Top positive review
The whole reason for buying my Switch
27 December 2020
Simply sublime. Huge map to explore, densely packed with fun and interesting optional details. Day and night cycles, lunar phases, treacherous thunderstorms and brilliant sunshiny mornings. Chirps of songbirds, cries of wildlife, tall grass and snowy peaks, forests and beaches, capes and islands. Walk, ride, climb or fly. The soft palette just caresses the senses.
Uncover the map by searching for towers and shrines that power you up and unlock fast travel. Puzzles and enemies are challenging but fair. I completely eschewed any guides just to savour the experience. There are amusing treasure hunt challenges that expand your inventory - mitigating the weapon durability mechanic which prevents over-reliance on any super-weapon. Controls are simple and intuitive, even for a mouse/keyboard user like myself. X-Y inversion is available.
There are nice cutscenes with dialogue whenever the story transitions, but mostly this is a quiet, meditative experience, backed by a sweet, unobtrusive, unrepetitive score. I could go on but i will just end by saying that I waited 3 years to afford this game (and console) and now it’s one of my all-time favourite things.