|Review by C2M|
The game has a great storyline, it's somewhat like the SNES version, but only a tad bit different. It's different in the way the story takes off. You'll notice it when you play it. Don't let that hinder you though, this game is great, and is to be owned by everyone!
The music in The Four Swords is excellent. Better than I've heard in a while from some Zelda games. The music in this game can only compare with music from four other games: Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Oracle, and Ages. The better the sound the better the game play right? Wrong. Actually the sound equals out with the game play so they're pretty much hand-in-hand.
The characters in the game are great, they are interactive and very dramatic. Some of the characters are almost too dramatic. The new feature of playing with four people really makes this game a spectacle. Of course, I can sympathize with people who dislike the idea, but otherwise it's a pretty amazing feature. The only problem I can find with this is that some of the times you don't like having four people. But it's part of the game when you link up. Otherwise the characters get 10/10.
The control of the game is pretty much run-of-the-mill. It's just like the SNES version, only the buttons have different names. Being a great game all, there are some set backs to the control. The walking part is what I'm referring to. If you've played Snake, Pokemon, or Pacman, you might know what I mean. The game is a left-right control system that is pretty much based on the D-pad. Those are the parts that can be devastating. But if you don't mind that little problem, even though some people do, don't let this change your mind. Some people are just picky that way.
The graphics on The Four Swords are good compared to other Zelda GameBoy games. The colors are so beautiful and crisp, just like the colors in Oracle and Ages. Some things used to be hard to see thanks to a background on the SNES version of this game, but today with more knowledge and technology on graphics and color, the game has successfully taken out dark backgrounds on darker creatures. The graphics, generally, are amazing, but the scenery that goes with the graphics completes the package. With smooth moving and long lasting control, the graphics make it even smoother. This is a great advantage of sight.
Buy or Rent?
Definitely buy. This game is a long lasting adventure and should deserve more than a five-day rental. I own the game and I say it's great!
Great game, and enjoyable graphics. 'Nuff said.
Definitely a game to own! Great for everyone!
|Reviewer's Score: 10 / 10|
|Review by John E G|
||A Link to the Past, it's a great game that came out in 1991, I missed out on the super nes days, my parents never bought me one and I was far too young to have a Job. So I got screwed out of the best games because Snes was amazing. Ten years later GBA is released and I get a second chance, man I'm so glad they are rehashing old hits, cause many of them beat the hell outta todays games.
A artsy anime style world awaits you, with the classic overhead view. Enemies are well done and there are many of them, some of them are even gigantic which is impressive on the little screen. Water looks as real as it can get on the GBA and there are even some good layering techniques like in the Lost woods! Fire is well done and some slight lighting effects with the lantern are a welcome effect in Link to the past. I wish they had made Link's hair blonde though, I've never understood why purple was the choice here, but then again if they changed it people would complain that it's not the same Link and that nintendo ruined the storyline. Four swords is graphically more impressive than A Link to the past, with much more detailed environments and more moody settings all in all. Link's design is much different which is welcome because the games don't seem to be linked in terms of storyline.
Everything is beautiful in this game, all the music fits every area and is a pleasure to listen to. The themes scream explore and adventure and push forward the noble character you are supposed to be. Sound effects are varied and well done, they've even added Link's trademark scream every time you swipe your sword. Depends how easily annoyed you are but this can get a little much for some people, I don't find a problem with it though as it's not the same scream over and over. Speech isn't present but that isn't expected for GBA at all. The zelda theme in this game is my personal favorite nothing lights a fire under me quite like this one.
It's zelda, is there really a question? This game has tons of puzzles mostly involved moving blocks or using items. Secrets galore, finding all of the heart pieces can be quite the challenge. Items are a joy to use whether dashing around in the Pegasus boots or just shooting an enemy in the forehead it's all fun, upgrades to weapons are found throughout the game and it's great because it doesn't have to happen but if you poke around here and there and actually explore and try new things, this game will reward most of the time. The multiplayer four swords is so well put together, playing with your friends will be a blast, puzzles take team work yet you are also competitive in gaining rupees and items, so make sure your buddy doesn't toss you off that cliff!
Link to the past alone I can play many times, it's that type of game that you'll wanna play through over and over, it's getting harder and harder these days to find single player games that are so much fun that you wanna play again. Add the four swords multiplayer game and I think we have a contender for Game of the Year, but everyone always looks at the consoles for that answer so I doubt it will happen.
Final Word: 39/40
Out of 10 : 9.8/10
Got a GBA? Buy this game! Don't have a GBA? Buy a GBA and then buy this game, it's amazing.
|Reviewer's Score: 10 / 10|
|Review by megaman2|
||Introduction For those of you who are a fan of the Legend of Zelda series, or for those of you playing this for the first time, you will not be disappointed. This game is basically a port of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the SNES. Embark out in the land of Hyrule, when one day our hero Link wakes up on a stormy night, only to find his uncle gone. As Link headed to the castle he found his uncle inside, took his sword, and began an epic journey never to be forgot. Explore dungeon after dungeon, build up you health, find new and exciting weapons to add to your arsenal, and save Princess Zelda!
Graphics 9/10 Just remember this game is a port of a game that was made nearly 11 years ago, yet the graphics remain crisp, clean, and really add to the excitement of you adventure. For those of you who are planning on linking up and playing The Four Swords, get ready to wipe away your drool. For the post part the graphics fit the game excellently!
Music/Sound 10/10 Ahhhh sounds as beautiful as it did then now! I don't know how anyone couldn't be instantly hooked to the catchy tunes, and for those of you who have played Zelda before, you will be in paradise. Some of you may be upset about the grunts Link makes when he swings his sword, but I feel it just adds to the emotion of the game.
Gameplay 10/10 Probably the part about this game that shines the most. How could you not enjoy the vast land of Hyrule. Explore both the Light and Dark world to save princess Zelda. This has proved to keep me playing time and time again. It is so simple, and yet makes the game an instant classic. I don't know why nobody though of it sooner. For people who haven't played the game before the controls and functions will only take minutes to master and the memory's will last a life time.
Multiplayer 10/10 Although I haven't had the opportunity to play this yet, from what I have seen it is spectacular. I wish more of my friends had a GBA so we could complete The Four Swords. Graphically Multiplayer is outstanding and will add hours to your experience!
Replay 10/10 Not only is the quest 25+ hours long, but the multiplayer will also add hours to the games life. I've had this game for the SNES, and it had never become boring. After beating the game you can try to do speed runs and see how long it takes you to complete the game.
Overall 10/10 As you can tell by my introduction this is probably my favorite game of all time. Being able to take a classic with you wherever you go will give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside. My personal favorite thing about this game is the number of items you receive as your quest unfolds. Magic staffs, sacred medallions, many sword upgrades, bow and arrows, bombs, boomerangs, magic rods, a magic cape, and don't forget the many other memorable items.
FINAL THOUGHT!!! BUY BUY BUY! I don't know what else I can say except that you will not regret it.
|Reviewer's Score: 10 / 10|
|Review by ProtoZero|
A long time ago, when I was just a wee child, something great happened to me. I played A Link to the Past for the Super Nintendo. Ever since I have been a huge video game fanatic. A Link to the Past is the game that made me liked video games. It is my second favorite game of all time. I now have this great game on my GameBoy. A portable A Link to the Past is a very good thing to have. I owe a lot to this game; it is a true masterpiece.
It was a stormy night in Hyrule. Link was sleeping and was met by a strange woman. It was Princess Zelda. She tells Link that she is being held prisoner at the castle. Link leaves the house, and sneaks into Hyrule Castle. His uncle gives him a sword and a shield. Links mighty adventure begins to unfold. Link obtains the Pendants of Power, Courage, and Wisdom. He must be quick, because the evil wizard is killing innocent maidens to grow stronger. The wizard obtains the Golden Power, and even creates a Dark World of destruction and despair. Link obtains the almighty Master Sword and goes through many dungeons collecting interesting items. The story was well planned, and a truly memorable one.
They have greatly improved over the SNES version. At first I was skeptical on the of what the looks would be, however they rival Golden Sun as the best for GameBoy Advance. They are bright and colorful a lot of the time, but have the potential to be dreary. The graphics are excellent for GameBoy Advance.
The Zelda theme is excellent. The overworld, castles, and Lost Woods have very good songs. The instruments used are very medieval. No beeps and boops with this game. The music fails to have any totally awesome songs. The songs are good, but not memorable like other Zelda games. The sound is perfect. The swish of a sword, the blazing of a fire, and music sound great. Like I said earlier, it does not sound like a robot is singing, the songs are fully orchestrated. The music and sound are both good, I have no complaints with either.
A Link to the Past shines above all others in this category. If I could go over the score of ten, I would. Link roams the land of Hyrule, encountering the Kings army, and other unknown dangers. As you move along in your adventure, you collect many items, really awesome items. There are 4 different swords, a power glove, ice rod, fire rod, boomerang, bow and arrow, 3 kinds of shields, 3 kinds of armor, and a hook shot. Those items are only about a third of all the items you can obtain. There are at least 10 large palaces you must conquer, and countless bosses. The palaces can be very long and difficult. The puzzles are often very tricky unless you really know what you are doing. It is a fairly difficult game to beat. Most gamers should be able to beat it in a reasonable time. The many items, different landscapes, and many enemies make the gameplay better than that of any other game.
The new GameBoy Advance version allow up to four players play at a time. An entirely new adventure, the four swords, is for multiplayer. It is fun being able to play Zelda at the same time as your friends. There are 4 large levels to choose from, which will keep you busy for a while. I really enjoyed the new multiplayer adventure, especially with three of you pals playing with you. The multiplayer is as good or better than any other GBA game.
Replay Value: 9/10
There are hundreds of different ways to go through the game. I am not kidding, you have the freedom to skip around different parts of the game. You could skip a part of the game, and then come back to it. Many places require some sort of sequence but there are many ways to complete the game. Also, the fact that the game is so fun will lure you back. Although there is hardly anything new the second time around, the different possibilities of completing the game makes the replay value deserve a ten.
A Link to the Past is my second favorite game of all time, only behind Earthbound. It defines the name of a true adventure. Despite the many different Zelda games, I think this one is the best. Having this game portable is great. This game is highly recommended by me. There have been many wannabees of this game, but there is only one Zelda. A Link to the Past is the best game for GameBoy Advance.
|Reviewer's Score: 10 / 10|
|Review by velmarg|
||Ah, at last. The classic ''Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past'' arrives on the GBA, with the multiplayer ''Four Swords''. Was it worth the wait? Yep... I'm really writing this review for the people that have played the old LTTP. If you haven't, you should probably check out one of the other fine reviews here. If you have, you'll find this sums things up pretty good.
Well, there's not much to say here, other than it looks just like the SNES one. Which isn't really bad. The ''Four Swords'' features more cartoonish graphics that look good as well.
Sound has some improvements and drops in quality. The music is of lower quality, obviously, but still sounds great. Link also makes a ''yah!'' sound when he attacks, and a ''YAAAHH!'' when he does a sword spin. It gives the game a little more life, if you ask me, and is a welcome addition.
The only department where the game takes a bit of a hit. It's ok for the most part. They really had little choice making ''R'' the action button. But making ''SELECT'' the menu button.. I don't know what they were thinkin' there. It really is hard to get used to. A pointless mistake. Other than that, it's alright.
Well, what do you expect? It's Link to the Past! All the awesome gameplay from the classic is back, and as enjoayble as ever. Now, you can kill those Armos Knights while you're sitting around in study hall, or smack around Agahnim (did I spell that right?) while you wait in the car for someone to come out of the store. The ability to play this game on the GBA is a dream come true. This truly is the must have game for the hand-held.
''Four Swords'', the multiplayer adventure that comes with LTTP (they're on the same cartridge), is decent fun. You basically run around in different levels, getting rupies, killing monsters, and solving puzzles. It's a little hard to find someone with the game that you can link up with, but if you manage to get 1-3 other people, you're in for a treat. Not quite as stellar as LTTP, but a worthy addition nonetheless.
I have to say, I could play through LTTP over and over and over and never get completely tired of the game. Most people will eventually tire of it, but then there's the ''Four Swords'', which serves up a whole lto of multi. If you can't play Four Swords, I give it an 8.
Can't let a few flaws bring down the classic of classics. If you've never played LTTP, do yourself a favor and get this one for Christmas.
|Reviewer's Score: 10 / 10|