The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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This weekend Im gonna try and finish the Champion Ballad trials. Want dat bike!

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 22 June 2018 00:34 (one month ago) Permalink

The bike owns

valorous wokelord (silby), Friday, 22 June 2018 00:58 (one month ago) Permalink

there was a point about halfway through the Lomei Labyrinth Island where i was about to declare it the greatest level/puzzle/whatever that I have ever played, of anything. that first descent into the area from the nearby akkala ancient tech lab was incredible. i hadn't done much advance scouting of the area so i just kind of impulsively jumped toward it, even though it was during the middle of a really long and loud lightning storm. i loved the way the sheer magnitude of the labyrinth reveals itself as link floats toward it. and it's psychedelic as hell once you land, consulting the map to determine correct paths, switching between the deep canyons and the peaks, finally finding the ladder. then a barbarian helm at the end? fuck yeah! 10.0 album of the year

Karl Malone, Monday, 25 June 2018 02:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Oh that barbarian gear set is ultra useful, I wish I'd found it a lot sooner, but somehow all the labyrinths didnt show up that obviously for me til ages into the game!

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 25 June 2018 03:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Known in our household as “male empowerment armor”

valorous wokelord (silby), Monday, 25 June 2018 03:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

with the exception of one set that's pretty much all the armor in the game

Nhex, Monday, 25 June 2018 03:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Eh I dunno about the Tingle armour...

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 25 June 2018 04:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yesterday was zelda of july. i played maybe 12 hours?? that's off the chart for me.

so many sex and drugs references in this game! “when we get into hyrule castle we’re gonna light that thing up!” hell yeah, you know the drill, daruk. we're gonna have sex with four 100-foot tall fairies too, it'll be amazing.

i've finally unlocked all the towers, found the master sword, getting ready to take down the final divine beast (the one in the Hebra region, for me). i still haven't ventured anywhere near hyrule castle yet. i have used my charge-up special attack (augmented by the gerudo thunderblast special ability thing) twice, maybe three times, total?

Karl Malone, Thursday, 5 July 2018 15:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This game is absurdly horny, Link is a tiny long-haired androgyne constantly being objectified by women ranging in size from large to enormous, not to mention Bolson.

devops mom (silby), Thursday, 5 July 2018 15:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

last night they mentioned his "perfectly symmetrical face"

Karl Malone, Thursday, 5 July 2018 15:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And yeah all the great fairies are awesome, like these 10 foot tall drag queens or something.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 6 July 2018 05:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'm not even sure that i've met Bolson!

Karl Malone, Friday, 6 July 2018 05:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i love how the game manages to feel huge and still accessible and explorable at the same time.

Karl Malone, Friday, 6 July 2018 05:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

bolson is camp af

||||||||, Friday, 6 July 2018 20:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Bolson and co are working on the house behind Hateno village you can opt to buy.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Saturday, 7 July 2018 06:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh thanks! that explains why i haven't seen them in a while - gathering 30 wood has taken way longer than i expected, although i guess i'm not going out of my way to find any. i guess the benefit of buying a house is that you get to own a house in zelda, and plus store extra weapons there?

Karl Malone, Saturday, 7 July 2018 06:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah thats about it really, haha. Only 3 of each item as well (3 weapons, 3 sheields, 3 bows). Ive kept the really rare/unfarmable stuff like the royal guard gear and forest dweller gear (I thought I read somewhere the sword doesnt respawn Not sure tho. )

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Saturday, 7 July 2018 07:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

update: yep it doesnt, teres only 4 korok swords in the game. Its p useless as a weapon anyway.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Saturday, 7 July 2018 07:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Arrrgh this last champions ballad shrine is fucking doing my head in. Needlessly, pointlessly hard. Being thrown right back to the start every time... I tried about 10 times then just gave up, grr.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 8 July 2018 08:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i have finally defeated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

i only regret that i didn't pick up the final memory before beating it, which i'm 99% sure was hidden somewhere hyrule castle. but damn, that was so much fun! i'm at 100 hours or so right now, but i'll probably add on more as i revisit. plus i might end up getting the master sword DLC

Karl Malone, Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:38 (one week ago) Permalink

jesus you finished that fast!

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 15 July 2018 07:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Get the DLC - it has a map addition that shows you where on the map you've been. I guarantee you'll find you missed a ton of areas/things.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 15 July 2018 07:40 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah, getting to Ganon didn't take nearly as much work as i thought it would! i ended up approaching Hyrule from the east, just kind of gliding over the moat and climbing up a ledge. after accidentally finding the library and fucking around in there for about an hour, somehow i just popped up near the end. i think i was probably a little overleveled, too - i accidentally had zora outfit equipped the whole time and still managed to get through without getting damaged too badly.

the DLC will be a great way to revisit this in a month or two!

Karl Malone, Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:50 (one week ago) Permalink

i just opened this for the first time since january and i have NO idea what’s going on.

when i stopped playing i had massively cracked the shits with the zora boss, so i’ve left that dungeon with the intention to level up or embellish tunic or whatever people do in this game. having forgotten like 2/3 of the commands i’m stumbling around some rocks just utterly confused, like when you give your grandparents an android phone and ask them to check the weather. i’m not even THAT old. this morning i beat mario odyssey for the fourth time ffs.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 05:27 (four days ago) Permalink

Haha I get that when swapping from Wii to PS, cos the controls are exactly the reverse of each other nrrrghhh.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:25 (four days ago) Permalink

so i just spent several hours wandering around completely empty countryside, occasionally getting one-hit killed by things i never even got to see, then i got caught up in some terrible platformer with rubbish edge detection, and now i'm following some bastard leaf creature into a forest even though i can't fucking see him (because i'm not supposed to?) and the game keeps throwing me back to the start without any warning. i get most people like this game but for the life of me (and after 30+ hours) i don't get why. this is not fun.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:53 (four days ago) Permalink

and now i'm following some bastard leaf creature into a forest even though i can't fucking see him (because i'm not supposed to?) and the game keeps throwing me back to the start without any warning

just finished it

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 12:23 (four days ago) Permalink

Haha, yeah I failed that one several times before figuring it out.

The nice thing about botw is that you can wander aimlessly if you want to, or focus on the next task if you get bored. What’s left for you? You could try to take down a divine beast? Or head toward one of the labyrinths that’s visible from the map?

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 14:51 (four days ago) Permalink

if you haven't journeyed into the desert, that was my favorite beast. i stumbled onto it after getting momentarily bored with the game and it was so great i wholeheartedly dove back in

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 15:12 (four days ago) Permalink

i will say this, though - i was a bit disappointed in the divine beasts, especially because whilst hyping myself up by reading ILG before starting it seemed like they were some people's favorite part of the game. i think that whatever divine beast you tackle first is a wonderful experience. there's a little build-up to it in the surrounding area, often you have to prepare the elements by getting special equipment or cooking, and there's a nice action-puzzle even to get access into the beast. then you approach the second beast (whichever one), and it's the same exact process. even the same little messages you get from within the beast are the same. then the third. then the fourth. by the time i got to the fourth one i wasn't even thinking about what would happen when i approached the beast; it was all preordained. kind of a missed opportunity there to make these giant huge setpieces a little more unique.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 15:57 (four days ago) Permalink

xp that camel was a drab hell

Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:01 (four days ago) Permalink

I agree, Karl. I think wandering around the hugeworld, finding the occasional shrine or challenging monster is much better than the divine beasts experience. However, the rewards from beating the divine beasts are good.

Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:06 (four days ago) Permalink

i agree the beasts themselves were kind of a letdown. the camel itself was my least favorite beast but the journey to get there was my favorite and more than makes up for it.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:07 (four days ago) Permalink

oh ok. that makes more sense. think we can all agree: fuck that camel.

Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:09 (four days ago) Permalink

heheh yeah. the beast puzzles are just a bit overkill. they work in the shrines cos it's one puzzle and you can go off and do something else if you get stuck, whereas in the beasts it's several in a row and they are more complicated and you know you HAVE to sit there and work it out. by the camel i was immediately looking at youtube walkthroughs.

however i did enjoy the design of them, the story around them, and the way you have to approach each one in a different manner, like shooting the camel's glowing feet. but then the gameplay comes crashing down again, it feels like the puzzles are there for padding. still, you only have to do it 4 times in the entire game.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:16 (four days ago) Permalink

I think the idea of them was cool because there was a natural element of infiltration and taming THE BEAST*. But the puzzles inside felt even more contrived because of this more natural intro. Ok, so you have to manipulate the beast's controls to gain access to certain areas, but there's still no reason for that box to be on rails up there on the ceiling.

*hello, king's island fans

Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:24 (four days ago) Permalink

hated the dumb beasts and just youtube’d my way through them as quick as possible

||||||||, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:33 (four days ago) Permalink

What’s left for you? You could try to take down a divine beast? Or head toward one of the labyrinths that’s visible from the map?

honestly i think 95% of the game is still left for me! i just finished all the korok trials (surprised myself tbh – that last one was frustrating until i went crazy with bombs), but since that seems to have gotten me nowhere (what the fuck??) i'm at a bit of a loss as to why i just did all that. appreciate your tips btw.

also the reason i've been able to play loads of zelda is i'm sick as hell this week, which is probably also the reason i don't have a lot of patience.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:53 (four days ago) Permalink

i hit a nice gameplay loop that lasted for hours 30-60 which was basically:

find a new tower and climb/unlock the 'district' (note: i am the only person who calls these districts)
find and explore the main town and stable in the district
find and beat 4 (or more) shrines in the district
upgrade heart/stamina
do a sidequest or two involving the people in the main town/stable of the district
find the memory/photo for the district
at this point you've probably accidentally made progress on something in another district, so go back there and explore some new stuff, then go find a new tower or take on a divine beast if you've found one

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:02 (four days ago) Permalink

or, multitasking: take on an exploratory sidequest (like find 10 of x in the mountains or whatever) and then while you're bumbling around looking for that, look for shrines and collect some gemstones for $ as well

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:04 (four days ago) Permalink

oh that’s brilliant. i did unlock a load of towers/shrines last year but didn’t go into quest detail, and forgot all about the skyrim-type side quests. cheers km, fantastic advice.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:07 (four days ago) Permalink

i just want everyone to have a fun time :)

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:11 (four days ago) Permalink

are things really broken down so nicely by districts? feel like I may have missed an entire village if so.

Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:14 (four days ago) Permalink

Not really, but almost all of them have at least some sort of populated area with side quests, and I think actually all of them have stables?

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:24 (four days ago) Permalink

i just want everyone to have a fun time :)

<3

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:43 (four days ago) Permalink

just realised i have about 25 unfinished side quests, half of them from the expansion pack. one of them has got me finding hateno beach which i’ve apparently walked past but not into.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:45 (four days ago) Permalink

how's your korok seed count? it blows my mind that there are 900. i felt like i explored pretty thoroughly and only came across 150 or so

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:56 (four days 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


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