Open-World Overload

You might notice that this weekend’s post is not being done by Datacide. This is because he is away doing probably important things and not because I have him held hostage for ransom. Moving on...

This week has been full of road trips to visit various colleges, which means that I’ve been putting plenty of time into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild along the way. I finished all of the shrines, side quests, main story, etc. ages ago, and am now mainly focused on collecting all 900 korok seeds. I discovered a wonderfully helpful app called “Breath Companion” that does not assist in breathing but instead is a very cohesive map of Breath’s Hyrule where you can mark korok seeds as completed and have them wiped from the map. This allows me to easily keep track of which korok seeds I’ve found and which ones I haven’t, although by the time you’re reading this, Breath of the Wild’s first DLC pack will assist in finding korok seeds by wearing the korok mask that shakes when you’re near a korok, which will no doubt be a great help for me. I might be the only one, but I genuinely enjoy collecting korok seeds as long as I’m listening to a podcast or some music alongside it. It’s not exciting or difficult, but Breath’s Hyrule is such a well put-together and beautiful world that I find simply being in that world very relaxing. I’ve played for 140 hours, and have collected 288 korok seeds (almost one third!) and have the map at 47.47% complete. I plan to complete every aspect of Breath of the Wild, and then do it all over again in hard mode, because, yes, I am crazy. This is my favorite game of all time, so I don’t really mind playing it a lot.

I got a PS4 last Friday, so when I’ve been at home, I’ve usually been playing Horizon: Zero Dawn. You can read some of my early thoughts on the game here, but in short, it’s pretty damn good. The PS4 is good at running games, and from what I hear, it runs Horizon better than most other games. Good graphics do not a good game make, but they can certainly help with overall immersion, and who doesn’t want a pretty game? I’m not blown away by Horizon in the same way that I was (and am) by Breath of the Wild, but it’s still an excellent game with an excellent story and art direction to boot.

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Aaaand... that’s it. I always have three video games on my music stand that are the three that I mean to play, but the third game, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations, just got overshadowed by the other two.

I’ve been very busy with the aforementioned college visits, but I’m not visiting another one until next Wednesday. Hopefully that means that I can complete Breath of the Wild’s new DLC dungeon and find all of the new outfits, play through a few more chapters of Revelations, and really sink my teeth into Horizon. If you want to play ARMS with me, my friend code is SW- 1477- 4520- 1813. Get ready to get rekt.

So, what are you playing this weekend?