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There aren't abundant text bubbles and dialog.

There's always a ton of discussion from Zelda fans of what BOTW lacks versus classic 3D Zelda. My biggest problem with classic 3D Zelda's, with many games in general, is how much dialog and tutorials and exposition given to stories and game worlds.

Even in something like Ocarina of Time, there are constant mini interruptions. The closest Zelda regarding this ratio would probably be Windwaker. Where there's tons of time dedicated to traversing and sailing, with little to no interruption.

BOTW is one of the only modern AAA games where the text to gameplay ratio is heavily skewed towards gameplay. You aren't interrupted by npcs, cutscenes, journals, lore dumps, any of that.

Super Mario Odyssey has more text to read than BOTW. That's a knock against Odyssey, but it's a reason why BOTW stands out compared to so many games in all genres.
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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2021, 03:29:43 PM »
i cant pretend to have played every zelda, but botw is a glorified ubisoft game and every single one I've played has been better than that.

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2021, 04:56:44 PM »
i cant pretend to have played every zelda, but botw is a glorified ubisoft game and every single one I've played has been better than that.

I can never tell if you're just trolling or legitimately stupid but either way your opinions are straight trash
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2021, 04:58:27 PM »
i cant pretend to have played every zelda, but botw is a glorified ubisoft game and every single one I've played has been better than that.

I can never tell if you're just trolling or legitimately stupid but either way your opinions are straight trash

Gilhany only plays cs so that should tell you something about his tastes in gaming

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2021, 05:04:22 PM »
i cant pretend to have played every zelda, but botw is a glorified ubisoft game and every single one I've played has been better than that.

I can never tell if you're just trolling or legitimately stupid but either way your opinions are straight trash


breakable weapons 🚮

the combat itself 🚮

bad side quests 🚮

boring ass shrines 🚮

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enemy ai worse than cyberpunks 🚮

no challenge in anything in the game 🚮

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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2021, 06:37:49 PM »
Weapons that don't last forever, giving meaning to the weapon you wield and how you use it  :heartbeat

Combat that's based on your weapons, tools, environment, and ability to improvise :heartbeat

Side quests that either give a tangible reward or a piece of equipment that you'd never expect (you get snow/sand boots for cross dressing as a Gerudo chick) :heartbeat

Shrines that allow you to experiment or solve puzzles in your own way using the tools you gained and tricks you learned :heartbeat

Boss battles were aight :heartbeat


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I've played a lot of Ubisoft games, and BotW shares almost none of the same design philosophies. They really don't.
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2021, 06:52:49 PM »

I've played a lot of Ubisoft games, and BotW shares almost none of the same design philosophies. They really don't.

they share being bad games though 🚮

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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2021, 07:04:00 PM »

I've played a lot of Ubisoft games, and BotW shares almost none of the same design philosophies. They really don't.

they share being bad games though 🚮

You being a Counter Strike player and me a CoD player, I'd like to think we know bad games when we see them. Since we both spend so much time playing with shit.

I guess that's not the case  :doge
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2021, 07:06:32 PM »
CSGO is the best balanced team based competitive shooter I've yet to play. It's a fantastic game, that could be even better if Valve werent useless. Inch of allah, nephew.
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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2021, 10:24:11 PM »
i cant pretend to have played every zelda, but botw is a glorified ubisoft game and every single one I've played has been better than that.

I can never tell if you're just trolling or legitimately stupid but either way your opinions are straight trash

Gilhany only plays cs so that should tell you something about his tastes in gaming

Oh so he hates himself and everything else, good to know
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2021, 08:01:34 AM »
reflecting on my posts in here, i am sorry if i offended you mr snorenado or any other vidya you like. have a nice day and keep on zeldaing.

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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2021, 08:38:02 AM »
Botw is a good game tho, especially on cemu

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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2021, 09:25:59 AM »
I've played a lot of Ubisoft games, and BotW shares almost none of the same design philosophies. They really don't.

Have you played Immortals?  It's a pretty good clone.
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2021, 10:07:08 AM »
I've played a lot of Ubisoft games, and BotW shares almost none of the same design philosophies. They really don't.

Have you played Immortals?  It's a pretty good clone.

I've wanted to get into it, I'll probably get it once it hits that inevitable $10 price point.
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2021, 03:24:51 PM »
My only major complaint with BotW is the weapon durability. I don't mind stuff breaking, but let me take the broken sword to a blacksmith in town a reforge it. Skyward Sword had upgrade paths for swords, bows and shields, the ability to repair equipment at the bazaar and even repairing potions. It's weird af they took all that stuff out but kept the breaking mechanic. Otherwise BotW is superior in almost every other way.

That and maybe an outfit that let's you climb in the rain.

Those are still minor things. BotW blows the doors off of all other modern open world games. The nonlinearity and exploration are sublime.  :aah

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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2021, 03:34:36 PM »
I had trouble getting into BOTW... not a huge open world fan, especially when they're this big... my favorite parts of the Zelda series tend to be the dungeons, and the shrines weren't nearly as fulfilling to me as the typical dungeons of the series.

Also did not like the music nor the weapon durability aspect.

Still gotta give it another chance, it's the only Zelda I have yet to beat (along with Triforce Heroes and the CDI games)
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2021, 04:15:10 PM »
Weapons that don't last forever, giving meaning to the weapon you wield and how you use it  :heartbeat

Combat that's based on your weapons, tools, environment, and ability to improvise :heartbeat

Side quests that either give a tangible reward or a piece of equipment that you'd never expect (you get snow/sand boots for cross dressing as a Gerudo chick) :heartbeat

Shrines that allow you to experiment or solve puzzles in your own way using the tools you gained and tricks you learned :heartbeat

Boss battles were aight :heartbeat

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I've played a lot of Ubisoft games, and BotW shares almost none of the same design philosophies. They really don't.

No, I'm sorry, I'm playing BOTW for the first time right now and I don't get how you can say it isn't an Ubisoft game or shares those philosophies. Everything even remotely worth a shit glows bright orange!! I feel like the world has already been explored by playtesters before they let Link loose in it and they did all the discovering for me.

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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2021, 07:55:05 PM »
Botw best game ever. Period.

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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2021, 07:56:02 PM »
I like A Link to da Past. :)

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« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2021, 08:02:49 PM »
Weapons that don't last forever, giving meaning to the weapon you wield and how you use it  :heartbeat

Combat that's based on your weapons, tools, environment, and ability to improvise :heartbeat

Side quests that either give a tangible reward or a piece of equipment that you'd never expect (you get snow/sand boots for cross dressing as a Gerudo chick) :heartbeat

Shrines that allow you to experiment or solve puzzles in your own way using the tools you gained and tricks you learned :heartbeat

Boss battles were aight :heartbeat

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I've played a lot of Ubisoft games, and BotW shares almost none of the same design philosophies. They really don't.

No, I'm sorry, I'm playing BOTW for the first time right now and I don't get how you can say it isn't an Ubisoft game or shares those philosophies. Everything even remotely worth a shit glows bright orange!! I feel like the world has already been explored by playtesters before they let Link loose in it and they did all the discovering for me.


It's leagues better than Ubisoft shit. Compare the average blip on a Ubisoft map to the average shrine and it's obvious.

I generally don't like Nintendo shit and haven't really liked most of the Switch library but BotW made the console worth it.

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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2021, 08:16:54 PM »
It's not Ubisoft design, it's Xenoblade design. Including the sense of scale, verticality, abandoned temples and enemies roaming the overworld with friendly settlements scattered across the world.

Some areas in the first Xenoblade (Valak Mountain, Gaur Plain) are straight up BOTW beta experiments.
Colony 6 = Tarrey Town

Far Cry 3 is often seen as the moment Ubisoft introduced their 'formula'. Xenoblade was released 2 years earlier.
It's how Nintendo managed to do such a dramatic shift after Skyward Sword, they put Monolith on it.
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« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2021, 08:32:30 AM »
BOTW still feels like a huge beta to me.  They packed so much, but yet, so little in that game.  Loved everything but the story... the music (where's my boy Koji?!?).....  the weapon durability.... the shrines....  the lack of button arrangement.... one save file....    It's like they took bold steps to change up the formula, but was totally not fleshed out no where near enough...  They stepped too far out of the traditional 3D Zelda mold, but didn't make something 100% unique.   I can only hope that they will fix all my complaints in BOTW2.   Like put actual fucking unique dungeons in this game maybe?.  Not these damn tech demo shrines that literally all look the same and get horribly boring and have complete shit functionality. You mean to tell me you can climb pretty much everything out in the open world, but you can't even grab a fucking ledge in these shrines?!?!   :yuck   

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« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2021, 10:48:48 AM »
Let's be honest if Nintendo hadn't rushed it out the door because GameCube was cratering, The Wind Waker would still be the GOAT Zelda.




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« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2021, 11:14:52 AM »
if Nintendo hadn't rushed it out the door
But they did tho.

It has some of the weakest 3D dungeons in the series, it's piss easy and has some awful padding.

I loved the game when it came out and I still think it's good Zelda but whenever someone mentions it as their favorite in the series, it's hard not to side-eye a bit.

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« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2021, 11:20:50 AM »
:( Stop forcing reality on me. :maf

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« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2021, 12:26:10 PM »
WW surprised me more than any other Zelda game.  That initial reveal was not taken well at all, but after actually getting it and playing it, I was genuinely pleased.

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« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2021, 12:27:58 PM »
It'd be nice if they'd go back and actually finish WW putting in the two dungeons it's said to be missing and what not. Oh, put Kraid back in the first Metroid Prime too.
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« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2021, 01:02:50 PM »
Yeah it was nice having the tutorial of BOTW being 30 minutes as opposed to the other games which would have it last hours.

It'd be nice if they'd go back and actually finish WW putting in the two dungeons it's said to be missing and what not. Oh, put Kraid back in the first Metroid Prime too.

The missing dungeons are in twilight princess and it’s the better game anyway so play that again.

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« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2021, 01:03:44 PM »
Twilight Princess :whew

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« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2021, 01:05:25 PM »
if Nintendo hadn't rushed it out the door
But they did tho.

It has some of the weakest 3D dungeons in the series, it's piss easy and has some awful padding.

I loved the game when it came out and I still think it's good Zelda but whenever someone mentions it as their favorite in the series, it's hard not to side-eye a bit.

WW is pretty clearly mid tier Zelda, Tasty just likes it because it pours on the whimsy like it was made by Guy Fieri

(to be clear, mid tier Zelda is still better than most other games but WW is not great)
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« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2021, 08:39:39 PM »

Even in something like Ocarina of Time, there are constant mini interruptions. The closest Zelda regarding this ratio would probably be Windwaker. Where there's tons of time dedicated to traversing and sailing, with little to no interruption.


Zelda 1-3? Not that I disagree. But it's obvious they based BOTW off the original, which was fairly hands off.
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« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2021, 08:42:10 PM »
Wind Waker fans are the FFIX fans of Zelda where they lift up a fairly average game in the franchise as the GOAT, often mostly because of aesthetics. It's really weird to me but I understand people have different opinions.
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« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2021, 01:37:23 AM »
The only thing I can agree with is that it had the best tutorial section. Specially TP and SS were taking the piss with their hours long intro section.

Otherwise I can't see how a game with "dungeons" you can rush through in around 15-20min can be considered the best game in a franchise that's famous for its interesting dungeons.

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« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2021, 02:16:43 AM »
Is one of the best but I like the old formula way better. While progression was attached to Health/Stamina and Divine Beasts at BotW, the philosophy of “you can do most activities in the game with the initial items” kind of kills the excitement of discovering stuff by the end of the game. You get a weapon that going to destroy itself in a few hits or you complete a mini dungeon for currency to get more health and Stamina. Even the most memorable side stuff (like the island challenge) was mostly contrived to this stuff. The lore stuff was also a mixed bag given the terrible voice acting, and while the initial premise was incredible the stuff with the champions was just okay and pretty crappy that Ganon was just “dumb ultimate evil” rather than stuff like Wind Waker Ganondorf.

For the sequel they need to seek a balance between sandbox and actually feeling you achieved something in discovering stuff outside more health/stamina.

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« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2021, 03:27:25 AM »
Otherwise I can't see how a game with "dungeons" you can rush through in around 15-20min can be considered the best game in a franchise that's famous for its interesting dungeons.
You're getting just as much "puzzle" in BotW as before, but they've been disseminated throughout the game, not just in the shrines but in the overworld itself.

I don't understand the fascination of needing the all puzzle solving to be grouped together in to clear cut dungeons with a color/elemental theme for it to be meaningful. 

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« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2021, 03:57:42 AM »
Otherwise I can't see how a game with "dungeons" you can rush through in around 15-20min can be considered the best game in a franchise that's famous for its interesting dungeons.
You're getting just as much "puzzle" in BotW as before, but they've been disseminated throughout the game, not just in the shrines but in the overworld itself.

I don't understand the fascination of needing the all puzzle solving to be grouped together in to clear cut dungeons with a color/elemental theme for it to be meaningful.

Yeah, but the rewards for doing the puzzles are kind of underwhelming even if you are “progressing” in getting more health and stamina. The weapon degradation is also pretty terrible implemented, even if I get what they were trying to do.

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« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2021, 06:38:16 AM »
And out of the 200+ shrines, literally 1 enemy variety...  a mini guardian.   :doge

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« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2021, 08:01:37 AM »
The fun of the shrines is doing the shrines, or doing the shrine quests.

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« Reply #38 on: February 24, 2021, 10:28:16 AM »
Tbh the complaints aimed at BOTW are besides me. They milked the formula for years. WW, TP,  Phantom Hourglass,and other games were boring, uninspired. You say,"but what about dungeons?" as if Zelda dungeons haven't been wack since Wind Waker. I remember finishing most WW dungeons in one sitting. Wack ass shit. Then I come here to see the same people going "what about dungeons?!!" praise Wind Waker. Some :sabu shit to me.

The formula been stretched out for yeaaaaars. TP gave nice respite but even that was basically Ocarina's Greatest Hits. Had items you only use in the dungeon for the boss battle and then never again like the spin top. Zelda formula been stretched thin and uninspired for a long time. I skipped SS because it seemed super wack and apparently I was on the right track. I mentally threw Zelda in the trash because I figured we'd never get another inspired Zelda again. Thank goodness for Link Between Worlds and BOTW which did everything they can to flip the boring, stale formula Zelda had been since Wind Waker.

Most of these complaints honestly sound like sour grapes of fans grasping at a formula that got old over a decade ago that no one in their mind gives a shit about anymore much less wants, which is precisely why Nintendo made BOTW to begin with. Everyone been over classic Zelda. You just late or haven't accepted that because real talk, if classic Zelda formula is what you want you've got pleeeeenty of options.
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« Reply #39 on: February 24, 2021, 10:43:42 AM »
It's also bizarre how, despite all these complaints about DunGEoNz that the heavy exploration, higher difficulty (one hit kills, emphasis on resource/item management), and creativity have been utter ignored. I love dungeons too, and think BOTW is faaaar from perfect (although close!) but it's clearly a step in the right direction after Nintendo decided to turn Zelda into digital baby food with Wind Waker (and I am not talking about the aesthetic).
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« Reply #40 on: February 24, 2021, 10:59:07 AM »
BOTW would good if it had more romance options.
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« Reply #41 on: February 24, 2021, 12:39:48 PM »
BOTW would good if it had more romance options.

Not being able to make sweet love to Daruk  :goty
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« Reply #42 on: February 24, 2021, 10:08:33 PM »
BOTW would good if it had more romance options.

would good,

or good wood?

i actually have thought about this though, imo it would be way too earnest and weird if link could slam zelda. link is noble but irreverent, he's no settler. i don't even see him being down for a 2nd date. and there's already fair bit of sexual innuendo throughout the games. would fit the atmosphere to me if you could throw a few rupees at some zora whores, get kooky with some korok or something but full on relationship building would not fit the vibe. relationships in rpg's are nearly always crass and badly implemented.
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« Reply #43 on: February 25, 2021, 01:17:38 AM »
Agreed about the dungeon obsession with some of the fanbase. It's the reason why shitty games like TP and SS get hyped so much. There's 7 dungeons in Skyward Sword and 9 in Twilight Princess... and among those the only ones that the fanbase actually hypes up are Snowpeak, Ancient Cistern and Sandship. That's 3/16. The rest of those games are miserable (tear collecting, tad tones, 4 hour intros, barren overworlds). Zelda was really at her lowest, fat nasty and broke. Legacy in shambles. Aonuma was mad as hell.

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« Reply #44 on: February 25, 2021, 07:30:54 AM »
Not every Zelda dungeon is great.... But neither is 200 of the samey shrines.  BOTW has A LOT of of room for improvement though.  Step in the right direction... And obviously they had a lot more planned for it, since they're making a direct follow up.  The divine beasts and Hyrule Castle were pretty good, but far and few between.. And bring back Koji to make a new main theme.  BOTW has the weakest fucking Zelda score.  Trekking through hyrule field with nothing but piano riffs sounds like this
 
And hell no to the romance... Zelda needs to stay E 10+   :birdman  I will cunt punt my Switch out the door if they pulled that shit.

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« Reply #45 on: February 25, 2021, 10:34:14 AM »
Not every Zelda dungeon is great.... But neither is 200 of the samey shrines.  BOTW has A LOT of of room for improvement though.  Step in the right direction... And obviously they had a lot more planned for it, since they're making a direct follow up.  The divine beasts and Hyrule Castle were pretty good, but far and few between.. And bring back Koji to make a new main theme.  BOTW has the weakest fucking Zelda score.  Trekking through hyrule field with nothing but piano riffs sounds like this
 
And hell no to the romance... Zelda needs to stay E 10+   :birdman  I will cunt punt my Switch out the door if they pulled that shit.

I heard this complaint about BOTW and honestly, almost every shrine is different and I found them fun. 200 shrines? So what? How many are required? The required shrines are fantastic by the way.
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« Reply #46 on: February 25, 2021, 11:10:59 AM »
There's 120 shrines, of which 71 are unique puzzles (plus another 12 in the DLC) and 20 are tests of strength and 29 blessings which are given for completing overworld events like traversal challenges and puzzles. Plus the shrine quests in the overworld are great and a wide variety of unique puzzles and challenges like Eventide Island, Thundra Plateau, Spring of Wisdom, Typhlo Ruins, etc. It's such a dense and well designed world with just so much going on. But it's weird that whole parts of the fandom are longing to go back to running in straight lines through dull worlds between braindead dungeons.

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« Reply #47 on: February 25, 2021, 11:11:52 AM »
BOTW score is fantastic and very appropriate for the kind of gameworld it has (explorative and melancholic).  And if you were so desperate for the classic Zelda theme, you should’ve ridden your horse more often.

I don’t think any dungeon in the last few linear zeldas holds a candle to Hyrule Castle in BOTW, never mind Eventide Island or Trials of the Sword.

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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #48 on: February 25, 2021, 11:24:05 AM »
Not every Zelda dungeon is great.... But neither is 200 of the samey shrines.  BOTW has A LOT of of room for improvement though.  Step in the right direction... And obviously they had a lot more planned for it, since they're making a direct follow up.  The divine beasts and Hyrule Castle were pretty good, but far and few between.. And bring back Koji to make a new main theme.  BOTW has the weakest fucking Zelda score.  Trekking through hyrule field with nothing but piano riffs sounds like this
 
And hell no to the romance... Zelda needs to stay E 10+   :birdman  I will cunt punt my Switch out the door if they pulled that shit.

I heard this complaint about BOTW and honestly, almost every shrine is different and I found them fun. 200 shrines? So what? How many are required? The required shrines are fantastic by the way.
There are some that are fun, yeah... but as mentioned before, the rewards are so minuscule, it feels like a small, mobile game type fix instead of a more triumphant accomplishment...  If they all (or the majority of them) were pieces of a larger scale puzzle, that would be different... but all they provide is stamina and/or heart boosters.  And if you're just damn good with mad skills and can dodge and parry everything (Lord knows I can't), these shrines are kinda pointless.  They're just there... bland filler.  Have I mentioned how distinguished mentally-challenged it is to not be able to grab ledges in shrines?   I don't have any hate towards BOTW.. it is definitely a breath of fresh air from breaking the traditional mold, but they kinda dump a new world of possibilities on us, but  left a lot to the imagination of what it could potentially be. (Some of that fault probably being it developed for Wii U initially). I think BOTW2 will deliver even harder.

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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #49 on: February 25, 2021, 01:16:27 PM »
BOTW score is fantastic and very appropriate for the kind of gameworld it has (explorative and melancholic).  And if you were so desperate for the classic Zelda theme, you should’ve ridden your horse more often.

I don’t think any dungeon in the last few linear zeldas holds a candle to Hyrule Castle in BOTW, never mind Eventide Island or Trials of the Sword.

Oh yeah, I agree with you that Hyrule Castle is awesome in BOTW.

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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #50 on: February 25, 2021, 06:48:50 PM »
The rewards are miniscule? Lmao in TP and WW you'll get 100 rupees as a reward when you've got a full wallet. In BOTW you get weapon (which break a lot) and resources that you'll actually need. Also, in BOTW rupees actually matter. Agree to disagree.  Then you've got stuff like Eventide island which is basically one large dungeon confined to a single island. These complaints are bizarre to me. What's your opinion on Skyrim? Because I guarantee BOTW offers far more variety and diversity than it.
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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #51 on: February 25, 2021, 08:43:12 PM »
forgot about eventide island, that was such a great event.
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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #52 on: February 26, 2021, 07:37:00 AM »
The rewards are miniscule? Lmao in TP and WW you'll get 100 rupees as a reward when you've got a full wallet. In BOTW you get weapon (which break a lot) and resources that you'll actually need. Also, in BOTW rupees actually matter. Agree to disagree.  Then you've got stuff like Eventide island which is basically one large dungeon confined to a single island. These complaints are bizarre to me. What's your opinion on Skyrim? Because I guarantee BOTW offers far more variety and diversity than it.
Like Skyrim, BOTW was all about the journey, for me... you get all prepared for a ultra climactic end game, but ends up mediocre.  It's hard to compare otherwise.. The amount of caves and girth of the dungeons themselves in Skyrim still feel like deep, dungeons you can get lost in and actually fight various enemies..  Granted, they don't have fun, physics based puzzles like BOTW has.  But just mini guardians... in a few shrines...  I wouldn't call that variety or diverse.  But Puzzle vs enemies, I guess that's apples and oranges.

Again, I think BOTW is a great game, it just left me wanting more what with the possibilities it opened.  I bought a Wii U just for that game.  And I just bought a Switch... mainly for BOTW2.  My family and I love Zelda.  I love pretty much all the Zelda games.  Even Majora's Mask, which I absolutely loathed back then, I'm coming around to appreciating it too.  :)

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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #53 on: February 26, 2021, 06:57:57 PM »
Quite frankly, I don't think a challenge that is designed to have as many solutions as possible is a "puzzle" - the very first thing you try will, most likely, get the ball in the hole. They're more like..chores, I guess, or tasks? That's kind of a shitty word for it, but what comes to mind is one shrine near the beginning where it wants you to move a ball over a bunch lasers, and you can just launch it across the gap with stasis. And like, any Zelda game worth it's salt would just put a wall up, force you to figure out the intended solution, and this one just doesn't even bother to fight back. It wants you to win by any means necessary.

zelda in the past was defined by getting "stuck" on puzzles. Each was a lock, that fit one or maybe two keys. These shrines are locks that pop open when you knock on them. I've played this thing for quite a bit at this point and I haven't really "figured out" a puzzle once! I just do whatever and it works. If I put any worth into self expression with the mechanics this would be amazing; it asks a question and YOU , the player, get to decide the answer. I can say "Ha ha! Fuck you shrine! I'll just stack crates instead of solving the riddle!" But like...I play these things because I like the puzzle design. I don't get my rocks off when they make the puzzles I paid money for worth skipping. I don't play this series skirting around puzzles like brussel sprouts on the dinner plate. That's the main dish. Or was, I guess. 

I see shrines as a polar negative of dungeons, not their evolution. These puzzles dont accomplish the same gameplay function as those of prior zelda's, and that's why people enjoy them, not due to their similarities. Puzzles make you feel stupid. Shrines make you feel big brain. It's a genius turn in accessible game design that has alienated me utterly. I love feeling stupid.  :lol
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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #54 on: February 26, 2021, 07:29:42 PM »
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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #55 on: February 26, 2021, 08:20:03 PM »
I find old zelda puzzles too rigid. Yes, you used to get stuck in a great temple. But who has been stuck in a zelda dungeon since maybe MM, or maybe TP with the iceblock puzzle? We got stuck when 3d zelda was new. Once you familiarize yourself with the formula it's just that - a formula. Hookshot on grass, hookshot on walls, bomb this wall, fire this arrow. Zzz basic zelda shit. Having puzzles with open ended solutions is actually refreshing and this ties into the "classic Zelda is flabby as fuck" argument. It's the same shit since LTTP. Who the fuck wants more hookshot and other zzz worthy shit we've been doing 30 years?

You wanna get stuck in Zelda puzzles? Play Master Quest. Stuck? In a modern Zelda game? What modern Zelda's have you been playing? When was the last time you got stuck in a Zelda game?

This made events like Eventide all the more refreshing.

Classic Zelda? Who the fuck wants it anymore? I sure don't. It's something I've mastered. How many bombs can I bomb and fire arrows can I fire till I get bored?

Meanwhile, in GOAT of the Wild...

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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #56 on: February 26, 2021, 09:08:06 PM »
Hookshot on grass?

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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #57 on: February 26, 2021, 09:58:52 PM »
Hookshot on grass?

Play Master Quest. You hookshot on vines, which is what I'm referring to, all the time. You even hookshot on scarecrows.
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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #58 on: February 27, 2021, 01:28:36 AM »
No one can convince me that there were multiple dungeons in BotW. The castle is the only dungeon in the game.

The expansion content was fuck hard and the rewards you get from it while worth it were given so late into my play through.

That said I enjoyed the smaller bites of content and the exploration the game provided. Hope they land the next one.

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Re: A huge reason why Breath of the Wild is a GOAT and the best Zelda
« Reply #59 on: February 27, 2021, 05:41:52 AM »
I find old zelda puzzles too rigid. Yes, you used to get stuck in a great temple. But who has been stuck in a zelda dungeon since maybe MM, or maybe TP with the iceblock puzzle? We got stuck when 3d zelda was new.
I got stuck in the pirate ship in skyward sword. and in the lava dungeon, two places I remember despite not having played the game since it released. I'm stuck right now in my playthrough of oracle of ages! Just because Zelda was easy doesn't mean that there was no place for getting stuck in the design of it, really it's the least formulaic parts that are easiest to get stuck on.

 
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Once you familiarize yourself with the formula it's just that - a formula. Hookshot on grass, hookshot on walls, bomb this wall, fire this arrow. Zzz basic zelda shit. Having puzzles with open ended solutions is actually refreshing and this ties into the "classic Zelda is flabby as fuck" argument.


I'm now like 40 hours into BOTW and I solve every puzzle with magnesis, stasis, arrows, and bombs. I solve them in the exact same ways because they all boil down to move metal block or burn these crates. How exactly is that different than old Zelda? Instead of checking a room for hookshot points I'm just flipping through my magic to see if anything glows or is magnetic, totally braindead. If there's wood you burn it. If you need to power a switch you just pull some lightning out of your bag of holding/ass and bypass the puzzle mechanism (Nothing more exciting than skipping content as a reward for mindless hoarding). Except, oh wait, old Zelda had fun items like Hookshots and Cane of Bryna and Hammers and Whips and Lenses of Truth. Stasis and Magnesis are limp shit and they're fucking everywhere.

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You wanna get stuck in Zelda puzzles? Play Master Quest. Stuck? In a modern Zelda game? What modern Zelda's have you been playing? When was the last time you got stuck in a Zelda game?

This made events like Eventide all the more refreshing.

Classic Zelda? Who the fuck wants it anymore? I sure don't. It's something I've mastered. How many bombs can I bomb and fire arrows can I fire till I get bored?

Classic Zelda is something I've mastered too - but at least it's something that can be mastered. I haven't even been given the fucking the opportunity in BOTW! It seems like I accidentally mastered everything I could as soon as I figured out what the powers did (immediately) and after I see that everything revolves around temperature/fire/ice/electricity/physics (a few hours). Since then it's just been applying those same few lessons to move balls in holes. I get that there's opportunity to come up with a wacky and crazy solution to these puzzles myself but like...that isn't my job? It's certainly not why I'm playing a game with predesigned challenges and not just some theoretical Zelda Maker or whatever. Make the fucking puzzles fun and I won't feel the need to bypass them like apparently all the other players do. That's what I pay Nintendo money for. If I wanted to be creative myself I'd learn to paint, or just go play minecraft, and I sure as shit wouldn't call the end result a puzzle.

IDK. Obviously I'm in the superminority both commerically and critically but 3D Zelda took many years to grow stale for me and feel like I'm just going through the motions, but I hit that point pretty early on in BOTW and there's quite a bit of game left to go.