It's an arguement that's plagued our world since the days of Nintendo 64. Casual fans love the gameplay and continual hack-n-slash greatness of OoT, while hardcore fans love the complexity and darkness of MM. So which one takes the gold?
When I first began playing Zelda, OoT blew me away. It was so engaging with its impeccable gameplay (remember, these are the days of baby, pre-expansion pak N64) and it was just a blast to play. Then MM came out, and I was excited as hell. I played it. I beat it. I never wanted to play it again. It was such a pain to do everything. Then I grew up.
Upon returning to MM after a good couple of years of not touching it but beating its predecessor on a routine basis, I realized that my tastes in games had completely changed. It's no longer any doubt that Majora's Mask is by far the better of the two, a point Zelda fans will argue until the end of time. But Majora's Mask actually has a meaningful storyline devoid of gaping plotholes which I, as a young gamer, never appreciated.
The symbolism and depth of the story (the motif of the masquerade, in particular) as well as the openness for interperetation really shows that the creators knew what they were doing when they programmed the game.
So what's your take on the arguement?
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Post by Dungeon Warden on Oct 30, 2007 11:05:14 GMT -5
I can't really decide which is better. I thing OoT had the better game play, but MM had the better story. Both had good points and bad points. Of course the classic, "A link to the past," with its great story and game play is the best Zelda ever, but the N64 Zeldas certainly are high on the list.
Post by Joey MURDERFACE! on Nov 3, 2007 16:39:57 GMT -5
I am going with MM! Always liked MM more than OOT.
Storywise it is more mature, meaning it is stronger than the story in OOT.
Also, it has much more depth with the whole time thing added! there is a lot more you can do and explore! Everything changes as time does, which I really liked!
The story does it for me though, just how it is perfectly balanced out. It feeds you just enough to keep you going whilst also giving you that not knowing enough feeling. The whole "time" theme also played a big role in my choice, it gave it a feel that no other game of it's time had!
I voted Ocarina. Because it is easily one of the most polished games in existence. And the story really folds out in the gameplay, which I prefer. The game honestly gives you a big sense of wonder. And you feel like you grow up with Link on his adventure.