Still a transformative action-adventure after 13 years
Thirteen years ago, I woke up on Christmas morning with one present standing out above all else: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, a golden Nintendo 64 cartridge that would forever redefine my opinion of action-adventure games.
Thirteen years later, Ocarina of Time 3D still offers that transformative gaming experience, with the obvious addition of updated graphics. The flawless 3D gives you a whole new sense of depth that’s felt on every step of the journey, especially when using your slingshot and bow. It’s also mesmerizing to investigate the painstaking detail in every inch of Hyrule—each house and shop is full of life and color, from the ceilings to the floors. Ocarina 3D also reorganizes the inventory to the 3DS’ bottom screen to allow for faster item switching—this offers better gameplay flow by eliminating all that pausing you had to endure in the original game.
As someone who’s already beaten Ocarina nearly two dozen times, though, I don’t want to have to finish it again just to access the Master Quest. I can understand leaving the Boss Rush mode (a time-trial challenge versus the game’s dungeon bosses) locked so as not to spoil anything for anyone new to Ocarina, but the Master Quest should’ve been an option from the beginning. Ocarina 3D also adds a more in-depth hint system beyond the original Gossip Stones—but since I’ve beaten the original countless times without extra hints, this just feels like another modern-day example of dumbing down a classic release.
Ocarina of Time 3D is still just as good as the original, though, and it’s a must-play for any gamer who’s somehow missed it up until now—shame on you! And it’s still worth picking up for returning players, of course. Even 13 years later, few games hold a candle to Ocarina of Time.
SUMMARY: Ocarina of Time 3D isn’t without its flaws—but even now, few games hold a candle to the original adventure and its amazing improved 3D graphics.
- THE GOOD: One of the best games of the past 15 years revamped for a new generation
- THE BAD: Need to complete story once to unlock Master Quest
- THE UGLY: New hint system is completely unnecessary