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The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D

 

 

SCORE: 72

 

The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D 

 

I have not played The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time in a long time. I did mess around with the Gamecube port that included the Master Quest. I played completely through the original game on the Nintendo 64. I have to disclose that I was not openly thrilled about The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D on the Nintendo 3DS. In fact before I started playing this hand held title I was thinking of all kinds of ways to trash the game. It is a remake of an old game with 3D added to it. Will this be the start of a trend?

Ya'll know me, I am open minded enough to disclose my thoughts on games, and when I came into a game with the wrong attitude. I started to play The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D. Old memories started to flood into my brain. The music, the sound effects, the puzzling dungeons - all of it rushed back in. I remember the original shock and awe of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. The concepts that were new back then. Nintendo deserves a lot of credit for this game, and how it moved the industry into a certain direction. There was some bad 3D action adventure games back then. Anyone remember Bubsy 3D? Please leave that franchise right where it is - the graveyard.

I have also spiritually matured since I first played The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. So I will looking at this game through eyes differently than I did the first time I played through The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. I have those old memories, but I refuse to write a fanboyish review. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a reviewable copy of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D for this review.

The graphics are improved in The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D. I noticed quite a few additions to the details, and the 3D effects add a real depth to this hand held title. There are some female characters who could use additional clothing. Gannon's nose seems to have grown a bit making me think he has had some Pinocchio contact. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D includes some blood and mild gore. Players can chop off the heads of the skeletons and the bodies walk around. The player uses a variety of weapons including swords, bows, arrows, and slingshots to kill the monsters.

I really enjoy the music in The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D. It is fantastic. The special effect sounds from rolling to Navi wanting to tell you something will stay with me for decades. I am amazed at how quickly I remembered each of the sounds. The variety of the characters is interesting, and they have varied motives. Link has various guides along the way. From talking trees to an owl. These creatures offer the guidance the player needs to progress through the game.

Once you complete The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D you get the option to the play the Master Quest. This is in essence the game reworked. There are harder quests, and things get changed throughout the game. It is also a more difficult way to play The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D. For anyone who complains that this game is too easy, or too familiar, then the Master Quest is there for them. Is The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D worth the forty dollar price tag? That really depends on you. The game is long, and there are a lot of side quests. If you have played it before and do not want to replay it, then that is your answer. If you want a portable version of the game that is enhanced, then that is your answer. I really can not make that call for you.

The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D is classic old school hack and slash role playing. Go to this town, and talk to this person. They want a certain item from another place. Go there, and they want something else from somewhere else. You will spend a lot of this game running to and fro getting the right thing to progress the story along. The day and night intervals effect the game play, as well as the two major time eras. The puzzles in The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D can be maddening at times. The complexity of the creation in The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D is astounding.

In The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D you are a lone warrior trying to save the world from evil. There is a supporting cast of characters who assist you. There are thousands of bad guys and dungeons that stand in the players way. The most shocking aspect of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D for me is the goddesses that are linked to the Tri-Force. I did not remember that from my youth. I must have blocked that bad memory out. I am not clear why that was not regionalized for the 91% of Americans who believe in God. There are also ghost characters in this 3DS game.

For teenagers and adults there is a lot of gaming in The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D. I know the ESRB gave this game an 'E10+' rating, but due to spiritual content added to the blood, violence, and suggestive themes I would recommend a higher age. I let my nine year old play some 'E10+' rated games, but not this one. For our family this game is for thirteen and older.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 64%
Sound: 79%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 77%
Family Friendly Factor: 61%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
ESRB Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
{Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes}

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