Practical Tchia: Zelda: Breath of the Wild exploration meets Journey’s soothing vibes


Tchia understands that the destination is not important – it’s how you get to where you want to go that really matters. There’s a freedom to Tchia’s underlying design that’s immediately appealing, especially considering the expanse and beauty of the tropical open world that developer Awaceb has so lovingly created. An awe-inspiring archipelago that immediately puts the mind at ease, especially in those (fortunately frequent) moments when you see the sun gently setting behind a blanket of blue ocean, hear the whisper of the wind gently rusting through the trees , or soar gracefully in cloudless skies like a bird.

After playing Tchia, I’m not sure I really understand what it’s for, but I’m also not sure I care that much. What’s clear is that Tchia has a strong sense of identity, its prioritization of movement and locomotion helping to set it apart from other sandbox games already available. The exploration is fantastic enough that you can actually enter a state of flux as you gain momentum. Gliding across beautiful open plains, catapulting between bent trees and gracefully scaling mountain peaks is an absolute delight, as is the freedom to stalk to any point of interest that catches your eye after a brief sweep of the horizon.

Screenshot of Chia

(Image credit: Keppler Interactive)

Of course, Awaceb has crafted a heartfelt narrative to continue in Tchia – one directly inspired by the cultures of New Caledonia – although right now it’s fun to do something else. Many games released in the wake of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild indulged in free climbing systems, which let you climb anything in the world without restriction, and open navigation, you allowing you to gain momentum with physics-based objects. you, even if Tchia goes even further.

“Soul Jump is one of Tchia’s special abilities, which allows you to take control of any object or animal they can find in the open world,” says creative director Phil Crifo, who teases that there are over 30 animals and hundreds of items to own. – helping with everything from puzzle solving to treasure hunting to exploration. “For example, it can be super useful for locomotion, to move faster, but animals also have special abilities.” For the record: Yes, you can Soul Jump in a dog; yes, the dog has an adorable digging animation that can help you dig up buried treasure; and no, I didn’t find any NPC willing to pet me.

Take some time to rest

Screenshot of Chia

(Image credit: Keppler Interactive)

There are many moments of my time with Tchia that I could highlight as a highlight – it slowed my breathing and calmed my mind worried about the world around me – although I wanted to focus on the ukulele. It’s a tool Tchia can use at any time, which developer Awaceb has recreated with startling precision. Eight chords can be plucked, and when played in the right progressions create soothing melodies that can be easily recreated in real life if you feel the urge. You can also learn four-chord soul melodies, which have a direct impact on the world around you – attracting specific animals for you to soul hop, changing the time of day, or altering the weather. around you. Tchia is as impressive soaked in the sun as she is when covered in rain; I can’t wait to return to this world.

For me, the ukulele is a strange reflection of Tchia as a concept. It’s easy to create dissonance with the instrument, but if you’re willing to spend time learning its intricacies, it’s capable of creating real beauty – it’s harmonious when a chord pattern comes together. That’s also true for Tchia, where its disparate systems and open gameplay should clash with each other, but if you take the time to slow down, learn the lay of the land, and are willing to explore, beauty is born out of its unlimited opportunity.

Tchia is one of our most anticipated upcoming ps5 gamesand it’s also slated to launch on PC and PS4 in 2023.


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