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POSTED 12/2/14


THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK BETWEEN WORLDS

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You’re once, twice, three- erm, four, five, six – lots times a Linky...

Yep, everybody’s fave green-clad, sword-toting hero - unless Inigo Montoya’s donned a snazzy verdant number - Link is hardly any stranger to pixels. He’s been around since 1986, outdating many a videogamer. But not us, we’re old and farty.

PARP!

Sorry.

Why this onion-tied-to-belt type ramble? Well, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (hitherto referred to as the rather crickety ‘LBW’) reminds us of our first time sliding a chunky grey cartridge into our chunky grey NES, pushing it down, shutting the flap and turning it on. Then turning it off, pulling out the cartridge, blowing on the connectors (which we’ve since learned is bad, even though it worked), repeating most of the stuff above and meeting Link and the one and only, you wanted the best you got the best, Princess Zelda! Woo!

It reminds us even more, however, of A Link to the Past on the SNES, probably as it’s a kindasorta sequelistic follow-on thingummy-like doobrie. All three games we’re yabbering about feature a three quarterish topdown view, and LBW certainly doesn’t suffer from such old school worship.

Another boon’s a lack of the flab that too many recent games badoomp around their waists. Want endless cutscenes? Tough! LBW gets down to the action quickly, without sacrificing story – it’s just meted out in nibbly-sized chunkettes as you Hyrule trundle. The same goes within dingy Lorule adventures which ensue, after discovering an ability to flatten up and traverse between two worlds. This ties in with the big bad, some wizard bloke who turns your pals into paintings – literally.

A love letter to the Zelda pitter-patters of old – bulging with secrets, minigames, collectibles and more - anybody with even a vague squishy spot for Link should adore getting caught by LBW.

take me back to the start...

 



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