I finished playing Breath of the Wild [Spoilers!]
After approximately 8 months and 400 hours of gameplay, I finally finished Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
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Now, I've mentioned before that BotW was the first Legend of Zelda game that I've ever played at length, and with that, it was the first of the franchise that I've finished. When I started playing the game, I didn't think I'd finish it. I felt that the tasks were too big and that there were too much to do, and I didn't have the skills to defeat Ganon. Plus I'm used to a very linear JRPG style of game where you can't progress until you finish a certain part, and I disliked LoZ's battle system.
But I just kept playing, though. There were days when I'd log in and just roam around Hyrule. I put off fighting the Divine Beasts because I thought I couldn't. Then there were days when I think, "Ok, let's fight (insert enemy name here)." Which was how I managed to get through the Divine Beasts.
|Sometimes I go play this game and just enjoy the views, y'know?
Beating the Blight Ganons
My train of thought with the order of how I fight the Divine Beasts were based on the information that each Blight's HP goes up. The first will have the lowest at 800, and the next will increase until the last will have 2000 HP. I figure I'd start with the Beast whose power will be the most useful for me, and the fair easiest, so I went with Vah Medoh/Windblight Ganon.
My next one was Thunderblight/Vah Naboris, and my logic was its HP will only be around 1000, and Urbosa's Fury will be useful! I didn't have any strategy, because I suck at parrying and I couldn't remember how to avoid attacks to activate Flurry Rush once in battle. I just went straight to Thunderblight Ganon, hit it until the shield broke and hit him again until we moved to stage 2. From there, I stepped out of the battle arena (there's a small doorway heading out) and waited there for a good five minutes just to calm myself down. Eventually managed to wear it down and got a lucky parry in and defeated it.
I was actually more annoyed with Waterblight Ganon, because of the second stage where the water rises and swimming was a little difficult. Eventually got lucky with a parry (do the Guardian shields automatically parry lasers?) and used Urbosa's Fury to finish it off. Fireblight Ganon was my last, and that was fairly easy.
Around this time as well I had switched my game's voice language to Japanese, just for the heck of it.
Completing the Shrines
All the Memories
After several weeks, I decided to take the jump and just go for Ganon. I had spent so much time putting it off and got additional 200 Koroks with my exploration. And with Drew lending me his Tears of the Kingdom, I figure it was about time I finish the game.
I also tried to fight a Lynel, specifically the one in Ploymus Mountain, just before battling Ganon, just to say that I defeated one. I am still scared of them.
Like with my Blight battles, I had no real strategy. At the most, I planned to use Ancient Arrows, the Ancient Shield to block the lasers, and Urbosa's Fury. For some reason I was pretty clumsy and couldn't find my footing while fighting Calamity Ganon. I also didn't have the Ancient Shield equipped until I tried trying to parry. I don't really know how I managed to defeat Ganon, but definitely the arrows and Revali's Gale were helpful.
The Dark Beast battle was actually a lot more frustrating. Not because it was difficult, but because I got a really bad horse. Somehow, I got one that was temperamental, had only two spurs and had a tendency to run away from the battle. I had trouble controlling it so when I was down to my last two spots to hit on Ganon, I ditched the horse and ran around on foot. A Revali's Gale lifted me up for my final attack, and the game was done.