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Submitted by legendoflex 738d ago | opinion piece

The Adventure of Link Convinced Me That Zelda is an RPG

GenGAME writes: "Zelda II definitely plays like a role-playing game, but as it does so, it captures the heart of what makes the series great." (3DS, Nintendo DS, The Legend of Zelda, Wii, Wii U, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link)

mike1up  +   738d ago
Nice read.
dedicatedtogamers  +   738d ago
If you look back at the context into which Zelda was released, it was neither an RPG nor an action game. The marketing used taglines to describe it as "the action of the arcades meets the depth of the computer role-playing game".
CLOUD1983  +   738d ago
Zelda is not rpg get serious it's an action-adventure with a lot of platforming, stop this bullshit already.
mike1up  +   738d ago
If you actually played Zelda 2, or read the article, then you would know that it is the ONLY RPG in the series!

-Random encounters
-XP
-Freedom to choose how Link levels up

It's not BS, it is a fact.
Patriots_Pride  +   738d ago
I think the term Role Playing Games is subjective.

You ave people that play games like FF,Crono Trigger, Last Odyssey, Blue Dragon and you have people that play games like Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Fall Out, Skyrim, Dues Ex.

So Clouds view and your view of RPG is different but in the end RPG is just that a ROLE PLAYING GAME which to me even games like The Sims and Kinectimals are RPG's.
mike1up  +   738d ago
@Patriots_Pride

Agreed, and excellent points. I just got irritated because the author never argues that the Zelda series, as a whole, is an RPG series.

The point of the article was that heavy RPG elements from Zelda 2 were completely abandoned. The author only challenges the proverbial "black sheep" label, and ponders what the series would be like if RPG elements were kept intact.

The "BS shoe" definitely does not fit here.
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CLOUD1983  +   738d ago
1 game is not enough to call the whole series rpg dont u think?

I play mostly JRPGs for the past 15+ years, ppl who call games like Zelda, Mass Effect, Fall Out, Dues Ex & many others rpg they dont have idea for what they r talking about, it's a different thing when 1 game is pure rpg & different when it's a shooter, action-adventure with rpg elements.

Every clueless dude out there believe that a game is an rpg when it have some dialogue screens & u can choose to answer differently for your char a few times on some occasions, my advice to those ppl? get a clue.
itBourne  +   738d ago
I did like the article as well, but I still think Zelda is the most overrated franchise ever.
Patriots_Pride  +   738d ago
Really?? You must have never played a game called Mario.

At least Zelda has some sort of Story.
cpayne93  +   738d ago
Mario doesn't need a good story to be a great game, because the most important part of a game is gameplay. Super mario 64 remains one of my favorite games of all time and it barely had a story. Same for smb 3.
itBourne  +   735d ago
Dont get me wrong Zelda games were great back in the day. But the formula as grown tiresome and old.

I think it gets a free pass in a lot of areas simply because its Zelda.
DivineAssault  +   738d ago
Zelda 2 was one of my favorite games on NES.. That game was under rated as hell.. It was excellent
WeskerChildReborned  +   738d ago
I'm really hoping that the Zelda tech demo for Wii U will become a game. BTW, nice article.
Jirachi  +   738d ago
The term rpg means it has some roots in d&d,not that your playing a role(if that was the case every game but tetris would be an rpg) every single rpg ever made has at least 2 of these things

1.exp 2.turn based battles 3.the gameplay is a means to advance the plot(which is the exact opposite of zelda) 4.voice acting 5.2 or more people in a party(st is the closest zelda's come to this) 6.is inspired by d&d or inspired by a game that was inspired by d&d.

Zelda doesn't have any of those things.
Treian  +   738d ago
Zelda 2 is the black sheep in the series...
gamerben  +   738d ago
How can you blame it? It's the second zelda game ever made. They didn't know the play style yet...
Treian  +   738d ago
even the creator of zelda said it was the odd game :P
tweet75  +   738d ago
it was odd but as good as any other zelda in its own way
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   738d ago
Good Read.

I thought that SS brought some of the combat back too.

As many enemies in SS had to be swung at from an undefended direction.

Also, the Upgrades of weapons seemed like a step toward the old days.

Neverthless, I thoroughly enjoyed Zelda 2 and I think that it's one reason why I did not like LTtP as much as everyone else.

I hope someday that Nintendo makes a kind of "Sonic Generation " game that showcases all of the Gameplay styles that Zelda has had over the years

Maybe When Link travels in to the past he goes into Zelda 1's game style and continues onward thru SS graphic style.

But it would be hard to make such a game cohesive.

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