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  • Summary: Thrown into a parallel world by the mischievous actions of a possessed Skull Kid, Link finds a land in grave danger. The dark power of a relic called Majora's Mask has wreaked havoc on the citizens of Termina, but their most urgent problem is a suicidal moon crashing toward the world. LinkThrown into a parallel world by the mischievous actions of a possessed Skull Kid, Link finds a land in grave danger. The dark power of a relic called Majora's Mask has wreaked havoc on the citizens of Termina, but their most urgent problem is a suicidal moon crashing toward the world. Link has only 72 hours to find a way to stop its descent. Expand
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  1. Daily Radar
    100
    There is no masking this one; it is, to mince no more words, a wonder.
  2. Majora's Mask is, withouht a doubt, a magnum opus of epic proportions. It may not be as great as "Ocarina of Time," but it gets as close as it possibly can. One of Nintendo's greatest.
  3. Where Majora rises to the top is its concept – three days to save the world. The execution of the idea is flawless: time means everything and the player always has to be aware. The save system is absolutely perfect, letting players feel comfortable in controlling time but still keeping them on the edge of their seats when things get hairy.
  4. It drew me into the world of Clock Town unlike any game I've played before, including "Ocarina." This could be the last truly legendary title for the Nintendo 64.
  5. The storyline to Majora’s Mask is far superior to that of the first game and besides the camera and the occasional annoyance created by the advance of time, the puzzles, quests, objects and characters that you meet in this game make it a more than worthy sequel.
  6. CNET Gamecenter
    90
    Stunning, optimized graphics; immersive, rich sound; refined, complex, and deep gameplay; and a mature, gripping plot make it a game that you won't want to miss.
  7. Some will appreciate the game's differences, while others will find the game's focus on minigames and side quests tedious and slightly out of place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 284
  1. Apr 26, 2020
    10
    El mejor juego de la saga Zelda un ambiente oscuro, una dificultad exelente y un final emotivo
  2. Jan 9, 2011
    10
    One cannot help but compare Majora's Mask to Ocarina of Time as it is a direct sequel. Naturally, this was extremely hard to live up to andOne cannot help but compare Majora's Mask to Ocarina of Time as it is a direct sequel. Naturally, this was extremely hard to live up to and that is the most likely reason for the more negative opinion. Personally I found the game absolutely brilliant. As a sequel to Ocarina of Time it took the basic features of it and enhanced and twisted them into a darker and more perilous setting - Termina. Right from the beginning we can see that the game is darker, with the enigmatic travelling mask salesman and the mystery surrounding Majora's Mask. The whole mask concept is really what makes the game stand out, adding a multitude of side quests and new gameplay as well as making the game feel a lot more dark and mysterious. As many other reviews have said, the game was hard but for me that' part of what made it so great - the increased difficulty not only adds to the challenge but makes the game feel more dark and twisted when compared with Ocarina of Time. Overall I just feel that Majora's Mask captured the feel of Ocarina of Time and put a unique take on it making the game feel very fresh and just plain awesome. Expand
  3. May 29, 2021
    10
    *Some spoilers ahead*

    "Whenever there is a meeting, a parting is soon to follow." This line from the game stuck with me. Throughout my
    *Some spoilers ahead*

    "Whenever there is a meeting, a parting is soon to follow."

    This line from the game stuck with me. Throughout my play of Majora's Mask, I slowly grew emotionally attached to it. It's one of those experiences in gaming I will surely never forget. The dark, twisted story enthralled me from the get-go and maintained that compelling nature up until the end. Majora's Mask brims with diverse people, with each, have lives and jobs they do every day, like normal human beings. It amps up the immersion level, and I have never played a game like this that has people actively do their normal day-to-day lives. The game lives and breathes with side-quests, and has one of the best side quests in a game I've ever encountered, even better than OoT IMO. Within those side quests, we also learn about the people of Termina and the lore that surrounds the place, which gives a deeper level of depth. But, these side quests are pretty hard to begin or to know if it even began because of how vague the implications are. This is the main reason why Majora's Mask is hard. But that doesn't stop there. 2 out of the 4 dungeons in the game (Great Bay and Stone Tower) are headache-inducing. The first two (Woodfall and Snowhead) were normally easy to follow and to figure out, but the collection of fairies making it a little bit more challenging. The other two are a lot more complex with the dungeon design, to the point it gets pretty confusing. Finding the fairies in these dungeons also add to the difficulty. The Water Temple in OoT was hard, but these two from MM were a lot more painful to go through, IMO. The fiends are diverse. There are a couple of new enemies and recurring ones as well. The bosses, though not as balanced as OoT, were a joy to battle with. They're a lot easier than expected to be honest, but entertaining nonetheless. The gameplay and combat don't do anything new, just the same old mechanics OoT used, but there is a very unique mechanic that separates Majora's Mask from its predecessor; The introduction of masks. This was fun as hell. Not only were there over 20 collectible masks, with each have its own distinct abilities, but there are masks that also make you transform into different races; Deku, Goron, and Zora which are types of equipment you need in order to progress the story. When you collect all the masks, you get rewarded with an OP transformation mask that is a supercharged Adult Link, which looks so badass. But the masks aren't just collectibles you find out of nowhere, they come from different places from different people with stories that are attached to the masks obtained, and it was just such a great thing, for it gave profundity to each person, even though they don't affect the main narrative in general. Exploration is still a huge part of the game. I know that other people were kind of conflicted with Majora's Mask idea of having a 3-day time limit which in turn, made some people think that exploration would become a lot more restricted or limited, but as I played the game, I think otherwise. You can go back through time to do some errands or slow the flow of time so that you can do something that consumes a lot of time, like going to dungeons or doing a lengthy side quest. Honestly, MM has never felt very restrictful, it's just a thought fragmented by the visible time limit. MM deals with a lot of things thematically and it reflects within the characters. The main characters are nothing but phenomenal and perfectly contemplates the game's themes. Skull Kid's character arc was depressing as hell, and the things he did whilst being possessed by the mask were all f*cked up. The Giants are the usual Gods, but these godly beings are the main reason for Skull Kid's descent to sadness but redeemed themselves for saving him along with the help of Link. Link, as always, is portrayed as the light and hope of Termina. But the sad thing is, at the end of the game, we never saw Link find Navi, which left a melancholic impression on me. The people of Termina were quite odd at first, but with a little bit of digging, I found a conflict between the townsfolks that want to uphold and continue the traditional festival for the culture and tourists' sakes despite The Moon, against soldiers who want nothing but the safety of the people. It was quite fascinating to see the altercations of two different factions. Majora's Mask is a one-of-a-kind game. It's my favorite Zelda game so far (yes I played OoT first). I put this game above OoT for I am more inclined towards the darker tone, atmosphere, and narrative this unique Zelda game took plus, MM utilized the ocarina a lot more often in doing time stuff, which if you read my OoT review here on Metacritic, is a critique I gave. Yet, I would never dismiss the fact that Ocarina of Time has the title of the best game ever because of how influential it is and what it did to the gaming landscape. Majora's Mask is a 10/10. Would play again.
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  4. Nov 29, 2011
    10
    Zelda fans should stop arguing about the quality of Majora's mask and Ocarina of Time because it hurts both games reputation but insteadZelda fans should stop arguing about the quality of Majora's mask and Ocarina of Time because it hurts both games reputation but instead realize that the Zelda franchise as a whole includes two of the greatest games ever made that simply both deserve perfect scores. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2016
    10
    Easily not comparable to Ocarina of Time, but Majora's Mask will live up to live its own glory of owning a 10 just like Ocarina of Time.Easily not comparable to Ocarina of Time, but Majora's Mask will live up to live its own glory of owning a 10 just like Ocarina of Time. Majora's Mask will be at least the second best Zelda game in my opinion held by Ocarina of Time (which earned the same score). Expand
  6. Mar 18, 2016
    9
    This was my first Zelda game, so it has to have a heavy nostalgic appeal to me. It's a fantastic game. it's kinda... challenging. I was prettyThis was my first Zelda game, so it has to have a heavy nostalgic appeal to me. It's a fantastic game. it's kinda... challenging. I was pretty young when I first played this game, and the 3 day time limit overwhelmed me. Years later, and the time limit still overwhelmed me, but at that time I was an experienced gamer, and I beat the game. This is not a game I can recommend to a casual gamer. Anyways, the story is the darkest in the series by far. I don't spoil plots in games, but this stuff is dark. The soundtrack is amazing as well. The graphics are better than Ocarina of Time, but in my opinion, it's still no the best the N64 can offer. This is one of the best Zelda games you can play, and I highly recommend it... to hardcore gamers. Expand
  7. Mar 21, 2017
    0
    This game is pure trash. How can people like this game? The graphics are garbage bad. Its like if a team of amateur did this game. Its wayThis game is pure trash. How can people like this game? The graphics are garbage bad. Its like if a team of amateur did this game. Its way too easy, the story is atrociously bad, all the characters are forgettable. Expand

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