Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Retro Gaming

Current-gen games look better and are far more complex compared to older, especially console, games, but arent necessarily any more fun! I'm certainly not the first person to think and blog this, but its actually true...
Recently I went to LAN event and came back with a SNES emulator and a few ROMS, just for kicks. I played StarFox and Street Fighter and then loaded up Zelda 3. Zelda fans probably know where I'm going with this one...

I've never played a Zelda game before. There, I said it. I call myself a gamer but have never played Zelda. So I figured I would give it a go and see what all the fuss was about.

An hour later I was still playing and having a great time! The graphics are actually pretty good with rain effects and different environments. The story unfolds just quickly enough to keep you interested.

It can be frustrating at times though. If youre not careful, it can seem like you have looked everywhere for the secret entrance or key and just cant find it. I admit I resorted to a walkthrough for the very first task! (Although that was because I didn't know Link (the character) could push obstacles around...!)

Its the attention to detail which may be what sets this game apart, even today. Walking outside into the rain, you hear the rain, walking back inside it stops. Sounds like such a simple thing but it feels really cool in a game this old.

Everyone talks about the Zelda music, and it really sticks in your head. Its the kind of music you find yourself humming to yourself the next morning on the way to work.

Really recommend you check this game out, I'm not an RPG fan at all but I loved it. I used the free ZSNES emulator and had no stability or performance problems. (Although I am running a E6600 Core 2 Duo & 7900GT) Im sure the ROM can be found somewhere on the internet...