Darlin Review: Ocarina of Time

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I….am not even going to try to introduce this. Let’s get straight to it!!!!


STORY: Oh goodness gracious, if you haven’t even at least heard of this video game by now I don’t even know what to say to you. Check it here.

GAMEPLAY: First off, let me just get this off my chest. I never played Zelda. I grew up with a Sega Genesis and a Playstation, not until a few years ago was I introduced to the Nintendo world of gaming. I played the very first Zelda game released on Super Nintendo and that was quite ridiculous if you ask me…extremely complicated and just confusing. I never played Ocarina of Time on N64, well, cause I never owned one. I was just recently introduced to the fantastic world of Hyrule, and my god, what have I been missing?! I see now why these games consistently get a full star ratings. This game has a perfect balance of almost everything: adventure, puzzle, action, drama, etc. Definitely one of the best games I have played in a long time, hands down.

The graphics for this game is beyond phenomenal…especially for a hand-held console. The graphics are better than most of my Wii games. It’s almost as beautiful as Skyward Sword, which was the newest Zelda game to be released earlier this year. And better yet…IT’S IN 3D! I never thought I’d say this, but….playing a video game in 3D is a much cooler experience than I expected. What’s really wonderful about the 3DS is that it has a switch that allows you to control the “intensity” of the 3D effect or even turn it off completely. Trust me, this comes in handy after playing for about six straight hours, my eyes began to burn.

As far as controls, I am use to playing with a controller that has about two-four extra buttons so it was quite annoying to constantly move back down to the touch screen to use various weapons or items I have equipped. I don’t think it would have been difficult to have added two extra buttons where my pointer fingers are, having a “R1” “R2” “L1” “L2” sort of a deal going on. Other than this (even though that really is Nintendo’s fault), the controls and movement on the DS is pretty flawless. I would recommend turning off the motion sensor in this game since it gets really annoying when you are using your slingshot/arrow/clawshot and you have to move your DS in the direction you want to face in the game. I didn’t even discover that setting until halfway through the game, it made gameplay SO much easier.

I beat this game in about a week in a half. Of course, being as naive as I am, I thought that was a long time to beat a game. Yet, I come to realize, I beat it way too quickly. I didn’t put down this game, I constantly had my 3DS in my hands the moment I wasn’t working. Not many games have this sort of effect on me, I was hooked, from the moment I started the game to the very end. Being new to the Zelda world (and slightly falling in love with Link…he’s a babe, okay) I am highly impressed, and of course, disappointed in myself for not discovering these games sooner.

Overall? A MUST HAVE! If you can’t afford to buy it, hell, I’ll lend it to you. Especially if you played the original Ocarina of Time. They completely revamped the look and did a superb job doing so. Even though I didn’t play the original, I can tell how much they put into remastering this game. Let me tell you, I’ve seen developers try to remaster old games and failed miserably (ahem, Halo 1 Anniversary remastered that came out earlier this year….don’t even get me started on how awful that game is). I mean…this IS the FIRST game I have given five stars, if I am not mistaken. So, do yourself a favor, and treat yourself to this game. You won’t regret it my fellow gamers.

Until next time!


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Author: zoë cipolla

nerd. wizard. gamer. gryffindor.

One thought on “Darlin Review: Ocarina of Time

  1. Awesome write up Z!

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