Poll of the Day > Got back around to playing Oracle of Ages...

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papercup
10/02/19 10:20:23 AM
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It's no secret that I don't like the Oracle games. They're just very tedious and just not very fun to explore and navigate around the worlds. I've never completed either of them because of how just unfun they are. So about a year ago I started Ages and got further than I ever had before, to level 6. But then gave up again. So then the Link's Awakening remake came out, and while that game is built in the same engine(well the original at least), it's legitimately an amazing game, and I've completed the original multiple times. So after beating the remake I was like "I'll try the Oracles again since I'm itching for more 2D Zelda" So over the course of the last couple nights I did level 6, got to level 7, then beat level 7. I will say that I do enjoy the dungeons in this game, they're generally well built, with clever puzzles. Level 7 was like the water temple in OoT but in 2D, and it surprisingly worked really well once I puzzled it out. But all the questing to get from dungeon to dungeon I could do without. It's just TOO much padding. But, I am gonna try to complete this game, then do Seasons. I hear Seasons is more action oriented, so maybe the questing between dungeons won't just completely bring the flow of the game to a halt every half hour. But I am not going to do the third playthrough, no thanks. I already know the endgame twist, and it's not even remotely interesting enough to warrant playing through this game again.

So I guess my hot take here having only played about 3/4 of 1 game out of 2 games is, instead of making 2 mediocre Zelda games, Capcom should have instead just made 1 great Zelda game. Oh wait, they did that a few years later with Minish Cap. So if you're itching for some retro handheld Zelda action, play Link's Awakening or Minish Cap.
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LinkPizza
10/02/19 10:25:28 AM
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I think I heard when I was younger that they wanted to make three and they would connect or something...
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darcandkharg31
10/02/19 10:41:01 AM
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papercup posted...
retro

papercup posted...
Minish Cap.

fuck we're old
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papercup
10/03/19 12:06:07 AM
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Just did Level 8. Hey, there was almost no padding between 7 and 8, and 8 was a really interesting dungeon! Why the hell can't the rest of the game be like that? :P Like, it's not all bad, it's just the usually excessive padding just kills this game for me.
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hypnox
10/03/19 12:11:19 AM
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I loved them when they came out, but I never played them since.
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WastelandCowboy
10/03/19 12:36:22 AM
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I prefer seasons over ages as I just liked the premise better. Didnt care for the ring/seed mini games.
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hypnox
10/03/19 12:39:41 AM
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WastelandCowboy posted...
I prefer seasons over ages as I just liked the premise better. Didnt care for the ring/seed mini games.


Same. I was a weird kid and almost always had it winter unless I had to have it something else.
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TheSlinja
10/03/19 12:47:11 AM
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fuck you that game is awesome
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agesboy
10/03/19 12:46:27 PM
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i like ages,boy
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LOUDDOG777
10/03/19 6:11:56 PM
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Ages is soo good!!
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agesboy
10/04/19 1:12:41 AM
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thanks i know
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HylianFox
10/04/19 1:26:32 AM
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I must have played the Oracle games a dozen times each

Great world and dungeon design, and really well-paced

I love Link's Awakening, but it's way too short. I beat the Switch version (both difficulties) in like 3 days tops
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WhiskeyDisk
10/04/19 2:08:00 AM
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Minish Cap is always the old school Zelda that just bores me to the point of never finishing.
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papercup
10/04/19 9:18:54 PM
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I beat Ages, started Seasons, did the first dungeon. I like that the first dungeon is like a throw back to the first dungeon in Zelda 1, but with like more to it, that's pretty cool!
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guy12345
10/04/19 10:11:44 PM
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Oracle games are great; improve on LA in every way
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HylianFox
10/05/19 1:15:44 AM
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papercup posted...
I beat Ages, started Seasons, did the first dungeon. I like that the first dungeon is like a throw back to the first dungeon in Zelda 1, but with like more to it, that's pretty cool!

Fun Fact: the Oracle games were originally intended to be GBC remakes of the first couple games, before becoming their own thing

Seasons in particular has a ton of LoZ references, from dungeon and overworld layout to the fact that like 6 of the 8 bosses are from the original game (Aquamentus, Dodongo, Gohma, Digdogger, Manhandla, Gleeok)

There's even a ring that turns you into LoZ Link
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papercup
10/05/19 2:25:58 PM
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Been through levels 3 and 4 now. Okay I'm enjoying this one quite a bit more. It's admittedly much easier than Ages(not that Ages is particularly difficult, it's just a bit more difficult than most other Zeldas). It's just Ages was more tedious and slow, and this one moves at a much more brisk pace, so it just feels better to play imo.
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SKARDAVNELNATE
10/05/19 2:29:32 PM
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I never got past the Goron dance.
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Deku_Link
10/05/19 3:22:40 PM
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Going through the overworld in Seasons is much better than going through the overworld in ages, imo. One reason why I think OoS > OoA.
Still prefer Link's Awakening over both though. I also collected all the rings for both games. Never again.

Not crazy about Minish Cap, tbh.
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HylianFox
10/05/19 4:30:56 PM
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oh yeah, another LoZ reference are the old men who either give you money or take money when you find them
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ectopants
10/05/19 4:49:00 PM
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Man I loved the Oracle games. So many interesting items that never returned, like the switch hook and hyper slingshot.
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papercup
10/05/19 5:32:26 PM
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Yeah I uncovered a staircase out in the world, and at the bottom an old man charged me to repair his door lol
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papercup
10/09/19 11:46:56 AM
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Been kinda busy past couple days and haven't played much. But I did do Level 5, and I'm pretty far along the trade sequence I think.
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papercup
10/09/19 10:15:07 PM
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Just did some secrets stuff between the two games. All of them worked except the Tingle secret. I doubled checked and triple checked and even talked to him again. And it just didn't work. So idk. But, got the Master Sword and Big Goron's Sword!
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