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Time Consuming Drudgery
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2018
I tried, and tried, and tried ... I've put in maybe 30 hours to date, and I've gotten basically nowhere. And I don't really feel like moving on at this point.
This is a huge, HUGE game. I've explored maybe 10%. The graphics are excellent, the soundtrack is great if a bit minimalist. It's big, it's WIDE open, and it's super-involved. Weapons break on you. Stocks of ammunition (i.e. arrows) run out. If you want to eat, you need to collect and then cook your food. If you want to cook your food you need to find yourself some fire. And on, and on.
Big, open, involved -- all of these are probably plusses for a lot of gamers, and this game has certainly received its fair share of great reviews. But here's the thing: I'm an adult, with a real life and responsibilities. And every time I sit down in front of this game I spend two or three hours collecting supplies and cooking food and fighting various monsters, all without making much progress. Why bother?!
Breath of the Wild, maybe it's not you. Maybe it's me. But you're no Link Between Worlds. You're certainly no Ocarina of Time. You feel like a big mess of a game that just doesn't quite come together and, as phrased so brilliantly by Sweet Brown, ain't nobody got time for that.