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I have been having a hankering to replay Skyrim for a couple weeks now, meanwhile I have an unplayed copy of BoTW sitting on my shelf. Admittedly the appeal for me of Skyrim is partially making my own character and grinding to make them powerful, but I also am interested in a strong narrative to push me forward and rewarding exploration. So I'm wondering if BoTW has that?
Exploration's major rewards come in the form of finding or unlcoking shrines. Shrines are rewarding because as a whole they offer:
A) A piece of heart (well, the game's equivalent, which can be used for Stamina instead) B) A teleportation point C) Actual level design so the player feels good for solving a problem or puzzle. D) 1 to 3 chests (with the rare 4), containing a mixture of weapons, arrows, ancient materials*, rupees, ores (which are mostly there to be sold for rupees), and very rarely, armor.
*You need those for certain armors and weapons, but also to upgrade some of your magic runes in significant ways. You can always get these from enemies, but they are not easy to fight until you become fairly skilled with the game's combat system. This includes also having enough health/damage output to take them on.
But treasure chests in general aren't very rewarding, because the rewards rarely matter. You can get weapons and money everywhere.
This game lets you access 99% of the map as soon as the tutorial is done, so you will never feel more "capable" like in other zeldas. The rewarding feel is in how you learn to fight and explore, mastering the game's mechanics as you go on.
It's a nice feeling, but it pales in comparison to getting a Hookshot and suddenly having a plethora of new palces that you never were able to access but were always there, taunting you.
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At first it was , then the game largely devolves into a pretty standard gameplay loop. Once you're done with half the shrines , it's starts to get tiresome. Though , I guess it depends on your playstyle. Yours is kinda similar to mine ; upgrade upgrade upgrade. Sure , there's stuff like that one shrine island , or those labyrinths...but the game lacks meaningful content outside of like 40 shrines.
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