Post by Nester the Lark on Feb 2, 2019 12:20:56 GMT -5
Breath of the Wild's second anniversary is coming up [obligatory "doesn't seem like that long ago" comment], and I was thinking back to what my expectations were before it came out.
Based on what was revealed at the time from interviews, trailers, and E3 coverage, I knew that it would be an open-world/open-air game. The (what seemed at the time) massive Great Plateau would only be about 1-2% of the overworld. There would be over 100 shrines scattered across the world, plus proper dungeons. My imagination was left to fill in the rest, and believe me, it ran wild.
Comparing what I imagined to what the game was actually like, most of it ended up being pretty accurate. I imagined that there would be a lot of different huge environments (deserts, forests, mountains, etc), and that there would be areas for the typical Zelda races (Gorons, Zoras, Gerudo, etc.). Basically, just a big world to get lost in. It's pretty impressive that most of the game actually lived up to what was in my head.
But the one area I was let down by was the "proper" dungeons. I knew the shrines were just smaller puzzle rooms, and based on what had been shown, were all fairly homogeneous, but I imagined the regular dungeons would be a little more like the regular themed Zelda dungeons, and not like the Divine Beasts (which, again, were kinda samey).
I've talked about this before in the thread about what features you'd like to see in the next Zelda, but my expectation was that the proper dungeons would be like what Hyrule Castle is: their own mini sub-worlds filled with puzzles, enemies, and better equipment, and your goal would be to figure out how to get to the boss room. I arbitrarily guessed there would be about 10 of them. My image of a forest dungeon was a huge cavern filled with gnarled trees and roots, perhaps something like the first dungeon in Twilight Princess.
And speaking of the bosses, I don't think I had specific expectations for them, but I had hoped for something more interesting and epic than the weird "blights" we got. If fact, for me, what little there are in the way of bosses generally aren't as interesting or satisfying as what was in previous Zeldas. Calamity Ganon is OK, but I think the best boss in BotW is actually Koga in the Yiga hideout, manly because he feels the most like a classic Zelda boss. (On a side note, I suppose the Yiga hideout, itself, could be considered like a themed dungeon, but I really hate forced stealth sections.)
I also had vague expectations that the extra dungeon in the DLC would be more like what I imagined. I remember watching a BotW speedrunner who speculated that it would be an "old school" forest dungeon because he thought that Faron Woods was otherwise kinda empty, so I thought there was still hope for what I had imagined. Alas, the DLC was just more of the same.
Anyway, I don't mean to spend too much time complaining. I just thought it was interesting to go back and compare my expectations for such a mysterious new Zelda game to how it actually turned out.
What about you guys? How did you imagine Breath of the Wild based on pre-release info versus your actual experience playing the game?
Post by nocturnal YL on May 30, 2019 11:53:54 GMT -5
I would have liked it better if it is divided into more proper "sections" and given boss cutscenes and proper background music, but I guess there's only so much they can do with a mod that changes only the terrain and dungeon layout.
nocturnal YL: According to Nintendo's IR calendar, they're going to release their financial information up to December 2020 on 1 Feb. Switch sales (68.30 mil at Sep 2020) may very well surpass that of the 3DS (75.94 mil), but how will it compare to the GBA (81.51 mil)?
Jan 31, 2021 12:10:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It's closer to the GBA sales than I thought. Switch hardware sales up to December 2020 is 79.87 mil, while I expected about 78 mil.
Feb 1, 2021 8:07:53 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, while they stopped counting 3DS and Wii U hardware sales, software went up from 385.12 mil to 385.85 mil and 103.27 mil to 103.31 mil. Switch software sales went from 456.49 mil to 532.34 mil, surpassing that of NES and Game Boy.
Feb 1, 2021 8:09:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: So now that I have a capture device, I've been looking at my games and tried to figure out the resolution and frame rate they run at. Trials Rising is 540p30, Project DIVA Mega Mix has the UI at 720p60 and the simpler, single-singer PVs run at 540p60…?
Feb 6, 2021 11:42:34 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: All the Atelier games I've seen so far (Arland 1-4) run at 1080p30, which is a bit surprising as I expected a lower resolution for Lulua. Void Terrarium and Puyo Puyo Tetris 1 and 2 all run at 1080p60. PPT1 also ran at 1080p60 on Wii U, so no surprise.
Feb 6, 2021 11:45:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: ↑ In Atelier Lulua, the system UI and even some parts with 3D models (like the synthesis screen) run at full 1080p at 60 fps. That's a huge leap from the previous two games in the series. World map runs at 30 fps though, despite not being intensive.
Feb 8, 2021 11:13:44 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Rune Factory 4 Special runs at 720p60. Fire Emblem Three Houses is a weird case; it looks like 900p30 to me, but because of the way the edge of the models are drawn, the graphics end up looking very ugly.
Feb 8, 2021 11:15:06 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've been doing the same thing I do every time I consider getting Smash Ultimate: playing Smash for Wii U. It turns out there are still plenty of people playing it online. Makes me curious about Splatoon 1.
Feb 20, 2021 10:08:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The online also worked better than I remember. Maybe because there are fewer people...?
Feb 20, 2021 10:10:09 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: My skill curve in Smash Bros seems to be the opposite of other games: the more I play, the worse I get.
Feb 23, 2021 17:28:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: TIL I had not yet unlocked all the stages in Smash for Wii U. Just unlocked the last one today, six years after getting the game.
Feb 24, 2021 18:35:31 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: If you want a new perspective on your own Mario Maker levels, just wait more than three years before playing them again.
Mar 6, 2021 9:44:32 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This kind of reminds me of modern 3D printing, where the software needs to formulate the steps for replicating the object rather than just going in a simple 2D matrix manner as in inkjet printing. Nice video.
Apr 3, 2021 9:13:25 GMT -5
Evie the Mother Hen ❤✿: From the looks of it we could create a Pokémon Family ROM hack, FE Family, etc.; but if the number of stiching points was changed from the original design you'd need to fix that with more hacking.
Apr 6, 2021 14:22:17 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I'm working on something for the forum. Hopefully I'll have it finished this week.
Apr 10, 2021 11:30:13 GMT -5