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The Duck’s First Week with Breath of the Wild

Ever since the release of Breath of the Wild, I have hardly had time for anything else.  The game has been such an addicting and crazy experience, filled with adventure and surprises around every turn.  And now that just over a week has passed since its release, I thought I’d chronicle my progress up to this point.  Warning: there may be spoilers ahead, even if the game’s plot hasn’t exactly been my focus as of late.  If you wish to uncover the secrets of Hyrule completely on your own, then you may want to tread with caution, even if I’ll try to keep the spoilers light.

During last week’s post, I summarized my early impressions of the game, and it is today that the real adventure begins.  Once you complete the Great Plateau, you are given far more freedom to explore, as you have finally obtained the trusty paraglider that not only enables you to glide down from the plateau’s great heights, but makes getting around immensely easier.  Nevertheless, I was still given a task.  Go see Impa in Kakariko Village.  (Oh, so that’s how you say the name of that place.  Thanks, voice acting.)  Well, at this point, I had every intention of doing anything but what I was told to do.  Well aware that this game contained an ocean based on what I had seen in the trailer, I looked about for palm trees in the distance, then headed off in that direction once they had been spotted. Continue reading The Duck’s First Week with Breath of the Wild

Getting to Know Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild is here!  It’s finally here, the super different, super massive Zelda game we have all been waiting for!  I reserved the game (the Wii U version) at my local game store the day it was released, as I worried the insane hype over not only the game itself, but the Switch, would make obtaining a copy rather difficult.  I can’t say whether or not such measures were absolutely necessary, but boy, was I not taking any chances.  (I do know that by the time I arrived at the store, there was a sign on the door saying they had sold out of Switch consoles.)  I started playing the game that evening, and it’s pretty much all I did over the weekend.

While I plan to write more about my experiences with this game as my time with it grows, right now, I just want to focus on my early impressions, so if you’re worried about spoilers, this post should be pretty safe, on the most part.  I can’t promise the same for later posts.  But we’ll see. Continue reading Getting to Know Breath of the Wild

Let’s Be Fair About: Breath of the Wild DLC

It’s happening.  Nintendo is releasing DLC with one of its games.  Whether or not this will become commonplace is yet to be seen, but it has been officially announced that Breath of the Wild will have the dreaded and reviled…downloadable content.  (Cue clichéd violin-horror music here.)  By now, we’re all probably familiar with this practice and the conflicting opinions people have about it.  But today, I’m not going to get into a peeved rant about how I feel about this controversial subject.  No, in this post, we’re going to have a fair and calm discussion of Breath of the Wild’s recently-announced DLC, and DLC in general. Continue reading Let’s Be Fair About: Breath of the Wild DLC

New Breath of the Wild Trailer: Initial Thoughts

With the recent announcement of the Switch’s release date came more news for two exciting entries into Nintendo’s vast library of games.  Not only were we graced with more footage of Breath of the Wild, but we also got to watch open-mouthed as that new Mario game finally got a name, Odyssey.  Super Mario Odyssey, that is.  I’m not usually the type to record an in-depth analysis of my reaction to a game trailer, but I guess the Switch’s hype coupled with Nintendo’s lack of interesting games over the last few years has made these games all the more exciting to me.  Today I’d like to begin the discussion with Breath of the Wild.  Odyssey will follow next week.  So, without further ado… Continue reading New Breath of the Wild Trailer: Initial Thoughts

A Brief Look at the Switch’s Stats

In case you weren’t already aware…the Nintendo Switch is almost upon us!  Nintendo recently released some additional information on the Switch, and even though this information is already readily available online, let me summarize a little bit of what I learned here for you.  First of all, the console’s release date is scheduled for March 3, a date which has another significance that I will cover soon.  That’s pretty exciting, I must say, as I was not expecting it to be available until at least summer.  And at about $300 (at least, for those of us in the US; the Switch’s Wikipedia article lists prices for other parts of the world, as well), that seems to be a pretty reasonable price considering the Switch’s console/handheld abilities.  But keep in mind that there may be some hidden costs…. Continue reading A Brief Look at the Switch’s Stats

Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming

With Listmas taking place in the chilly grip of wintertime, it’s only natural that some of our lists reflect this icy time of year.  We’ve already covered snowy levels and chilly characters in past years, so it’s high time we discussed eight chilly songs that will surely have you buttoning up your coats and seeking out a hot mug of cocoa. Continue reading Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming

Listmas 2016: An Ode to Sidekicks

In this season of giving and good will towards all, it would only be fair for at least one Listmas list to give some attention to the oft under-appreciated sidekicks of gaming.  It can be easy for said sidekicks to get lost within the shadow of the more famed hero of the game, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important, for they are so often there to provide the hero with advice and support or, at the very least, give voice to those silent protagonists out there.  This is for you, sidekicks. Continue reading Listmas 2016: An Ode to Sidekicks