You know Zelda BOW is big…
When everyone is too busy being excited about the world and combat to bitch about Link not wearing his classic green tunic.
And where’s his hat?
Players not focusing on the Puzzelda parts
I, too, have a positive but careful verdict about Zelda BoW. Something that strikes me as an interesting observation: if you watch the direct feeds from several players (or even some from the Nintendo booth at E3), you will hardly see people using the magnetic/kinetic guns. No one cares about these. They mostly look around, find interesting spots, kill enemies, climb, explore. This is because these guns are the puzzle element that Aonuma cannot get rid of. The “Shrines” are mostly puzzles focused on these tools, and you better believe the linear parts of the game (dungeons, shrines, bosses) will focus on these mechanics.
Zelda is not Half Life 2, it’s not Portal. I bet Aonuma found out about these games a few years ago and was in awe of the “puzzle experiences” he could create with these ideas, but at the same time he was committed to the open world action (which would not be possible without your articles, Master Malstrom – yes, I am saying YOU are the one behind all of these decisions).
So, I expect to see a half commitment from Nintendo on Zelda BoW. We’ll get half of what we want, and half of what Aonuma wants (intricate physics puzzles, cute anime style). Good enough for me: I’ll buy this title and give it a chance. Do you predict it will motivate NX sales?
This E3 has been good, just good. I was not hyped at all and only watched Jim Sterling’s reactions to the main event conferences. Didn’t care at all about Zelda until you said it could be good. I have been burned by Aonuma before but now I’m reading that people actually loved it and it might be game of the show, wow.
Anyways, I won’t be hyped, it’s been a barren land over world in the last games with tons of puzzles and stuff like that. Count me curious more than anything.
Regarding the rest of the show, meh. No game made me say wow, other than Sony and Microsoft trying to sell me another console at the middle of the generation and people being actually happy about that, at least the ones reporting it.
I don’t trust Aonuma either. But after the disaster of the Gamecube, Nintendo did pull out a Wii. After the disaster of the Wii U, Nintendo could do something special. I get excited with Nintendo commercial disasters because it wakes Nintendo up and chops up all their egos.
I will post more emails up as I have to head out. But I want you to think of this.
No one has talked about expansions and downloadable content to Zelda: Breath of the Wild yet.
The vast overworld could be made even larger. Would people pay for that? I think they would. The last console Zelda was Skyward Sword. We have never had a DLC Zelda before. Prior imagination would be adding on a new dungeon or new item, but with an overworld centric Zelda, perhaps new ways to interact with the overworld? New events to occur? New lands?