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revolutionaren ([personal profile] revolutionaren) wrote2012-01-30 10:10 pm

Ocarina of Time

 So, I've apparently jumped ship to Dreamwidth, but I'm still cross posting. LJ has gone a bit... weird lately. But let's just leave it at that.
So this is a fresh clean slate and hopefully get back into the whole blogging malark. Here's hoping, anyway.

So, genuinely, nothing much of any interest has happened recently. I still have a job, I still have a flat, life is good. I was off sick from work for two weeks (turns out it was tonsillitis, I work in a call centre. It wasn't going to happen). But by the end of the first week when I felt well enough to mull about the house, I picked up my 3DS and got down to playing Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Now, I've never played a Zelda game before in my life (aside from the free Four Swords download from the Nintendo eShop, but does that really count?), the only reason for this is purely because we never had the appropriate consoles growing up, we had no NES, no SNES, no N64 we had none of that (but we did have a Commodore 64, an Atari Lynx and a Philips CD-i before we moved onto Playstations). But everything I knew about Zelda is from pop cultural osmosis from the internet.
So rather than rant on about my mundane life, hear are my rambling thoughts on Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

So, yeah, its a good game, I'd happily recommend it, during the whole thing I was trying to imagine I was nine years old and playing it for the first time on a N64. I imagine my mind would have been blown, the scope is huge, and its the first 3D Zelda game, I imagine that was big deal back when.
I've got to admit though, half of the time I hadn't the foggiest idea what I was doing, how 10 year olds back in 1998 without the internet managed to ever complete this game completely escapes me. But I've never had to consult a walkthrough so much for any other game. I don't know if this is a good thing or not. I suppose it encourages really exploring the environment and discovering all sorts of hidden fun things, but maybe I just don't have the patience for that, maybe I'm thick, I don't know. I found the difficulty levels.. weird. Some of the temples would be rather frustratingly hard and then the whole end part in Ganon's Castle was rather easy compared to the temples. Maybe that's just me.
The biggest beef, and even then its just me being pedantic, is the story. Even then, its not a big problem and its just the result of being a Doctor Who fan, but oh my word, the time travelling. Dear sweet Jesus. My mind can not begin to comprehend the logic behind it, the Watsonian is me says "hey! its a magic! a wizard did it!" then the Doylist is shouting "THE TIMELINE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, THE TIMELINE!!!1!!". Doctor Who has ruined me. My biggest issue with the timeline is at the end when Zelda sends link back to his ten year old self before this whole mess started so he can live his childhood.
Here is a diagram:

(Mmm, too much time on my hands)
So, the green timeline is the one you play through, and at the end you are sent back to before you meet Zelda for the first time and then I assume Link goes and tells her everything, and we're led to believe she believes him and then crisis is averted and then follows the blue timeline so then the entire green timeline never happens and so Link was never sent back in time to tell Zelda anything. MMM PARADOX. But perhaps I am putting far, far too much thought into a 14 year old video game. I'm sure if I was 10 years old, I would have been all "cool, whatever, I'm down with that". Ho hum. So, to sum up, Zelda cocked everything up when she sent Link back and everything he did is just a memory and all the friendships formed then, now meaningless. My other Zelda niggles are her character design (her ears just stick out too much, it just looks off) and that after revealing her inclination for cross dressing, as soon as she puts her dress back on, she is kidnapped. Hmm.
But overall, its aces. Go play it.

Will I play any other Zelda games released on 3DS? Most definately. Will I go out of my way to play all the older games? ...Probably not, again lack of consoles and emulators just don't do it for me. Though there's one DS game that isn't a direct sequel thats perpetually on sale in CEX, maybe I'll investigate that. Who knows?

(and for my opinion on the whole Sheik/Zelda marlark? It's a magical disguise and I do not believe that Zelda grew a dick for the purpose of a disguise.)