Review by Menji
"If you own a SNES, there isn't a reason not to own this game"
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past still remains one of the top three games on the SNES along with Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 3. But what makes the Zelda games so good and popular? Is it the story line, music, or is it the unique amount of gadgets you obtain throughout the game. But what ever it is, the creators did it right. Because it steal remains one of the best Zelda games of all time, right up their with OoT. The jump from Zelda II to Zelda: A Link to the Past is so huge, it's no wonder why this series became a huge hit for that generation and the generations that come.
The gameplay is really superb, you start the game not knowing what's going on, you get a strange calling from someone telling you to save the princess. And that is where the journey starts. Along the way you can find many items that will aid your quest; some of the best items still today are the magical bottles that let you carry things in them to use later on. Hearts Pieces/Containers are gained to add to your life and you can obtain magical items that increase your speed and let you lift heavy objects. Back to the story, when it's all said and done you are told to find three mystical pendants that allow you to get the Master Sword which causes other things to happen which sends you to the dark world where you must save the maidens. Battles in the game are easily learnable, you have your attacks with the sword and you can use any other item you have at that point, later on you gain certain skills and you can use things like the spinning blade which isn't the real name but is what you do when you hold down the attack button and let go.
For a SNES game these are great graphics, I never had one of those moments where I was asking myself What in the world is that? not once, not even when I saw those green things by the witch's hut. The colors are truly marvelous and show the difference of how nice compares to bad, when you travel to the dark world it actually feels like you are there, the trees are dark red and brown with holes and mean faces on them. Which is a weird thing, what was the creator thinking when he put faces on trees? Characters look unique for the most part except for the enemies which will basically always look the same, but it makes it easy to determine what is and what isn't trying to kill you.
Noices are usually great, the music in the game is among the best in games and is rivaled by the master pieces that Square produces. Weapons mainly have a sound they would actually have and there are other sounds that make the world more lively. In fact they can be on of the strangest things you will ever experience, sounds like going between the worlds, swinging the best sword in the game, going into caves and venturing near Zora Falls. Sounds that really sound like sounds are when you fight battles but mainly just the boss battles and completing many quests.
Difficulty: 2/10 (Close to 5 for best gaming)
This is by no means easy, it is in fact VERY easy. Anyone that has never played video games could easily start this get used to it and completed it in about 20 hours. For pros you can complete it in about 5-6 hours, and for you world recorders under 3 hours. But the story is just that could that you have to play it. This is just one of those games where you can go let's play some Zelda and in that day complete it 100%. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but like most games completing games 100% has you stop playing that game, but not Zelda. Complete this 100% in 6 hours, try to do it again in 5 hours.
As mentioned before, this game is pretty short, but you can come back and play it so many more times it will have you playing it over brand new PS2 games that everyone is play at the time. When you complete the game, it shows you how many times you died, will you go back and improve it? Or will you continue your quest and gain every heart piece, collect every bottle, and see what glitches can be found? I remember hearing about the secret room that a person had one a contest and go their own secret room right in the game. And just today hearing about the glitch that lets you explore the dark world very early.
Anyone with a SNES should have the three main games; Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 3 and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Of course since this game is 12 years old, copies are extremely rare. As you know eBay is always you your best bet in finding games that are near impossible to find. If you come to a used game store and see it, you should stare at the employee and slap him for not picking it up for himself yet and then bring him the question of what person brought this game in. So what I'm saying is that no matter the price you gotta pick this title up. Last year Nintendo released Zelda: The Four Swords, which is basically this game. If you got a Game Boy Advance then their is no reason why you shouldn't have this game. I also believe if you can find a Zelda Gamecube bundle, it comes with the entire Zelda collection. After trying and failing to find a store that had one, I doubt you will be able to find one for yourself.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 12/21/04, Updated 12/21/04
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