The Legend of Zelda is a series that I have always wanted to get into and enjoy. I’ve started countless entries in the series. From Ocarina of Time to Spirit Tracks; I’ve definitely given them a go. I would always drop them due to playing multiple games at a time or life getting in the way.
For the longest time I would tell everyone that my favourite game in the series was Twilight Princess. Due solely to the fact that it was the only one that I had spent the most time on. Even then I’d say I played it for maybe ten or so hours. Motion controls and I do not get along very well. Not for lack of trying!
Similar to almost everyone on the planet, I too thought that the announcement trailer for Breath of the Wild was fantastic. The game looked beautiful and like it would be a lot of fun. I didn’t initially grab Breath of The Wild at launch though as the one hundred hour plus game time that people were showing off really put me off due to my busy schedule. I finally received it as a Christmas present last Christmas and decided to crack it open.
I went into the game pretty much blind and not knowing anything. I never hid any spoilers and I even talked about the game with people but it had very little impact on my enjoyment. I’m generally not one to aimlessly explore a games environment; I like getting the main story done! So, I thought that The Great Plateau was a humongous area. Which, obviously left me a bit shocked when many hours later I was paragliding down to Hyrule Field.
One of the first enemies I encountered was a Guardian. I’m not going to lie. I find them incredibly cute. They just scutter along and even when they try to kill you the music is such a bop that I can’t even be mad. All I want is to a. ride on one and b. hope that they become my friends again.
I admit that I absolutely suck at puzzles in any game. I’m not sure why but I just can’t for the life of me work them out. This has been one of the reasons I was a bit hesitant playing some of the older games in the series too. I decided I would give BoTW a chance even with the puzzles. I do like that it’s all contained in the shrines. It feels like I can do anything without puzzle stress in the world and then just have to face my fears for ten or so minutes in a shrine and then I get a snazzy new place to teleport to. I do appreciate that a lot of the shrines do teach me things that I can use outside of the shrine also. Say, fun things to do with runes and combat. Admittedly, I forgot how to do most of the combat and am just brute forcing my way through it.
So far I’ve only finished one Divine Beast. It was all smooth sailing until I realised I would have to fight a boss and then I wanted to die. Waterblight Ganon wasn’t SO hard though and now I almost have enough confidence to take on the next one – almost. The ability I received for doing that though (Mipha’s Grace) seems incredibly overpowered. I love it at the same time though! It makes me wonder what I will get from defeating the other three.
BoTW is probably one of the only games where I turn it on and have no idea what I am going to be doing. Most other games I know that I am going to be continuing the story or grinding etc. BoTW though I have no idea. I could turn it on and accidentally continue the story or I could chase horses for two hours straight. I think that’s one of my favourite aspects about it. Even when I am doing side story stuff or exploration, it all feels like it helps me to beat the game. In the sense that each shrine is a little bit closer to another heart container or each ingredient I find could help me cook some useful food. Nothing really feels like a waste.
Overall, I am really glad that I gave BoTW a chance. I know that people say that it’s not like the other games in the series and a lot of people seem to dislike it for that. For better or worse I don’t have the ability to compare it so I can just take the game for what it is. Which is a lot of fun! It’s been a long time since there was a game that I actively thought about playing when I wasn’t. I think about it when I wake up and when I’m studying. It’s great to feel so excited about wanting to play something! I can’t wait to get further and see where the story takes me.
I’ll continue to post my ongoing thoughts as I play through on my Twitter which you can follow here!