Legend of Zelda's overhead perspective. The Zelda music is back though.
Okay I'm in a place that looks like a temple, I've got a green... rod in my hand, and there's a woman asleep in the background. So far this is very Shadow of the Colossus.
And... now what? What do I do? There doesn't seem to be any way to wake the woman up (who I'm guessing is Zelda herself), so I'll assume that's my quest. There's no one else around to give me any hints or instructions, so I guess I'll just see myself out then.
Final Fantasy style overworld! To be honest I'd heard the game was a platformer but I wasn't expecting this.
It seems I'm safe to wander along the path all I want without being harassed by random encounters, so I'll go see where it leads.
Castlevania II or Battle for Olympus again. A town full of NPCs, each giving me a line about stuff I can find or do, but everything they tell me is so vague as to be next to useless.
So I can find magic in a cave south of the castle then? Well that's awesome. Any advice on how to wake up sleeping princesses? Nope? Fair enough then.
I guess I should probably search the buildings.
I don't suppose you've got a candle I could borrow? I guess not. He just keeps repeating "I am Error" like a depressed robot.
Fuck it, I don't need their bloody candle! I'm going to go south, and I'm going to find this cave, and I'm going to go through it in pitch black darkness.
Fuck this, I'm going off to find a candle.
So now all I've got left to do is run up and hit him with my sword until one of us explodes. Fortunately Link controls quite well, and can steer himself while airborne (unlike poor Simon Belmont in the Castlevania games), so I have a shot at avoiding a couple of these spears.
I got out of the platformer level by running off the edge of the screen, and finally made it to the end of the other path. I really hope there's a candle in this town or else I have no idea what I'm doing.
Well I've been west as far I can go, and there's nothing there but a cave and a town. I suppose I could try going off path through the forest to the east though. East's kind of like west.
I'm hoping for a massive sword, body armour and some 'wake up princess' magic.
But now I'm at another branching path. I'll go right this time.
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ALL MY EXPERIENCE POINTS?
Did those knife maniacs drain my experience points when they hit me? I can't think of a single other game I've played which takes your experience points away during gameplay like this. That's pretty damn annoying.
They drop 2 xp each, and I need 50, so this might take a while.
TWENTY FIVE KILLS LATER.
Life up sounds good to me though, so I'll go with that.
Plus the game has proper saves, no passwords.
Run Link, run!
ONE LIFE AND MOST OF A HEALTH BAR LATER.
I don't even know why I'm surprised.
Okay, I'll go backtrack all the way back to that lift, and hope that the bridge over the lava pit has mysteriously reappeared.
I gotta admit, the game got me again. This is Link's final life and I'm really starting to doubt that I've got enough health left to find this this damn key and make it back to the door.
This guy is the last thing stopping me from opening that door. He has a shield and he moves it up and down to deflect my sword attacks, but that also leaves him with a place he's not defending. All I have to do is hit him where his shield ain't, and avoid getting hit too much while doing it.
Link looks so happy... anyway I took two steps outside and was slaughtered by one of those lame blob enemies, and had to restart. But the candle is still mine, so I can finally go... to the southern cave!
ONE RESTART AND A SHORT WALK LATER.
I honestly tried my best to kill or evade them, but they destroyed me in seconds. Bloody flying enemies.
Sorry but that's all the patience I have in me, I can't go on. I tried to give Zelda II a fair shot, but the game just hates me! It seems considerably more difficult than Legend of Zelda was at the start. Enemies are often really tough bastards to kill, and every time I think I'm getting somewhere someone comes along and steals my xp, or I'm killed and thrown back to the beginning.