The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was released on June 19th, 2011 in North America. Is it a worthy update to one of the greatest games of all time? Read on to find out.
The most obvious update to the game is the graphical overhaul. Now while the game looks significantly better than it’s N64 counterpart it doesn’t push the 3DS hardware to it’s potential. They did a nice job of retouching textures and backgrounds without making it so different that it’s unrecognizable. The game also boasts a better and much smoother framerate. The 3D effects are nice they add some depth to the world but again they didn’t overdo it with the 3D effect. It’s worth noting that the music and sound effects haven’t been touched at all. They are the exact same tracks used in the N64 version, although you might have an exclusive track to treat you for beating the game.
The controls have also been updated to utilize some features of the 3DS including motion controls using the internal gyroscope for looking around or aiming your slingshot/bow. Also the game uses the bottom touch screen for inventory management as well as to display a map for your reference. The motion controls are optional and can even be turned off in the menu if you don’t like them and prefer to retain the classic feel of aiming with the circle pad instead.
Now onto the most important part, the gameplay. It’s exactly the same, you have the L-targeting replacing the Z-targeting for the N64 version. Along with all the same functionality. The difference is that you can map 4 items now instead of 3. On the N64 version you were able to map 3 items to the C-buttons. Now you can map 2 items to the X-Y buttons and 2 more items to buttons I-II which are on the touch screen. Also you no longer have to map the ocarina to a button it has it’s own permanent spot on the touch screen.
I really enjoyed playing through this classic again. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth time the game is a blast and it’s cool to play through it to see the upgrades they made to the game. Now for some it might not be worth the $40 asking price considering it’s mostly an update to a classic. There is some content that might be new for some. Exclusive to this game is a boss rush mode which you unlock about 1/2 way through the game. Also after beating the game you unlock a master quest which is a mirrored version of the world with new and more challenging dungeons to explore.
Verdict: I would say this is an absolute must buy for any gamer from casual to hardcore looking to re-experience this masterpiece or play it for the first time. The gameplay has held up very well over the years and it’s still a blast to play through and easily one of the best if not the best game of all-time.
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