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Bouncing off the Walls for A Link Between Worlds

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was a game released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2013 to critical acclaim. Being a spiritual successor to the Super Nintendo game, A Link to the Past, the game sports a top-down perspective unlike more recent entries in the Legend of Zelda series. Although it may appear two-dimensional, Link, the protagonist, is able to merge with walls to discover secrets along with the ability to go into the dark version of the game world, called Lorule. Players must traverse Hyrule, the normal game world, and Lorule in order to defeat dungeons and save Hyrule.

Overall, the game has a great handle on the difficulty. Unlike previous Zelda titles, players have the ability to rent items needed to complete dungeons for a significantly cheaper price. There is one catch to this however. When the player dies inside the game, the item is taken from them, however, they may re-rent the item. This system allows more skilled players to obtain items for a lower price, but those who are not as experienced with the game can buy items, but for a much higher price. The game world is abundant with Rupees, the in-game currency, so players don’t have to grind for money nearly as much to obtain items.

Although A Link Between Worlds allows players to go straight back to the dungeon they were last in when they die, getting a “game over” may be frustrating due to having to re-rent items before going back to the dungeon. This requires going to the other world, which takes roughly twenty seconds just to go from Hyrule to Lorule. It may not seem like much, but after a while the extra time spent waiting can add up. This is not too big of an issue, especially if the player bought the items rather than renting them.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has relatively nice graphics for the system it is on, in addition to the decent soundtrack. The game is rather easy to pick up and play by letting players challenge dungeons in any order they choose. Overall, I’d give this game a 4.6/5 stars.

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