The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild Catch All

I fire it up now and then, but haven't really gotten around to getting all the memories - there's less than a handful missing that I can't seem to locate no matter what. May have to consult a guide.

Stevintendo wrote:
Warriorpoet897 wrote:

I’ve been playing it a lot and have fallen in love all over again. I did the first round of the Trials of the Sword and the first champions quest. I’ve been straight up looking up DLC item locations because I don’t remember enough of the game for the hints to be useful. I’ve already found like five big areas in the world that I missed in my first 170 hours of play.

I love that about BOTW, I've had a lot of experiences like that. Are you playing Normal or Master Mode? I'm honestly not sure that I can beat Trial of the Sword on Master Mode... I'll try though, it's be nice to say I've done it!

I put about eight hours into Master Mode but I wasn’t having much fun. I think it was more because I was playing the game over from scratch than the difficulty—I actually love that you have to be more careful and creative due to weapon fragility. I think I’ll wait a year or so and then pick up Master Mode for my next full play through. Right now I’m enjoying having maxed out health and stamina and all the cool toys to play with.

brokenclavicle wrote:

I fire it up now and then, but haven't really gotten around to getting all the memories - there's less than a handful missing that I can't seem to locate no matter what. May have to consult a guide.

Have you talked to the painter? I think I was able to get all of them with his help.

billt721 wrote:
brokenclavicle wrote:

I fire it up now and then, but haven't really gotten around to getting all the memories - there's less than a handful missing that I can't seem to locate no matter what. May have to consult a guide.

Have you talked to the painter? I think I was able to get all of them with his help.

Have spoken with the painter at length hehehe. I think I have the general idea of where the memories are, but can't seem to find the glowing spot to trigger them. I'll give it another go in the coming days to see if I can finally get on with the final bits of the game.

I plan on revisiting this sometime in 2019, as there's a lot of its mechanics I wish to talk about. I began a new game last year during Extra Life and was surprised not only by how fun it still was despite being brought back down "to zero", but how much more I was capable of in that starting zone than I had realized upon first playthrough.

I'm glad to see others are finding joy in revisiting it. This really is a different kind of game to me and I'd like to get at the heart of what makes it so wonderful.

I suppose I'll have to grab the DLC at some point, though...

Stevintendo wrote:
maverickz wrote:

I'm playing it right now. Only two Divine Beasts in. But I did unlock all the towers.

Is this your first time playing? That's a nice place to be if it is, lots of great content ahead!

Yep, this is my first time. I only got a switch recently. But I'ved really gotten into it. The initial difficulty curve is higher than I expected, but once I got some weapons and hearts it's really smoothed out. I'm just traveling the countryside mostly.

Nice seeing that there's still a lot of love for BOTW. I think it's such a great game and I'm glad that I'm getting back into it. Champions' Ballad seems manageable in Master Mode so far. Challenging, but manageable. I think MM Trial of the Sword would require me to just decide that I'm gonna stick with it till I get through it. I'll have to think about whether or not I want to do that!

ccesarano wrote:

I suppose I'll have to grab the DLC at some point, though...

I definitely think it's worth the price. Master Mode requires a significant change in playstyle, at least it did for me. Champions' Ballad has a good amount of content in it too. I was impressed with it anyway. Plus its conclusion is one of my standout moments of the whole game.

maverickz wrote:

Yep, this is my first time. I only got a switch recently. But I'ved really gotten into it. The initial difficulty curve is higher than I expected, but once I got some weapons and hearts it's really smoothed out. I'm just traveling the countryside mostly.

That's the best was to play it. I'm actually having to remind myself not to fast travel everywhere!

I restarted it a month or so ago. It is just sublimely wonderful. I love it, the world, the graphics, the combat, etc.

This game is going down in gaming history. I need to give The Champions' Ballad another shot one day - the initial difficulty was off-putting.

ccesarano wrote:

I plan on revisiting this sometime in 2019, as there's a lot of its mechanics I wish to talk about. I began a new game last year during Extra Life and was surprised not only by how fun it still was despite being brought back down "to zero", but how much more I was capable of in that starting zone than I had realized upon first playthrough.

I'm glad to see others are finding joy in revisiting it. This really is a different kind of game to me and I'd like to get at the heart of what makes it so wonderful.

I suppose I'll have to grab the DLC at some point, though...

Something similar here. I want to go back and play it again, whether where I left off, or just starting new, to see if I still like it or if it still scratches that itch. It may be too much to ask it to wow me again with the newness of some of the exploration since it's no longer new, but it strikes as one that deserves more time spent on it, in the way I have revisited most of the Zelda games at various points, even if it's just for a 3 heart challenge (or whatever the BOTW equivalent is).

I just wonder if I should be crazy and double dip on the Switch. It'll probably be on sale again around Black Friday (I've seen it as low as $38 at best buy)

My journey through The Champions' Ballad in Master Mode went well. One particular part was significantly harder than everything else, but I'll post about that in spoilers below.

Once I finished the Ballad, I picked up the last few Side Quests that I hadn't stumbled across naturally. So now I've done all the Main Quests, Side Quests and Shrine Quests except for Trial of the Sword. I haven't fully expanded my inventories yet, so I could procrastinate and go find 250+ more Korok Seeds, OR get the medals, OR get new gear for my horses...but basically I've done everything except Trial of the Sword and I'm kinda feeling like it could be beyond my skill level...

Has anyone here finished Trial of the Sword in Master Mode??

Here's that part of the Ballad I wanted to talk about:

Spoiler:

So out of all the challenges in the Ballad, I found Illusionary Realm Waterblight Ganon to be by far the most difficult part of the DLC. For all the other 'blights and the final boss, I managed to just muddle through and beat them on my first try. They were all challenging, and I took lots of damage, but things always went my way in the end. Except for the battle with Waterblight...

The first three times I faced him, I went in with my usual 'can do' attitude and I died without coming close to beating him. So for the first time in two full playthroughs of BOTW, I googled a strategy for the fight. (I didn't know you could freeze his ice cubes and hit them back at him!) So the fourth time I faced him I had my strategy, but even with that I got to a stalemate where he wasn't really damaging me but I had broken all my weapons and he just regened the tiny amount of damage my bombs could do. In the end it took me five attempts to beat him and I had to use both the strategy I used and a max attack buff to do it.

I don't know why one of the four 'blights would be so much more challenging than the others, and even more challenging than the final boss. I'm curious if that's just me, or if that's a common opinion...

I'm pretty sure I still love this game as much as I ever did. I had a great time riding around getting the last few Side Quests. I'm not sure if I'll bother getting more Korok Seeds (I have 900 in Normal Mode, so I'm good there...) but if I do it'll probably just be an excuse to spend more time in Hyrule.

Stevintendo: That was the hardest part of Master Mode for me, as well. There's just something about that fight that's really hard to do when you scale up damage / limit available weapons.

I finally got around to playing Zelda: BotW (despite buying it some time ago).

Wow! Having such a good time (about 10-15 hours in).

I find that I like playing at night all bundled up while I listen to the sound of my armor clanking.

Decided to not look anything up for this game so it's been completely self discovery so far (waiting for next month's Nintendo Power ... kidding) .

Such a good game.

DevStack wrote:

I finally got around to playing Zelda: BotW (despite buying it some time ago).

Wow! Having such a good time (about 10-15 hours in).

I find that I like playing at night all bundled up while I listen to the sound of my armor clanking.

Decided to not look anything up for this game so it's been completely self discovery so far (waiting for next month's Nintendo Power ... kidding) .

Such a good game.

I would strongly recommend that you stick with your current approach, and don't look anything up. That's what I did and it worked well for me.

It's such a great game; I hope you continue to have a fun time with it.

Stevintendo wrote:
DevStack wrote:

I finally got around to playing Zelda: BotW (despite buying it some time ago).

Wow! Having such a good time (about 10-15 hours in).

I find that I like playing at night all bundled up while I listen to the sound of my armor clanking.

Decided to not look anything up for this game so it's been completely self discovery so far (waiting for next month's Nintendo Power ... kidding) .

Such a good game.

I would strongly recommend that you stick with your current approach, and don't look anything up. That's what I did and it worked well for me.

It's such a great game; I hope you continue to have a fun time with it. :D

I generally agree, there's a lot to discover. But some of those shrine quests are real obtuse in description.

Yeah, I agree with maverickz. I beat all the shrines in the game but for the last handful I just couldn't find, I went online to track them down.

If I'm stuck on something for a day, I may look it up. I mean, I figured out how to beat Mike Tyson's Punch Out! on my own back in the day.

And if nothing else, I just bomb fish and hunt.

BTW, the sound clip for discovery in Zelda is just the best. All these years and I'm still not tired of hearing it.

I found all but one shrine without a guide. Definitely recommend the blind approach.

A off-topic surprisingly on-topic BotW anecdote: My six-year-old son woke me up at 6:30am yesterday because the Shrine radar was going off for the first time in a year - he'd stumbled across the very last Shrine we'd been looking for since last summer. I was about to tell him to clear out, then my brain processed what he said, and I revised it to "get out but make sure to put a marker on the map" and then went back to sleep.

I've just come back to Zelda after the best part of a year off when I got stuck on a boss. Of course, I beat that boss on the second attempt (the first one was really just relearning the controls), and am off to the races again.

Doesn't hurt that I have a Pro controller now, which is so much more comfortable and responsive than the joycons.

I'm partway through a Master Mode run. I never found all the shrines in normal mode, but I think I got close. I haven't played in months, but could definitely fire it up this holiday break.

-BEP

Yeah, I got to 6 shrines left, looked at the map, and maybe guessed 2 more locations and decided I just wanted to look up the last of them. Happy hunting, and stay reasonable to keep it fun!

I recently picked it up and have been playing with my 2.5yo, she gets really excited when we find a new shrine (dada, go inside!) and loves doing the amiibo bonuses every day we play. Can't say i like the weapon breaking system. In fact i Hate it with a firey passion, but the rest of the game is really excellent and I'm enjoying the exploration.
We just got the master sword and we've beaten the zora elephant dungeon.
Oh my daughter LOVES snow bowling

I like the weapon breaking in broad strokes. I like that I'm always happy to find a decent weapon throughout the game, and in the long-run that more than makes up for the bad feels of the weapons breaking. I do think the balance is off early on though. Those early weapons break way too quickly. I think it's also off once you get the champions' weapons at the top end. I like that those can be repaired, but the cost so is high enough that it discourages you from actually using them. I'd rather they be "use them until they break, then go with the normal stuff until you get back to town, at which point they're trivial to restore."

I garee it could be done in a way that was not angering. Maybe have it be part of the house, any weapon, shield or bow you put in the display cases no longer break, but everything else does. That way you can have a core set of gear at any time, but can't be ready anything without risking gear.

Copy+Pasting verbatim from the Finished Games thread:

So, nearly two years after its release and of owning it, I finally put The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to bed. I had one hell of a hard time in the final castle, what with all the guardians and me being rusty with my shield deflection timing skills, but it was doable given enough recipes and raw healing materials. The final battle wasn't anywhere as disappointing as many have made it out to be, but it could have certainly been better.

As for the ending, well, having gotten all the memories, I wonder how much of an ending I would have gotten if I handn't actually found the memories.

It was somewhat satisfying. I have yet to beat Skyward Sword - it's pending - but if I recall correctly, endings in the series, starting with ALttP, have been a bit meatier. BotW, however, seemed a bit on the thin slim end of things. Like they spent so much time on building the game, that the ending was a little phoned in.

I will likely keep playing in the world of BotW, since it's such a wonderfully enjoyable virtual space, but I can safely say that I may never, ever, beat the game again.

I'm on the endgame too. But I'm delaying it. I visited the castle, but not too far in. Just enough to get to Zelda's room and some of the basement to get the shield. I want to do all the shrines and side quests first.

The DLC challenge rooms are really fun...

I had hoped that the dungeons in the DLC story would be a bit more like proper Zelda dungeons. They're better than the regular "dungeons" in BotW, but they're still pretty simplistic compared to, say, the dungeons in Twilight Princess.

I’m at 100 shrines and three of the four beast and have been for the last year. For some reason haven’t quite yet pulled the trigger and just gone to Gannon’s castle.

I think I'm entering the endgame now.

All four beasts done
120 shrines done
All available side quests done
All DLC armor and treasure found

All I have left now is the One Hit Obliterator quest and killing Gannon.