Game Review

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

This 3DS version isn’t solely about improved graphics though, with feature changes, enhancements and extra content. The controls are a major enhancement, mainly due to the implementation of the touch screen, which now contains key information as well as easy-to-use touch buttons for items and subscreens. Link can now equip four items at once; two with the X and Y buttons, and two with touchscreen buttons. Changing the equipped items, accessing the ocarina, navigating to equipment and map subscreens and listening to Navi are all a simple tap away. Combine this with Circle Pad movement and the intuitive use of L and R for targeting and blocking and it feels like Ocarina of Time has never been easier to play.

The gyroscope functionality of the device has also been utilised for first-person views and aiming projectile weapons. As well as having the option to aim with the Circle Pad, you now have the ability to aim by moving the 3DS itself. We found that gyroscopic aiming worked best with the 3D setting either low or switched off, as the smoothness of movement does take a hit in full 3D, as well as making it a challenge to maintain the viewing "sweet-spot." You may find yourself aiming more and more with the Circle Pad as play progresses, through the motion aiming is particularly worthwhile in mini-games such as horseback archery. Overall, it's a nice touch.

If you’ve played this game before and remember most of its secrets, it will still take you over 20 hours to beat the main adventure, with play time increasing if you seek out all of the secrets and extra items; gamers new to this title will take longer. To provide accessibility and value for all gamers, three key features have been added. First are the "Sheikah Stones," which act as hint movies if you get stuck. They don’t reveal how to beat the whole game, but provide a snapshot as a prompt for progression. In addition, non-playable characters are less oblique with their comments and advice; subtle changes to the dialogue reveal a little more, but you will still need plenty of your own intuition and willingness to explore.

For those who already know this title well, extra content is included to increase the overall value. First, there is a boss "Challenge Mode," unlocked around halfway through the game. This allows you to re-fight a boss whenever you please, and once you’ve progressed far enough there is a very challenging "Gauntlet" level, where you need to defeat all bosses consecutively. Most importantly, once you have beaten the adventure and enjoyed its epic finale, you will be able to restart in Master Quest mode. This mode is the same adventure, but the world is mirrored and the difficulty level is significantly increased: enemies do more damage, puzzles in dungeons are more complex and you really need to focus and play properly to survive. The experience is such that you'll likely have no hesitation in starting Master Quest mode within hours of finishing the main game.

In terms of the overall presentation of the package, the visuals are gorgeously remastered, but while the sound is actually the same soundtrack as the original N64 version it has been cleaned up and polished a great deal, so that the overall quality is a lot higher. There is one beautiful orchestral piece of music included in the end credits; while it would have been amazing to have a full-blown orchestral soundtrack within the game, it is a lot to ask on a 2GB game cart. The remastered sound from the original does, however, still stand up well by modern handheld standards. The overall polish of menus is at the same standard as the rest of the title, and the option of three save profiles in both the original and Master Quest adventures is welcome.

Conclusion

As you may have already guessed, this is a title that we wholeheartedly recommend. Beautiful visuals, improved controls, exceptional pacing and engrossing gameplay are all present and correct. The N64 version is an all-time gaming classic, but this is truly the finest edition of Ocarina of Time. Is it absolutely perfect from a technical perspective? Not quite, but it is close to gaming perfection, a classic that has been refined and polished with great care. Time to find a quiet room, plug in some headphones, and get swept away by one of the finest video games ever created.

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User Comments (172)

Aviator

#1

Aviator said:

Wow. A 2 page review. Great review Thomas.

A masterpiece back when it was released and a masterpiece today. Shame Australia doesn't get it for 16 more days.

timp29

#2

timp29 said:

This game wont hit my hands until the 30th. But we all know its going to be brilliant. :D

iphys

#4

iphys said:

Oddly, I had no interest in this game a year ago, but now I'm pretty excited to play this for the first time and in glorious 3D.

timp29

#5

timp29 said:

@iphys I think you are in for a treat. The graphics may be a little rustic by modern standards, but with 3D and the fact it is your first time playing it, I think you should enjoy the game a great deal :)

6ch6ris6

#6

6ch6ris6 said:

@iphys

i wasnt very interested at first either but everybody says "best game evar" so i should definetly check it out now^^

suburban_sensei

#7

suburban_sensei said:

@iphys Yeah, if you have never experienced the game, period, you need to. I know its my favorite game (as well as MANY others) of all time for a reason. I actually just talked a friend into downloading it on the VC, since she has no 3DS, just so she can at least experience the original. She is loving it, and I know you will too.

Shiryu

#9

Shiryu said:

They broke the street date in Portugal, I'm gonna get mine right now. Great review, Thomas.

daznsaz

#10

daznsaz said:

rang game shop yesterday said id heard some people were selling oot ahead of friday didnt work said i can get it friday morning not long though soon be bumping into the owl on way out of village ive forgot loads of it thats a good thing though★

NintyMan

#11

NintyMan said:

Not sure if I'll get it right off the bat, but I will own this game someday. Hyrule Field has to look better than ever, and I don't want to miss seeing it in 3D for nothing. The easy controls are a relief too, because when I played the VC version, it was tedious to keep pressing the start button to change items. Now that a touch screen can take care of that, that should make the game much easier for new players to play.

JeanLuc_Vaycard

#13

JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

Still can't justify paying $40 for a game i have already played to death no matter how beautiful it looks.

Bankai

#14

Bankai said:

Good review, guys.

I haven't been a fan of the Zelda series of recent years,. but this was a true masterpiece. I have the Wii virtual console version, I'm going to get this.

Link79

#15

Link79 said:

Did anyone really expect anything less than a 10/10?
You can't mess with perfection.

Gavin_Rozee

#16

Gavin_Rozee said:

I don't need a review to make me buy it. It's my favourite game of all time and my copy has been despatched :D

TwilightV

#18

TwilightV said:

...

...I take it all of the grotesque edits made to the game throughout it's vast history are present?

NintenDude97

#19

NintenDude97 said:

2 page review? That's a first!
I've never really checked out the Zelda series before, so I might try this out.

pikku

#21

pikku said:

Also, I'm disapointed to hear that the frame rate dips a tad when the 3D effect is on, how much does it drop exactly? It's not a deal breaker for me obviously, just a bit disappointing.

Link79

#22

Link79 said:

@ pikmaniac02
I believe he's referring to the altered fire Temple music, The mirror shields design change and Ganon spurting green blood instead of red.
They were minor changes but it's still nice to own the original unchanged N64 version. :)

RudysaurusRex

#23

RudysaurusRex said:

HOLEE CRAP! 2 pages and a ten out of ten. Thats a first for the 3Ds. (Probably the last for a while, too.)

CapedGodot

#24

CapedGodot said:

This is ridiculous. I can't say I didn't expect a ten, but I can say that I don't think it deserves it. The original version is probably the second most boring Zelda game I've played, surpassed only by the original (and I've played Zelda II.) I doubt that the enhanced visuals did anything to fix that. I'd say this deserves a 7, or perhaps an 8 at most. (For those who may be wondering, my favorite Zelda game is Twilight Princess.)

pikku

#25

pikku said:

@Link Oh, right. I was thinking he was refering to gameplay changes or something haha, those don't really affect anything. But I imagine they might've kept the red blood considering that one of the ESRB's content descriptors is animated blood, and that wouldn't bee too much blood to show in an E10 rated game. But then again green blood also falls under the animated blood category as well, so i guess we'll have to wait and see :P

Dodger

#26

Dodger said:

This game deserves a 10 out of 10. I would recommend this game to anyone who hasn't played OoT before, in fact, I have convinced a friend to get it. The graphics look great, the 3D looks great but I can't convince myself to pay $40 or so for a game that I already have, have finished and am playing again and still having fun. I would of gotten this in a heartbeat over Pilotwings at launch, but I can save my $40 for Super Mario which is new.

So I'm happy about this game, but I think I'll stick with the VC version for now.

pikku

#27

pikku said:

@dodger if you were a REAL fan of the game the VC version wouldn't be enough for you. :O
BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT

TwilightV

#28

TwilightV said:

Link79 got it. If edits needed to be made, that's fine, but they could at least look for some consumer input so the end result isn't as off-putting as it has been. I know what i'm typing in my Club Nintendo survey. :P

Link79

#29

Link79 said:

I understand why the Fire temple music and Ganon's blood were changed but what was wrong with the mirror shield?
I never figured that one out.

DrCruse

#30

DrCruse said:

Most overrated game of all time in my honest opinion. I know everyone disagrees, but I find it to be incredibly boring, It just isn't fun at all!

DazzaAdmin

#32

Dazza said:

Great review @ThomasBW84 - with a game as legendary as this it's hard to know where to start! You've done a great job in summing it up so well.

Credit to Grezzo and Nintendo for ensuring that Link's transition to the 3DS was as smooth as possible. Zelda fans deserve no less :-)

HandheldGuru97

#34

HandheldGuru97 said:

Fantastic review, also I was right! I knew you'd guys would give this a 10! This Sunday it will be my first time playing and owning this game, also it will be my 3rd Zelda title bought in the month of June. :P

TwilightV

#35

TwilightV said:

The replacement symbol used on the Mirror Shield actually made it difficult for me to aim with it if I recall. Shame, because the aim with the Slingshot, Bow and Hookshot were much improved using the Wii's Classic Controller.

iPruch

#37

iPruch said:

I think it does not deserve a 10/10. A well-done REMAKE would, but not this remastered version. But this does not mean is a bad game, in fact is very funny and it offers this "Zelda-magic" touch that no other game could, but I would give it a 9/10 because it could be much better with the 3DS capabilities.

TKOWL

#38

TKOWL said:

Hmm, maybe this just might be the first 3D Zelda I'll have the patience to beat.

Winter

#39

Winter said:

I reserved for this at cdon.com. Do you think it will come at launch day?

I have yet to complete it. I waited for this version when I heard the news.
I said to my friends once : if only I could play it on the go (probably not)
And here it is!! Amazing!

pixelman

#41

pixelman said:

Haha nice, the 3DS's first 10 in its first couple months. A promise of things to come, I hope. B-)

If all goes well I'll pick this up next week. I'm really excited to play this since I never did finish the original. :3

Issun

#42

Issun said:

I have it in my hands and been playing for a bit : Awesome game indeed ^^ Besides, the Two game boxes I received are both awesome ^^

Spoony_Tech

#43

Spoony_Tech said:

My favorite game of all time!! Only few have come close to this master piece. With that said I understand its not everyone cup of tea. Not every game is for everyone. However I do believe if you like adventure games at the very least you should give it a try. 10/10 is to low a score for this game. We need a higher score for something as timeless as this. It has aged well and still very fun to this very day. Now where's my Mario 64 3ds version!?

@pixelman Let me know if this version is a better fit for you. I understand what you said about giving you a headache back in the day. Goldeneye did that for me and I never finished that as well. This is truly an epic game.

ThomasBW84Admin

#44

ThomasBW84 said:

Thanks for the comments so far, I'll try and clarify a few queries that have come up so far:

@TwilightV - now that I know what you're referring to, in terms of changes from the original then yes, those changes are still there. Ganon's blood, mirror shield and fire temple music are all in their altered state. All are absolutely fine, in my opinion!

@picmaniac02 - Regarding the framerate in 3D; as said in the review, there is a slight dip. Running around in most environments is almost exactly the same, while some busier areas show a slightly bigger drop. It's never game-breaking, and the full 3D framerate is still a major improvement on the PAL original on the N64. Honestly, even with full 3D, the game still flows with a good framerate.

@vonseux - The water temple is challenging, and I got lost a few times. That said, some indicators have been added to simplify it a little, and the issue with selecting iron boots is no more thanks to the touch screen controls. This temple (and some of the others) are still tough, but issues with controls are resolved.

I played through the whole game before writing the review, it was that engrossing. That also meant I could have a look at the Master Quest, which looks like it will be excellent with the increased challenge and rejigged temples. Even though this game has been played before, this version is, in my opinion, worth the experience. For those who haven't played it, play it now!

Wildfire

#46

Wildfire said:

I´ve already bought mine yesterday! It's just wonderful to go back and revisit hyrule all over again specially with the new improved looks!! The menu on the touchscreen really turns the gameplay more fluid and I love using the gyroscope to look around! :) For me, Ocarina of time still is the best game ever made!

Morpheel

#47

Morpheel said:

6 files :O wow that's a new for a zelda game :D

Great review, i can't wait to receive my copy (and register it at Club Nintendo ASAP)!

Knux

#50

Knux said:

Score is WAY too low! It should be a 100/10 at least! Anyway, awesome review and I can't wait to get my hands on OOT 3D this Sunday! :D

Kit

#51

Kit said:

What only 10/10, I'd have given it at least 12/10!

Yippie, only 3 more days to go!!! If you ain't got a 3DS you'd better get one pronto!

warioswoods

#52

warioswoods said:

I'm still crossing my fingers in hope that a Master-Quest-unlocking cheat code will appear on the web in the next week. If so, day one purchase. If not... I'll have to think about it.

Blaze

#54

Blaze said:

well, what were we all expecting? 9.9? As if, it's a masterpiece. Anyone who dosen't give OOT a 10 is a.... well, i'll leave those thoughts in my own mind.

KrazyBean

#55

KrazyBean said:

Can't wait for Thursday (I pre-ordered it from GAME so that I can get it a day earlier!!).

=D

jerryo

#56

jerryo said:

i would prefer it to be with seriously updated graphics but keep the same gameplay. but so be it!

zeeroid

#57

zeeroid said:

Bought a 3DS on day one in anticipation of this and this alone. Haven't even purchased an actual game for the system yet. But Ocarina of Time shall be mine on Sunday. Hope I get that soundtrack CD!

LuWiiGi

#58

LuWiiGi said:

Never played the original, so for me this is about as must-have as it gets.

Dynetheous

#59

Dynetheous said:

i envy you first timers:P i cant wait for next week, i plan on rushing through the regular mode then im gonna do everything in the master quest cause i never played it before.

ZEROGAME53

#60

ZEROGAME53 said:

Even though I own the original for the N64, i'm still gonna get this on day 1 and beat the game all over again :)

Crunc

#61

Crunc said:

I tried to play this on the N64 and didn't get far. I like my Zelda games 2D, and I don't mean 2D 3D, I mean 2D.

komicturtle

#62

komicturtle said:

For those disagreeing- A review is an opinion. If someone doesn't agree- well, at least you can agree to disagree... Anyhow.

Even though I enjoyed OoT, I still prefer Oracle of Ages, Windwaker and Minish Cap. I'll be picking this up before the other stores (such as Gamestop) opens at 12PM.

A very special store ;)
So I can get that CD on Club Nintendo!

Rensch

#66

Rensch said:

The best game ever back then, still the best game ever now and even better than ever. Life is good. No matter how many times I've played through this game, it always brings joy and enchantment. Magnificent in any possible way. What makes this game so special is not just that every detail and little gameplay element is executed tremendously well, but also the fact that they all blend together seamlessly!

Azaris

#67

Azaris said:

ugh let's give a 13 year old game a 10/10 because we gave it that before no real new content to a game i played a 100 times is not 10/10 worthy imo(boss challange and mirror mode aren't enough imo)

emirblade

#68

emirblade said:

Man, I'm gonna do you suggestion and go to a quiet room with my headphones on to play this. Great Review!

Colors

#69

Colors said:

@JirachiFan except better graphics, 3D, and still being one of the all-time best games of all-time. Yeah, that's right, I said all-time twice!

Difool

#70

Difool said:

Amazig review!!
I think best Zelda ever is A Link to the Past for SNES
In Spain is now available on 3ds shop Game Boy´s Zelda Link´s Awakening for just 6 €. I.m going to take this little treasure right now!!!!!!!!!!!

Token_Girl

#72

Token_Girl said:

A couple of questions maybe the reviewer can answer:

1) Are the dungeons in Master Quest the same as the GCN Master Quest? I know the overworld is mirrored, which I don't think was true on the Gamecube. Any other changes from the GCN version?

2) Was anything added (npcs, sidequests, etc.) or changed in the original, or is it kept unchanged)?

Thanks!

Paul4679

#73

Paul4679 said:

Having played the original on N64 over a decade ago, then the 3DS version, Thomas is absolutely right in his review. Zelda: OoT set the benchmark for engrossing, charming, memorable adventure gaming. On the 3DS it has that wonderful "rose tinted glasses" impression, and it plays like a dream. Miss this and rue the day...

robbob88

#74

robbob88 said:

Great review. Saturday (if my local GameStop sells the game early) cannot get here fast enough :D I loved the original and this remastered version should most definitely make me feel like a kid again :)

Doma

#75

Doma said:

I would've likely bought a 3DS for this game if they had only included a few worthwhile extras. Oh well.

Azaris

#76

Azaris said:

@ColorsOfSonic
better graphics and 3d are not new content though and giving this a ten is like giving ff vii on psp a 10 did the original deserve it? maybe but the reamake doesn't imo

Tasuki

#78

Tasuki said:

I dont know I already own this game in the original gold cartridge, on the GC Zelda Collectors Edition and the VC I dont need another copy of it. The only reason I might pick this one up is if you can move the camera around a bit more with having to equip the slingshot. Other than that I see no point to buy this game untill it goes down in price.

BTW what was wrong with the original Fire Temple music?

JebbyDeringer

#79

JebbyDeringer said:

"Is it absolutely perfect from a technical perspective? Not quite, but it is close to gaming perfection"

This line says it all. A 10/10 is impossible given your conclusion. Still I liked the review. The graphics look great though it's a shame about the sound, I wasn't impressed with the sound all that much when the game came out.

default12345

#81

default12345 said:

I wasn't going to buy this. But since I have read this review and watched the 3D trailer on my 3DS I've changed my mind. I haven't played this before so I'm hoping it is worth it.

LordJumpMad

#82

LordJumpMad said:

OoT is great and all but,
It still falls dull to one of the best Zelda games ever made.
and that is Zelda II.
Whst? it is a great game

Milkman-123

#85

Milkman-123 said:

-armoredghor
yes it is a remake, but it has improved graphics, 3D affects, less tedious controls, a cleaner top screen, a masterquest feature, a ' fight the boss after you defeated him when ever you want ' feature, ' vision ' rocks, horseback combat, new dungeans, AND more. i think nintendo is memaking the classic OoT because people who werent able to get their hands on one before can get a remastered version right now. i hope to see more of that in the Majora's Mask remake. o3o

jerryo

#86

jerryo said:

"Windwaker and Minish Cap"

that is all. Ocarina was a huge game a great first! but i feel that the above mentioned games made a huge positive refreshing difference!

Especially Minish Cap with its amazing gameplay mechanics! i wish they remake it in 3D!!!! it would be so awesome!

i understand it is very hard for anyone to give anything less than 9 to this game.. for the fear of hardcore fans alone.. but seriously.. even on the video the frame rate was droping. especially when i see someone saying "honestly" before he starts saying something... also the improved textures.. well in many places they didn't seem so much improved to me.

this game is a must buy for all those who have not played the original or the later versions.. and the control improvements alone are a reason for someone who has played them all before to give it a go considering the lack of any serious hack and slash adventures... but... please ftlog no more remakes of ocarina.

ThomasBW84Admin

#88

ThomasBW84 said:

@Token_Girl - From what I can tell, the Master Quest is the same as on the Gamecube, with the main difference being the 'mirrored' world. It certainly seems to have the same puzzles etc. In terms of extra characters or sidequests, aside from the Boss Challenge mode it's the same content, the only difference being some more helpful dialogue. That might upset some, but it didn't bother me, as I simply enjoyed the visuals, improved frame-rate and controls. I do appreciate that this is a consideration for those thinking about buying the game.

@JebbyDeringer - In defence of the 10, the scoring guide does state for this score that 'no game is ever truly perfect', but is reserved for games 'as close as it can get to perfection' and those that are 'genre defining'. No game is ever perfect, and the scoring policy reflects that. This improves on the original in every way, and I reckon it can be enjoyed by those who've played it before, and most definitely by a new generation playing it for the first time. It's all about opinion, though.

@JerryO - Honestly, I just use honestly as a phrase of speech, no need for Freudian interpretations! Yes, frame rate drops in 3D, but it is barely visible or noticeable 95% of the time, and not an issue the other 5% of the time. It is significantly higher than the original, and from what I understand of the 3DS tech, 3D viewing can only ever be around 30FPS. A 60FPS game in 2D is often halved with 3D fully enabled, I believe it's a result of the 'two images' use of the screen. I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere anyway, and it was certainly explained that way for games such as Street Fighter IV when the device launched.

Tasuki

#92

Tasuki said:

@EvisceratorX: They staff at NL get a copy of the game a few weeks before its released so that they can play it and write their reviews.

CorbsAdmin

#93

Corbs said:

If you can't give this game a 10, you can't give ANY game a 10. They took one of the greatest video games of all time and made it far better in just about every aspect of the game. :D

And we've had the review copies for weeks now. We roll like that too. :D

LEGEND_MARIOID

#94

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Thanks for the extensive revw. Sounds beyond awesome and kind of as good, if not better, than I expected. Makes one want to cry (lol) at the brilliance and beauty...

Cannot wait...

Kid_A

#95

Kid_A said:

Quite honestly I'm wondering how it's going to stack up to Link's Awakening, which I just finished playing for the first time last week. I walked away from it thinking it's the best game in the series. Then again, I've played Ocarina like 50 times so the surprise factor is gone for me.

JimmyWhale

#96

JimmyWhale said:

I didn't expect anything less. I wonder if this'll beat the original's review record...

nasachi

#98

nasachi said:

best - game - evaaaaaa xD

Sony (Vita) will never have a game with a quality like this... not even close, hahaha

Slapshot

#100

Slapshot said:

Fantastic review Thomas!

I don't even remember how long I've had this game paid for! Come-on Sunday! :D

Ultra128

#101

Ultra128 said:

You don't mess with the Zelda series! Link's Awakening on Virtual Console is epic so far. Can't wait to get this awesomesauce!

multivit

#104

multivit said:

I am playing this game for the very first time, so excuse my ignorance - but I find it weird that when I save the game and load it again I always start in my treehouse and not the point where I saved (with all the items collected, though). Has it always been this way?

Btw, Nintendo's promotion partner send me a can ouf of which to grow a Great Deku Tree, let's see what will come out of it...

Deviant_Mugen

#106

Deviant_Mugen said:

Great review, Thomas...

@warioswoods: Likewise. I recently did a 100% play-through of Ocarina on my N64 cart, so I doubt I could be bothered to play through the regular game again in order to unlock Master Quest...

Supremeist

#108

Supremeist said:

20 more dollars and I can afford this game. Great review. I've never ever played a Zelda game in my life, but I'm really interested so I'm downloading the Virtual Console Links Awakening on 3DS eShop.

I'm really excited for Friday!!!!!

GeminiSaint

#109

GeminiSaint said:

@105.multivit:
Yep, that's how it works, unless you save inside a dungeon, in which case you'll start at the beginning of the dungeon.

NX01Trekkie1992

#110

NX01Trekkie1992 said:

I'm impressed that the review cycles through pictures each time, everytime I look at it I get to see new screenshots :D Also, I can't wait til Sunday, totally preordered this game and not gonna put it down til I finish it

TheAmazingRaccoon

#111

TheAmazingRaccoon said:

I loved the water temple in this because it required the most thinking and problem solving. most water temples are heavy on the problem solving. I hope for a water temple in each new Zelda

NX01Trekkie1992

#112

NX01Trekkie1992 said:

@TheAmazingRaccoon I'd have to disagree, I DESPISED that water temple and still haven't quite forgiven Miyamoto for it, that temple was not very well designed, took me two flippin' years to beat, not cool

TeeJay

#113

TeeJay said:

This is one of the few games which I expected to get nothing less than a 10 out of 10. Great review, and job well done, Nintendo.

vdallos

#114

vdallos said:

I own the n64 game and i played it 3 times (complete) i was doubing of getting this copy but the 3ds trailer and this review are changing my mind

TeeJay

#116

TeeJay said:

@107 You spoiled the experience! I made sure to not play any Zelda 64 titles since I heard about this remake so I'm Zelda-starved and ready to fully enjoy this game...in August. :'(

golephish

#117

golephish said:

Just bought mine at gs today. I can't wait til Friday. I am strongly considering playing through Link's Awakening on the 3ds... how many of you have done / are doing that now?

phoenix1818

#118

phoenix1818 said:

My favourite game of all time. Deserves nothing but a 10/10, despite its very minor flaws. Can't wait to try out the Master Quest Version - in 3D!

GreatCrippler

#119

GreatCrippler said:

8/10 Makes sense. 9/10 I would understand. 10/10 Seems a bit much. I will reserve judgement until I can play it myself, but as great as the 64 one is, it suffers from some major gameplay flaws. ALTTP, and Link's Awakening were both better games. (IMHO) None the less. I will be picking it up on Sunday for sure.

ThomasBW84Admin

#121

ThomasBW84 said:

@multivit - initially, yes, you restart back at the house or at the start of whatever dungeon you've entered. Relatively early in the adventure the game gives you the opportunity to access shortcuts to areas, cutting down on travelling, and there is a skill to find and unlock that also allows you to save at specific points in dungeons. Just keep an eye on clues and on the Sheikah stones, they'll point you towards the most important objects, events etc.

Mr_DSi

#122

Mr_DSi said:

Hey guys, I am interested in this game but have never played any Zelda games before. Should I get it or not?

Late

#124

Late said:

@Mr_DSi - Zelda games are those series that you must try. There's always at least one Zelda game that you like and this is considered as best by many people. Many have also said that it's the best game ever but that is a bit too much. Go and give it a try, you can't get too disappointed.

GameLord08

#125

GameLord08 said:

I- I lived to see it. I've finally seen it. A game finally worthy of a 10/10 review. It's-... it's beautiful. :'(
Nothing has ever been this great since Hitler was shot.

Supremeist

#128

Supremeist said:

Picking this up on release date, I hope they don't go out of stock! I'm also returning Nintendogs + Cats for a refund, I didn't enjoy it much. More of a hardcore gamer. Along the way, I'll probably end up selling SSFIV for another great game like Mario Kart 3D.

sinalefa

#130

sinalefa said:

At GameLord08

C'mon, we had Super Mario Galaxy 2 last year. So mark that as two years in a row.

I will take my time to pick this one up, though.

Holmfry

#131

Holmfry said:

Now that I'm "all grown up" I've learned to be patient when I'm waiting for things to come out.. but for this one, I'm having a very difficult time - reading this review makes it even harder still! 2 more days........ ;)

NotEnoughGolds

#132

NotEnoughGolds said:

"Hyrule Lake" -> "Lake Hylia"
I was hoping they would add in some deleted content from the original that folks around here were talking about, but I'm definitely still picking this up, probably on Monday.

Supremeist

#133

Supremeist said:

Gah! I can't take it anymore. Tomorrow we will all hold a copy of this beautiful game. (Well not all of us, but alot of us :P)

I've never really been as interested in the Zelda series, because before I was so hooked on Mario games. I'm really excited for Ocarina of Time 3D and can't wait to go pick it up tomorrow.

Links Awakening is a really fun game too, thats what made me more into the Zelda games, but it's quite challenging, some of the dungeons, and I've had to use some walkthroughs.

But overall, summing up this game, Beautiful Visuals, the 3D Effect, 10/10 rating and PORTABLE.. this will be a must-buy for everyone who owns a 3DS.

Good review.

Supremeist

#135

Supremeist said:

Picked this game up today. It is so beautiful and deserves the 10 rating. Your definitely missing out on a GREAT title if you haven't purchased yet..

Minjo_Master

#136

Minjo_Master said:

Oh man the 3D.
Oh man oh man oh man. It's amazing in this game. The sweetspot can be a little small sometimes, but it's downright beautiful.

super-nintendo

#137

super-nintendo said:

I just ordered ,my copy should ship by Friday. I love this game and it's my favorite game of all time. Everyone is raving about the 3D and how immersive it is on a portable. LEGENDARY MASTERPIECE. May the Tri Force be with you... :)

Traxx

#138

Traxx said:

I'm very dissapointed. Low visual quality, bad 3D enhancement (lots of massive ghosting, most visual elements are just pushed into the background, even text windows). I'm not too happy with the controls as well. And worst of all, I couldnt register my game at nintendo succesfully, thus I likely wont receive my soundtrack reward. MAD

warioswoods

#139

warioswoods said:

@Traxx

You be crazy. The visual quality is far more impressive than I'd expected, a huge enhancement over the original game; the 3D makes it look like a real world behind the screen, particularly with the gyro look controls; and all the controls are so much easier now with the touchscreen and enhancements... Are we playing the same game?

AnotherWorld

#140

AnotherWorld said:

how is this port worth a 10? it feels like the review buys into the hype way to much. just because it’s a Zelda game doesn’t instantly make it worthy of a higher score. This review talks up the story for half of the review and then mentions a few gimmick additions (boss modes??) and a gyroscope aiming that honestly reads like a development afterthought.

the visuals are nice but that alone is not worth more than a 7/10. the extra's are a waste and do not add enough to make this a worthwhile purchase for those who already played the original. the aiming with the gyroscope is more frustrating than the original aiming with the poorly designed n64 controller. there is enough here to introduce new gamers to this classic, however not until the price hits around $19.99.

Pass

Alpha2797

#142

Alpha2797 said:

This game is shipped in small quantities. If you don't buy it new now then you probably won't buy it new in stores anymore. I have this game and it's awesome! I'm currently about 30+ hours into the game!

AutumnShantel

#143

AutumnShantel said:

I had no intentions of buying this, but I gave in and bought it 5 days after it came out, and I'm really glad I did. If I didn't get bored enough to buy I new game, I'd have had no idea what I'd have missed out on!

HanuKwanzMasBif

#147

HanuKwanzMasBif said:

Got it on the 29th... it's amazing. I have the VC version, I could never get past the second dungeon (still the hardest yet, I'm at the end of the Forest Temple right now. Jabu was a little challenging, but short.). The graphics upgrades feel like it's what Nintendo really meant when the original was released. I'm a wimpy gamer, I love the Sheikah Stones. This is gonna be the first game I beat! (yes, I have never beaten a game before)

WaGwanDen24

#148

WaGwanDen24 said:

I was like 4 or 5 years old when it came out but I didn't get to interested in it till 3 years later when I was old enogh to be interested in it. And when i did it was magical. I hope they make Skyward Sword into a game as "Masterful" as Ocarina of Time is.

P.S. The water temple sucked.

Sam_Loser2

#149

Sam_Loser2 said:

I am playing though this for the first time on 3DS and I am loving it! It has so far been my favorite Zelda title I've played. I was dreading the infamous Water Temple, but to my own credit I beat it without any problems whatsoever. I loved the Water Temple and it is probally my favorite Zelda dungeon in the entire series. I think the story is well-formulated, but very cliche and focused around archetypes. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, but I think Majora's Mask has a much deeper storyline (you only have three days before the apocalypse, and there's no way you can save the world in time!), and was much more creative. I also loved Link's Awakening's story line SPOILERS!!!! where you know you must awaken the Wind Fish even though you might just be part of the dream too. But OoT has been my best Zelda experiance so far, and I support the 10 given to it.

rachelthehedgehog

#153

rachelthehedgehog said:

This has a great rating, and looks amazing, this will be the first game I pick up for my 3DS.
@Pengaweeno, I wouldn't be able to stand seeing Ocarina of Time sitting on my dresser and not being able to play it!

Megajack

#155

Megajack said:

i hate this game. its so boring compared to zelda1 links awakining and twilight princess. and majoras mask

ZeldaDSFanatic

#156

ZeldaDSFanatic said:

This game is amazing, Link's Awakening is pretty old.
To me, Ocarina of Time is classic, it's a well composed game.

Bass_X0

#157

Bass_X0 said:

I got it today. Been putting it off since I already played it before but saw a used copy for £17.99 and got that.

HawkeyeWii

#159

HawkeyeWii said:

Definetly the most influential in the whole series! It is the center piece of the whole series

rayword45

#161

rayword45 said:

I'd go with a 9/10 if only because several of the areas don't look polished graphically, which is bizarre when looking at the new everything else (especially enemy and character models). That and I've always preferred Majora's Mask.

Giygas_95

#163

Giygas_95 said:

It deserves the 10/10 every bit, but I don't think it's quite the best. ALTTP is my favorite. In my opinion though, this series is loaded with 10/10s like this one, ALTTP, WW, and SS

rayword45

#164

rayword45 said:

Nope, still can't see a 10/10

-Certain aspects are graphically unpolished. Compare to SF643D which is much more updated.
-Not all aspects of the game have dated well. For example, the hover boots control like a drunk driver.
-If it's okay to judge by today's time, Master Quest is loaded with obnoxious trial-and-error and cheap bits.

Giygas_95

#165

Giygas_95 said:

@rayword45

-Graphics: Well true, but it's a lot more polished looking than the original. Gameplay over graphics always.

-Poorly dated: I can't really think of any ways this game is poorly dated, and the hover boots are supposed to control badly because you hover just off the ground which means no traction. That's a pretty minor detail though, and you don't have to use them very often throughout the game other than in Shadow temple and Ganon's tower.

-Master Quest: I played through the whole thing without a walkthrough, and it was very tough, but I didn't find it cheap at all aside from one small instance in the Spirit Temple. Sometimes it actually seemed like I got through dungeons quicker than in the normal quest (for instance, the Fire Temple). Of course, the Master Quest isn't the main game so you can enjoy the full game without having to tackle the difficult alternate game.

I definitely think this is a 10/10, but hey, that's just my opinion. I'm just giving my perspective on what you said. :)

Also, I saw you on the Escape Vektor leaderboards. ;)

rayword45

#166

rayword45 said:

@Five-seveN Ah, a rebuttal. Without any insults! I must respond.

Yes, gameplay over graphics, but for a 10 it should be at least up to par with what the console offers, which this doesn't.

There are other aspects which feel dated, for example annoying backtracking and the infamous side/backwards-jump aspect of the game (which made speedruns so much faster_

And Master Quest I would argue is cheap due to, as I said, trial-and-error and poor level design amongst other things, but hey if you enjoyed it more then me (which I actually did) that's great.

Also, I have yet to even glance at the leaderboards TBH, gotta get all those Platinum medals.

Giygas_95

#167

Giygas_95 said:

@rayword45 I'm actually sort of surprised I got a response so quickly. Your last comment was a while ago so I didn't think I would. Just one more thing, how do you feel it's not up to what the console offers? Personally, I thought it was the definitive version. Did you mean it's not up to what the 3DS offers or it's not up to what the N64 version offered?

I know what you mean about insults. Sometimes people can be so rude for no reason. It irritates me, and I know how it feels so I try to never insult people on the internet. Getting angry and insulting one another never helps.

RoryJames

#168

RoryJames said:

In my opinion, this is the best game of the series and possibly the greatest game ever made. Not only is it challenging, but every dungeon gives you something new. It is so easy to completely immerse yourself in this game. Masterpiece.

SonicTheBluBlur

#169

SonicTheBluBlur said:

@JeanLuc_Vaycard I'd just save money by using Project 64 and iZ3D to have the game in 3D on my TV. Also, I can use Game Shark cheats without even needing the codes (plus I lost my copy at my stepfather's hunt club and still have yet to download the original).

Big_Boy_Chubs

#170

Big_Boy_Chubs said:

@LuWiiGi From your profile, I couldn't help but notice you haven't been here in two years. Why is that?
Anyways, this is a great game, but i sold it out of frustration.

Kirk

#171

Kirk said:

"What is most effective, and developers Grezzo deserve a great deal of credit, is that the game looks how you think the N64 original did. Load up the original nowadays and the illusion is shattered by the hardware limitations of the time; load this remastered version and your mind's eye impression is faithfully reproduced."

That's how you do updates to older game right.

You don't leave them exactly as they were if there's clearly a lot of issues that maybe weren't so apparent at the time and you don't change them into something they weren't just for the sake of being able to claim it's "new".

You remake the game the way you remember it being in your mind's eye because in that way it should still be just as enjoyable to you today as much as it was the first time you played it, without falling short or under delivering and without changing it so much that it's no longer the game you actually love/loved in the first place.

Marvinb1

#172

Marvinb1 said:

I'm super late!!! I walked in a bestbuy and they had this game on display on the 3ds. I was shocked they did cuz I didn't know nothing about it and I'm not much of a 3ds fan but now I will buy the 3ds just because of this game. This remastered version is amazing and the control on the 3ds with it is smooth. I had a flash back of my youthful days as I was playing the demo. I'm getting the 3ds and my first game will be this. I wonder if they will remaster majora mask also? That would be amazing!

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