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Arguably the greatest game on the SNES and GBA,
This review is from: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Four Swords (GBA) (Video Game)
The third game in the formidable Legend of Zelda series, 'A Link to the Past' is an outstanding RPG (Role-Playing Game)/ Adventure created by Nintendo. Many would argue, it is one of the best RPGs for the 16-bit console generation. This is the first Zelda game for the SNES and remains a brilliantly crafted game, providing plenty of gameplay for all ages. Learn where Link once was to be found before Nintendo evolved the Zelda franchise with later masterpieces such as Ocarina of Time! Before I proceed further, I must state that its not necessary to have played the previous two zelda games, or know their stories, to enjoy this one. Zelda 3 works great as a standalone RPG on the SNES and can be picked up as a title in its own right.
Your ultimate quest is to defeat Ganon but along the way there are plenty of sub-quests, characters to meet, additional accessories to find, secrets to discover and puzzles to solve. Some of these may be essential to your progress whilst others can provide a fun diversion. A much loved & welcomed touch are the variety of mini-games which can yield cash prizes, ammunition or even special items! The spacious inventory allows you to store boomerangs, bows & arrows, bombs, rupees, magic powder, spell-casting rods, magic bottles and many other sundry things. Weapons collected need ammunition or magic powder and items can be kept for later use or given to other characters to complete sub-quests. My only small query is that weapons and items are mixed together in the inventory, both of which could be quicker to access if seperated.
Gameplay is where Zelda stands tall above all! The game is one of the most accessible RPGs and is ideal for those beginners to the RPG genre. This game has an almost perfect combination of combat, puzzle-solving and adventuring. You start in your humble cottage outside the palace with just a lamp to guide your way through the dark, wind and rain outside. But before you know it you'll journey through forests, swamps, deserts and stretching mountain ranges. And that's just in the light world! In the dark world, locations are mirrored in a twist way to the light world where locations can be perceived familiar and strangely together. Nintendo have proven once again that they really are the kings of gameplay.
The game is presented in a top-down 2D map-like perspective with Link moving around on a large, highly detailed gameworld. With simple use of colour and shading, the graphics work very well in presenting the 'light' world and the 'dark' world in good contrast. There are plenty of sparkling visual details and effects, although not as eye-popping as later RPG releases such as Squaresoft's Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy 3. For today's photo-realistic 3D worlds, Zelda doesn't seem so much outdated as wonderfully nostalgic! In its own way, it is charming to behold. The sound and music are very well executed! With plenty of sword clink-clashes, explosions and rumbles Zelda 3 rocks your world in the best way a 16-bit game can! The sound effects do have that trademark Nintendo quirkiness - cartoonish in a Japanese style but not totally weird! The music features many memorable tunes not least the famous Zelda signature theme! The game is scored with plenty of atmospheric, dramatic or even melodic music setting their locations & scenes seamlessly.
This is the first RPG I've ever played and the first Zelda game I've ever played. Its over a decade old now, but ardent RPG enthusiasts should not sit smug without having this one under their belt (or inventory). It is one the most easily picked up yet difficult to master RPGs of its time and will take away plenty of precious hours, days or even weeks! An absolute unmissable title, Zelda 3 provides an almost flawless precedent to the later 3D world, cinematic, cel-shaded spectular Zelda titles on N64 & NGC. Be a part of the epic (yet conflicting) Zelda mythology and prepare for a wonderful gaming experience.