The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D Review
A fantastic remake to one of the greatest games of all time.
There is no question that the original The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time released on the Nintendo 64 was one of the greatest titles of all time. As an action-adventure tale with several puzzle elements involved Ocarina of Time was able to bring in plenty of brand new ideas that built the foundation for many future games to follow. The game was able to capture the player with fantastic gameplay, a compelling story, and the wonderful world of Hyrule. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D on the Nintendo 3DS is a remake that centrally focusing on making the game more accessible to a modern audience. Nintendo promised a revamp of the game’s graphics and lots of tweaks that would make this version of the game the best out there. Nintendo nailed it on the head with this one as The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D does the impossible of improving on one of masterpieces of the gaming world.
The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D puts you in the shoes of Link, a young kid that lives in Kikoriko Forest on the land of Hyrule. Link is tasked with a journey to save Princess Zelda and the world from the intentions of the evil King of thieves Ganon. Throughout your adventure as Link you will encounter various new faces and reach a variety of new villages, cities, and areas across Hyrule. What really sticks out in terms of Story in Ocarina of Time 3D is not particularly the tale itself, but rather the way it’s told and the setting its in. The characters in the game are quite interesting and they really help the pacing and storytelling of the game. In addition the land of Hyrule is a pretty unique place that has a lot history and background towards it. This mash up of a rich world and great characters really draws the player in.
The gameplay of Ocarina of Time 3D remains the same as the original with a few tweaks that take advantage of the 3DS’s hardware capabilities. You control Link using the circle pad while pressing the action buttons to issue different commands. The HUD is now located on the bottom screen on the 3DS which clears up the top screen from any interference during playtime. This change is extremely welcome as it makes it makes the gameplay flow a lot better as you don’t have to switch in and out of the menus if you wanted to change or select something. You can now navigate the camera by utilizing the gyroscope built in the 3DS. This same method can also be used for targeting enemies or objects using long range weapons such as the slingshot. Although I thought this feature worked quite fine there is a definite break in 3D that happens as you are trying to move the 3DS around to target enemies. Thankfully you can choose to aim normally using the circle pad if you don’t want to move your head along with the 3DS to move the camera.
The biggest change brought to Ocarina of Time 3D is the complete revamp of the graphics engine. The game had lots of models reworked along with better background texture and shapes. The difference in the graphics level of the 3DS version and the original version is quite substantial which enhances the overall experience quite a bit. The 3D effect in Ocarina of Time 3D is also pretty phenomenal. It adds a great sense of depth and pop to the visuals of the game. Although overall the graphics have been dramatically improved some of the textures of a couple of background objects such as trees and vines remain quite low which could have been worked on more.
Adding up to the graphical changes and minor gameplay tweaks Ocarina of Time 3D also increases the replay value of an already amazing package. First of all Nintendo has included the Master Quest that unlocks once you have completed the game. The Master Quest is a harder version of the game where everything is mirrored meaning what’s right is left and what’s left is right. Nintendo also added in the “Boss Gauntlet mode” which enables you to replay the bosses that you have already defeated. Once you have re-defeated them all you can choose to fight them all in a row. Both of these additions will give you quite a lot to play with even after you are done with your playthrough.
If you weren’t lucky enough to get a chance to play the original Ocarina of Time on the N64 then this game is definitely on the top of your must buy list. As for fans of the series then you are looking at the best version of one of the (if not the best) game in the franchise. Regardless of where you stand, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a must buy for every 3DS owner out there.