Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64 is a distant (albeit vivid) memory from many years ago and re-living the experience in its new updated form on the 3DS was loads of fun. It’s ironic how much better this game looks on the small screen of a portable device, but this really is the best way to play this classic as of now.
It makes a lot of sense to remake and update a game that gamers tend to replay multiple times and in this case the new Zelda is a pleasure to look at. The colours and the detail have brought Ocarina of Time into the present from the late 90s and I particularly liked the changes made to character design. Link and his friends now look a bit like anime characters, which I think suits Zelda quite well; although it’s not hard to find opinions to the contrary from fans who thought this is too different from the original. Slight modifications have been made to gameplay to make good and creative use of the touch screen as well. Since my memories of the original have somewhat faded I couldn’t really see the gameplay contrast between new and old, but I sure thought the second screen was a very useful feature of the game. And there is of course the stereoscopic 3D… I have no interest in playing Ocarina of Time or any other game in 3D, that switch is permanently off on my 3DS XL.
In most other ways, this is the same classic game from over ten years ago. Ocarina of Time is difficult but never frustrating with having an uncanny ability to allow the player to find the solution to puzzles just before it would become tempting to ask Google for the answer. The dungeon design is immersive, with each having distinct qualities and themes. Forest Temple is by far my favourite, it was so when I played it over ten years ago and it still is today. Although not one of the most challenging ones; this dungeon has music, design and atmosphere that makes me want to go back and visit even after completion. The Gorons are as cool and chilled out as ever, these friendly creatures might be the most delightful characters in the entire Zelda franchise.
Re-living a treasured childhood memory is always great and this was especially interesting as the graphical update made it the same but a little bit different. If you played Ocarina of Time on the N64, you’re gonna have a blast with Ocarina of Time 3D. This new world of Hyrule is breathtakingly beautiful, making the original somewhat pale by comparison. Perhaps someday there will be an HD release as well; this surely is the game that deserves a high-res display on a big screen TV.
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