I started playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild today.
The last Zelda game I played for the first time was Ocarina of Time on the N64, basically 25 years ago.
In BotW, Link wakes up after 100 years of sleep, remembering nothing.
This is pretty much how I feel too.
So far, I don’t want to do the main quest at all, I just want to wander around and interact with things and discover things on my own. Still, I’m basically following the game’s directions prompting me to go here, do this, do that. But mainly I just want to walk around slowly, taking in the sights, and observe the environment changing over time as the weather changes, time passes, etc.
I have avoided reading spoilers and instructions for the most part, but of course I have read/watched some reviews, and have a spotty understanding of what to expect.
I know that I’m confined to an area of the world called the Great Plateau at first, so I haven’t tried to climb down off of it. I’ve run around the plateau and tried to find things. One of the first things I did after leaving the cave where Link wakes up is meet an old man who was sitting by a fire. He is friendly and gave me some information about things that I can do in the world. I can sit by the fire to pass time, and I can cook things in the fire — I cooked an apple.
I have rudimentary clothing from the place where I woke up, and all I have for a weapon is a tree branch. I feel like if I get into anything with this armament that I will be in trouble, so I’m avoiding fights with random monsters for now. I hope I can explore a bit and discover a better weapon, or some armor, or at least some items that can heal me before I get into any big fights.