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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Japan: November 21st, 1991
United States: April, 1992
The Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past is arguably one of the best
Super Nintendo games out there, and also being one of the best in
it's series. LTTP was one of the first Super Nintendo games I ever
played along with SMW, and was the first Zelda game I had played.
The moment I picked up the controller and started playing I was
hooked; even though I was playing off of some one else's profile and
never made any progress. Later on I purchased LTTP from Target, and
began to play vigorously non stop until I conquered the game 100%.
I was seriously that entrapped within it's perfectly shaped worldly
boundaries; that It was then that I promised my self to never leave
the world of Zelda.
The story starts off on a dark night plagued by a rampaging storm.
Link is in bed sleeping and his uncle, whom Link lives with, is
taking a moment to ease his nerves as he heads off into something
currently unknown to Link. Link is awoken by a strange voice in his
head pleading for help. His uncle tells link to not leave the house
and that he should return by morning. He than proceeds out the door
sword and shield in his hands. It is up to Link now to determine
what is happening. Who is this voice calling it self Zelda in his
head? Why is she being held in the castle by a wizard? Who are the
other missing girls? What is the seven wise men's seal? And
finally where has his uncle gone to prepared for battle in the
middle of the night?
Link exists in the huge and beautiful kingdom of Hyrule. Where
there are many different landscapes Link must travel including: a
desert, a mountain, a field, a forest, a lake, a river system, and
the plains where Hyrule Castle and Link's house reside. Not to
mention the entire altar world known as the golden land or the dark
world. Which is very similar to the normal "light world". Link
interacts with the numerous population of Hyrule and the Dark World,
who often give a helping hand to the small hero. There are also
numerous trials Link must face in these dual worlds including: 3
Light World Palaces and 8 Dark World Palaces. Not to mention all of
the obstacles in the landscapes. There are also many helpful
treasures hidden in the lands in which one of my favorites being the
friendly magical bee who seems to have a thirst for the blood of
evil. Which leads me into all of the beasts that roam the lands and
all of the mind controlled guards ready to halt your passage. They
even lay mines in the grass and sometimes hide in the bushes them
selves. The lands are also extremely rich with rupees and rupees.
There is just so much to explore and so many things you can do.
It's just amazing how they packed so much adventure into just one
I give the gameplay: 10/10
The graphics of this game are amazing for the time that the game
was made. All of your surroundings are filled with lush grass and
trees, the water is sparkling blue, and dark world...well is just
dark world. Each of the characters in the game have their own
unique look which is a huge plus for this age of game. The
creatures and monsters of the game also have their own original
looks and are all very cool. This game is just simply a work of
I give the graphics: 10/10
The sounds and music of this game are timeless. Although in Link
doesn't make any kind of noise himself the environment doesn't all
the talking. from the swish and power up of the sword to the thomps
and booms of arrows and bombs. The game has crisp clear sounds for
every thing. The music of the game, like all other Zelda games, is
amazing. From the three overworld themes to the palace music; both
light and dark. The music for the epilogue and the ending credits
were the perfect way to finish such an epic game. The sounds and
music of this game will ring on forever.
I give the sound: 10/10
This is the part of the scoring which will fall a bit. Although
this game is a timeless classic. It is much too long to be able to
play over and over again while getting the same experience. I
myself have conquered the game in the double digits because I love
the game so much, but of course that is just me. Of course every
time I beat it I say to myself "this is going to be the last time"
Than a year later I'll play it again, or it comes out on a different
system so I have to get it and beat it. Even though the average
player will probably only have beaten the game once.
I give the replayability: 4/10
The very first time I conquered the game was pretty tough in places
especially the further I got. For instance in Turtle Rock one of
the rooms before the boss room was a room filled with a maze of
tracks and you had to find your way to the switch and than to the
door while navigating your way through the door while getting
attacked by rotating arms of fire. Ganon's tower wasn't the easiest
thing in the world either. Plus some of the palaces had some tricky
parts to them also. Of course I've beaten the game so many times
it's not even a challenge anymore, but for the first time I played
it. It was actually pretty hard.
I give the challenge: 7/10
The only thing really frustrating about the game was figuring out
how to get into a specific room in Ganon's tower. Although the room
wasn't necessary for beating the tower I still wanted to get in.
I've figured out how to get in a few years ago, finally, so now I'm
I give the frustration: .0004/10
The value of this game is infinite. Like I said before this game
is timeless. It will live on forever in my and many other's
hearts. I can honestly say that this game has had a major impact on
my younger life.
I give the value: 10/10
Overall this game is perfect. From the epic story of a hero, to
the lush environments, the epic music, and the absolute fun of the
gameplay. This game is perfect and there's not anything else to be
said about that.
I give The Legend of Zelda: A
Link to the Past: 10/10
In conclusion this game will live on to be one of the best SNES
games and possibly one of the best games of all time. Definitely in
the top three best Zelda games ever made.
Written By: Sakon
Date Submitted: August 13th, 2007