Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo 64 games
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Zelda Majoras Mask (N64)
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Zelda Majoras Mask (N64)
Date: 28/09/01, updated on 28/09/01 (604 review reads)
Advantages: enjoyable, cool, contains link
Zelda:Majoras Mask carries on the now famed "Legend of Zelda". The series has been produced on the SNES, Gameboy and N64 and on all 3 formats the game has been among the greatest of all time. But now with the newest instalment arriving I wanted to find out whether Z:MM could carry on this fine piece of gaming work. Well, you'll be dam pleased to know that it does!
The basic plot behind Majoras Mask is that Link has Epona kidnapped by a strange and mysterious man, well actually it's Skull Kid.( Oh come on you must have known!) Aswell as nicking his horse Skull Kid also takes the Ocarina. Links most prized possession. Link then follows the stranger into a parallel universe where, rather unfortunately, the moon is about to crash into the earth. Oh dear. So, naturally, Link jumps in to save the day. Hopefully.
The storyline is portrayed in a glorious cut scene which has to be scene to be believed. The first part of the game is basically a training session where you have to turn Link back to his normal form, instead of the Deku Scrub which the Skull Kid has turned you into.
My Forrest reaction when I saw this cut scene was this, "Is Link on LSD or am I?" it was just so damn spectacular. After you've had the Deku Mask removed by the Happy Mask Man he asks you to get back an item of his that was stolen as he was walking through Termina Field. Yup, you got it, Majoras Mask.
Now that Skull Kid has the mask his is running around wreaking havoc and generally acting like a bad a**.
You take control of Link and must guide him around the world that he has entered. There are 4 territories surrounding Clock Town (where all the action is happening) and defeat all the nasty creatures that lurk inside. The 4 territories are as follows, Water, Swamp, Forest and Mountain.
Now the next thing about this game is the importance of the masks. In Z:OOT the masks were really only there to laugh at or to
make Link look prettier. But now there are an astonishing 20 masks to get your little elfy hands on. You start off with just one. Well sort of. The Mask Seller heals you and removes the deku curse from you resulting in a Deku Mask. When you put on a mask in Majoras Mask whatever the mask symbolises is what special powers Link inherits when he dons the mask. for example when Link puts on the Goron mask he is transformed into a rather large and brutal looking Goron. He now has the ability to smash rocks with his huge punches and curl up into a ball and roll very fast down hills. The Zora mask is a great mask as when you put it on you are effectively an amphibian.
There are several other masks that you don't really need. Like the explosion mask for instance. When you put it on all you do is explode! Funny but on the whole useless. As I've said when you don a mask a transformation happens. This is shown in a magical and, quite frankly, rather disturbing cut scene. The scream of torment that Link lets out as the mask grafts itself to his face is blood curdling.
On the graphical side of things Nintendo have defiantly set a standard. All the visuals are crisp and captivating. Although you would hope so as the game requires a 4 megabyte expansion pak to run! Don't let this put you off though because this is a truly wonderful, groundbreaking, piece of mastery.
If you are looking for a game of ANY kind to splash your money out on, make it this one as you will certainly not regret it