Game Reviewed: The Legend of Zelda: A link Beteen Worlds
Release Date: Nov. 22nd, 2013
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Eiji Aonuma
Platform: [Reviewed: Nintendo 3DS]
Genre: Action Adventure
Rated: E for everyone
Shhh… Do you guys hear that? That’s the sound of people talking GOTY. Yup that’s right. It is after all that time of the year again. And everyone is tossing around their predictions for Game of the Year. Here at IRB Gamer, we have been hearing a lot of talk about the new Zelda title “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” so we figured we better give this title a play to see what all the fuss is about.
The Legend of Zelda series is probably one of the best and most successful Nintendo video game series to date, next to the Mario/Super Mario series that is. And this isn’t an opinion based statement, it is fact! Just google it. A Legend of Zelda game always comes up. Zelda has been around since 1986 when the first title “The Legend of Zelda” was released in Japan. It was later released in the USA and Europe in 1987 and since then has sold over 67 million copies. That number alone speaks for itself. Now that’s no 788.61 million copies that the Mario series (combined with Super Mario and Mario Kart) sold, or even the 120 million copies that the Call of Duty series has, but it is definitely significant when it comes to Nintendo titles.
A Link Between Worlds has the same idea as all the other Zelda titles. Link must complete a set of tasks, defeat the enemy, then save Princess Zelda and the Kingdom of Hyrule. Pretty simple right? Well yes the basic idea is, but as we know from previous titles the Zelda games are known for their puzzle like dungeons. So be prepared to put some thought into this game.
In A Link Between Worlds fans of the series will notice that the story carries on from where “A Link to the Past” left off. And Because of the events which took place in “A Link to the Past” the Triforce was separated into its
3 pieces and separated. This was done in hopes to protect the Kingdom from evil, but as we know from previous titles, Like the Orcarina of Time, this is ever actually the case. Early on in the game it is up to you to Locate all 3 parts to return to Princess Zelda.
At the beginning of A Link Between Worlds fans will find themselves playing as Link, like usual, no shocker there. You are awoken by Gulley because you are late!!! It is up to you to deliver a sword for Gulley’s dad to the Captain before he leaves. But before you are even able to get the sword to the Captain you find him with Yuga, a very evil man, who turns the minister’s daughter into a Painting. A PAINTING… What the?
*Yawn* You awaken back home, but who is that? Some strange guy has brought you home only to tell you what has happened. So you weren’t dreaming after all. Ravio, a wandering Merchant, has likely saved your life. He is very important to you throughout the game as he is the source to your tools and weapons. He also directs you on your quest for the earlier parts of A Link Between Worlds.
Later on during your travels you come across Yuga again, but this time he wants to capture Princess Zelda. Your attempt to foil his plan is not successful and not only does he capture Zelda but he turns you into a painting as well. But unbeknownst to Yoga this is how you obtain your new found power of transforming into your 2D painting form. It is this power that allows you to access other areas of Hyrule that you would normally not be able to reachable, as well as another world, Lorule.
Lorule can only be accessed via cracks in the walls which can only be entered via Links 2D dimensional form. It is a parallel world to Hyrule sharing a very similar geographical layout, but is a much darker and very uninviting place. This is where you must obtain all 7 of the captured sages before it is too late and Hyrule is destroyed forever.
When It comes to Graphics The Legend of Zelda: A link Between Worlds is awesome. It features both 2D and 3D graphics and utilizes the awesome 3D feature of the 3DS system. Gameplay is all seen on the top screen where you can adjust the level of 3D effect and the bottom screen is for your map and backpack. It is here where you can switch between things and select items.
Both Gameplay and Controls are super simple. If you have ever played a single Zelda game before you will be able to figure it out no problem. If you are new to the series there is a lot of information given as you unlock stuff and acquire new items to teach you how to play, but if all else fails you can simply wander the large map attacking random characters to learn on your own.
The one thing I did not like about this title was how early on in the game when you go to Ravio, the merchant, to purchase new weapons you can’t actually buy anything. You can only rent items. This means you don’t actually own anything. And since Ravio owns every thing every time you die he sends someone to recollect them leaving you defenseless and forced to rent them yet again. This is annoying and can be costly if you don’t have potions, fairies or milk in your inventory to heal yourself while in battle. But thankfully you do eventually unlock the ability to buy all the items later on in the game.
Overall A Link Between Worlds is the best game I have played on my 3DS to date. And is the Best Zelda game since the Orcarina of Time, if not better. Yeah I did just say that. Orcarina of Time finally has some competition. You have piles and piles of collectible items to find that range from tasks to complete, to items to collect and upgrade. This gives you countless hours of gameplay. Not to mention the simple pleasure you get from just running around being Link.
For all you Zelda fans out there this game is a MUST have. And I must admit I totally get all the Game of the Year chatter.
*The “Sales” stats of Games listed above are all Sales up to 2011. And do not depict any sales that have occured since 2011*
Overall Rating: 5/5