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Continued with the plot and Riju and Patricia showed up. I was prepared for Breath of the Wild timeline characters to show up but a sand seal on a rampage? Not one I predicted!

Also pretty pleased that shit's going down and we lost the castle, the divine beasts were still taken over and the King was blown up just offscreen as I agree with BEAT's initial assessment that losing was more powerful. I mean I assume everything will work out fine but that was surprisingly dramatic.
 

Paul le Fou

ShrimpCerealTopangaHusbandIsAMeTooMilkshakeDuck
(He)
I've been pushing relatively slowly through this. I just beat the story mission with the fight against Master Kohga - which was fun, can't wait to play as him, I think. I've unlocked the Great Fairies and Monk Maz Koshia recently too.

I'm still figuring out exact details of how each character plays - feels like there's an area of playstyle that I'm not sure is finesse or janky - like the ZR special for the Fairies, what each of them does, how to control which ones come out when you use it.

My Zelda is a beast, mostly just because I got extremely lucky with a 3rd-tier-weapon from a chest and a high-fusion-exp part to crank it to ridiculous attack levels (70, whereas my Master Sword is currently "only" at 57) (not including the +5s to each). But it seems like there's more room to do crazy stuff - someone upthread mentioned getting a crate from her normal attack, loading it with magnesis, and firing it with an early activation? I have a lot of learning to do. Still not quite sure what's up with Monk Maz Koshia's getting big, besides "he get big, hit thing". I wonder if the food that increases Sheikah Slate damage increases all her attacks? Anyway, I like playing as her because I like focusing on her as the main character of this game, with Link and Terrako as C-3PO and R2D2, just tagging along as audience POVs. More main character Zelda please, Nintendo!

Link is really straightforward and powerful, so I use him when I just need to wail on people. I'm iffy on Urbosa's recharge timing but it's fun when I get it. Revali is neat but I find it aggravating to have to keep jumping back into the air since he seems so much more powerful there (especially when I use the combo that lands me on the ground). Daruk is neat, I need to learn to use his shield more but other than that he doesn't seem too deep - maybe there's something about his magma pillars people do crazy stuff with? And Mipha is fun too; I don't use her fountains probably to their fullest potential, but they're not too extremely finnicky so I don't feel like I'm missing out on stuff. Hestu isn't mechanically my favorite, though they're perfectly fine and fun enough to play, but they are my actual favorite because, I mean, come on.

Hit a point where I'm behind a level curve, so I might have to grind with some characters, and needing more lynel and hinox trophies than I have, so I had to grind a bit to unlock the most recent character I did. That part is less attractive to me.
 

Paul le Fou

ShrimpCerealTopangaHusbandIsAMeTooMilkshakeDuck
(He)
I'm still figuring out exact details of how each character plays - feels like there's an area of playstyle that I'm not sure is finesse or janky - like the ZR special for the Fairies, what each of them does, how to control which ones come out when you use it.

My Zelda is a beast, mostly just because I got extremely lucky with a 3rd-tier-weapon from a chest and a high-fusion-exp part to crank it to ridiculous attack levels (70, whereas my Master Sword is currently "only" at 57) (not including the +5s to each). But it seems like there's more room to do crazy stuff - someone upthread mentioned getting a crate from her normal attack, loading it with magnesis, and firing it with an early activation? I have a lot of learning to do. I wonder if the food that increases Sheikah Slate damage increases all her attacks?
Double post to link this guide video, which also confirms that the Sheikah-Rune-boosting food DOES boost all of Zelda's attacks, which is nuts. Definitely gonna mess around with her more later on and get the hang of that magnesis combo. Not to mention ending Stasis early! Heck.
 
I've been purposefully avoiding this thread for the most part, since all I've taken quite a while to get up to speed here in this game. But the last week I've started playing again in earnest. And as much as I love this game and what it does, as an old school Dynasty Warriors fan there's a few things that bug the shit out of me.

In particular, some of the challenge missions (like the double lynels of doom, or any of the one-hit game over ones) chaff my ass real hard. The whole point of these games to me, is their casual nature and being able to just truck through baddies with ease and to feel like a god. And these skill-gatey things are gonna keep me from 100%ing this game and it just feels bad.
 

Paul le Fou

ShrimpCerealTopangaHusbandIsAMeTooMilkshakeDuck
(He)
After my above post, I can confirm that Zelda is broken as hell and can pretty much just delete any enemy weak point gauges she wants to at will.

So I got to the big twist and unlocked the next four characters, the future champions. I think I like most of them?
Riju feels a little chaotic and hard to handle, the timings on which strong attack to land can be tricky to land. But I kind of like this because it actually does feel kinda like you're being pulled around surfing behind a sand seal that's just going HAM and trying to hang on/pull the reins to try and direct your willful mount—usually fine but still a bit unpredictable. Feels like she has a little less consistent/reliable single-target damage to e.g. pound on weak point gauges with, though? But that lightning surf is insane for clearing out areas.
Yunobo is interesting, in that you get a random power from the roast which leads you to use one of his first three finishers. I think that's a cool idea, but as far as I can tell it doesn't empower any of the later strong attacks, which seems like a missed opportunity, and leaves the supposed stronger attacks out to dry a bit. Or maybe I just haven't figured it out yet. The later attacks will probably need to be stronger than average to make up for not getting empowered? I also like his air attack. Bouncy! Bouncy! Bouncy!
Sidon is fairly simple, just nail the timings. I have yet to be able to do that perfectly reliably, though I can hit them more times than not (certain attacks being easier than others to get the rhythm for). Not sure if I like him better or worse than Mipha - they're both kinda middle-of-the-road "normal" characters.
I like Teba better than Revali by a lot, I think. Revali's ground/flight mechanic has always felt a bit clunky. That said, a lot of Teba's stuff puts him in the air which can mess up my timing and lead to things like missing a sheikah rune counter. But he feels strong and satisfying to use most of the time, and I like stretching out the strong attacks (especially that foot-firing one, so good for clearing crowds). I want to mess around with him some more.

Getting to the point where I need more weapons to fuse and am starting to wonder about messing around with seals - just got the ability to remove them from weapons and not sure where to go from here or how exactly I want to proceed (if I actually want to bother going that deep into the weeds at all).
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Id give the nod to Revali and Daruk more than their grandkids, and The rest about equally.

I finished off the main campaign, and am assuming that Astra and Ganon are unlockable, but I haven’t done so yet, and am not sure how to go about doing that.
 

Jeanie

(Fem or Gender Neutral)
Id give the nod to Revali and Daruk more than their grandkids, and The rest about equally.

I finished off the main campaign, and am assuming that Astra and Ganon are unlockable, but I haven’t done so yet, and am not sure how to go about doing that.
Ganon is, you just have to do all the after game stuff, Astra is not.
 

Paul le Fou

ShrimpCerealTopangaHusbandIsAMeTooMilkshakeDuck
(He)
That said, while Astor is not unlockable, there is one other unlockable character besides Ganon in the endgame.
 
Just beat it. This truly is the best characterization of Princess Zelda.

Aw yis, it looks like I can unlock outfits. I want her scholar outfit back! But the winter coat is pretty great too.
 
I think I beat this game? I got a credits roll after unlocking Terrako. Is that it for the story?

Good game overall. The story was a little on the simplistic/short side. I woulda preferred something a lot more extensive, but it's a Musou game, that's how they go.

BotW-Zelda is indeed a very good Zelda, I still prefer SW-Zelda however. Freaking can't wait until June or whenever the remaster of that comes out.
 
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