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


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.”

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


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!, 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

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


I felt the same about fighting, but it gets easier as you get more hearts and better weapons, and more fun too. By the end of the game, I was ridiculously overpowered, and I actually enjoyed finding some challenging fights (the castle is good especially)

Also - learn how to use your shield. That helps

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 4 November 2018 17:40 (one month ago) Permalink

it gets easier as you get more hearts and better weapons

i was going to mention something similar. avoiding fighting is a viable and fun approach to the game, i think. as you progress you'll get better EQ and abilities, so when you run across the low-level enemies you'll be more comfortable just wiping them out. and then as you encounter higher-level enemies, you'll be more accustomed to thinking creatively and using environmental skills to get by, which will always help.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 4 November 2018 17:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Agree that the camel was the only bad one

Nhex, Sunday, 4 November 2018 18:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Nothing in the game proper is a s frustrating as trying to complete the spiky temple on half a heart in the DLC

Hahah yes see upthread for me raging about that. There is no way to cheat it, you just have to keep trying. Hated it.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 4 November 2018 20:26 (one month ago) Permalink

i really want the proposed sequel to cover the parts of this game you can see but can’t get to, but this is nintendo and zelda, so it’ll probably be a whole new space with like three times the surface area (which would of course be better).

the stuff i like most about this game is basically all the stuff i liked about morrowind: exploring new areas, running errands, collecting stuff, wandering aimlessly for an hour before going to bed. botw really makes you earn that freedom, so it’s more rewarding getting to that point, but i’d sooner replay an elder scrolls game than this.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 4 November 2018 20:43 (one month ago) Permalink

I did wonder if a DLC would add some more access because theres at least one named mountain you cant get to (Mount Agaat). Theres been heaps of speculation as to why.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 5 November 2018 00:16 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

f the parts of this game that don't let you save

stuck in the yiga camp. im figuring it out but i hate having to start at the beginning each time i get caught. though I love the delighted prance they do when they see bananas

na (NA), Thursday, 22 November 2018 21:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

of course I beat it immediately after posting that

funny how the yiga ninjas are pretty tough but the guards and the boss are such doofuses

na (NA), Thursday, 22 November 2018 22:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hahah the end boss on that dungeon was my favourite. Such an idiot :D

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 22 November 2018 22:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was *so* proud of myself for getting through the Yiga camp without using hints - it's pretty hard! - and then I got stuck in an empty room forever because I didn't see that there was a FUCKING DOOR OUTSIDE in the room. The door that took you to the boss.

Felt like the Yigas needed a bit more story - unless I missed something? They kept attacking me after I'd completed the boss, and I wanted another showdown. They're basically Hyrule nazis.

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 23 November 2018 16:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lebowski nihilists

Tom: I do all the bills. (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 23 November 2018 17:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I didn't mind the camel divine beast once I realized you could rotate the components in the map but this boss fucking sucks

na (NA), Friday, 23 November 2018 20:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i had to watch a youtube vid to get the camel boss

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 23 November 2018 21:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yiga banana dance is the absolute best

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 23 November 2018 22:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i finally got through the camel boss. i watched a youtube but it still took me while to get through the third phase of the boss fight because the video i watched focused on dodging/parrying which i suck at. but i found a different approach that worked. it all clicked once i realized that he doesn't switch to a shock weapon until the third phase so i could save my one non-electricity-conducting shield for that part.

na (NA), Monday, 26 November 2018 18:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this was my approach to thunderblight for the sake of future generations:
make sure you have at least one shield that doesn't conduct electricity, and a few decent one-handed weapons (i just used lizal boomerangs the whole time, so they don't have to be amazing)
phase I: when he's up in the air, back up far enough that you can avoid his electricity balls. when he's about to come down, lock on to him, wait until he hits your shield, then hit him a bunch of times until his shield shatters, then hit him a bunch more times. repeat until he flies way up, which is time for:
phase II: when the metal pillars come down, move to the outside of the batch of pillars (so you don't get zapped), then use magnet power to pick one up and lift it up as close as you can to him. he'll zap it and knock himself back down. sometimes this takes a couple of tries but as long as you don't get caught inside the group of pillars you won't get hurt.
phase III: same as phase I but make sure you're using your non-electricity-conducting shield or you'll get zapped when he hits you. only other variation is the one attack where he locks on to you; if you're standing near the door to go outside you can duck out and use the wall to block the attack

na (NA), Monday, 26 November 2018 18:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

then use magnet power to pick one up and lift it up as close as you can to him. he'll zap it and knock himself back down

Yeah that was one that completely stumped me. I was getting blasted repeatedly and would never have thought to try that myself.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 27 November 2018 02:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"エポナと旅するブレスオブザワイルド"は中止になりました#ゼルダの伝説 #BreathoftheWild #NintendoSwitch

— Jun.haz (@Juntendo_Sw) November 20, 2018

ciderpress, Thursday, 6 December 2018 23:25 (six days ago) Permalink

i wish that happened for everyone who plays BotW

it's right up there with ned stark's demise

Karl Malone, Thursday, 6 December 2018 23:30 (six days ago) Permalink

I laughed at that. Why did I laugh at that!?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 7 December 2018 00:17 (five days ago) Permalink

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