@BraveOne, @Field8, @Struggling88 and @AKB: Thank you all for the warm welcome. I truly appreciate it! It makes me feel good to know that this community is still such a caring place.
and to answer AKB’s questions about Zelda (thank you so much ): I played the old Zelda games too, and seeing the evolution of this series has been incredible. For one, the graphics have gradually improved so much, particularly in recent years. Ocarina of Time (‘96/‘97 I think?) was the series’ first 3D debut. After that many of the games have featured 3D graphics. Majora’s Mask is considered by many to be the best Zelda game, and I agree! It’s absolutely amazing. Twilight Princess was my favorite, though, because it was the first one I played and the one that got me hooked on the series. They’ve taken a lot of different twists and turns and added a lot of depth to the characters over time.
Breath of the Wild has topped my favorites list from the moment I started playing. It’s the first open-world Zelda game, with so much freedom to do the stories in any order you choose. You could fight the main boss in the first 30 minutes if you wanted, or you can save that until you finish all the side quests, or whatever you’d like to do. This is one of the first where they had actual voices aside from small noises, and the voice acting is pretty good! There’s a ton of diversity in character designs and personalities, and the main characters are SO fleshed out, it’s amazing. Zelda is more than just a captured princess or a goal to find in the game, her personality is so complex and her expression is so diverse. In the memories you can discover her interests and her aspirations and sorrows joys, which is such a unique thing. Even Link, the guy who has never spoken in a Zelda game, has a distinct personality in this game. You get to choose some short dialogue options for him to talk with others, which means you have a choice in how you interact with characters and that’s just amazing tbh. BotW also has the most stunning graphics and soundtrack of any Zelda game I’ve ever played. I’ve played 120+ hours and there are still moments that just take my breath away.
As for monsters, absolutely. Skyward Sword introduced some new ones, which BotW kept a few. I feel like BotW has the most monsters out of any of the Zelda games, because not only do you have tons of different species, they can also attack with elements and their color determines how difficult they are and how much damage they deal. But I may just be deceived by how they’re literally everywhere. The older Zelda games had a commonality that while the bosses could be tough, most of them were pretty easy to beat, but BotW kinda shook that up with the main bosses as well as some of the mini bosses.
In short, if you have the ability, you should give one of the newer ones a shot! They’ve gotten increasingly elaborate and BotW is particularly captivating. (And thank you for indulging me :’D)