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Has Zelda Become One Of The Most Overrated Series Around?

MasonicGamer: Put down your pitch forks everyone, I’m not here to fight but rather here to question. This isn’t exactly a post I was looking to forward to writing but it’s something that’s been bugging for me a while, the last couple of years in fact. The arrival of Ocarina of Time for the 3DS made me wonder if this series was just riding off past success and now Wind Waker HD seems to confirm that as a yes.

The Legend of Zelda will always be one of my most cherished memories, I still recall the days of when I played the original on the NES. Whilst many games at the time were some kind of simple 2D side-scroller, Zelda was the first time I felt like I was embanking on an adventure.

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MONKEYDLUFFY1068d ago

Zelda is the ultimate video game franchise it is not overrated.

MasonicGamer1068d ago

Nice to see you read the title, do you want to elaborate on your thoughts to why it is "the ultimate video game franchise".

sonic9891068d ago

exactly
but dont use common sense on this web site LOL

off topic
your name is somehow creepy lol

sonic9891068d ago (Edited 1068d ago )

oops double post sorry

XB1_PS41068d ago

The one's I have played, LoZ, Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword, were amazing. Skyward Sword being my least favorite.

I can understand, sort of, what this guy is saying. I haven't played the portable versions, so I cannot speak on those.

Still my favorite franchise of all time.

MONKEYDLUFFY1068d ago (Edited 1068d ago )

Well when it comes to quality it has no peer. When I think of video games I think Zelda. It is always changing always evolving. It has shaped the industry with games like OOT. Again it has no peer

ThanatosDMC1068d ago

^You need to play more games then.

TruthbeTold1068d ago (Edited 1068d ago )

In an industry where games like The Last of Us are vehemently deemed 'game of the year' a year before they release by thousands of gamers, I don't see Zelda as one of the most overrated series. There are some things it seems to get a free pass on though, and those things do need to be called out from time to time.

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Dante811068d ago

I agree. They space the titles out appropriately, so it always feels fresh when I play through a new one.

triforce791068d ago

Ultimate game series by a country mile END OF over rated don't make me laugh ive seen over 200 reviews on zelda games all over 90% they cant all be wrong ??? plus i will tell u they are perfect games all of them.

dafegamer1068d ago

Indeed, zelda is still one of the best franchises in gaming

3-4-51068d ago

Some of the games are overrated but the series as a whole is batting over .300

Shnazzyone1067d ago

Seeing as this guy judged an 40 hour game by the first 7 hours (and probably never understood all the nuance in the motion controls.) . I don't think he's exactly someone who is in frame of mind to judge the franchise. Zelda isn't overrated. Zelda is simply Iconic and well managed. I'll happily admit phantom hourglass and spirit tracks were only okay but something should be pointed out. It's still not a bad game. The story was good just the flow was hampered by returning to a central point to progress further.

Zelda is iconic because it's always innovated in gameplay to tell its story like no other game franchise does. As long as every entry is full of great gameplay and puzzles... I will always be excited for a new game. Despite how this random guy who didn't even give skyward sword a chance says.

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Neonridr1068d ago

I would like you to elaborate on how Skyward Sword was met with a "meh" reaction when it released. It was a GOTY contender and currently has a metacritic rating of 93. I know you mentioned the whole metacritic rating in your article, but games don't just magically average out that kind of score with horrible, dated designs and poor combat mechanics as you put it.

A "meh" game doesn't receive those kinds of accolades.

Wind Waker was missed by a lot of people who didn't own a Gamecube. This is a chance for a new generation to experience that game, with enhanced visuals.

And as for A Link Between Worlds being too much like A Link to the Past.... well it's a direct sequel to the game, don't you think it should share elements from its predecessor?

Obviously EVERY Zelda game is not going to be a hit with every person out there, as they usually try some unique things from time to time (Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass), but those games were still well received by the majority.

Twilight Princess was what everyone craved, it was their Spaceworld 2000 demo turned to a real game. It was what everyone wanted Wind Waker to actually be, before they saw the cel-shaded look.

Regardless, if you don't feel as excited about playing the next Zelda adventure, then that's your opinion, and it's valid. I know that ALBW and the Wii U Zelda are both going to be fantastic experiences that I am so looking forward to.

WeAreLegion1068d ago

Critics loved Skyward Sword. Many fans loved it, too. I thought the poor control scheme and lack of compelling story ruined it though. The visuals were incredible, however.

_QQ_1068d ago

Amazing control scheme*

Blacklash931068d ago (Edited 1068d ago )

I thought the controls were one of the new things that worked out, honestly. I never found Zelda's combat as interesting as it became with these new motion controls and the puzzles surrounding the new movements were new and fresh for the franchise. I also liked the Stamina mechanic and faster climbing, though there's still more improvements to be made. The item upgrades were also good ways to keep old items fresh and useful.

The bird travel, the backtrack-centric design, and Fi's incessant hand-holding are what really dragged the game down.

DejectedJeff1068d ago

Im sorry but SS is overrated. A sequel that subtracts from what made the series what it was (nonlinearity) is not a great game. That combined with the incessant hand holding, uninspired dungeons, and VERY annoying side character make the game par at best. The usually intuitive controls dont make up for it.
Reviews arent telling. See mass effect 3, ff13, amongst others.

stylishjerk1068d ago

I agree I was going to make an article about this. If a Sony or Microsoft studio made Skyward Sword it would have received 7.5-8.0 tops for its dated design, but since it's Nintendo we can excuse all those problems for nostalgia.

diepdiep1068d ago

Zelda and "overrated" don't mix.

Moncole1068d ago

Only when you say Zelda is not overrated.

deafdani1068d ago

Lol, nice comeback. I don't agree with it, but it was still pretty witty. XD

MyFeetHurt1068d ago (Edited 1068d ago )

OH CRAP ZELDA OVERRATED- THE REMIXXXX>>>>

edited cuzzzzz is cussing allowed?

TheEnigma3131068d ago

Zelda is always a memorable experience; it doesn't get no where near the amount of hype as other series.

Nerdmaster1068d ago (Edited 1068d ago )

For me Zelda is overrated since A Link To The Past. The only Zelda I ever cared to finish is Twilight Princess, and that's probably because it was my first "serious" game that used the Wii Remote. I tried to play practically all the other Zelda games (including the 3DS remake of Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword) thinking "maybe this is the one that will get me to the series", but never played them more than a few hours.

Neonridr1068d ago

Wow, surprised you never played Ocarina back on the N64. That game is regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest video games ever created.

Nerdmaster1068d ago

I did play Ocarina on N64. I said "I tried to play practically all the other Zelda games" and highlighted only the newest ones, but I tried Zelda on NES, A Link To The Past on SNES, Ocarina and Majora's Mask on N64, Minish Cap on GBA, Phantom Hourglass on DS, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword on Wii. The only "major" Zelda games I didn't try to play were Wind Waker and Zelda II. And of all of those, the only one I bothered to finish was Twilight Princess.

I know that if I never liked even the first Zelda (or Ocarina, since people say it's the best one), it will be almost impossible for me to like the rest. But I'm a sucker for hype and marketing, I even bought Project Diva for Vita when I was in Japan just because there were advertisements everywhere, and I hate Hatsune Miku... So I end up buying Zelda games even knowing that (at least Skyward Sword came with a cool golden Wii Remote). And I liked Twilight Princess, so maybe there is hope.

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