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Old 2018-01-09, 07:58 PM   #2081
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Are you playing it primarily docked and if so are you using the joycons, w/ grip or the pro-controller?

I'm just wondering how much nicer the pro-controller really is.
I've actually played it a fair amount in all three ways.

I enjoy the docked mode for big moments that feature story sections, though you can't always tell when those are about to happen. I just like seeing them on a bigger screen - for instance, I waited to tackle Ganon until I knew for sure I had some time on my TV.

That said, I was forced to play with the Joy-Cons in the grip because I didn't own a Pro controller at the time. It works just fine in that scenario, even if it isn't the most comfortable setup out there. I understand the Pro controller is absolutely fantastic if you have the cash to get one. The main bonus with either the Joy-Con/Grip or Pro is that when you take aim with a bow, you can get a rough and quick aim with the stick, then fine-tune with tilt positioning. I find this works really well when lining up headshots. Playing in this style also really works well when you hit a shrine that involves tilt sensing to finish (see below).

I now have something like a Pro controller, which my wife got me as a birthday gift: a Zelda-themed wired controller by Power A. It's got a contour like the Pro controller, but it's strictly wired and doesn't feature any tilt sensing or amiibo scanning, but it's lightweight and works very well. It's also $25 USD compared to $70 USD for the Pro. In my opinion, it's a great cost-effective option, even though it doesn't carry all the bells and whistles.

As for portable mode, this is pretty comfortable too, and you can get away with some tilt controlling. The aforementioned bow aiming works well, but the shrine tilt control in portable mode stinks. There were a few times I was nearly turning the system upside down to make it work, which isn't ideal. Otherwise, I felt like the portable mode was great, and I was able to pump a bunch of hours into BOTW that otherwise would have required me to be chained to my basement (a big reason I didn't get too far into Skyrim on my 360).

In the end, I think all three control options work just fine, though each has their downside (very minor). I think using the JC/Grip setup will work just fine if you don't have the funds for a Pro.
 


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Old 2018-01-10, 02:55 AM   #2082
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Link's Awakening really doesn't get the respect that it deserves. Not sure why. The dungeon design is neat, the story is easily the best out of the pre-3D Zeldas, and the gameplay is fun. The only real flaw with the thing is that there were only two "action" buttons available on the old Gameboy, so you're constantly pausing to switch items.
That bothered me at first but I got used to it pretty early on and it stopped being annoying.
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It is definitely not easy, but I'm surprised that this is the one you'd single out as being especially hard after having played the NES games. Those are the ones that have always kicked my butt.
Oh trust me those first two Zeldas are difficult too, They're just very simple also. Once you know where to attack an enemy it's just a matter of practice but LttP has way more to a lot of the rooms in those dungeons and they aren't all about killing or dodging enemies.
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That said, I was forced to play with the Joy-Cons in the grip because I didn't own a Pro controller at the time. It works just fine in that scenario, even if it isn't the most comfortable setup out there. I understand the Pro controller is absolutely fantastic if you have the cash to get one. The main bonus with either the Joy-Con/Grip or Pro is that when you take aim with a bow, you can get a rough and quick aim with the stick, then fine-tune with tilt positioning. I find this works really well when lining up headshots. Playing in this style also really works well when you hit a shrine that involves tilt sensing to finish (see below).

I now have something like a Pro controller, which my wife got me as a birthday gift: a Zelda-themed wired controller by Power A. It's got a contour like the Pro controller, but it's strictly wired and doesn't feature any tilt sensing or amiibo scanning, but it's lightweight and works very well. It's also $25 USD compared to $70 USD for the Pro. In my opinion, it's a great cost-effective option, even though it doesn't carry all the bells and whistles.
That said I think I'm gonna skip the pro controller, at least for now. There are other accessories I want to get, like a dock cover and a travel case most importantly.
 
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Old 2018-01-10, 04:25 PM   #2083
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Oh trust me those first two Zeldas are difficult too, They're just very simple also. Once you know where to attack an enemy it's just a matter of practice but LttP has way more to a lot of the rooms in those dungeons and they aren't all about killing or dodging enemies.
The first Zelda isn't too bad if you have a good game guide by your side - I still have the NES Game Atlas from Nintendo Power that I got in the early 90's. It's been taped up quite a bit, but the darn thing is still useful!!! Zelda II is especially brutal, in my opinion. I've never finished it, even with my trusty Atlas!

The other two Zeldas you mentioned (ALttP & Link's Awakening) are right at the top of my favorite Zelda games, probably my top two. Most people choose OoT as their #1, but to me there's something charming about the 2D Zeldas. ALttP truly got me hooked into the series; I can remember being at my sister's apartment and being in complete awe as her boyfriend played it on the SNES. An absolute classic! And LA was one of the few GameBoy games I had early on. As you mentioned, it's not too difficult, the puzzles are really fun, and the trading sequence is a hoot. It's one of those titles you can pick up and play once a year, and it doesn't take too long to finish. That game is full of charm, even with the limited color palette.

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That said I think I'm gonna skip the pro controller, at least for now. There are other accessories I want to get, like a dock cover and a travel case most importantly.
Yep, I think that's a good choice. I picked up a case by RDS, which is black and red/white, with semi-hard plastic sides coated in woven fabric. It's pretty solid, and I've used it when we've traveled. It's kept the system in good shape. This past weekend I picked up some screen protectors too; I didn't initially think I would need them, but over time the dock seemed to have cause a very slight scuff on the far side of the glass (not on the viewing screen). I think they're from amFilm and they go on very nicely with fantastic transparency. They were also only $8 for a pair.
 


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Old 2018-01-10, 08:33 PM   #2084
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Oh trust me those first two Zeldas are difficult too, They're just very simple also. Once you know where to attack an enemy it's just a matter of practice but LttP has way more to a lot of the rooms in those dungeons and they aren't all about killing or dodging enemies.
True enough. The difficulty level of the SNES game is as much to do with its puzzles as with the hard-hitting enemies. But I think I've just played it so much that I don't really need to think through them anymore, since I know most of them by heart, so it's nowhere near as tough as it would be for someone playing it through for the first time in a long time.

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The first Zelda isn't too bad if you have a good game guide by your side - I still have the NES Game Atlas from Nintendo Power that I got in the early 90's. It's been taped up quite a bit, but the darn thing is still useful!!! Zelda II is especially brutal, in my opinion. I've never finished it, even with my trusty Atlas!
I find the first game to be more frustrating than truly difficult. The combat is really tough in the later dungeons, for sure, but more than that I'm put off by how the game gives you almost zero clues about where to go or what to do. That didn't bother me as much when I was a kid, but I guess modern games have spoiled me.

Zelda II on the other hand just consistently kicks my ass. I've been playing it off and on since I was 5, but I've never felt like I was any good at it. I think I may have made it to the final dungeon when I was a kid, but I never made it very far in. I remember my dad making it all the way to Dark Link, once, but that's the closest I've ever seen to anyone beating it.

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The other two Zeldas you mentioned (ALttP & Link's Awakening) are right at the top of my favorite Zelda games, probably my top two. Most people choose OoT as their #1, but to me there's something charming about the 2D Zeldas.
Ocarina of Time was amazing for what it did to advance the concept of 3D gaming at a time when it was in its infancy, but if we're being honest I don't even think it's the best Zelda game on the N64. The story is a straight rehash of ALTTP, and Majora's Mask outdoes it in every way possible -- better plot, better characters, better gameplay, better graphics and better (albeit fewer) dungeons. Of course, a lot of people who love OoT never even played Majora's Mask because it came out when the N64 was already pretty much obsolete.

Which isn't to say that Ocarina of Time is a bad game, because it's not. If I was rating all the Zeldas that I've played, it would probably fall somewhere around the middle of the pack, but a "middle of the pack" Zelda game is still a really good game by any other standard.

I'm not sure if I could choose between ALTTP and MM for my #1. Usually I'd just settle for saying that one is my favourite 2D Zelda and the other is my favourite 3D Zelda. Link's Awakening wouldn't be too far behind them though, and I should really see if my old copy still works so that I can play it again! It's probably been a decade since I've fired that one up.
 
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Old 2018-01-31, 05:55 AM   #2085
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OMFG Breath of the Wild is so much fun! I've just been going around trying to get all the towers and going into shrines as I see them. Every time I sit down to play this game I end up playing for hours at a time. When I'm not playing I'm thinking about when I will have time to play again.

The thing with this game is that while it's very beautiful, and it really is gorgeous, the game play is even more awesome. I loved sneaking up on and catching my horse, I love finding korok seeds, most of the shrines are such a joy to figure out. How can anyone not immediately fall in love with this game?
 
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Old 2018-01-31, 09:13 PM   #2086
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I'm not sure if I could choose between ALTTP and MM for my #1. Usually I'd just settle for saying that one is my favourite 2D Zelda and the other is my favourite 3D Zelda. Link's Awakening wouldn't be too far behind them though, and I should really see if my old copy still works so that I can play it again! It's probably been a decade since I've fired that one up.
That's a good way to put it. ALTTP or LA would be my favorites in the 2D world, but I think BOTW might be my new favorite of the 3D series...

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OMFG Breath of the Wild is so much fun! I've just been going around trying to get all the towers and going into shrines as I see them. Every time I sit down to play this game I end up playing for hours at a time. When I'm not playing I'm thinking about when I will have time to play again.

The thing with this game is that while it's very beautiful, and it really is gorgeous, the game play is even more awesome. I loved sneaking up on and catching my horse, I love finding korok seeds, most of the shrines are such a joy to figure out. How can anyone not immediately fall in love with this game?
That game is such a time-sink. It's ridiculous how simple the world itself is, yet so complex and engaging. I looked at my game clock the other day, which says I've played for over 130 hours. 130 hours!!! I didn't even know I had that much time to game!!!

Did you start cooking yet? That's always a fun diversion - if you're looking for more things to distract you from the main quest. I also have the DLC with the little Korok mask that makes finding seeds that much easier to do.

I also don't understand how people cannot enjoy the game either. I think the complaints that I have heard (a vocal few) seem to come from gamers who are eyeball deep in really epic & bloody games for the PS4/XB1 and don't seem to appreciate other games for what they are. Or they just don't pay attention to it because they claim Nintendo makes 'kids games'. Very short-sighted.

And I beat Bowser in Super Mario Odyssey. All in all it wasn't over-the-top challenging, but it was incredibly enjoyable. Plus, a couple more spots open up afterwards, and it appears that I can still collect something like a bazillion more power moons.

Alternatively I've been playing Skyrim and finding out where my deficiencies are (Master Vampire slaying, for instance), then beefing up and coming back later to lay waste. I've only absorbed a handful of dragon souls, but it's still fun.

You know, I love my PS4, but I find myself diving into the Switch a lot. My PS4 has served as a Bluray player these past few months, at least.
 


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I've been playing Final Fantasy whatever it is a bit lately. The one that's online.

I'm enjoying the FFness of it, and I also enjoy that it doesn't strain the capabilities of my computer. Boo subscription based, but it's not a lot and if you don't want to play and let your sub lapse, you can pick right up where you left off again (unlike Ark, which you have to log in to at least once a week to renew timers/feed your dinos. Bleh), so whatever.

I bought Rock of Ages 2 over the weekend, and I love it so I bought it for Hound so we could play together, but he hates it. Just my luck! But we'll find something. We usually do.
 

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Mostly plugging through Skyrim, with occasional moon hunting in Mario Odyssey. Just finished up the Companions questline, married Aela the Huntress, and moved into Breezehome. Probably going to buy the big house in Solitude and adopt a kid or two. Sounds ridiculous to be doing all that in the midst of dragon slaying. I suppose that keeps it interesting!

I also downloaded Blossom Tales on the Switch. I couldn't resist for $15, as it's a 2D Zelda clone that's somewhere in between 8- and 16-bit graphically and musically. I haven't played it yet, but it looks really fantastic from the trailers I have seen.
 


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Old 2018-02-16, 02:27 PM   #2089
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I'm playing Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on the 2DS. Its the SNES Zelda map with spruced up graphics, sound, gameplay and animation and its really beautiful. Full of little touches. I'm also playing Pocket Card Jockey, by Gamefreak, the makers of Pokemon. Its hideously addictive; a mix of horse racing and solitaire, and is the game I've put the most time into on this system.

The 2DS is so awesome, the problem is it makes me crave for a Switch. I'd be all over the indie games on that!
 



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