The itch to travel and escape to a different city or country typically hits me between the spring and summer months. I’m always dreaming of new places I haven’t visited or explored yet. Sometimes I may even get nostalgic for the ones I have been to and decide to plan a trip there again. But current events being what they are right now, travel anywhere in the world is out of the question at the moment and maybe for the rest of the year. How the remainder of 2020 will look like in the next 5 or 9 months depends on how soon it will be considered safe to resume normal life again. While I can’t hop a plane to my next exotic destination any time soon, I’ve taken solace in video games for a bit of escapism. The game I have returned to lately is The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
My progress with the game still remains mostly slow. As Link I’ve been taking my time getting to know Hyrule. Breath of the Wild remains my first and only game I’ve ever played so far, which means I’m entering the series with fresh eyes. While I have a few other Zelda games that were given to me as presents long ago, this one has captured my interest the most with its beautiful graphics and open world, nonlinear gameplay. I like that I can play the game however I want without feeling rushed to move onto the next part of the main story. Eventually I’ll want to move on and see how the story ends, but I’m having too much fun letting Link run through the wide expanse of grassy fields or splashing around the crystal clear streams.
I find myself spending hours finding new apple trees to pick clean, herbs to gather, or new animals to hunt for Link’s next dinner. Every time there is an empty pot over a roaring fire, I’m always eager to discover what new dish Link will make when combining all the new items he has stored in his inventory during the times we scoured the land. It might sound kind of boring, and maybe I’m not playing a Zelda game the way most people would, but I find doing all of this peaceful and relaxing during all the uncertainty happening around us right now.
Playing a few hours of Breath of the Wild has been the ultimate escape for me, and has temporarily quenched my desire to navigate new worlds and places unhindered. My latest discovery is the ability to tame wild horses and make them your riding companion. Seeing all the different type of horses I could tame and later register at a stable made me absolutely obsessed with finding a new horse to add to the growing collection of horses I already registered. So far I’ve caught a black, white, and pink horse and named them Midnight, Grace, and Strawberry respectively. Horses are majestic animals and I love that Link can gain their trust to be his loyal steeds for life. I’m living my best life through Link.
We may be living through scary times right now but I’m so lucky that I can step away from all of that to be someone else. Breath of the Wild has been the perfect game to play while self-isolating and it truly does transport me to a place that’s different from my own. A beautiful locale, the promise of adventure, and meeting new people along your journey? This game has got everything a lady like me could ever hope for!
What video game have you been playing during your extended time indoors?