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Re(7):A Breath of Garlic
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[QUOTE] What's this "Nintendo Switch" thing everybody is talking about? I thought it was actually called the Zelda Machine, because this new Zelda is everything you'll never need. [/QUOTE] I may as well copy and paste everything Maese says, since I agree with it all so much. I'm a person who doesn't love open world games especially-- they so often seem uncurated and as a result they end up being unengaging for me. There's also the problem that when you've got literally anywhere to be, where you're 'supposed to be' is often the last place you end up, so they get boring for me, between bland 'go meet this person' or 'collect x of y object' quests, and I ditch them. And I know, BotW has all of these things, superficially, but at no point in my first 25 hours have I felt bored, and at no point has the game felt like every little piece was hand-crafted. I don't know where anything is going to lead me at the point that I'm at, and I don't even really care-- I'll just keep on slumping around in shrines, and maybe the story will keep happening. There are a million little pieces that all fit together so well that everything feels like a delight, from cooking to climbing to battles. I'm not sure I've played a game in the last 20 years that felt this way, and that has made me feel the way I do about this one. And I'm not even especially a Zelda fan. I think the greatest testament to its quality is that it doesn't really matter that it's a Zelda game. It's slightly embarrassing to admit, but I found myself in a weird place this week-- Nier Automata has come out, a game that I would at any other time be completely obsessed over, and I'm finding it to be... a little boring and sloppy seeming, compared to BotW. It's not a bad game, by any means, and I love its aesthetic and its world. It's just incredibly unfortunate in so many ways that it had to come out the week after Zelda did. And I think that's the most unfortunate thing about BotW-- that it will make so many other games feel a little bit lame by comparison.
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