So we finally have the big reveal of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and seemingly every games news outlet has lost their shit for this game. IGN had some coverage in which they were going wild over the game having a Jump button, like they repeated it over and over like Nintendo had done something so amazingly new that they couldn't believe it was happening.
I get it, Zelda is a beloved franchise and it has earned a spot in many gamers hearts. And thats is totally justified as the franchise has done some amazing things since it launched in 1986. However I just don't think this hype level makes sense with what has happened with this game up to this point.
I agree totally that it has a striking art style. The colours, animation and art style were awesome to watch (the pop in of textures is a little rough in the demo and this could change by launch but it is worth mentioning) but the game play is where I am having the hard time understanding the reaction.
The land mass was seemingly empty and void of any real character. I am not talking about towns or NPC as I know Nintendo has said they left them out for story reasons but rather things like enemies or distinct landmarks or any sense that the world is inhabited at all. Again it was very pretty too look at but in all the footage I have scene so far it just seemed empty.
Then there are the mechanics that everyone was going nuts for like a jump button for example. They kinda all seem like they had just been ripped form other games. Finding and crafting weapons that break down over time (which is almost never fun), climbing towers to reveal more of the map, having loot, hunting animals, cooking food, changing clothing for different temperatures, setting way points, having a mini map covered in icons... These all kinda just seem like open world conventions at this point.
I guess what I am really wondering is that in a world where games like Fallout, The Witcher, Skyrim, Dying Light, MGS5, Mad Max, etc. exists and where open world fatigue is talk about constantly, why is everyone already so in love with a game that seemingly is coming to the party 5 years to late and has yet to show that it is doing something new. Is it simply because Zelda is on in the box. Or perhaps more aptly, Would anyone be this excited if this was a new property being shown in the same way?
I would love to hear what people think.