The very first Zelda video game is nightmarish in virtual reality
Have you always dreamed of discovering the very first Zelda game in virtual reality? A fan had fun making this fantasy come true, dubbed The Legend of Doom.
2023 is likely to be a great year for the Zelda saga, in particular thanks to the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on Nintendo Switch (May 12). To wait, a fan said to himself that it was imperative to pay tribute to the very first opus with a VR version, called The Legend of Destiny and shared on January 10 on Twitter.
As the name of the project suggests, The Legend of Destiny is based on the cult shooter from id Software (which is already at the origin of many wacky projects). More specifically, it is a VR mod of Lossbased on the QuestZDoom engine designed for Meta helmets. Thanks to these tools, the creator manages to offer the first portion of the The Legend of Zelda released in 1987 on NES, including the dungeon.
Zelda and VR, that’s really not it
It’s hard to know what to think of this virtual reality version of The Legend of Zeldawhich navigates between the choupi (the stripped graphics) and the frightening (the enemies are much cuter in 2D). In any case, everything is there: weapons, rubies, leaves or hearts that fall to regain life. No changes have been made to the graphic elements, which guarantees total authenticity. The nostalgic argument seems to be working on some enthusiasts, judging by the comments on the YouTube video. ” My God ! It would’ve been a dream when I was a kid says Gussemke. TheRipeTomatoFarms thinks the same “ Oh wow! I can’t imagine me at 9 seeing this! »
Another point that makes the experience strange: the music is oppressive (you have to imagine it attacking your ears while you’re in an immersive bubble). You really have to be a Zelda fan for the magic to work. It is also necessary to like the mazes, since the navigation experience seems much more complicated than in the original adventure (the movements seem to drag on so long). We also fear the worst for the feeling of travel sickness.
We recall that Zelda has already officially tried virtual reality. Nintendo has released an update for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wildby adding compatibility with the headphones of his Labo (assemblies in cardboard). The experience was… grueling, proof that Zelda and virtual reality don’t really mix.
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