This week's GBE2 topic is First Love. If you look over to my "About me" section, I actually use the words "first love" to describe one game in particular. But instead of babbling on about how much I love that game series (which I have done many times here), I thought it would be cool to talk about the evolution of it. I recently wrote about the history of the Legend of Zelda.
In this article, I focused on the home console games of the series, since that is where it all began in 1986. I should point out that many Zelda fans don't seem to love the second title as much as the first. While I will always have a special place in my heart for the first game, I also love the second. But I've heard people complain that it was too different or too hard.
There are games in the Zelda series that just about everyone can agree are beyond amazing. These are A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time. Ocarina is still one of the highest rated video games ever and it's ancient in gaming years. (It came out in 1998.) Link to the Past is even older.
But there have been some others that while they are also highly rated, they left some gamers disappointed. The graphics in Wind Waker were a huge deal when it was released, many people didn't like the cartoony cel-shading. (I think the graphics are adorable, btw) And it's been widely argued that Twilight Princess was too easy.
But still, the Legend of Zelda is the game that made me a gamer, without a doubt. The replay value of the entire series is amazing. Right now, I have games of the original, Ocarina of Time, and Twilight Princess going.
So yeah, when I think of first love, my gaming brain goes immediately to Link and it always will. :)