The legend of zelda: majora's mask review

The Legend of Zelda: Majora"s Mask Retro Review

by Kelton Rice - February 7, 2017, 10:05 pm EST Total comments: 2


When The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time first launched on the Nintendo 64 back in 1998, it was an instant masterpiece. Critics và fans alike christened it as one of the most important and beloved games of all time (a title it continues to hold). Imagine everybody’s surprise when The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask was revealed in the ensuing year. It looked like Ocarina, played lượt thích it, but was wholly different in every conceivable way. By the time the credits rolled fans were left with yet another timeless masterpiece that transcended expectations. Majora’s Mask made known it had something much more intriguing and compelling lớn convey.

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Majora’s Mask tells a much different tale than Ocarina, with a stylishly zany art style and color palette that draws closer comparisons lớn a Tim Burton film than a Zelda game. By using a melancholic story atmosphere, sad and somber music, & an overall eerie tone, it provided a truly unique experience I feel has still not been matched. The story picks up where Ocarina left off. Link, the anh hùng of Hyrule, has succeeded in his quest to lớn defeat Ganondorf and has been returned to his childhood in hopes that he might live a normal life. Without purpose và missing friend & companion Navi, links sets out to lớn find his missing fairy & meaning in the world. From there, Majora’s Mask is an evocative & emotional journey.


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Although the aesthetic và presentation are some of the most intriguing elements, Majora’s Mask shines brightest in world and character building. The world of Termina is about to kết thúc thanks to lớn the terrifying moon descending from the sky to lớn obliterate the hub đô thị of Clock Town. The player has three in-game days to lớn stop the moon from falling and killing everyone in its wake. This creates a scenario where the player must travel back in time and repeat the same three-day cycle over và over until you have saved the town from its imminent destruction. It is a smart và well-implemented mechanic that feels more thought out & novel than the standard Zelda premise.

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Majora’s Mask trumps its predecessor with its numerous side quests as well. In many games, side quests feel tacked on lớn pad the length, but here they connect you directly with the residents of Termina. These quests vary from saving a farm from aliens lớn bringing together two star-crossed lovers. These types of characterizations are often attempted in đoạn clip games but not often successful, và Majora’s Mask succeeds here in providing a real human touch to lớn the adventure. This makes the weight of saving everyone in Clock Town feel more pressing and personal, while providing the player with a sense of duty & responsibility.

Viewing Majora’s Mask through the lens of humanity, friendship, and responsibility allows it to stand out more so than almost any other video clip game, Zelda or otherwise. Of course, Majora’s Mask still has staples of the franchise like dungeons, fun puzzles, và engaging combat. While these aspects remain similar in concept, they are implemented in different ways that show off some rather impressive use of time manipulation & smart creative design. The trò chơi is a fun, charming, intelligent, & impressive feat. What used lớn be considered a cult classic has found its way into the hearts of many as an outstanding experience.

Although Majora shows its age in menu design, placement of items, & processes of completing tasks, it remains consistent và never feels dull. Some of the tasks & waiting for events lớn occur could feel a bit arduous by today’s standards (a problem the recent Grezzo remaster (LINK) addressed), but it never feels so frustrating as khổng lồ make the experience feel bogged down. By the adventure’s end, Termina feels lượt thích a place I want lớn revisit for years to lớn come. The musical score is also phenomenal with recurring composer Koji Kondo leading the helm. It strikes the perfect phối between lighthearted & sorrowful, creating the perfect mood given the melancholic tone.

Everything about Majora’s Mask culminates in a timeless masterpiece that is buoyed by an emotional, heartwarming, and evocative tale of a boy seeking purpose. To think that it came out in 2000 và it still holds up as much as it did back then is nothing short of amazing. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is still khổng lồ this day one of the greatest games of all time.