Games I beat in 2015: #8 -
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
In the year 2000 I was spending a lot more time behind a computer monitor than a TV and console. The N64 was in my brothers' room. I had the PS1. So even though I completed Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask never happened for me. I have the instinctive feeling that I saw my brother playing it, but memories are weird that way. So when I got it in February I was fresh. I haven't played Skyward Sword and I gave up on Twilight Princess in the first dungeon.
Basically? I like the Zelda series. Majora's Mask is a hell of a mix.
The boss fights were top notch. The worst one was, surprise, the water-dungeon fight because, water and video games do not mix.
It definitely felt like a lot of content. I beat the game without collecting all of the masks. I only got the necessary ones and ones I accidentally picked up. In fact, I am unsure if any of the ones I got were unnecessary. And while all this content seemed nice, I was either missing the clues or there were no clues. Confusion on where to go next often struck me.
The biggest surprise was how dark it was. I love the artwork from Zelda 2 due to the sense that Link is walking around a screwed up world trying to do something if anything. Yet Majora's Mask makes Zelda 2 feel bright and sunny. There are so many events that just feel wrong, and also left unaltered if they were not fixed in the last cycle Link went through before beating the game. Majora's Mask holds as much continuity questions in itself as the rest of the series does.
Outside of the dungeons, which I liked, and the bosses, which I loved, I did feel a bit frustrated by the repeating of things. No start-to-skip would have been okay in 2000, but right now having to press A through all of the dialogue again was just infuriating. Then there was the risk of running out of time and having to restart the 3-day cycle. Bad planning, perhaps, but such planning feels necessary for improving your second or third play-through of the game, not the first experience. I never ran out of time in the cycle, but I came frighteningly close several times.
It was frustrating, I doubt I'd ever 100% it, but those boss fights. Damn. That was good gameplay.