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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Developers: NintendoMonolith Soft Publisher: Nintendo
12 May 2023
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They took a 9/10 game and stapled a bunch of garbage to it. It's just like playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [ゼルダの伝説 ブレス オブ ザ ワイルド] again, except now you have to deal with garbage new enemy types and an absolutely dreadful item fusing system. Yes, let's make a game about manipulating objects in a 3D space and then only allow you to move those objects in two dimensions. You can adjust the pitch and yaw, but you can't roll an object? Ridiculous.
What's more, most of the time, you get better results not building a contraption. It's legitimately quicker to just move an object manually rather than to build a car to transport it.
Sometimes, the old BOTW charm seeps through, like with the newspaper quests or exploring the initial sky island. Shame about all the new mechanics.
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An Expectation-Shattering Achievement
It's been a minute since I've experienced a true, mind-blowing, "wait-you-can-do-WHAT-in-this-game??" moment like I got from so many of my favorite games as a kid (GTA Vice City, Morrowind, Katamari Damacy, etc), but this game did it.

Breath of the Wild already felt incredibly freeing after what I thought was a series of increasingly restrictive and slow-paced main titles (Skyward Sword in particular, but also Twilight Princess imo. Don't hate me) but Tears of the Kingdom somehow blows BotW out of the water. The way they just hand you all of these powerful abilities that would've straight up broken previous Zelda titles, like Ascend and Recall, in the tutorial level of the game made me giddy with excitement. And the ability to not only interact with your world but create virtually any structure or vehicle imaginable, limited only by your imagination, feels like a colossal step into fresh territory for this 30 yr old franchise.

The story does make me feel like I'm going crazy, watching the same events unfold that have happened in every prior Zelda game while the characters pretend like these are surprising twists (wait this grimacing Gerudo warrior is EVIL?!? Wait I'm a SAGE?!?), but the unbridled freedom in gameplay more than compensates. If anything, its hard to stay on task with the main questline because the minute by minute experience of the game is just so fun.

The worst part of this game is that it's hard to imagine every returning to Breath of the Wild after playing this. I'd miss my janky vehicles too much.
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KCharbzz98 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2024-04-13T05:02:29Z
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Rakitox The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2024-02-24T18:01:15Z
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angelnetcast The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2024-02-12T20:52:37Z
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__generic The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2024-02-03T22:07:47Z
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jpsizzle77 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2024-01-15T17:06:23Z
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CanadianYoshi The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2023-11-28T21:53:03Z
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2023-11-28T21:53:03Z
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kofnwjns The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2023-11-14T02:15:04Z
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nyshtar The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2023-11-05T15:15:06Z
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lumiiyowo The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2023-09-25T17:39:20Z
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AJSherick The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2023-08-26T21:33:20Z
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  • bobwilson 2024-03-16 18:31:34.999412+00
    glitchwave comment boxes > RYM comment boxes
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    • salem_3 2024-03-18 12:29:12.11563+00
      they both suck
    • renegadexavier06 2024-03-18 16:59:25.574029+00
      BASED 100% THIS IS THE GLITCHWAVE OF IMDBACKLOGGDRYM-likes [9000.420]
      If only the second half was as good as the first half.
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  • anonymous01201 2024-03-17 17:51:23.506248+00
    much better in some ways than BOTW but also worse in some ways. So far re-exploring the open world has been fun and fresh but not nearly as fun as exploring a completely new map would hypothetically have been, the depths doesn't quite scratch that itch either, since although it is chillingly daunting and absurdly cool, it doesn't fulfil all the functions of an open world map due to it being subsidiary to the main map in mechanics and purpose too.
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  • anonymous01201 2024-03-17 17:57:50.233839+00
    the best experience i've had in this game so far would have to be falling into the depths for the first time very early on, I walked around in darkness for about half an hour before figuring out how to illuminate the environment, then with limited light resources I tried to travel to a lightroot I saw in the distance knowing it must be a waypoint - turns out between me and it was the Dueling Canyons Mine, and ensue the next few hours of slowly climbing endlessly high walls, walking around in darkness and evading gloom, getting disorientated by the multiple lightroots teasing me in the distance, then finally getting around to one after sneaking around a Lionel. Pure gold
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  • breakdownbbe 2024-03-26 17:19:12.716254+00
    I have at least 150 hours in this game by now. I have tons of stuff left to do but I'm not really finding much motivation to boot it up. Absence of hard mode and the overwhelming amount of bullshit loot are both tremendous mistakes. There are no encounters that require any thought past a certain point, and most chests/rewards are useless bullshit. It's a fantastic game but they really effed up in those two areas imo.
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    • unj 2024-04-05 13:58:08.974234+00
      The mind boggles that there is no hard mode. For a game that takes place in the same world as the first one, experienced players (and BoTW is a popular game even today) are going to want some more bang for their buck in difficulty.
    • Fowlawneeshafow 2024-04-09 01:29:11.296171+00
      "I have at least 150 hours in this game by now"
      "I'm not really finding much motivation to boot it up"

      perhaps maybe you are just tired of playing the same game lol. The same thing happened to me with Baldur's Gate 3 and Elden Ring at similar hour marks. I took a break and returned to finish up stuff.

      Virtually no game of this kind is gonna hold your attention for hundreds of hours on end without some sort of open world survival craft game loop like minecraft or farming sim loop stardew valley.
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  • rainstorm 2024-03-26 17:24:32.223482+00
    I really think the shrine puzzles in BOTW are more satisfying, although TOTK's "battle arena" shrines are an area of improvement. I like the versatility of Fuse but dislike the clunkiness of Ultrahand. Basically, for every upgrade to gameplay there's also a downgrade.
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  • Aruji 2024-04-09 14:35:49.515779+00
    both have their charm but i find totk flaws to be less tempering than the pros it has over botw which make this my fav of the two. Both fantastic games in their own right.
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  • PhillyBarcode 2024-04-13 21:51:19.82782+00
    BOTW > TOTK gang
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