far i think "breath of the wild" is better, but if soda popinski starts laughing at me the next time i die i might reconsider.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 9 March 2017 13:59 (one year ago) Permalink

hahahaha, i'm so old, i've never heard of either of those games

― increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 9 March 2017 13:48

The second one just meant Demon Souls/Dark Souls/Bloodborne

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 9 March 2017 14:02 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 http://kotaku.com/legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-players-share-their-1793006745

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 9 March 2017 16:23 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

dunkey vid makes it look like this owns. hard

||||||||, Thursday, 9 March 2017 21:51 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

art, Friday, 10 March 2017 01:35 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

rb (soda), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 21:38 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

Yiga Clan ain't nuthing ta fuck wit

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:48 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

jamiesummerz, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:44 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

devvvine, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:42 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

13

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:25 (three days ago) Permalink

wait, 10

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:26 (three days ago) Permalink

you've probably ran across a bunch more but didn't realize it! like whenever you see a set of objects that seems just barely incomplete somehow, that's usually a korok puzzle. they're all over the place once you know how to look for them (which reminds me of a quality in one of my favorite ever games The Witness, once you realize in that game that the 3D environment around the puzzles is also a puzzle)

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:40 (three days ago) Permalink

Adam if yr getting 1 hit killed u should level up yer hearts more and also go see the fairies and strengthen yr armour! Then bokoblins/moblins etc are more of a doddle.

I wish the yiga would fuck off and stop sniping at me while I'm in the middle of something else! *busy fighting a lynel* "ya ha haaaaaa!" OH PISS OFF.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 19 July 2018 01:04 (three days ago) Permalink

PS I still cant finish that last DLC shrine, its the one full of 1-kill spikes all over the place. It is soooo frustrating and there is no way to cheat.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 19 July 2018 01:05 (three days ago) Permalink

you've probably ran across a bunch more but didn't realize it! like whenever you see a set of objects that seems just barely incomplete somehow, that's usually a korok puzzle. they're all over the place once you know how to look for them

glad you mentioned this because i've since found 20 more. i should be paying you for your service tbh

trayce: i knocked over a load of shrines (using walkthroughs off the web, cbf ~solving puzzles~ with this fucking illness on the go) and bumped up my hearts to 8. it's nowhere enough for serious things e.g. robot octopus with laser beams but it's saved me from a few falls.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 20 July 2018 00:35 (two days ago) Permalink

btw as great as it's been to sink a few days into this game, this throat infection is painful as fuck and has cost me a load of pay (i contract, if i don't work i don't earn) so i am megagrumpy rn. sorry if that comes across. just got penicillin which fucks me off as i object massively to taking antibiotics for anything less than the exorcist-grade vomiting.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 20 July 2018 00:38 (two days ago) Permalink

robot octopus with laser beams

cough-riddled big lols :D (I'm sick too, my sympathies)

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 20 July 2018 02:43 (two days ago) Permalink

ugh you poor thing, hope you're at least getting better.

i've got 10 heart containers and a load of stamina and have spent the past couple of days just going to new places. i'm cheating my way through all the shrines because cbf but everything else is a surprise discovery. it's been nice, and it's been the perfect escapism while i've been nailed to the bed/sofa since tuesday.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 21 July 2018 02:49 (yesterday) Permalink

I cheated a few shrines, fuck a puzzle. Maybe I should play some more, I'm confined to the couch with bronchitis and a hangover because I am SMRT

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Saturday, 21 July 2018 03:06 (yesterday) Permalink

now i'm just using walkthroughs. scoured everything i can reach and still getting one-hit killed by things. i've already cheated to find great fairies and am now cheating to find shrines. it's either that or i completely lose interest and stop playing.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 22 July 2018 00:56 (twenty hours ago) Permalink

i hit a certain point where i was getting one-hit killed a lot. one thing that really helped was using the fairies to enhance armor, especially once i had found 3 or 4 fairies and could enhance armor multiple times. you should give that a shot if you haven't already, especially if you've found some of the fairies!

Karl Malone, Sunday, 22 July 2018 00:59 (twenty hours ago) Permalink

yeah, i cheated to find them so that i could boost my defence. no effect yet because my armour's still crap, and i'll be cheating on that as well (this game's WAY too big to spend hundreds of hours churning to find better armour, and i won't be alive in 2150 so)

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 22 July 2018 01:11 (twenty hours ago) Permalink

yeah, i'm the same way i give things a good shot but when i'm starting to feel frustrated with something i just immediately look it up and move on to the next thing!

Karl Malone, Sunday, 22 July 2018 01:12 (twenty hours ago) Permalink

Improving the armor is one of my favorite parts. The occasional 'rare' material is v exciting.

Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 22 July 2018 03:18 (eighteen hours ago) Permalink

I'm still finalising my electro rubber armour because electric lizalfos monsters are surprisingly hard to find.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 22 July 2018 04:18 (seventeen hours ago) Permalink

decided to hunt down a Dinraal Scale and that was pretty fun. i started by scouting out the location, the cliffs of the Eldin Mountains north of the lava lakes. the nearest warpable location was a shrine sitting inside a lava cave at the end of a mining track. i had it timed so that i could start there at 6am (just after resting til morning at any fire in the game) and have just enough time to catch the dragon on his morning flight.

but the shrine was surrounded by lava. to get out i had to climb the walls of the cave, out the entrance, then up the side to get to stand-able gound, all which was only do-able by equipping the climbing gear. then i headed for the mountains. running past all kinds of enemies to get to this one high point i had marked on the map, i could see the dragon flying towards me in the distance, far below. this is a great moment right here!

from this point i had more than enough height to glide down and use the arrows. not knowing you can't really kill him, i shot a ton of arrows, just wasted a whole bunch. still, the scales were sitting me on the ground, i had got what i had come for, and the dragon flying off into the distance was a wonderful sight.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 22 July 2018 15:27 (six hours ago) Permalink

i had some frustrating experiences with the dragons before finally realizing i wasn't supposed to land on their heads and talk to them

Karl Malone, Sunday, 22 July 2018 15:46 (five hours ago) Permalink

💙

devops mom (silby), Sunday, 22 July 2018 15:48 (five hours ago) Permalink

Great story, Adam! It makes me want to fire this up again.

DJI, Sunday, 22 July 2018 18:49 (two hours ago) Permalink


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