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by Adam Collins
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"I don't think I've ever screamed as many profanities at an electronic device as I ever had."
You clearly haven't played Monster Hunter Freedom on PSP. XD
Listen, we have to review a full price game at today's standard when it's released today. We didn't sit down with an N64 and review an old N64 game. We got a new game for a new system and things have changed a great deal since this game was launched.
To say it doesn't have platform game mechanics is wrong. It is the Mario 64 game engine here. It's all about jumping and climbing running and whatever. Except now you have a sword and you don't jump on people's heads. Well not much anyway. It's a fairly linear tasked based game, long treks between zones and lots of puzzles.
As far as greatest game ever made goes. First of all, that was on the N64. Nobody is going to take Zelda OOT today and give it the scores that it had once gotten. It was ground breaking then, it's old hat today. And when you are Nintendo and you are selling an old game that was slightly dressed up for full price, then the game must be reviewed by today's standards. And in many ways OOT does not measure up. It has many frustrating exercises, and a lack of modern refinement that makes the experience less enjoyable than it once was.
By no means a bad game. But it would have been better as a discounted classic re-release like many games are done on other platforms. Instead, Nintendo wants full money for an old game. We rated it accordingly.
The important distinction to make there is that the gameplay was groundbreaking when it was released 13 years ago. I can list several more recent games that have awesome music and fantastic story elements combined with less archaic (i.e. smoother and less frustrating) gameplay. OoT is fantastic - definitely one of the classics and absolutely deserving of being called one of the greatest. But it's impossible to say for certain that it is the singular best game of all time.
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