I’m struggling with the best problem ever! There are two glorious open world games that I want to play, but I can’t play them both at the same time. It’s a good thing that Sony and Nintendo both hit home runs with Horizon Zero Dawn and Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. It’s a bad thing they are competing for my attention since they were stupidly released at the same time. It truly speaks volumes for how much I love HZD if I still want to play it alongside what many are calling the “best Zelda ever”. I’ve spent over a week with both games, and my strategy of playing them on alternating days seems to be working well so far. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I actually wanted to play video games after a busy work day.
It’s all about balancing these two great games so I don’t forget what I’m doing, or how to play them. Since I have a short memory and get sidetracked easily, I decided to do some progress posts about my adventures in both spectacular worlds. These are all my screenshots, and I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but be warned there may be some.
Horizon Zero Dawn
What I’ve Been Up To Thus Far:
Lightning won the brief battle for the title of “My Favourite Badass Idol”, but Aloy keeps reminding me why she is a very close second. I really haven’t been this inspired by a character since I played FFXIII. As I explore this dangerous world of hers, she keeps making me laugh by muttering hilarious sarcastic remarks to herself. She repels of cliffs with ease, smashes through robotic beasts, and knows how to survive on her own. She’s willing to help anyone in need, and she is not afraid to tell anyone off, if they deserve it. The intriguing story continues to unravel as I complete each quest. I’ve uncovered more details about why robotic animals are roaming post-apocalyptic Earth. I’ve learned lots of things about the cruel primitive society Aloy belongs to, and I also know why Aloy was an outcast at birth. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve almost cried twice now.
I’ve settled comfortably into the controls and I’ve been having a blast with the combat in the game (especially since I’ve mastered the Blast Wire weapon). I’ve learned to be stealthy (when I have to), but I can usually defend myself when I screw up and alert the whole angry robotic neighbourhood about my presence. It plays a lot like Assassin’s Creed, but climbing a Tallneck is much cooler than climbing a boring old regular building.
Progression wise, I haven’t even uncovered 1/3 of the map yet. I’ve been undertaking every side quest I come across (of course). I have also been hunting a lot of traditional non-metal animals to get supplies to craft inventory upgrades. I’m currently trying to get a decent score in the 2nd Training Ground mini game (I find it’s a great way to get XP), before moving off to snag a few collectibles I see on my map. Then I’ll continue learning more from the main story quests. I have Platinum trophy plans for this game for sure.
Aloy’s Level – 16 (9865/16000 until next level up)
Game Completion – 18.33%
PSN Trophies Unlocked – 15/56
Aloy In Action:
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
What I’ve Been Up To Thus Far:
This game is truly about the epic journey, not reaching the destination of beating the final boss. There’s something special about this beautiful cel shaded game world that I’m incapable of describing. It’s all about survival in the unforgiving land of Hyrule. Weapons are disposable, you start off with nothing, and Rupees don’t hide in grass anymore. Everything can and will kill you. Feel free to go get slaughtered by Ganon out of the starting gate, but you might want to follow what little direction the game gives you. I’ve been mostly breaking into trial shrines and capturing horses, while trying not to get killed. I’ve enjoyed every single minute of the harsh experiences. I really wish that annoying Stamina meter was gone, but I understand why they included such a mechanic.
I don’t have any clue where I am in the game, but my Link is getting better at surviving. I made it to Kakariko Village, the hard way, and was given a few options about where to go next. I decided to go with the “learning more about Link’s tablet option”, which led me to a new area on the massive map. Before departing, I scraped together enough money for most of the Sheik stealth outfit. Also, I found a really cool flame sword from a side quest. I don’t use it often though since I don’t want it to break. My Amiibo addiction has proven useful by netting me some nice loot. I’m still getting the hang of combat and the controls, but my skills are slowly improving.
I left off at the part where I’m about to unlock the basic functions of Link’s tablet. After that, I plan to scale the tower in the area to uncover the zone’s map (and likely giggle uncontrollably when it drips that knowledge down). I know I’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg here. I plan to be spending lots of time in Hyrule for the foreseeable future.
Link In Action:
Wannabe Writer’s Notes:
-Overall, I’m enjoying both games immensely, but I’m much better at playing HZD. I’ll get the hang of BoTW eventually. Learning how to survive is what it’s all about I think.