Review by livetnediser
"Revisiting a treasured classic..."
I'm going to go right out and say it: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the greatest game ever made. If you don't enjoy it, your Gamecube (or N64, whatever the case may be) should be taken away. And how can you beat this deal? Two games (well, one and a half, really) and a slew of preview movies just for preordering The Wind Waker (which you're going to want to pick up anyway)?
There's no real way to judge these graphics. Obviously these games are ports of N64 titles, so they are gonna look bad compared to today's standards. They are noticeably better than their N64 counterparts, however. The graphics are much cleaner, sharper, the textures look more refined, and maybe it's just me, but the water effects seem to be alot better, too. I guess it's kind of your place to judge the graphics. If you're a graphics hound, you might want to look elsewhere for your gaming enjoyment. If you can sacrifice some dated graphics for some most excellent gameplay, then you'll be fine. This version supports progressive scan, so if you have the right hook-ups, you can make the graphics a little better.
The sound holds up as well today as it did when Ocarina of Time was first released. Most tracks are soothing, calm, and easy on the ears. The overworld theme, in particular, is excellent. When the action gets more intense, the tracks change to a more lively and up-beat kind of sound. Most of the tracks are excellent, though a few of them do get a little annoying after hearing them for a while. Luckily, these tracks are in dungeons that need to be visited only once or twice. Worth turning up the volume over.
Unchanged since it's glory in the N64 days. My only small complaint is that the control doesn't feel as tight as the N64 version. That's to be expected, though, in ports of this type. It's also a little awkward to use the C-stick in place of the C-buttons on the N64 control pad. The game consists mainly of this. You start out in Kokiri Forest as the only elf in the village who doesn't have a fairy. Luckily, a fairy named Navi comes to your aid to help you on your quest. From there, you explore dungeons, time travel, find new weapons and items, and solve puzzles. Your sword is used with the B-button, while the A-button is your primary action command button. You assign three items (such as bow, slingshot, ocarina, etc.) to three different directions on the C-stick. L is used to lock-on and attack, and R is used to put up your shield. Dungeons are well laid out and fun, and the puzzles are challenging without being too hard. Some most excellent gameplay, to be sure.
This bonus disc comes with two games all in one. The first is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and the second is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest. The first is the main game, and the second is kind of like a hard mode. There is new puzzles, secrets, and enemies to discover, and it's more challenging. It's not really a remake, just a remix. It's such a great game, though, that you'll want to play through both versions.
I didn't know where to put this, so here it is. The bonus disc is one of the coolest ideas yet. You get two lengthy games just for preordering The Wind Waker. On top of all that, you get about 7 video previews right on the disc. These previews cover such games as Wario World, 1080': Avalanche, and F-Zero. If you're going to preorder, do it now. The bonus disc offer stops soon, and you don't want to miss out on this.
Two great games for basically free. Had this disc been sold separately as a $49.99 game, it probably would have scored lower (but not much...these games rule!). But who can argue with free? Do yourself a favor and preorder now. Even if you don't have a gamecube, but plan to get one someday, preorder. If you do have a gamecube, this should more than hold you over until the new Zelda ships.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 02/11/03, Updated 02/11/03
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