Game Review: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Soooo, I decided to write a review on the first ever Zelda game I have played to completion and only the second Zelda game I’ve played full stop.
This game already has high praise and it is well and truly deserved with many calling it the best Zelda game ever made.

And so without further ado here is my review of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of T-“HEY!”
Navi not now, I’m trying to write a re-“HEY LISTEN!”
Navi shut up, I just told you I’m trying to write a review for the ga-“HEY!”
NAVI, WILL YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP, I DON’T WANT TO LISTEN, I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING, FOR GODS SAKE YOU ARE SUCH AN ANNOYING PIECE OF SH-“HEY!” DON’T INTERRUPT ME!!!!!! I HAVE HAD IT WITH YOU, FEEL THE WRATH OF DIN’S FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m sorry readers, I lost my cool there for a second but it’s fine. The er, situation has been…taken care of (No fairies were harmed in the making of this review)

BUT ANYWAY, back to what I was saying about Ocarina of Time.
So the basic story is you’re a young hero tasked with saving Hyrule from the King of Evil Ganondorf. You do this by beating different dungeons and temples and collecting various items that will help you along the way.
I had trouble with the game at first because it had been years since I had played a N64 and had to get used to the controller again, but after a few hours, I was able to control Link fairly fluently and progress quite smoothly.
However, this game was far from easy, I spent 90% of the game wondering around because I couldn’t figure out what to do next. Admittedly, that’s probably down to me not keeping track of where I had already been or using the map and compass effectively but some parts of the game were so confusing they made my head hurt.
I’m not saying it’s one of the most difficult games ever, because it’s just not but it’s the first game to challenge me in quite a while and I think that’s pretty good. What’s the point of playing a game if you can just beat it like it was nothing?
While on the subject of difficulty one of the bosses kinda annoyed me, not because it was difficult, it was the exact opposite in fact. The boss of the Spirit Temple (which is the last temple before the final battle at Ganon’s Tower) was stupidly easy and it pissed me off. I was expecting to die at least 5 times before beating it but no, I beat it 1st try and didn’t even lose 5 hearts. The Two Witches were such a let down in terms of difficulty, the penultimate boss should make you dread what comes next but they just didn’t.
However, all the bosses were so brilliantly designed, they all looked amazing. Every boss was so different to the last and it was like someone had taken a 10 year old’s art book and said, “Yeah, these are our bosses”
They were all awesome to look at and the majority were challenging to beat.

There’s actually some replay value to the game too, there’s many side quests you can undertake and secret items and spells you can get to give that extra edge when trying to beat the game. Each side quest is interesting albeit sometimes confusing to accomplish. Some you can’t beat unless you know or happen to come across something or someone
(running guy) randomly and then guess what you need to do. My advice to anyone playing this game therefore is to be curious about everything, talk to everyone and leave no stone unturned, explore everything and travel every inch of Hyrule. It will make the game longer but you’ll get more stuff. Don’t expect anything to come easy in this game because it takes your time and effort to get 100% in this game.

But if you’re not really interested in getting every item, then just ignore the side quests, the main story is still gripping and fun to play through. The dialogue is kinda slow but hey, maybe I’m just impatient.

Overall, this game is well designed, controls pretty well, has a decent story, a lot of challenging puzzles and enemies and was a lot of fun to play. I give it a 9/10 and may invest my time in some other Zelda games in the future.

Thanks for reading.

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Online Gaming is AWFUL! (and other stuff about the gaming industry)

Hello readers, I found something to moan about at the same time I got the urge to write so here we are; WOOHOO!!!

ONLINE GAMING!!! It is, without a doubt, the thing I hate the most about the gaming industry right now.

Let me paint you a picture; but before that let me tell you my thoughts so you can visualise it in your head (I’m so funny)

Gaming, before online capabilities were given to other platforms than the PC, was a very social thing to do, despite what some people may tell you. I can remember going round friends houses often to play video games on ONE console (can you imagine?) and we would be in the SAME ROOM (WOAH, MIND=BLOWN).

And guess what, there was no: swearing, abuse, offensive comments or hearing sexual slurs from kids who haven’t even hit puberty yet. It was a friendly environment and provided much joy in my childhood.

NOW, online gaming on the other hand has, ironically, destroyed the social aspects of gaming. It is a poison to the gaming industry and is creating a generation of gamers who will never understand what true gaming is. Forgive my words, as they may be perceived as an exaggeration of such, but gaming is nothing short of an artform; there are some games that can just…amaze you and leave you feeling nothing but wonder and joy. I haven’t seen that in a while, a game that hits you hard and makes an impression as soon as you hit start (or whatever the hell they’re calling it now, like seriously why change the start button?).

I miss the cable days of gaming, the physicality that linking up had and the friendships gaming used to help you form.

However, there are more aspects to gaming than online capabilities.

In my opinion, the gaming industry has become too ‘adult’. It’s lost it’s creativity. A lot of companies seem to be playing it safe instead of making games that go beyond your imagination and explode into existence leaving aftershocks of pure awesome!

The next gen consoles are a prime example of the loss of creativity. I have no idea who designed the Xbox One but, to me, it just looks like an old video player; it’s boring and bulky. The PS4 doesn’t look much better either.

I’m sure somewhere along the line these consoles will have a few glorious gems to offer but for now I’m not seeing much.

Ah, back to the point of ‘playing it safe’ 1st person shooters are a type of game I think needs to be put to rest for a while; there are just too many and it’s getting a little stale now. I think at least a 10 year break is needed from that type of game to give a chance for something new and fresh to come along. I also think gaming company should try and create new concepts for games now or at the very least revive some old concepts we haven’t seen for a while.

I know my opinion doesn’t particularly matter in all this but I feel it’s something that needs to be sorted. Although I have come across a glimmer of hope from the absolutely brilliant Nintendo. I shall leave you with a trailer for one of the bizarrest games I’ve ever seen and one I think will be unbelievably popular.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Super Mario Sunshine: Best Game Ever?

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The game I write about now is nothing less than happiness in a box. Even the name promotes happiness ‘Super Mario Sunshine’ it’s just great. I should mention that Super Mario Sunshine is my all-time favourite game; there is no other game that I loved playing as much as this.

However the question I ask today is whether this is the ‘Best Game’ which is a completely different matter than that of favouritism. This game is indeed very, very good. It has excellent gameplay, it was a fresh concept to the Super Mario series , with a variety of new enemies and also new methods of defeating those enemies rather than just jumping on their heads.

Also the graphics and look of this game were, quite frankly, amazing for the time of it’s release. If you were to compare this game to a Super Mario game on the Wii, for example, you’d hardly see a difference.

There is one thing that may disappoint some people about this game and that’s the story. In terms of actual stories, it’s less like a novel and more like a children’s book but in a game like this I think that’s kind of the point. Everything in this game is silly and childlike, even Bowser. He’s not at all scary or intimidating in this game and Nintendo actually turned him into a domesticated father with the addition of Baby Bowser.

The lies that Bowser told his son, claiming that Princess Peach was his mother, allowed us to see a human side to the villain we’d loved to hate. It was new. That’s the thing that made me love this game so much. It’s because they took an old series in a new direction, adding new tools such as F.L.U.D.D. and also each boss was completely different to the last. It wasn’t just ‘HEY, YOU SEE THIS BOSS? YOU SHOULD SPRAY HIM WITH WATER!’ and also it isn’t just ‘You should jump on this dude’ like in previous games.

The best example of this is Petey the Pirahna Plant. He is the first boss you face in the game; during the first battle you have to spray water into his mouth and then ground pound his stomach however we meet Petey again except he sits too far for your water to reach. SO WHAT DO YOU DO? You shoot little pigs at him of course. Another new concept and method of defeating enemies just to beat the same boss.

Nintendo went all out on this game. They made something truly amazing and just the right amount of silly to bring smiles to anyone who plays it.

So back to my original question, Is Super Mario Sunshine the ‘Best Game’ ever? And the answer I’ve come up with is that I just don’t care. It doesn’t need to be the best game, it will still always be my favourite.

Kings of Gaming: Nintendo

This one is dedicated purely to, perhaps, the greatest gaming company on the planet; Nintendo. Throughout the last couple of decades Nintendo has gained the respect and love of millions of gamers. They may not have the best technology or the best graphics in their games but Nintendo know their audience like no other company. They cater for many different people and offer a wide variety of games. You may say ‘Well so do other companies’ however, the games that Nintendo produce inspire more happiness in gamers than anything else could. Nintendo has given us such games as ‘Legend of Zelda’ and the ‘Super Mario’ series alongside others only available on their consoles such as the Pokemon series produced by GameFreak. As a gamer I found no greater joy than when playing these games and the reason I think these games are loved so much is because Nintendo doesn’t go over the top. Companies like Microsoft and Sony will produce games and focus so much on how it looks that they sometimes forget that games are supposed to tell a story and connect to those playing. Nintendo rarely makes that mistake. However while I sing their praises for this reason I must also say that in recent years Nintendo has left me feeling disappointed. When the Nintendo Wii was released I looked upon it in awe. I was expecting so much after playing the Gameboy and the Gamecube but the Wii just didn’t deliver. Neither did the DS or 3DS. Don’t get me wrong they are great consoles and have many good qualities but they lack that special quality that previous Nintendo consoles had. I will never look at a Wii or a DS and think ‘That was worth every penny’ but, even today, I still think of the Gameboy and Gamecube and genuinely smile; I want to play them again. The reason Nintendo were the Kings of Gaming, in my opinion, was because they made consoles that you literally fell in love with. You didn’t see them as machines, you saw them as part of your life of gaming and would keep them in your memories no matter what came next. That’s the Nintendo that everyone fell in love with and that’s the Nintendo I want to see come back.