Posted By Dena Natali about 11 months, 3 weeks ago
COMMENTARY: SG: Adventure, 8.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
Trogdor, Starscream, and bad hair–Dena covers it all in this look back at her 4th guest review for Still Gaming.
In case you missed the original video, here it is without commentary:
Actually the only Legend of Zelda where you level up is Zelda II, the rest of them you only advance by getting different items but you’re always the same strength you were at the beginning of the game. That’s why it’s not considered an RPG, but I’ll admit it’s right at the fringe between action adventure and RPG. Simon’s Quest is on the fringe as well, although you do gain more life bars by fighting enemies and collecting the hearts they leave behind.
Okay, you don’t level up in the literal sense, but you do get more health and better weapons and armor–you may not get stronger from fighting enemies, but you do advance, basically. Close enough, IMO.
I understand, and I don’t mean to sound upset but by your definition you could claim that the Metroid series, Kid Icarus, Milon’s Secret Castle some of the Monster World games Mystical Ninja starring Goemon, Starfox Adventures, Mega Man Legends 1 & 2 and a slew of other games are RPGs as well. That’s why I personally draw the line at Zelda, to eliminate confusion. Although if we eliminated all these sub-genres and just called them all adventure games things might be better off.
I agree, I think that I remember something to the effect in the design stages. It was supposed to be (among other concepts of course) the distilled essence of what made RPGs engaging. An RPG for those who hated RPGs, or something to that effect.
BTW since the main character is a yellow brick, I sometimes imagine it as the top of Link’s head.
GODDAMN YOU BLACK BAT!!! IF I COULD I WOULD KIIIIILL YOOOOOUUU!!!
I remember this was the first game I ever played, and raged at.
LOL. Like I said, I both love and hate that bat.
Thanks for the Commentary Dena I always enjoy hearing the back story behind these video’s and the thought process when making them. Also if i may ask is lee still ok last i hear from him was January 28 and he said he had massive nerve damage, is he OK?
If you wanna track Lee, Twitter is probably the best place. He posted an update on 4/19: https://twitter.com/StillGaming/status/192975316556324864
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Dena takes a look back at her 4th guest review for Still Gaming.
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