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A Link Between Worlds Is The Game I Have Been Waiting For Since OoT
December 1, 2013
9:10 pm
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Mongunzoo
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I have been waiting a long time for this.

 

The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has it’s issues. But it is the best Zelda game in over a decade!

 

Action? Check. The monsters in this Zelda game are some of the most dangerous I have fought in a long time.

Adventure? Check. This is THE freest Zelda game to ever come out. The Dungeons are short on puzzle bullshit and high on mazes and exploration.

RPG? Check. Heart Pieces And Armor and weapon upgrades are optional. Weapons and abilities allow you to customize your experience based on your play style. The Drawing mechanic I initially ridiculed and said would be puzzle fodder is instead used to explore the world and even stealth by troublesome enemies.

 

Story is minimal until the great ending reveal. NPC’s are not near as cringe-worthy or important. I do not feel like an errand boy, I feel like a warrior. The Overworld is fucking brilliant and packed with rewards and secrets. The dungeons are a bit weak yet are a huge jump in the right direction for the series. Beginning is longer than it needs to be but still to the point.

 

Lorule for being a stupid pun has the same dangerous feel as OoT initially had and ALTTP did masterfully. Weapons have multiple uses in both combat and exploration. Sequence-Breaking is the name of the game. The only real gripe I have is that rupees and other resources are much too common and that it all feels too familiar, as bosses and dungeons are ripped straight out of ALTTP in theme.

 

But I am now excited for the future of Zelda in a way I have not been in a long time. 

 

Touche’, Aonuma. And good job!surprised

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December 1, 2013
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That’s a ringing endorsement if ever I’ve seen one.  This game is at the top of my list if / when I pick-up a 3DS.  With all of the high quality releases coming out for the system, it’s looking more and more like I’ll be picking it up eventually.

 

Re: the familiarity, I believe that this was likely intentional, since the game is meant to take place in the same world as LttP.  Should Nintendo make a brand new game in this same style, the familiarity shouldn’t be an issue.

Now playing: SNES - Phalanx, R-Type III, Genesis - Bio Hazard Battle, PS3 - Dragon's Crown

December 1, 2013
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That is my hope! Take what was learned from this game, apply it to a 3D Zelda (which I DO like) on WiiU, and wow me! I would buy a WiiU for this!

 

Just keep the sand rod! Horrible fucking one-and-done Aonuma item…..

 

Other than that…..AWESOME!

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December 1, 2013
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I think I know what I want for Christmas. Aside from seeing “Her” in theaters, that is.

January 5, 2014
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This game is on my wishlist too. I kinda want the Zelda themed 3DS XL model, but hate the fact the game is pre-installed instead of having the physical game bundled. I miss the old days!

January 5, 2014
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While I still prefer physical copies, digital-only games make a lot of sense for a handheld since you can have multiple games on the go without having to lug around a bunch of cartridges.

Now playing: SNES - Phalanx, R-Type III, Genesis - Bio Hazard Battle, PS3 - Dragon's Crown

May 14, 2014
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I wholeheartedly agree. ALBW is one of the finest Legend of Zelda games in a while.  I love my 3DS and it has become my favourite handheld console.  If Nintendo released a 3DS Metroid title that drew inspiration from Super Metroid the way ALBW did from ALTTP, I would shed tears of joy.

Currently looking for the following SNES games:

Chrono Trigger

EarthBound

Final Fantasy II (Final Fantasy IV)

Secret of Mana

Illusion of Gaia

Super Castlevania IV

Super Mario RPG

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

 Zombies Ate My Neighbors

TMNT IV

Contra III

May 17, 2014
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I really enjoyed ALBW but my only major gripe is I wish it would’ve tried to be a new experience on its own rather than be ALttP 2.0

That said it’s nice that they brought back some old formula. I think developers should try some new things once in a while to keep things fresh but once enough time has passed they can bring back something that is proven to work.

Square Enix did this with Bravely Default (Final Fantasy in disguise) too.

May 17, 2014
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I for one don’t mind A Link Between Two Worlds being a ALTTP 2.0. Out of all the Zelda games, I wanted a direct sequel for the SNES classic the most. I haven’t gotten it yet, but if it has half the charm of A Link to the Past, I’m sure I will love it.

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