Hey Sai I wanna get into more Legend of Zelda games but I don’t know where to start. I’ve played botw and have read the ocarina of Time manga. What would you suggest? :0
oh man tbh i think this is a tough question to answer cuz everyone gets into it at different times and if i’m being honest BOTW’s gameplay is pretty different to the rest of the series.
my instinct, tho, tells me to immediately recommend you my (now) second fav zelda game (because fuck BOTW was that good) which is Wind Waker. i will say it is linear af compared to BOTW’s open world but in terms of exploration i think it’s the closest thing to it (that being said… Wind Waker’s world is much smaller). ngl tho my favorite thing about Wind Waker is the soundtrack… gods… that soundtrack…
maybe you’d wanna play Ocarina of Time since you already read the manga and are familiar with the characters (though admittedly the OoT manga adds more depth to their personality ofc) so you’ll have an idea of what to expect. the puzzles in it are excellent though. Majora’s Mask also comes to mind because the story is much more… intense. tbh I haven’t yet finished Majora’s Mask but i know the story & characters pretty well and gods I love it.
speaking of good stories in zelda, I’d recommend Skyward Sword. you will get The Feels™ guaranteed. also, if you want more ZeLink, THIS IS THE GAME FOR YOU. Another ZeLink game is Spirit Tracks (oh my god this game is so cute and the dungeons are awesome and the soundtrack is fucking great too, I will fight anyone). Twilight Princess is also up there with a great, epic AF story and honestly some of my favorite gameplay in the entire franchise, even if it’s also linear as heck. shipper feels from it too. Plus, ya get to be a wolf. I’m no furry but fUCK YEAH.
if you’re looking for zelda games with great puzzles, from what I’ve played, I’d recommend A Link Between Worlds & Oracle of Ages. the Oracle of Ages puzzles are really well thought out and complex, I really enjoyed that game. Same goes of ALBW & like honestly ALBW is genuinely superb for a Zelda game overall. ALL the dungeons are great, the characters are cute & endearing, it has a good amount of challenge, and tbh the wall-merging gimmick is one of the best ideas & uses of the 3DS’s capabilities. Oh plus this game is also pretty open-world so you can do whatever you want in pretty much any order you want almost to the same extent as BOTW.
besides all those, I’ve also played the original/first Legend of Zelda and well it’s just the basics, i’d say play it later on when you’ve finished other Zeldas and only if you really wanna play it for a challenge + 8bit goodness. People might be appalled at hearing me say this but I have yet to play ALTTP. Tbh tho I don’t even have to play it because I just KNOW it’s a great game since it established a lot of the Zelda formula that makes all the games so good plus it basically introduced Hyrule as we know it today. (I’ll play it some day I SWEAR… heck i have the game I just… haven’t gotten to it yet).
i think that’s all the games in the zelda franchise i’ve played beside Triforce Heroes (which is REALLY fun but you usually need either 3 friends to play or 3 random strangers to play and well unfortunately the online community is kinda dead last i checked… there is a single player option but… i didn’t find it as fun) and Phantom Hourglass which, imho, is the worst Zelda game. like it’s not a terrible game but like… it has a fair share of problems that make it tedious (*flashbacks of the Ocean King Temple… SHIVERS*).
you mentioned the manga & I know you didn’t ask about this but my god I love all of the manga for each game. Akira Himekawa really know how to get at your feels in brief chapters/volumes pretty effectively and they do a pretty good job of abridging each game’s plot without changing too much from it. Sometimes they’ll add original manga-only characters to some of them, like in the Alttp manga, but honestly I appreciate them more than I could ever dislike them at all. Their interpretation of Link in each manga is both unique to each game but still retain the most important part of his character each time (which is, to his core, being the righteous and courageous hero that he always is). And, overall, he’s pretty much always written as DORK so I’m sure you’ll appreciate that.
and you know what, i’m just gonna say it: read the Four Swords manga. read it, Skitty. read it. read it oH MY GOD. what are you doing still reading this lame post of mine. go read the Four SwORDS MANGA AAAAAAAAA
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