Review by kirkinout
"Out for the Virtual Console and as good as ever."
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the best Zelda games ever created competing for the top spot with newer 3D Zelda games. Originally for the SNES, Link to the Past has now been released for the Virtual Console and is well worth the purchase. Here goes explaining what makes this game shine.
A pretty typical Zelda story. Princess Zelda is in danger, there is evil afoot and you need to collect magical items to defeat this evil and save the world. you travel all across though various types of environments (swamp, desert, etc.) to accomplish you're mission of rescuing and protecting Zelda. The story for this game, though slightly cliched is still pretty refreshing and it must be noted that this game came before most other Zelda games so the story was pretty intuitive for its time. If you've played the other Zelda's before you might not really pay attention to much to the story since you can guess what's going on but if you're a newcomer to the series then story is pretty cool. In any case the game's story features some dark tone underlying a pretty lighthearted adventure.
The gameplay for this game is the same as any 2-D Zelda (excluding Adventure of Link). Enemies appear on screen and you basically hack away at them (with a single type of slash). The game is praised (and rightfully so) for its plethora of items to obtain, many of them not seen in any other Zelda game to date. There's tons of items to get and many environments to visit.
The dungeons in the game are pretty great. The dungeons are loaded with puzzles, many which aren't to complex and a few that might take some thought. The puzzles in this game aren't very difficult though and won't be super stressful like some other games.
Can't really judge an old game based on newer standards. Link to the Past has some choppy graphics but not to the point where your eyes hurt looking at them. The graphics were pretty good for the SNES and don't detract at all from the gameplay. If you're used to 3D crystal clear games and dislike anything deviating from those types of graphics then this game isn't for you. The graphics shouldn't be a problem with this game and I'm sure you'll enjoy the game. Seriously they're not that bad.
My favorite themes from the Zelda series comes from this game. I still enjoy the music 8 years after I last played the game. The sound is slightly dimmed, however from porting the game to the Virtual Console so just a fair warning you might have to turn the volume up on your TV a little to get the sound to normal standards. Otherwise the music is fine and as nostalgic as ever.
Replay Value: 5/10
Not really much of a replay value to this game at all. Once you beat it and collect everything there's nothing new to do. The game is still fun to play again in its own right but there's nothing extra added after completion.
Worth the purchase? Yes. Yes. Yes.
This game is one of the jewels among the SNES and is great to play. You can't really rent the game to try it out since the Virtual Console is a buy-only type thing but I highly recommend getting it. It's $8. Live a little.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 01/31/07
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