Zelda Breath of the Wild - Game Awards trailer

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#1 Edited by Aegon (7236 posts) -

Guessing you can transfer your spirit or something to Zelda or female Link. I'm thinking Zelda though. Or maybe I'm just looking into it too much.

And Nausicaa looking villages.

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#2 Edited by dafdiego777 (155 posts) -

I didn't get that from the trailer. I have a feeling it's just a more active Zelda (a la Tetra).

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#3 Posted by NTM (9798 posts) -

It just looked like it was showing Zelda to me.

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#4 Posted by SSully (5277 posts) -

Looks great. The art style is giving me major flashbacks to the 2008 Prince of Persia, which was absolutely fantastic.

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#5 Posted by Aegon (7236 posts) -

@dafdiego777:

Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm getting a "Link deactivated" vibe from this shot:

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#6 Posted by xolare (1355 posts) -

Have they confirmed who's scoring this game yet? It totally sounds like a Joe Hisaishi joint.

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#7 Posted by NTM (9798 posts) -

Did you see the game though? Looks good gameplay wise, but the frame rate looked bad. I'm sure it'll be fixed by the final release, but dang, that wasn't good looking.

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#8 Posted by Dan_CiTi (4578 posts) -

@aegon: I mean, Princess Zelda is royalty so I imagine he's paying respect by kneeling down.

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#9 Posted by fnrslvr (409 posts) -

@ntm: Further confirmation that I can almost never notice a bad frame rate. Looked fine to me.

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#10 Posted by Aegon (7236 posts) -

@dan_citi said:

@aegon: I mean, Princess Zelda is royalty so I imagine he's paying respect by kneeling down.

You're probably right.

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#11 Posted by NTM (9798 posts) -

@fnrslvr: It was fine in the trailer talked about in this thread, but the gameplay when they showed it looked bad (I mean, the frame rate, not the gameplay), perhaps that's still what you're talking about though.

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#12 Posted by Redhotchilimist (1537 posts) -

On that illustration with the castle and the robots, that dude in front of the castle is totally OoT-Ganon, right?

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#13 Posted by TheHT (14303 posts) -

No idea where people are getting the whole playable female Link thing from. Zelda maybe, sure, but what looks like a cutscene of her (presumably her) walking and then her (presumably her) making a fist seems like a long way from "you can play as her."

And goddamn this game looks phenomenal.

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#14 Posted by flatblack (40 posts) -

Listen, I know y'all really like Zelda but..I can't be the only one who thought that whole gameplay demo looked iffy at best.

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#15 Posted by fnrslvr (409 posts) -

@ntm:Yeah, I was talking about the whole thing, combat and all.

I mean, okay, if it were actual fighting game combat we were talking about, I'd care about getting a solid 60. But that's because frames are the unit of time in which fighting games are measured. I am very keenly aware of the difference between 1-, 2- and 3-frame links (fuck 1-frame links), I put a lot of effort into generating and exploiting frame advantage wherever I can, I want to see the very first tell of an overhead as soon as possible, etc. That intricate focus on frames probably makes me a lot more aware of the game's frame rate. But I really don't notice or care about framerate during the winning simulation play that is typical of fake action-adventure combat.

@theht: I kinda got a fem-Link vibe from the fact that she's wearing the same tunic as Link, and also from her hair being basically the same colour. I wouldn't say I'm convinced that it's happening yet though, even though I think Nintendo should just do it.

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#16 Posted by Quantris (886 posts) -

If that is Zelda, I kinda doubt she's a princess this time around (given the apparent state of the world), so that would explain her clothing style.

I noticed the framerate too. They were playing on a Wii U. But also it seemed a bit like the framerate of the live shot (of Bill and Nate on the couch) was also bad so it could just be a case of a bad conversion between taping the thing, compositing, and sending it to the show.

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#17 Posted by Damodar (1983 posts) -

@theht said:

No idea where people are getting the whole playable female Link thing from. Zelda maybe, sure, but what looks like a cutscene of her (presumably her) walking and then her (presumably her) making a fist seems like a long way from "you can play as her."

And goddamn this game looks phenomenal.

I agree that it's a stretch to jump to some of these conclusions, but at the same time, Nintendo has acknowledged that a lot of people want a female incarnation of THE HERO OF TIME™. It's Nintendo's prerogative whether of not they think that's the right thing to do with their character, but they'd have to know that these teases of a female figure in a similar tunic etc to Link would make people think draw the conclusion that that might be happening. So if the end result is that there is, in fact, no controllable female, whether it be lady Link or Zelda or whatever, that would make this tease feel misguided.

Anyway, still really excited for this! Just needs some of that good, good optimisation work and it'll be golden. One more reason to think that my lovely Wii U is obsolescent before its time... At least give me a few months of side-by-side support with the Switch, Ninty :(

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#18 Edited by Aegon (7236 posts) -

I just realized that Link has the Master Sword when he's bowing to Zelda. Not sure if that's significant. I'm guessing you won't need to craft new weapons at that stage of the game. Unless...you play as another character. Ha, I know it's a weak connection, but I'm just trying to play detective a little before the analysis videos come out.

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#19 Posted by Magmamud (847 posts) -

Yeah the framerate looked rough in parts, like when Link was riding Epona and dodging those lasers.


Game looks good though. Man it really makes me consider getting a Switch.
What if the Zelda bit at the end is hinting at some co-op mode? Eh, maybe not.

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#20 Posted by Quantris (886 posts) -

I always find it hard to compare framerates unless I'm actually controlling the thing (and then it becomes obvious), but maybe this version of the gameplay demo shows it a little better? For those who didn't watch the show, this was shown during the awards, while the video from OP was shown during the "pre-show" (whatever that means...).

The jump cuts in this made it worse IMHO.

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#21 Posted by zFUBARz (694 posts) -

Digging the painterly/cel shaded look they're going for.

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#22 Posted by FrodoBaggins (867 posts) -

This game looks absolutely "breath" taking.

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#23 Posted by TheWildCard (327 posts) -

Not sure this is something I really want to play, but I love the music in that trailer.

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#24 Edited by kcin (804 posts) -

This game looks incredible, but yeah that framerate is worrying me. I noticed it in the trailer, and now seeing the gameplay footage it's definitely there. Not long before this thing comes out. Hopefully the Switch version performs better.

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#25 Posted by paulmako (1685 posts) -

Every time I see this game it looks better. I'm very very interested in this.

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#26 Edited by ArbitraryWater (14683 posts) -

This game continues to look incredibly promising, but that frame rate should definitely be better in the final game.

For as much as I am on the "they should let you play as a lady version of Link or Zelda" train, I really don't think that's going to happen. Would love to be proven wrong.

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#27 Posted by Justin258 (14373 posts) -

There are a few shots in that trailer that look kind of "dark world"-ish or whatever, something that Zelda games have done a few times before. It would be pretty cool if you had to play as Zelda in some kind of mirror world and the game involved some GTA V-esque protagonist switching.

But that's just me thinking about what might be cool, not speculation or anything like that.

As far as framerate goes... yeah, it looks kinda dicey. What I don't see many people mentioning, though, is just how aliased that trailer looks. I mean, it still looks fantastic as far as I'm concerned, but there are a lot of far away and wide-angle shots in that thing and quite a few of them could use some anti-aliasing.

I really hope they either get the Wii U version up to the standards of their other first party games in terms of performance or make sure the Switch version looks and runs way better. This game has a gorgeous art style that I can't wait to dive into, don't fuck it up Nintendo.

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#28 Posted by SkullPanda1 (1502 posts) -

Maybe it's too on the nose, but being able to /switch/ between Link & Zelda kinda fits for a Nintendo Switch

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