Bringing a random topic to you today, I talk a little bit about how one video game can dampen the experience of another. My personal story involves Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. After completing Horizon in its entirety, it was hard for me to enjoy Breath of the Wild. I think mainly because I was subconsciously comparing the two games.

Brett Medlock
Brett Medlock is Nintendo Enthusiast's Editor-in-chief. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll

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    1. I played Horizon after I finish Zelda and the two games don’t compare to each other. They are just two totally different games.

      Horizon was great, but I got so frustrated at times because I had to find “climb spots” – it made me appreciate BotW’s freedom of exploration way more. I am waiting for the day when more open-world games take influence from BotW.

      BotW is more open-ended than Horizon, too. Horizon may have had a large playing field, but the main quest path was still pretty linear. I could see myself replaying BotW and trying a completely different progression path than before, but I couldn’t see myself replaying Horizon because the path will pretty much always be the same.

      Combat is more satisfying in Horizon, since the bigger enemy battles are intense every time – at least, I never approached larger enemy battles with any less caution then the first time, even going so far as to avoid the battle all together. With BotW, bigger enemies become a joke in the end-game and I had no problems wiping the floor with them.

      Great games, but totally different experiences and they both have their strengths and weaknesses.

      I do think BotW wins out overall. I still return to the game from time to time just to try to find more Korok Seeds because they are so well-hidden. Horizon, not so much – which is a shame because it is a damn good game too.

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