On a dark and stormy night, young Link embarks on an adventure he – and you – will never forget! Princess Zelda has been taken prisoner and an evil wizard is attempting to unleash Ganon, the king of darkness. Only Link has the courage to save Hyrule!
A Link to the Past is the critically-acclaimed Super NES chapter in the Legend of Zelda saga; famous for its atmospheric graphics and sound, ingenious dungeons, and for introducing now-classic items such as the Hookshot, Pegasus Boots and Master Sword.
Zelda: A Link to the Past is probably my favorite part of this well know Nintendo franchise. I had plenty of fun back then when I was a kid and to be honest the game is still amazing 25 years after the original release. It's 2D action RPG at it's finest that lets you explore the light and dark world, and while sometimes it's difficult to guess where to go it is an amazing adventure you will remember it for a long time like million of fans around the world.
What's there to even say about this game? It may not be one of my favorites of all time, and I do think some other Zeldas are better than this one, but ALTTP is still a special and important game in both gaming history and personally it was the first Zelda I played, I have some great memories of this one, especially being stuck on one part where you have to use the mirror on top of the mountain. You of course play as Link, have to save Hyrule and Zelda and defeat Ganon and that's exactly what you'll be doing. Zelda has always felt like a real adventure, discovering this world around, uncovering its secrets, beating the dungeons, getting the items and then facing off the big bad guy at the end. ALTTP is simply one of the finest games ever made in its world, dungeon designs, puzzles and just the overall adventure, you don't even need nostalgia clouded glasses to see the brilliance of this game.
SNES had tremendously huge library of great games and not one generations of gaming since reached the ridiculous number of awesome games as this console. Link to the Past is a game that started many, many great things for gaming, be it preparing it for 3D, huge open world and epic adventure. It wasn't a simple sequel to Legend of Zelda or Adventure of Link from NES. It was bigger, better and more thought out. And while for the times the game was huge, it was actually pretty user friendly thanks to the map not being a simple grey screen, but it showed you what to do, although it didn't give away everything, like say, Skyrim or Oblivion. It is about exploring the world and adventure and this game delivers. If you never played Zelda game before, this game is great starting point - incredible music and graphics, great and simple gameplay, nice puzzles and bosses that are a lot of fun to fight. Swansong of SNES library and one of the best games of all time!
Regardless of whether you have played a Zelda game before, Link to the Past still - to this day - remains one of the very best in the series. While some may argue Ocarina of Time is the definitive Zelda experience, it can easily be rgued that OoT simply took all the incredible things that worked so well in LttP and enhanced them in a 3D environment. For me, Link to the Past is the purest Zelda experience. Simple enough to pick up and play, coupled with some real challenge and masses of exploration to 100%. A perfect 2D blend of action, adventure, RPG and puzzle game, it is still one of the best video games ever produced. While 3D Zelda games have aged - this still has a huge artistic charm and style which, in my opinion, has never been bettered.
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