This review will be a bit different from others I’ve done here because we’ll be talking about Ocarine of Time. In case you have been living under a rock, in outer space, or you’re part of the really younger generation, just know that this game is considered by the Guinness book of world records as the highest rated game, ever. And to top it off, the gaming industry agrees. This is the one game that I cannot say bad things about because if I do, God himself will smite me.
Okay, I’m exaggerating, he will send someone else to do it. In all seriousness though, I will be mainly talking about the differences between the original N64 game and the port to the 3DS. Also, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Zelda series and I will be doing a post on the series as a whole soon, for now, this post will be solely on the 3DS version of Ocarina of Time.
What’s in the box?
So what are you getting exactly, what’s different from the original version? For starters you are getting the entire original game as unmodified as it could be. The port was made with authenticity in mind with Grezzo, the company doing the port, leaving the original bugs in the game when they were not game breaking. This is not a remake or reimagining of Ocarina of Time, it is Ocarina of Time.
The one major area of improvement where in the graphics wich I felt gave new life to the classic game. The orignal OoT was great but it suffered from its time and graphics where often bare, blocky or pixellated. The new crisp and refined graphic really do wonders for this game and for that reason alone I would recommend buying the game if you want to replay the original game.
But there’s more! The game includes the Master quest version of the game that was created for the N64, in mirror mode! Tougher dungeons, new puzzles, double damage and the whole of it reversed in case you did the N64 master quest back in the day. I can’t comment on it much because I haven’t reached it yet but the feedbacks so far are great.
3D, 3DS and playing with both
So we got the same great classic game but the question on everyone mind is how does it interact with the 3DS and what does it look like in 3D?
It’s freaking beautiful. If there was ever a way to showcase how great a game can look by making it 3D this is it. The 3D effects are very well done and on the whole the experience feels enriched by it. But again, that’s not really the question is it?
The question is: Is it fun to play with the 3D effect because I’ve heard it can cause “insert name of headache and/or problem”.
To be perfectly honest this is one thing where everyone experience will be a bit different. It’s not like 3D cinema for those wondering. I cannot stand 3D movies in theaters since I get headaches and I get none of that on the 3DS. The 3D effect is not tiring and you can adjust it with a slider so everyone can set it so they can see the effect clearly.
That said, to see the 3D effect well you need to hold the 3DS steady and at a particular distance/angle and this is the tricky part. Eventually, I found my sweet spot both in holding the console and seeing the 3D effect but it took some trial and error. Now I can play pretty much as long as I want but there’s a period of adjustment and some people have reported to be unable to play for very long periods (3 hours +).
My advice is to take some time here if you are unsure about getting a 3DS just for this game. Borrow one or try one at a store and spend some time with it, tinker with it, think about it. You will have to give it sometime to get used to the particularities of the 3DS but at the same time, you should be able to tell quickly by holding one if you want to buy it.
All of this to say that the game is great with the 3D effect on. Whether you’re fine with the 3DS is another topic altogether and you should spend some time trying it out first. If all fails and you still want to play OoT, then you can always disable the 3D effect and still have a great game.
Sum up and the list
The Zelda game series is one of the greatest series of video games. And of all the Zelda games Ocarina of Time and A link to the Past are the two that stands out the most. So if you’re a MMO player reading this and wondering about buying this game, try something else, why not start with one of the best?
The monkey loved:
-It’s Ocarina of Time! Just like I remember it!
-The new graphics makes everything look even more awesome!
The monkey didn’t like:
-Little glitches with the 3D effect at some weird places (twin hearts container???)
-Tweaking with the 3DS effects. I got it eventually but it took some time finding the sweet spot.