12: Hyrule is Smaller than I Remember

I got an N64 emulator for my PC, so what did I do first? The only thing any responsible person does after getting an emulator. I played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

It's always been a favorite of mine, and it was a game I played a lot back in the day. I mainly wanted to see how it held up. It's not a modern game by any means, but in some ways I'm ok with that. A lot of modern games are too demanding for the setup that I have anyway. I enjoy a game every now and then, but I don't enjoy it to the point where I'm going to drop thousands of dollars on a gaming PC.

As for the game itself, it mostly holds up. For a game that came out over 20 years ago, it's still fun to play, and the story is as good as ever. There are a few cringe-worthy moments of writing along the way that I wouldn't have noticed as a kid, but generally the story works as a classic struggle of hero vs. villain. The mythology, lore, and world-building are all aspects of the game that are as intriguing now as they ever have been, so that part definitely holds up too.

As for the gameplay, it's a bit clunky to play on a keyboard instead of a controller, but overall, it works well through an emulator. Apart from some weird video quality things, I had no real issues.

One things that really holds up well is the open world. It's still pretty fun to wander around and see what's out there. Though I did experience one thing that I found kind of interesting. The world is a lot smaller than I remember. I guess this is the video game equivalent of visiting a childhood playground and realizing that the "huge" slide there is only about six feet tall.

But yeah, the map is super tiny. I don't have much to say other than that, but I think I'll keep blogging through my experience of playing the game again as an adult. It's definitely an interesting look back to something I really enjoyed back in the day.


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