This review was supposed to come a lot sooner, but due to some trouble with my computer, I’ve had to sit on my hands while I wait for it to get fixed. Fortunately, I have access to other computers, and now that I finally have some free time, I’m here to give you my thoughts and reactions to the highly anticipated Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake in 3D (I am playing this as a fan of the original, so certain criticisms will make reference to the original game). Will it live up to the expectations of fans of the original, or is the Hero of Time past his prime?
Too someone who has never played a Zelda game before, the gameplay may seem pretty good. Not much has changed since the original Nintendo 64 days, but it didn’t need too, as the gameplay still holds up to this day. Everything from Z-Targeting (Which has become L-Targeting) which allows you to focus on one enemy at a time, to the time traveling system that allows for different items to be used when playing as a kid or an adult. Everything still works, and the things that have changed are changed for the better, such as making it easier to switch your iron boots on and off for the dreaded Water Temple.
The controls of the game have not changed much, as the A button still functions as the action button, B is still the sword, etc. The X and Y buttons function much like the C-Buttons did on the N64 controller, allowing for the equipping of weapons, as well as two buttons on the touch screen, allowing for 4 equipped items, as opposed to three on the N64. Ocarina playing is also easier, as the ocarina has it’s own button and does not need to take up one of your iten boxes. Also, one may use both the touch screen or the buttons to play the songs, with the former allowing you to see where the buttons fall on the musical scale, as well as being able to see the song as you are playing it.
Ocarina of Time 3DS has seen a substantial graphical overhaul, which is good, because it is expected for a game being re-released after over ten years. Well everything looks much prettier, the big talk is of the 3D effects added into the game. Turning on the 3D effect makes all of Hyrule seem much bigger, but the effect is wasted when you are playing since more often than not you are focused on link, or the enemy attacking you. I found myself turning off the 3D effects during the game to conserve battery life. Nice try, Nintendo, but it’s much better served in the cutscenes.
Nintendo, you cheap bastards. I thought we were cool, you said new Zelda remake and I thought you meant it, but you were only willing to go halfway, because you know people will buy it based on how pretty it looks. Then we turn on our games only to find that not only have you not recorded new music and sound effects for the game, you went and used the soundbytes ripped directly from the Nintendo 64 game. No orchestral theme to accompany me when I am riding across Hyrule Field, no newly recorded sound effects for link, no ACTUAL ocarina recordings for the ocarina songs. Nintendo, there’s a difference between a remake and a cash-in, and this is the line that separates it. After 13 years, I expected something better, but you can’t hear me, you’re to busy laughing all the way to the bank.
If you’ve ever played a Zelda game, you already know the story. Guy wants to rule the world, fairy guy has to stop him and save the princess. The end. For a more deeper insight, (Spoilers) Link, the kokiri boy who does not have a fairy friend, despite all his friends having one, is sent one by a guardian tree of the forest. The tree tells Link it is his destiny to save the land of Hyrule. After meeting the princess, she tells him that they need three spirtual stones to stop Ganondorf. Link gets all of these and the Ocarina of Time, and opens the door of time. He goes to grab the Master Sword but is put in a deep sleep for seven years. After waking up, Link sees that the whole world has gone to hell, and it is up to him to save everyone, and eventually overthrow Ganondorf. (End Spoilers)
A few interesting twists, but if you’ve had any connection to the gaming world in the last 13 years then you probably already know it.
Despite Nintendo bringing back a beloved game from my childhood and updating it for the 3DS, I just can’t justify telling anyone who has already played this game to buy this barely updated cash-in. On the other hand, if you haven’t ever played Ocarina of Time, it is worth a playthrough, though it will be up to you to decide if updated graphics are worth the price difference of getting on the 3DS, versus getting it off the Wii Virtual Console.
Final Recommendation: Fuck it (Unless you’ve never played it before.)