Zelda: Breath of the Wild contains some pretty tough enemies, but the Lynel is one of the hardest – and the Golden Lynel is even more difficult to overcome, making it a kill that only truly skilled players can obtain.
If you're one such player, then you might be interested in upping the stakes a little with a new (and totally unofficially, of course) mod to the game which changes every single monster to a Golden Lynel. Gulp.
That's right – every single enemy, including lowly creatures which would normally expire with a single slash of your sword, is now a Golden Lynel, which makes the game an incredibly challenging experience.
This isn't the first mod we've seen for Nintendo's popular action adventure, but it's certainly one of the most interesting, as it really does dial up the difficulty to extreme levels, making every single hostile encounter an absolute nightmare.
Why are there articles about unofficial (illegal) mods for a game that came out 3 years ago, yet no coverage at all on the Risk of Rain 2 update?
And I ask that because I believe Damien actually reads the comments and may provide a response of some sort.
You could say the lack of RoR2 interest determines its lack of clicks and yadda yadda yadda, but then you have the EA "catch 22". More exposure for RoR2 on a site like this may increase its interest and, therefore, clicks.
A 1.0 update on, I believe, the only "Early access" game to ever land on a Nintendo system seems pretty damn newsworthy
@KingBowser86 What was wrong with Fire Emblem? Not asking to be a troll, just legitimately asking since I had never played any of the Fire Emblem games before "Three Houses" and I adored that one.
@Coach_A I guess it's time for me to reply officially to this, as the majority of your comments in 2020 have been about the fact that we haven't covered Risk of Rain 2 enough on the site.
I'm sure you've noticed, but there are lots and lots of games coming to the eShop every single week – so many, in fact, that we can't possibly give coverage to them all. That sadly means we have to be very picky about what titles we give coverage to.
Risk of Rain 2 has had more coverage than the vast majority of third-party and indie games hitting the Switch over the past year or so – it got a review and several news stories, so to accuse us of ignoring it is not just unfair, it's totally untrue.
Sadly, the traffic related to RoR2 news coverage hasn't been great, so we have to focus our limited energies elsewhere. A quick glance at Google Analytics shows that Zelda: Breath of the Wild – despite being 3 years old – is of much, much more interest to the average web user than Risk of Rain 2 is. The same can be said for The Witcher 3 and Fortnite, two other massive titles which you've taken issue with us covering over RoR2.
There are plenty of other games which are getting regular updates that we simply cannot give coverage to at the moment; our news team is essentially three people, and two of those people (myself and Liam) have other tasks within the network. We select things to cover based on the kind of return and impact they will have, and sadly, covering RoR2's update now wouldn't give a return on that investment of time.
As I said, we reviewed it and gave it a positive score, which is more than most sites did with the Switch version. Let's move on.
@AlexSwitch10 Thinking mostly of how the game is less about a potentially intriguing war or conflict, and now far more of a VN / dating sim.
The game did have a few design missteps which I believe are best summarized in this small reddit thread (with people that can speak to it better than I can):
@KingBowser86 Breath of the Wild is a masterpiece and deserving of all of it's praise just like Skyrim was a masterpiece back in the day and still is. Btw the Zelda team has listened to all the criticism directed towards BotW and previous Zelda titles. BotW is the product of the fans demanding a less linear Zelda game after Skyward Sword. The best game on the system and the best console launchgame of the century deserves attention.
Am i the only one who is going to miss trawling through comment sections to see how many times, and in what way, Coach_A will try to shift discussion towards Risk of Rain 2??
@KingBowser86 I kinda agree with you, the Switch is a very basic system compared to it's predecessors and I'm hoping the next Nintendo system is more like the 3DS or Wii U in terms of features. The only real thing the Switch has going for it is it's library but even then, most of those games are available on other systems and offer better performance and visuals.
As for Breath of The Wild, it is very overrated, on GameFAQs it won game of the decade, beating out Minecraft, a game used in schools and has influenced dozens of other titles.
@BTB20 From what I've seen, most of the praise for Skyrim is actually for the mods, all of which are unofficial and not part of the base game. Not trying to say Skyrim is bad, but most people always mention mods when talking about Skyrim.
@Tourtus Skyrim mods are cool, but what the game has going for imo it the wealth of content and freedom of choice. That's what I liked about it.
Btw Breath of the Wild is also an influence for many titles that are releasing now, like Genshin Impact and Immortals: Fenyx Rising and it is basically the first open air game. While Minecraft is randomly generated in BotW every detail was created separatly with a lot of care. Also the physics system is borderline revolutionary. There are always people that say that the highest rated products in any industry, wether it be games, books or movies are overrated, but I only rarely agree.
I bet there are people who think your favorite game is overrated or bad, even if it actually isn't. Breath of the Wild gets a lot of praise for it's innovation and it deserves it imo, it's my favorite game. Minecraft is awesome but that doesn't change how great BotW is.
@bluemage1989 your username reminds me of the nanocharge attack from the mage character, Artificer, in the little-known indie title Risk of Rain 2
@BTB20 This is precisely the attitude I'm talking about. Nevermind the lack of fleshing out of NPC villages, or the glitches, or the unintended ways of completing shrines (I don't expect Nintendo to be able to control for player-discovered exploits in the overworld, but shrines are enclosed), or the unrelenting and immersion-breaking thirst of every other female in the game for Link, or the absolute lack of gravitas in...well, anything about the game, varying from the lack of temples to the countless items' awkwardly-outdated durability system to the almost-futility of defeating Calamity Ganon given the circumstances.
Nevermind those things, no, let's just praise the game nonstop because Nintendo's marketing spend demands that we do.
@KingBowser86 I only dicovered two glitches each once, don't know what you're talking about in that regard. Your opinion is your opinion, doesn't change that I and many others think that BotW is one of the best games of all time.
But yes you're right that the villages aren't really fleshed out that much. The player-discovered exploits are a product of the complicated physics system and imo are just another way to complete the shrines, since there already are many other ways to do so. I'm not praising the game because someone demands to do so but because I want because it's my favorite game and because I don't like people saying that something legitimately good is overrated. You just see tons of stuff as bigger problems than I think they are.
Btw I think FE: TH is a very good game even if it doesn't push the franchise in any direction as much as you think it should. After Awakening got universal acclaim Intelligent Systems obviously would stick to that formula just like Nintendo did with Zelda after Ocarina of time.
@Coach_A I get it, you like Risk of Rain 2...
And i thought the regular expert mode or whatever it was called was just too damn hard. This just seems like torture lol.
@Coach_A Its already too late to make a article on it now, update already came out and they clearly didnt make a article for it as said. Its not like they did a article for the previous updates from the roadmap either I guess...
I really don´t get it WHY DOES NINTENDO LIFE SHARE SO MUCH ABOUT ILLEGAL MODS, HOMBREW, ROMS, etc????
Is like giving people who are on the illegal site of the videogames biz a plattform and voice to be heard.
@BTB20 Your experience with the game isn't the same as everyone else's just like mine isn't. And I didn't say it was terrible. It's a small step in the right direction (albeit two steps back). Hyrule Field is an adventure with meaningful combat and exploration like the top-down games, at last. But it came at several heavy costs. I can only hope BotW2 winds up balancing BotW's approach with the traditional formula (ALBW's "Choose Your Item" blazes at least one trail for that to be made possible) and breaks the pedestal on which BotW sits (should have had better durability).
@zocker-hias maybe because mods and emulators themselves aren't illegal.
"A quick glance at Google Analytics shows that Zelda: Breath of the Wild – despite being 3 years old – is of much, much more interest to the average web user than Risk of Rain 2 is."
Taking "Risk of Rain 2" just as a placeholder here, do I have to conclude: clicks over reporting news? Reporting news on a very selective (i.e. economically) base?
@Ambermoon No, my point is that people are more interested in Zelda / Fortnite / Witcher 3 than they are of RoR2 (which was Coach-A's original question). A site which only reports on stuff that people aren't interested or engaged with isn't going to last very long.
Probably you are right with your last sentence as news nowadays have a very short expiration time. Being late on reporting the more asked information (or, even worse, ignoring them) would be like suicide in the long run.
On the other hand, reporting about smaller topics, being of interest for only a small group doesn't mean that you would/should be "a site which ONLY reports on stuff that people aren't interested or engaged with".
Nobody wants you to do only such news coverage but also report these topics being of interest for smaller groups (again: with many small projects out there taking the mentioned RoR2 just as placeholder). This diversity in news coverage would make NL a place to go for such groups and make NL more interesting for existing longtime readers.
Though I myself really like BotW, I often enough wonder if there's nothing else then the 99th BotW news, especially with mods being something you can only use with a (totally unofficially, of course) mod for the game. Can get exhausting. I know I don't have to read these articles, and I often enough ignore them, but I not do visit NL for getting the chance to ignoring articles but to get informed about a diversity of topics, being it software or hardware.
Just my two cents.
@Ambermoon I think, given that we're a Nintendo-focused site, we do a pretty good job of offering up a diverse range of topics. We offer exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, hands-on hardware reviews, retrospectives of classic titles and professional-standard video content – all in addition to the regular news and reviews we provide. I like to think we've got the balance right, and the site's amazing growth over the past few years appears to back that up.
So now wouldn't be a good time to mention "Risk of Rain 2"? Lol.
On a serious note, I've never heard of the game until the comments in this post. Also BOTW and any/all coverage of it is welcome in my book. My favorite game a in a long time.
Keep up the good work NintendoLife!
sheesh thats alot of bad monsters rip link.
Is it even possible to beat a gold Lynel early in the game?
After BotW Nintendo should add more difficulty levels like what FromSoftware’s did with Dark Souls.
@LinktotheFuture Yes, with bombs and/or other Sheikah Slate runes.
@Bret Must be a lot of bombs!
@Coach_A Mods are usually not illegal since they are not shared with the original game. They are just "patches" you apply to the game you supposedly dumped yourself.
"Breath of the Wild is a masterpiece and deserving of all of it's praise just like Skyrim was a masterpiece back in the day and still is."
We are talking about the Skyrim that was full of bugs at launch and relied on the work of modders to patch most of them?
Yeah both games are pretty overrated.
I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Risk of Rain games, but never tried them. Its definitely not like the Wii U days, where there was time to talk about even the most minor indie games. The eShop is an explosion and a nightmare to get through, even just the sales section. I have to really dig just to find a game that interests me on sale; and get on YouTube to make sure it isn’t crap before I waste a dollar on it. Like Overlanders, for instance. A lot of us barely have time to play the good games, much less try all the others. I can see how the guys who run the site can be overwhelmed nowadays. I also hate how I have to check all my games for software updates periodically. They don’t automatically install like they should.
Hearing about mods can be interesting, and I’m sure a game filled with Golden Lynels would be hilarious and intense for about 5 minutes... I don’t think this is something I would do to my Zelda game. Lol. I did like the articles where people made their own dungeons and stuff...
@KingBowser86 Well, not all female characters are into Link. There’s that one Gerudo lady that asks him to marry her, but then says she’s just joking because he’s too scrawny and she’s worried she would accidentally break him in half from hugging him too tightly. There’s also that Sheikah that initially likes Link, but eventually gets creeped out by him because he keeps following her around at night.
@Euler Thus the hyperbolic "every other woman."
@LinktotheFuture Oh god, totally. But it is possible haha
@Bret I think this would be too difficult to be fun for me.
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