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.
Nester the Lark: Here's an archive of results from the Everybody Votes channel. I found my poll question in the US English section for September 1, 2009.
Apr 30, 2021 10:14:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Do you consider yourself to be more of a ... Romantic: 39.1% Realist: 60.9% This one, right? So… what's your own vote to that question? (I'd have picked realist.)
May 6, 2021 9:58:40 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: ^ At the time, I think I picked romantic. Not sure what I'd pick today. I feel like I'm somewhere in between.
May 6, 2021 10:54:32 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Lately, the forum feels more like "Nester & YL's clubhouse."
May 29, 2021 11:45:28 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Looking at the other members' last online date, I can safely say that this place is pretty much inactive by now.
Jun 12, 2021 1:38:16 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Looking at an old post I wrote two years ago, I noticed I misspelled "threw" as "through," and now I'm angry at myself.
Jun 13, 2021 16:05:31 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: …Why am I still seeking gaming news when I have 7 games yet to complete and at least 2 more that I plan to get? (EDIT — Oh right, Ys IX has a confirmed release date. That makes at least 3 games I'll get later.)
Jun 14, 2021 10:18:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: My current plan is to play Atelier Firis DX now, which online guides suggest is long. Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX will likewise be long (longer than the original too, due to DLC, DX additions and I'll make the best items). I'll maybe play Ys Origin after.
Jun 14, 2021 10:28:43 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Not sure about what I'll play after. Another Atelier game will probably be out by then, either completing the Secret series or giving us Arland 5. Either way, I'll probably play those before going elsewhere. Dusk will have to wait for quite a bit…
Jun 14, 2021 10:31:02 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wondering if I should get Mario Golf at launch or wait a couple of months. I have so many other things to play that my gaming (and wallet) might need a little breathing room.
Jun 17, 2021 9:23:48 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The problem with playing Hyrule Warriors and a modern Ys game at the same time is that even though the combat feels somewhat similar, the controls are completely different, and I get confused.
Jun 23, 2021 8:57:58 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Yeah I'm here, but kinda vaguely. Sorry, I haven't had too much to say lately.
Jul 8, 2021 11:28:57 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: By the way, I don't know if you guys have been keeping up with OCR on YouTube, but apparently they're dropping an album for a game I grew up on, Jet Force Gemini. Really pumped; I'll post a review when they finish.
Jul 8, 2021 11:30:44 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Or at least when my Top 3 from that game are on the Toobz. Just one more song to go.
Jul 8, 2021 11:31:13 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I feel like I've been neglecting the forum more than usual lately. Been distracted by other things. I'll try to post something when I get the chance.
Jul 16, 2021 10:38:22 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't have time to make posts. Atelier Firis DX takes forever to play. When I'm not playing, I'm in a read-only mode, reading guides and watching (unrelated) videos.
Jul 17, 2021 13:25:38 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: On that note, I'll probably make a review on the whole trilogy, so it will be a while until I talk about these games in details here. I can say Atelier Firis DX has far exceeded my expectation and has taken over Totori as my 3rd fav.
Jul 17, 2021 13:31:06 GMT -5