The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

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If you’re among the unaware, this game was the topic of my latest Traveling Thoughts series, where I take a topic and dissect it into parts and analyze it from the bottom-up; after I’ve had enough, I write a full review for the topic as a whole, hence the reason this post exists. Should you want more detail than what I’ll provide further on, please feel free to explore the provided Link (haha). (more…)

Traveling Thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Player Customization)

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A few disclaimers before we move forward:

  • Traveling Thoughts is a means of putting down my thoughts in a bit-by-bit process that will eventually lead up to a formal review of the overall subject. These posts will be more personal than objective, though one should expect a good amount of both as is my personality of habit.
  • These posts will absolutely contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This one will be quick as I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m sprinting. (more…)

Traveling Thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Shrines/Shrine Quests)

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A few disclaimers before we move forward:

  • Traveling Thoughts is a means of putting down my thoughts in a bit-by-bit process that will eventually lead up to a formal review of the overall subject. These posts will be more personal than objective, though one should expect a good amount of both as is my personality of habit.
  • These posts will absolutely contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This is it. The meat of the game. How juicy. (more…)

Traveling Thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Side Quests)

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A few disclaimers before we move forward:

  • Traveling Thoughts is a means of putting down my thoughts in a bit-by-bit process that will eventually lead up to a formal review of the overall subject. These posts will be more personal than objective, though one should expect a good amount of both as is my personality of habit.
  • These posts will absolutely contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

If one is familiar at all with open world RPGs, they’re likely familiar with the whole “I would’ve done the main quest faster if I didn’t do all the side quests first” mindset. Breath of the Wild gives every opportunity to incorporate this mindset with plenty of side quests in each area, and outside of general areas. Whether it be important locations, stables, or random characters out and about, Link gets to do things that range from fetch quests to stealth quests to… more fetch quests. (more…)

Traveling Thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Zelda’s Memories)

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A few disclaimers before we move forward:

  • Traveling Thoughts is a means of putting down my thoughts in a bit-by-bit process that will eventually lead up to a formal review of the overall subject. These posts will be more personal than objective, though one should expect a good amount of both as is my personality of habit.
  • These posts will absolutely contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

With all the preceding posts complaining about the story, the one-dimensional characters, the voice acting, and everything else attributed to the theatrical elements of Breath of the Wild, it’d be easy to assume that the side quest involving Zelda’s memories would be something I loathe. (more…)

Traveling Thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Bosses & Mini-Bosses)

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A few disclaimers before we move forward:

  • Traveling Thoughts is a means of putting down my thoughts in a bit-by-bit process that will eventually lead up to a formal review of the overall subject. These posts will be more personal than objective, though one should expect a good amount of both as is my personality of habit.
  • These posts will absolutely contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

As a small aside before we begin, for those who even remember reading along this string of posts and have noticed my multiple quips about “I’ll get to ‘blank’ later” and what-not, know that I have not forgotten about these. Unfortunately, my busyness (or you could call it laziness) has made me reconsider upholding these promised future explanations. Seeing as the game has been about for over a year now and no one other than those already slightly familiar with the game will even care about my elaboration of small tidbits, I figured I could scoot my way out of creating super short posts concerning elemental rods—promised in the very first post of this specific Traveling Thoughts thread—and such. (more…)

Does Metroid Fusion Need a Remake?

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In September of last year, Metroid: Samus Returns was released to the glee of Metroid fans everywhere. A remake of a game not prevalent in the minds of even diehard fans, the original Metroid II for the Game Boy is, from what I can gather, not a great game, regardless. Part of the reason for this, however, is that they tried to fit a Metroid-esque style of game, dedicated to atmosphere, (to some extent) cinematics, and fast-paced action, on an early-days handheld system that was neither powerful nor pretty. To remake this game in a day and age where handheld games are much more grandiose than they were twenty years ago, I was all for it. Convenient enough that it released a year after the infamous AM2R fan game hit the internet, but that only served to further my excitement in comparing the two games when Samus Returns inevitably landed in my lap. (more…)