The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (G)
Out: Tomorrow The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the most revered games of all time.
This 3DS remake lets fans take a trip back to Hyrule and lets new players see what all the fuss is about.
Players take on the role of Link, a male fairy who must venture from the safety of his village to stop the evil Ganondorf and save the land.
To do this, he’ll explore towns, venture into labyrinthine dungeons, collect artefacts, learn new skills, battle towering bosses and even travel in time.
It was a classic game design 13 years ago and the sense of progression is as compelling now as it ever was.
Every new tool Link acquires ties cleverly into beating enemies, solving puzzles and opening up the world. The controls have been adapted well, with good use of the touchscreen, while a hint system has been incorporated in case players get stuck.
The gameplay is faithful to the original version.
The biggest changes have been made in presentation, with much sharper looking environments, more detail on characters and good use of the system’s glasses-free 3D display. It’s still blocky and sparse in places, but there’s no doubt this is the best Ocarina has ever looked.
While there are some legacy issues with the fiddly camera and lock-on system, minor niggles can’t take away from what is still a genuinely excellent slice of gaming.
Veterans also have the game’s Master Quest to look forward to. This is a more challenging version of the game, with a mirrored world, harder enemies and tweaked dungeons. CAM SHEA
Compelling: Link on horseback and, inset, the hero in action.