MacLeod wrote on Jun 12, 2019, 10:34:
I know I'm in the minority on this, but BotW was one of the biggest letdowns I've had in a game. I enjoyed it for about 5-10 hours, but after that, the empty-of-monster shrines instead of actual dungeons, and an overworld that is vastly empty except for enemies, who you actively try to avoid because your weapons break so easily, just started making the game feel lackluster. Finished the first two divine beasts, and just couldn't bring myself to play the game any more.
I don't think you're in the minority, it was a common complaint. It's an open world game and certainly not for everyone. I really enjoyed the shrines though they did get a little formulaic at times. I thought they did a great job with visual storytelling in the landscape and environments. I never got bored of exploring and finding cool/random things. It reminded me a lot of the very first Zelda game where you could basically go anywhere and do anything right from the get go. The climbing and parachute stuff was genius.
I actually thought the durability was pretty cool, it annoyed me at first but I ended up using a lot of different weapons and tactics as a result. One area the game needed more work though was enemy variety - you're fighting the same 4-5 things the entire game. And yeah they could find a middle ground between 100 shrines and 4 dungeons. I think a lot of people wanted a more traditional Zelda game and they could probably accommodate those people by with say 8 large dungeons and a smattering of shrines in an open world environment.
I think the sequel will be a large refinement of the first game which will probably please more people. The first game was very much a shell in some aspects and needed more fleshing out.
Playing: Ys VIII, Hades, Demons Souls
Watching: The Expanse, Tenet, Peninsula