The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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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

Yeah you make the spicy meat/ seafood fry for Old Man and he gives it to you.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:12 (one year ago) Permalink

my girl and i have made a pact that we are going to get a switch/zelda if we hit some specific money goals. this game is helping me budget!

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:48 (one year ago) Permalink

i love this game, but it can definitely be frustrating. but frustration is used as a feedback tool in this game, i think? when i am frustrated it has come from the knowledge that i am doing something ineffectively, not that the game is holding back or setting up artificial difficulty barriers. so far i have been annoyed w/ the warm doublet quest (b/c there were a million ways to solve it, and i was looking for the "right" one, though i eventually switched tactics and solved it easily).

the lynel in the zora domain
getting zapped while hiking into the zoras uglyass domain
the one tower i *still* can't climb due to electro guys swimming nearby
another fucking lynel
a boring shrine quest where i had to kill three giants
a horse-taming quest
some bullshit in the lost woods
the goron quest
gathering wood to build my effing house

remy bean, Monday, 27 March 2017 00:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Apparently having metal items mean you get struck by lightning during rain? Fun.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 27 March 2017 00:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Wednesday, 5 April 2017 16:36 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm already overwhelmed looking at how much map there is to cover. Its not just that its large - its that so much of it is only accesible in really gruelling ways like slowly climbing cliffs. I feel like I'll be playing this game for years at this rate.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 6 April 2017 00:01 (one year ago) Permalink

cliff-climbing gets much easier by mid-game, once you gain some stamina and other stuff that makes you climb faster/longer.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 10 April 2017 21:42 (one year ago) Permalink

One of my workmates recommended gunning for stamina over health in the early stages of loading up on upgrades, I wonder if thats a good idea? Ive just been gathering a lot of staminella shrooms and the fish that do stam and storing a ton of meals.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh and Ive already hit a snag - I'm trying to do the sheep rustling side quest on Hatero beach and those monsters are really hard to kill - and Ive only got piddlepuff weapons :( I need to find somwwhere that sells bows.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:36 (one year ago) Permalink

...aaaand apparently I now find out weapons cant be purchased. Gah! The breakability of weapons is the most frustrating part of the game.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 02:58 (one year ago) Permalink

You can buy some weapons, but I think it's only Guardian weapons and the like up at Akkala Ancient tech lab. Don't remember seeing any others for sale elsewhere.

CraigG, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 09:57 (one year ago) Permalink

None of the side quests proved to be super essential, and some were downright tough at low levels. I'd focus on uncovering the whole map, walking everywhere you can, and finding shrines over Official Questing during the first 20-30 hours. Sell ALL of EVERYTHING at first for new armor, and remember that after blood moons you can re-obtain armor from the shrines that have it.

rb (soda), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 19:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Re-obtain good weapons at shrines. Also, silver hinox is super hard.

rb (soda), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 19:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Cheers - yeah I'm aiming to get to all the towers - though that fucking central tower is brutal and I dont see how I'm possibly going to get to it with all the Guardians around it.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:57 (one year ago) Permalink

I don’t know anything about Dark Souls because I’m not a n00b but one thing about a lot of Japanese rpg-types is a simulacrum of “real life” and the social interactions that compose it and arrows in botw are part of that.

L'assie (Euler), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:45 (two days ago) Permalink

I found the botw weapon system odd at first but I grew to really like it, the challenge of working out where all the awesome gear is hidden, working out what to keep in your inventory and what to toss (should I keep a few wood bows and swords for thunderstorms? Do I really need 3 frost Greatblades? Boomerang vs throwing spear - what do?).

I would like to have been able to store more than 3 of each thing at my house, but eh.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:54 (two days ago) Permalink

botw is essentially a survival game which is why all your resources are limited. its not a rpg

ciderpress, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 03:02 (two days ago) Permalink

Good point. Thats particularly driven home in both the Eventide Island bit and trial of the sword dlc.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 03:18 (two days ago) Permalink

a survival game where climbing a 46-degree* slope in a drizzle is the most lethal predator

*I don't know that it's 46-degrees, but you know the cut-off is this arbitrary

say it with sausages (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:36 (two days ago) Permalink

Calculating angles is probably overboard. Whether or not the cathedral ruins inherit from the SlipperyGuy class may have been at the designer's discretion.

say it with sausages (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:42 (two days ago) Permalink

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