The Le­gend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (G)

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3DS, $69.95

★★★★★

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.

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