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David Jaffe Inspired by Zelda

Posted by Adam Russell

God of War producer would like to re-design his flagship series with more “Zelda 64” elements

David Jaffe, producer of the hit PlayStation-exclusive series God of War has revealed on his Twitter account that if he were to remake the series now he would like to include more elements inspired by “Zelda 64.”

If I were to do GOW now, I would do GOW meets ZELDA 64 structure. Much more interested in immersive games now vs. scripted experiences.

I think Zelda open world+GOW puzzles/combat=pretty good mash. Many other games have mash'd that up.

Not to imply I don't love GOW. I DO very much. But I just would not design it the same way now, in 2010.

We’ve always known what masterpieces Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask are but it’s nice to hear that they can still inspire game design more than a decade on.


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koopa85 said:

David Jaffe is one of the few "Western" developers that I admire for being creative and not following in other western developers footsteps with another First-Person Shooter.



CanisWolfred said:

That's interesting. Reminds me how the new Ninja Gaidens were influenced by Ocarina of Time...according to a source I can no longer find, hold on.



astarisborn94 said:


But seriously, it's nice to hear that someone that's making a game not on a Nintendo platform actually inspire it from a classic masterpiece from Nintendo.



CanisWolfred said:

@Super Smash Bros. Fan

I don't think he's saying that God of War was inspired by Ocarina of Time. He's just saying that if he could remake the series, or perhaps the next series he starts, he would make it more like Ocarina of Time.



SwerdMurd said:

This is honestly the only change I would make to the GoW series. The combat is always great/fun/wonderfully varied (in terms of mob type/quantity--great design) but the puzzles are a bit too throw-away. After playing GoW 3 demo it doesn't look like this is gonna change...

I don't see any other reason he couldn't incorporate some Zelda-ism into his next IP though



BL_Donth said:

I just got GOW2 but I haven't played it yet so I don't know what the puzzles are like.



Vinsanity said:

Wonder if he's looking forward to playing Darksiders then; a game a LOT of people have basically called a mash up of God of War and Zelda with great comic book art. I know I'm looking forward to that one - gotta beat all my PS3 Christmas games first though:)



Vinsanity said:

@donth8theplaya: The puzzles in GOW2 suck. Flat out suck. Whoever designed that one is clearly lacking from whoever did the puzzles for the first game, or whoever did the puzzles at Ready at Dawn for GOW: Chains of Olympus.
I remember there was this one puzzle i got stuck on that was a)before a checkpoint - which should never happen. IF you're going to get stuck on a puzzle, it should be after you save. And b) it involved Kratos having to throw a body into a "sewer" so that it would float around to the other side of the chamber you're in. Problem is, there was no grating/opening modeled, just water with crap flowing through it. If you don't know it's a sewer, how is there anything to solve? Also, the whole point of it was because Kratos couldn't step over a half-foot or so of spikes to just carry the body to where it needed to be anyway - artificial constraints suck in games. GOW2 is full of puzzles with artificial constraints and weird logic. They suck.



Mike1 said:

I love the God of War series. Now David Jaffe has earned even more respect in my eyes. The morons who run Sony could take a page out of his book instead of just bashing everything that has to do with Nintendo.



CanisWolfred said:


...when has Sony bashed Nintendo? I don't think I've ever heard them once say anything unpleasant towards them. Any particular sources and or quotes you could direct me to?



Magicpegasus said:

I don't like the way GOW relies so heavily on scripted events, especial the "interactive" cut scenes. Just let me watch the scene without worrying about giant shapes popping up! An overworld for Kratos to explore atop Pegasus would be awesome. Shadow of the Colossus with regular sized baddies to whoop up on too.



Mike1 said:

@18. Mickeymac
I don't feel like looking for them, but there have been several on this site in the past few months. Sony's VP Jack Tretton does it all the time even though the guy is a complete jack@$$.



Ricardo91 said:

It would nice to see more Ocarina of Time-esque elements make their way into GoWIII. So far it's just looking to be more of the same. Not that that's a bad thing, but the series could use a little spicing up at this point.

Seeing Jafee taking inspiration from such a wonderful classic makes him even more awesome.



CanisWolfred said:


Fine, if you won't do a general search, then I will.


Okay, in about 30 seconds I found this:

"JH: The other point, I think, to what Peter said earlier, is that PlayStation products tend to be at the living room hub. Even if folks are playing the Wii and have a PS3, the Wii tends to stay in the closet, and the PS3 is…

PD: Yeah, I don’t want to steal [CEO] Jack [Tretton]’s quote, but he’s fond of saying: “Microsoft owns the office; Sony owns the living room; and Wii owns the closet.” And that’s an aggressive, probably quotable line."

Okay, I'll give you that - it's a stupid, nonsenscicle quote that he probably thinks is clever. In fact, it's hilarious how stupid it is: who plays the Xbox 360 in their office? who plays the Wii in the clos- wait, what that a mastrubation joke? Either way, it's still golden!

...but one stupid quote made in passing is not nearly enough. Now lets see if we can find some more!

EDIT: I couldn't. That was literally all I could find on this guy. I mean, if you can find some others, that'd be great, but otherwise I'd have to say you're being a bit too quick to judge.



Mike1 said:

@23. Mickeymac
I wasn't just refering to Jack Tretton, I was talking about Sony Execs as a whole. They always bash the Wii. Type in "sony" in the search bar at the top of the page, and listed there are several articles where Sony cuts down the Wii like when they say all of the Wii's success is because of the PS3. Honestly, I love my PS2 and PSP, but it really pisses me off when they released the PS3 and assumed people would pay $600 for the system just because they think they are #1. And I have the Nintendo Power and EGM magazines where they flaunted that crap.

By the way. Mr. Jack did a interview in EGM a few years back where he flaunted the PS3's success after launch. He bet the interviewer that if he could walk into any store and find a PS3, Jack would give him $1000. The interviewer said Jack owes him $5000 because he had seen 5 PS3's at a Gamestop. Jack then proceeded to call him a liar. Jack is just an another loser who has no idea what he is talking about.



CanisWolfred said:

Meh, it seems more like they're just trying to hype up their products, like any good business should. I'll have to do a little more investigating(I only looked at the titles. Can't expect much else at 1 a.m.), but until then, I'll just end it with a quick q: why are you upset? How does any of it affect you? And I'm being serious here.



Mike1 said:

I'm not upset, but I'm glad Sony got knocked down quite a bit with the PS3 when the Wii came out. Deep down, I simply want Nintendo to be #1.

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