Well, that was… Unexpected. (By the way, we won’t hear from @TMasters for about 12 hours because he’ll be laughing his arse off for about that long after reading this.)
Wind Waker link is indeed a little bastard, the camera can be a git, the game seems to go out of its way to bugger about, but… That Dragon Roost Cavern really is a very nice bit of design work, it looked good 15 years ago and looks better on the remaster:
So, ended up going back, re-doing all the stuff I lost due to the previous rage quit. Yes, I forgot to save, O-K? Then got past the bit that triggered said rage quit, decked the boss and set sail for Forest Haven. On the way, went through a storm at sunset and that looked far better than it ever did on the Cube, very atmospheric and scary - I didn’t hang around.
Swore I wasn’t going to go any further, before I know it I’m working my way through the Forbidden Woods, getting the boomerang, using the various gadgets to both navigate and fight and then finished off by decking the boss there too.
At this point I decided to save and quit while I’m ahead as there was another, much more recent game to boot up.
Namely The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild…
So, these are very, very cursory impressions so far, but only on five minutes.
First, one thing none of the video reviews managed to indicate is the sheer graphical accomplishment - this is an older system now, but the imagery here manages to give its younger, bigger rivals quite a bit of competition. The world you move around in is always moving - trees, grass, plants, it really is very smart.
I’ve duffed up a few Goblins, plus ChuChus, gone through about five weapons too and they do handle differently.
All I’ve done is go from the start to activating the Sheikh Tower, but it’s quite the piece of work so far.
It also looks to be one of those games that will become easier as you gain resources, so it’ll be hardest now as you start off with bugger all.
It also set up far quicker than expected, that 3GB install file took a few minutes to install but nowhere near as long as I thought, ditto for the Day 1 patch.
For anyone considering the Season Pass, the DLC won’t be out until Dec 2017 so there’s time for that.