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A must-buy wether you scratch your head when you hear Zelda, or you played through the original game several time, but sadly it may be too late to pick up a copy. It took me 4 tries to find a store that had it and that was the day it came out, but if all else fails, there's always Ebay. Considered by many people to be the best game ever made, this is definitely worth your time to find a copy. It doesn't even cost any extra money. So what are you waiting for? It may already be to late! Hurry, and you might find one! Go on, I'll wait...
When was the last time you can remember Nintendo giving away something, anything, for free? Yes, it has been quite some time. However, now Nintendo has put together a GameCube bonus disk that might be one of their most anticipated titles of the year. Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (GA's old, old N64 review here) is considered by many to be the greatest game in the Zelda saga, and now Nintendo is giving it away free to the faithful fans who have pre-ordered the upcoming, Zelda: The Wind Waker.
All in all, the Ocarina of Time conversion to the GC system couldn’t have gone any better. Everything you have grown to love in the N64 version is back exactly as you remembered it, and can now be loved all over again on your GameCube. For those of you who never had a chance to play the original, this is your chance to play through one of the best games to ever hit any console, and shouldn’t be missed. Even for those who are veterans to OoT, this is a great way to get yourself reacquainted with the series before the big release of The Wind Waker next month.
The long awaited US release of the Master Quest is finally here in better resolution, crisper sound, and completely prepared to beat your ass. While Japanese gamers have enjoyed what they called Ura Zelda for years now, we Americans now enjoy it for free, as a bonus disc awarded for pre-ordering Wind Waker. Did Nintendo decide to include this disc just as an excuse to release Master Quest, to encourage people to pre-order the next Zelda title, or the most likely reason: to help make up for how bad everybody thought the next Zelda looked? Nobody knows.
At first, going back to play Ocarina of Time, didn’t seem too exciting. I thought for a short time, that maybe the game had lost its magic. Well, all those thoughts of disappointment vanished the moment I became Adult Link. The game magically began to pick up, and as I stole Epona from the clutches of Ingo, and rode off to the Lost Woods, I realized that Ocarina of Time kicks just as much ass as it used to. Perhaps, that is why so many once opposed the concept of a Cel Shaded Zelda, because Ocarina of Time was a great game without any kind of gimmick, but if the Legend of Zelda series has taught us anything over the years, it’s that only one thing matters in a video game, and that’s gameplay.
The gameplay dynamics haven't changed a bit and it really shows when you are playing this game. The game hasn't gotten worse, but it has actually gotten better by age, truly making it one of the five best games ever and a real tour de force and one of the few masterpieces of gaming from every end of the spectrum. The dungeons are trickier and they will give you several surprises, but they are managable and can be beaten. You don't get that experience very often these days, but you sure as hell savor it when you do. This is to you, old friend, thanks for the tricks and for the experience that you gave me once again.
Yet once in a blue moon, there's a great bargain that takes all that pressure off your wallet, leaving you free to spend your money on secondary needs, like food, bills and rent. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is due for release at the end of March. As an incentive to pre-order, Nintendo is offering a Gamecube port of the original N64 classic, The Legend Zelda: Ocarina of Time, with an added Master Quest adventure.
If you missed out on this game for the N64 for some reason, this is your chance to experience it, in hi-res with minor improvements. It's rare that a game actually makes you feel like you are involved in something important and urgent, but Ocarina of Time succeeds. The plot is deep and filled with surprises, leaving you eager to find out what happens next. Anyone ages 10 to 100 can enjoy this masterpiece. Although this game won't impress you visually, everything else in it will. The only problem you may have with this game is the sometimes-difficult camera. If you still don't own this game, try and get a hold of it soon, as quantities are limited to fewer than 1 million copies. Nintendo's classic returns with the same great story, gameplay, control, and fun; only now with remixed dungeons. For the low price of nothing go and pick up your copy while you still can.
How do you review a game that's free? What do you say? "This game is worth every dollar you didn't spend on it?" "Don't get this game and sit in a dark corner instead?" What could be better than getting something for free? Luckily for us, the whole money angle doesn't really complicate reviewing Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest. The game, originally released for Nintendo 64 (with Master Quest planned but never released as a 64DD add-on disk) has aged so well, we'd recommend it even if you had to pay full price for it.
In the end, putting money down to ensure that you get an amazing game as soon as you can and getting two other amazing games with that for free is a deal you really shouldn’t pass up. If you are planning on getting Wind Waker, you REALLY should pre-order it and pick up the free game. For those wondering how different Master Quest is, it’s very much enough to make a replay seem fresh, but if you don’t want to play OoT again (what is wrong with you?) this won’t change your mind.
Pour conclure, il faut garder en tête que ce jeu est une reprise d'un jeu de 1998. Donc, il est certain que les graphiques, même malgré la haute définition, soient moins beaux que ce qui se fait aujourd'hui. Mais le jeu s'adresse surtout aux fans de Zelda. C'est en quelques sortes un cadeau. Je suis très content de pouvoir jouer à ce jeu sur mon GameCube, mais si vous êtes un de ceux qui regrettent de ne pas avoir pu mettre la main sur ce jeu, je peu tout de même vous dire que vous ne manquez rien d'extraordinaire. Ce n'est pas comme si le jeu offrait de tout nouveaux donjons, ou des trucs comme ça. Les différences sont assez mineures, mais elles plairont aux vrais fans de ce jeu!
As a hardcore gamer it feels slightly wrong - slightly dirty - not loving Ocarina of Time, after hearing how wonderful it is for so many years. At its best, it is a superb 9/10 game, with thrilling combat, excellent, taxing puzzles and buckets of charm and original features. At its worst, it's a boring dungeon crawler with a total lack of characterisation, some intensely annoying features and a whiff of vagueness in parts; an average 5/10 title. I guess I'll have to sit on the fence and go middle of the road between the two. I wanted to love this game, but at the end of the day I just didn't, and after more than half a decade of hearing how legendary it was I can’t help but feel a little disappointed.
Had the original release of Ocarina of Time included the Master Quest, or even had it been released on the 64DD hardware expansion, the game would have been fantastic; a testament to the Zelda saga. But, in today's realm where the likes of Skies of Arcadia Legends, .hack//Infection, and Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind rule the minds of gamers, the expansion to Ocarina of Time seems sorely out of place. But, as long as it's free - after a fashion - who are we to complain?