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  • Summary: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a new game with a new storyline set in world of the Super NES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
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  1. Positive: 79 out of 81
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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 28, 2013
    100
    No two ways about it: if you own a 3DS, this Zelda is a must. It’s an intelligent and entertaining action game, brimming with fresh ideas and fascinating worlds. [Issue#237]
  2. Nov 14, 2013
    100
    A Link Between Worlds recognizes that it’s not tacked-on stealth segments or waggling a controller to roll bombs that makes Zelda tick—it’s the unbounded exploration and freedom found in the NES original, and it’s finally back in full force here. Every Zelda fan needs to play this game.
  3. Nov 14, 2013
    96
    A stellar game all the way around. A Link Between Worlds maximizes the concept of depth, from the 3D, to the 2D mechanic, to the characters. This game certainly fits well in the pantheon of amazing Zelda games.
  4. Nov 14, 2013
    90
    It’s not just a nostalgic trip; A Link Between Worlds is an excellent game on its own. That said, this title functions most effectively as fan service to us old heads — the references to the source material are as numerous as they are captivating.
  5. Dec 11, 2013
    90
    A Link Between Worlds boasts excellent characterisation and spacial design. Even a too-shallow difficulty curve can't hold this long awaited entry back.
  6. Nov 27, 2013
    90
    Even the most stalwart, traditionalist series fan should be able to appreciate A Link Between Worlds for what it is: the most interesting new Zelda game since Wind Waker.
  7. Nov 14, 2013
    65
    A Link Between World's main problem at the end of the day is a complete lack of heart. There's no defining moment, no memorable villains or characters, and no truly "new" items that make their mark on the series. It's certainly playable in every sense of the word, but I didn't feel the magic I had felt so many times before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 224
  1. Nov 22, 2013
    10
    What initially looked like a game leaning on the aging crutches of A Link to the Past has turned out to be a thoroughly poignant, vivid andWhat initially looked like a game leaning on the aging crutches of A Link to the Past has turned out to be a thoroughly poignant, vivid and immensely satisfying game worthy of standing on its own two feet. Set in the world of A Link to the Past, Link Between Worlds makes the serendipitous combination of a reinvigorating spark with a meaty hit of nostalgia. Presenting freedom of choice gameplay not seen since the original, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds makes no effort to hold the players hand through the richly dense world of Hyrule and it works brilliantly. Rather than following in the footsteps of Game Freak and introducing the franchise to a new generation of audiences at the risk of patronising its long term fans, (I’m looking at you Pokémon X and Y) Link Between Worlds pays homage to those of us who have followed Link since his debut over 25 years ago all whilst paving the way for a reinvention of what it means to make a Zelda game. The puzzles in Link Between Worlds are, as aforementioned, immensely satisfying. I could almost hear the pieces of a riddle snap together in my head as I strived to calculate the answer. It’s a feeling experienced whilst playing the Professor Layton series, but puzzle-solving in this game is made relevant and interesting by the vivid world, close to perfect combat and awe-inspiring imagination. This is a beautiful game, presenting a colourful and vibrant world that just seems to radiate adventure and exploration. The characters are complex and interesting, but perhaps the biggest achievement in terms of its presentation is the silky-smooth 60fps frame rate which stays consistent throughout this 18 hour adventure even with the 3D effect turned on. Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2013
    10
    ok. actually 9.5
    this game is not perfect as ocarina of time or skyward sword
    but its look like a link to the past remake. its good to see
    ok. actually 9.5
    this game is not perfect as ocarina of time or skyward sword
    but its look like a link to the past remake. its good to see that
    it has a good gameplay,with graphics very descents and a good story
    not excelent but good
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  3. Nov 27, 2013
    10
    This Zelda iteration took me by surprise and never let go, it's one of the best Zelda games dare I say, ever; the beauty in the visualThis Zelda iteration took me by surprise and never let go, it's one of the best Zelda games dare I say, ever; the beauty in the visual direction is rivaled not only by an intricately amazing dungeon designs but also by one of the best soundtracks you'll ever hear in a video game. This game changed a lot of Zelda conventions for the absolute better, from the way the items, exploration and puzzles are handled to the innovative and thought-provoking use of the New power of 2D Link "Merging" with walls. It also has the best use of 3D on the 3DS. All in all, Zelda: ALBW succeeds in almost every way imaginable for a videogame masterpiece and continues to cement the notion held by many gamers that the Zelda franchise is the gold standard for video games. Expand
  4. Nov 25, 2013
    10
    Let me just start out by saying that a Link to the Past is not only my favorite zelda game of all time, but it is and always will be one of myLet me just start out by saying that a Link to the Past is not only my favorite zelda game of all time, but it is and always will be one of my absolute favorite VIDEO GAMES of all time! when i heard this game was announced i was very skeptical, but I've got to say nintendo have really nailed it on the head with this one! Anyone who enjoyed a link to the past or any other 2d zelda adventure will find themselves instantly grinning from ear to ear. I won't spoil too much but this game is a joy from beginning to end, set in the same hyrule as link to the past but packed to the limits with new exciting content, and so many secrets I couldn't even begin to describe. Also the art direction is perfect, and the 3D effect is actually handled perfectly, i found i played with it turned on almost the whole time. basically, if you have ever loved 2d zelda adventures, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not picking this one up! Expand
  5. Dec 31, 2013
    9
    It is a great game, the story caught my attention because it is related to ocarina of time's story, the graphics are beautiful, although theIt is a great game, the story caught my attention because it is related to ocarina of time's story, the graphics are beautiful, although the map is smaller than I expected. There are a few things that disappointed me though, like the fact that you have to buy the items you are going to use in dungeons instead of finding them there or the absence of a cool partner like Navi or Midna (at least for the first 3 dungeons, I haven't finished it). Still, awesome game for anyone, especially Zelda lovers like myself. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2015
    9
    One of the best games in the franchise. A Link Between Worlds was fun from beginning to end, the world is very fun to explore and it lets youOne of the best games in the franchise. A Link Between Worlds was fun from beginning to end, the world is very fun to explore and it lets you explore it, you even choose your own dungeon order. The combat is extremely simple against normal enemies but the bosses are some of the best in the series, it even did escort missions right! The game is kinda short, my first play through was about sixteen and a half hours but it has a ton of replay value including a hero mode and a ton of side quests. The plot is pretty bare bones but it's good by zelda standards. This game is great Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2016
    0
    The original Zeldas on the NES, were among the first games i have ever played as a kid, back in the early 90s. Then i played all of theThe original Zeldas on the NES, were among the first games i have ever played as a kid, back in the early 90s. Then i played all of the sequels. I loved those early Zeldas very much, with a special place in my heart for Link's Awakening on the Game Boy, the best Zelda game ever, bar none (take that Ocarina of Time, you are great but not the best Zelda).

    So, as you can imagine, this game is supposed to be something i should find enjoyable. After all, i grew up with games like this, i own a 3DS, enjoy relaxed handheld gaming on my bed, what's not to like?

    Well, this game is boring trash, and has nothing to do with the early top view zeldas at all. It is vastly overrated, relying on misplaced nostalgia to sell copies and get good reviews.

    There is no challenge in this game, it is boring and tedius. The graphics are really bad, and the 2D wall walking gimmick is retarded.

    This is one of the weakest Zelda games ever, down there with the DS games which sucked as well.

    The normal rating should be a 6, but i got to balance all the fangirls, so i rate it with a 0.
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