Greetings Master Malstrom, I’m sure you’re going to be inundated with messages about this, so I hope you’ll forgive me another rant on top of it.
So we finally have some more footage of the new Zelda. Initially I’m somewhat optimistic, seeing how large and vast the world will be to explore. My mind races at the possibility of that incredible feeling of discovery from the first game upon finding a secret cave or the next dungeon.
However then Aonuma gets up on a horse and starts galloping towards his destination. He’s barely pressing any buttons, Epona is on auto pilot. All Aonuma is doing is turning around the camera and showing off the scenery.
Remember how great it was to get Epona in Ocarina of Time? How much fun it was to shoot arrows and hop over fences. Or how about Twilight Princess (the closest Aonuma got to a real Zelda game) when you got to run around swinging your sword on horseback like a badass?
Well say goodbye to enjoying all that, because Aonuma has now even managed to ruin Epona and turn her into the new sailing mechanic. Seriously, all that’s different is that instead of a boat its a horse, and instead of endless blue you’re staring at the grass for hours on end while you wait to get to the next spot where actual gameplay gets to happen. Miyamoto all but asks “are we there yet?” during the segment, its laughable.