BanjoPickles wrote:I'm seven hours in, and I'm actually going to admit that this is either the best Zelda since LttP, or the best game in the series! It gets rid of the hand holding that, in my opinion, dragged the series down, ramps up the difficulty, and brought back the sense of wonder from the first game!
I was seriously not expecting the game to be this good! If I were to put a grade on it, based on what I've seen up to this point, I would easily give it an A+!
David wrote:Total freedom. 10/10, A+, superlative, superlative, superlative. I wonder how it will be going back to the other Zeldas after this one. In comparison the previous entries are very rigid and linear.
Well, I decided to find out. And you know what? To truly capture the feeling I had in 1988 (When all my friends played this), I have to play "Breath of the Wild". In both games, you are plunked down into this huge world (LoZ was huge in NES standards),and it's on you to figure out what to do. In Legend of Zelda, my mom would interrupt my game to have me clean my room. In BotW, my wife interrupts the game to have me fill the dishwasher. And they say you can't go home again! Although, back then, I never figured out that if I just took fifteen friggin minutes to clean my room instead of pouting about it, I could have been back playing in no time.
But I digress. When I played LoZ, I put on my 1988 shoes (My Reebok Pumps), and imagined myself as a kid playing this for the first time. The game is harder than I remember when you just have a go at the dungeons, instead of collecting every heart container and item you can before completely annihilating Level 1. Secrets and locations that I've known for years I can see myself struggling to find if I didn't know any better. Just like in Breath of the Wild.
The thing of it is, now I wonder which Zelda game was the best for its time. They both had very little hand-holding, and they both gave you that sense of adventure and nostalgia that has become the predominant reason for playing Zelda.
And I can't forget where it all started.