Rex’s Top Five Zelda Games of All Time

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Rexis here!

How sick am I of social media outlets pushing this topic on me and asking me to vote for my favorite Zelda game?! Sick enough to clarify it on my own blog, that is! Seriously, how many deciding votes do me need to finally declare OoT and/or ALttP the overall winner? These are always the two that come out on top and I think it has a lot to do with the years they were released. More on that later perhaps. For now, let’s jump right into this.

5 Ocarina of Time

That’s right! Sitting at the number five spot on my list is the game that brought link into the 3D world for the first time. I vividly remember buying the gold edition of this game the day it released and saying goodbye to what little social life I had when I was 14. I was lost in a massive (for its time) Hyrule full of new dangers and puzzles. I was a Zelda fan already, but I was blown away by this game. This is the game that solidified my love for the franchise. (A love built on entry 1 – you’ll see. Don’t skip ahead.)

4  A Link Between Worlds

I feel like this game may have slipped under a lot of people’s radars and its really a shame. I enjoyed the ever loving crap out of this one. It broke from Zelda tradition by incorporating an item/weapon rental system and allowed you to complete the dungeons in any order, harkening back to the first Zelda title on NES. This would prove to be a test for the upcoming Breath of the Wild. People don’t want linearity in their adventure games, and while I’ve had no problem with it in the past, this title proves Zelda can be versatile.

3 Windwaker

If you know anything about me at all, and I would think some of my regular readers do, I love me some pirates. Anything and everything pirate related (looking at you Black Flag <3) so Windwaker immediately gets points for having them. When it first came out, I picked it up as I do with most Zelda games, but I wasn’t fond of the cell shading. As the years have gone by I have fallen in love with the style. Not to mention I always find something new in this one whenever I play through it because I’ve never reached 100% on a single play through.

2 Twilight Princess

This game was a sleeper hit for me. I know I’ve played it before, but I picked it up on HD for the Wolf Link Amiibo. How could I not? If I can get a wolf pet in Breath of the Wild, shut up and take my money. Playing through it now, I realize how much I LOVE this game. It is my absolute favorite of the console titles and 3D titles for good reason. Not to mention Zelda is so awesome in this game. If you haven’t played this one, for whatever reason, do it!

1 Link’s Awakening

You read that right. This little gem originally released for Game Boy is my all-time, hand down, no regrets, favorite Zelda game. And it doesn’t even have Zelda in it! I used to play a lot of Game Boy. A lot. So much. And it was usually this game. I know it like the back of my hand. Then they released it in color and it got better. Currently, I play it on my 3DS from time to time. Its the only Zelda title I can just sit and play through without feeling like it repetitive. I never get tired of it.

So that’s it. My top five Zelda games. Now shut up social media sites. I will not vote again!

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2 thoughts on “Rex’s Top Five Zelda Games of All Time

  1. I find it interesting that you have A Link Between Worlds, but not A Link to the Past in your list since they were very similar. I loved Link’s Awakening for the simple fact that you could use something other than your sword for one of the buttons, so you could combine things like the pegasus boots and roc’s feather. Twilight Princess was amazing for the controls on the Wii, but it felt lacking in some of the depth to me. It felt like many current games that make it really pretty, controls work great, but the game is over too quickly. I’m torn about Windwaker. It isn’t the art style for me, though, it’s the over-the-top combat on some things. Take the upgraded spin attack for instance. It looks like the sword takes off and Link is just trying his best to hold on. That and how much blank space the world has are my complaints with it. It reminds me of Burning Crusade for WoW. They made flying mounts that went faster than the ground mounts, so they couldn’t put anywhere near as much stuff on the ground and still expect it to load properly. I would probably put in Ages/Seasons instead of Windwaker for my list and call it good, though.

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    • I did enjoy ALttP a lot, but I had to give it too ALBW. I just loved it so much I couldn’t put it down. I never played TP on the Wii, but I think the game has a fair bit of depth. And the open spaces in WW, I enjoyed because of the sailing. I just like doing it. I thought the Oracle games were okay, but I hit one too many areas where I couldn’t figure out what to do next, and that always kills your enthusiasm to play something.

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