Ocarina of Time 3D proves once again just how impactful and timeless the original game was
Zelda holds a very special place in my heart. It's a series that shows the magic Nintendo create. It does everything right. Back when I used to live in Geelong, a Suburb in Victoria, Australia, I went to school with some very close, good friends. We were all Nintendo fanboys, who would spend our lunch times battling and trading Pokemon. Unfortunately, when I was 10, I had to move to Newcastle, New South Wales, and I got a DS for my 10th Birthday. I started at a new school. That was where I learnt sadness. I was picked on by a group of people for not having the PSP, with all the gory games with amazing graphics. I felt alone. Despite what they said, I never gave in. A gut feeling of mine told me that it was right, that Nintendo were the way to go.
I got my Wii in 2008, for my 12th birthday, and I was told I was a retard for getting it because it didn't have HD, but I didn't let that get me down. Over the Christmas holidays, I had nothing to do, and was hearing about this awesome N64 game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Zelda was a cool series to me at the time, but I never wanted to play. I heard about Ocarina of Time being "The greatest game of all time". I had a 64, but I couldn't find the original game for a good price, so I got it off Wii Virtual Console.
My jaw dropped right from the start, seeing Link riding his trusty steed, Epona, in the background while hearing the calming MIDI music in the background. The opening cutscene just felt so lively and epic. I got my fairy and explored around Kokiri Forest, already getting a feel of the vast scope of the game. I went inside the Deku Tree. I was hopeless at the time, but it was an absolute blast going through this hollowed tree.
I went out into Hyrule Field, which was where the game really came alive. This was where it occured to me "This really is as good as people say it is. This is a pure example of a truly GOOD game. Nintendo really are the best there are in gaming". After many months (Lay off, I was only 12, and I'd never played Zelda before), I finished it. I was sad seeing this timeless experience come to an end. This motivated me to go out and pick up every Zelda game I could and play them to my hearts content.
This brings us to 2011. Now I'm 15 years old, and I've grown to see just how impactful Nintendo have been on gaming, and that there are millions upon millions of people who are on my side. If I get told by some douchebag "HURR DURR DERP!! DERP!!! MARIO AND ZELDA ARE GAY!!! COD!!!!! COD!!!!!! UR A FUCKING FAG!!!!! DERP!!!!!", I remember that Nintendo are the biggest name in gaming, and that there are millions who would back me up. E3 2010 left me acting like a 10 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert, only it truly was good. Why? Two Zelda games were announced! A brand new one(Skyward Sword), and a remake of THE most critically acclaimed game ever released, Ocarina of Time.
I got it as soon as I heard of it being sold early at EB, getting my Ocarina Edition that I pre-ordered. I've had it for a week now, and I have to say, it brings out that 12 year old boy in me again. The one who didn't know the stresses of Adolescence, who never had a worry in the world. I feel kinda' like I've been taken to this present day by pulling out that beatiful Master Sword, seeing how different the world has become since I last saw it.
The world of Hyrule is just so much more beautiful. It's been brought back so elegantly. It's brighter, more colourful, and you really get a feeling of the vast scope with the 3D. The game runs much smoother. All the pre-render stuff is gone. Some sounds are redone to improve the quality, like the Ocarina sounds, but it's unfortunately MIDI, but don't forget the old saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Speaking of which, a broken part of the game has been fixed. Remember how annoying it was going in and out of the pause menu in the Water Temple, taking your Iron Boots on and off? Now you can assign them to a button, like on Twilight Princess! The Water Temple is actually a really good dungeon with that out of the way!
After a week with the game, I've gotten to the Shadow Temple, and it really shows just how much I've improved since I played the original. It feels like it's all coming full circle. Everything I've come to believe about gaming since I picked up Ocarina of Time is just showing how amazing this game is. This game makes me realise EVEN MORE just how timeless and perfect this game is. Once I'm done with that, I can play a mirrored version of the Master Quest!
One of my favourite new additions is the Sheikah Stones, which give you hints when you're stuck on a part. They can also tell you where secrets are hidden, which was really helpful for me. Navi even sometimes urges you to take a break (Like I'd do that, even for a second).
THE VERDICT The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is an absolute essential for the 3DS. You cannot buy a 3DS and never play Ocarina of Time 3D. It brings a gargantuous classic back to life and fixed anything which might seem a little iffy. The perfect game just got even better! If you missed the original, you have to get this!
SCORE + It's Ocarina of Time, of course!!!!!
+ Improves upon dated graphics
+ The new hint system
+ Fixes up the Water Temple