Review by Phange
"Never fear! Link is here!"
Seasons is the sister pak to Oracle of Ages. Despite what you may think about the two, there are barely any similarities other than the link capabilities and graphics. Seasons is more action based than Ages, and this is not necessarily a bad thing. The puzzles in Ages were a bit over the top to say the least. Seasons attempts more of a classic style of gameplay akin to the the early days of Link's life. It does it well, too. The game feels more like Link's Awakening compared to Ages and it's Link to the Past tendencies. The game is very straightforward, with an easily understandable task and firmly stated objectives. The story, while not a pulitzer-prize winning documentary, gets the job done. Onox, the evil General of Darkness, decides that the most dastardly deed he knows how to do is to mess with Seasons. Well, thats all good and dandy but how is he going to do it? That's when Link falls into Holodrum, and his next quest!
A hero for all seasons
Link finds himself in a large world that makes Ages look like a joke. He finds lush grass, and then... whats that? Suddenly the green grass stops at snow! After the snow is a murky summer day! Whats going on? It seems like the Oracle of Seasons was kidnapped! Link, being as cunning and brave as any stereotypical hero, sets out on his next adventure!
A wave of the magic wand...
Link's special item of choice this time around is the Rod of Seasons. Yahoo! You say? Well, this is actually one great idea. If you find a stump you can cycle through the seasons and alter the flow of the seasons. This opens up areas and solves puzzles. While not quite as ''exciting'' as Ages, it gets the job done.
Onox, the evil bastion of heck
Everything about Seasons is easier than Ages... until you meet Onox. I won't give away any specifics, but lets just say that you better be prepared for the fight of your life!
Summer days.... driftin' away
The game is somewhat longer than it's sister-pak, depending on how you play it. If you count side quests, this game isnt remotely as long as Ages. Once beaten, it's not as fun to go back and play as Ages.
Leaving Holodrum, heading to Labyrinna
The game is better off played as the starting pak to Ages. Ages feels more like the ''ultimate version''.
Overall this game is an incredibly solid purchase, but if you can only get one get Ages.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 09/03/01, Updated 09/03/01
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