Alright, so this was the part of my quest I have been dreading since deciding to start this new years resolution. This was the week I started Zelda II: Adventure of Link, the most frowned upon Zelda in the series apart from the CGI games. It has been called everything from the "black sheep", the "hardest", "most innovative", and "a huge piece of dog shit". I have had literally only beat the first palace in this game before giving up previously and will not be using a walk through. I will try to erase my previous bad experience with this game and try to go into it with an open mind. Alright lets fucking do it.
Here is Part II if you missed it : http://www.teamliquid.net/blogs/viewblog.php?id=306000
Not gunna lie pretty badass so far
So you start the game with no warning and wake up with Zelda in a coma and your like fuuuuuuu. Its like one of those nights where you drink too much beers and blackout. Except this time its a princess in a coma and not some random girl from the club. So you decide to go to every town and sleep with a women who looks the exact same and heals you. This is the "hot coffee" scene from GTA of the 80s im telling you. Additionally first thing you notice is your not watching link from a helicopter anymore, your side scrolling like a boss. Then 5 seconds later your in the overworld in helicopter mode again.
That date rape drug is lasting a littttttle longer than its supposed to, lets find/kill my shadow and hope it wakes her up
Walking down the yellow brick road your like where are all the baddies to give me rupees. Well out of nowhere some black blobs start flying around you like maniacs then you get into combat mode to realize how weak and shitty you are at this game. So im familiar with this part of the game so I go to town get healed decide to train my stats up a bit before hitting up the first palace. This is where I realized where this game has some design issues just to fuck with you.
#1 You are super weak and need to level up. But combat is really hard and takes skill vs most enemies.
#2 Some enemies give no experience and when they hit you they they take away health and experience.... fuck
#3 Your 3 points away from your next level and shit you die for the third time and get a game over. You lose all your fucking experience. FUCK!!! If thats not designed for rage I dont know what is.
Get used to this screen you'll be seeing it a lot.
So /leveling rant. I get a bit stronger decide to take my attack as much as I can and magic as little as I can and make my way to the palace which consists of fucking hard darknuts which are masters of combat in this game. And elevators. So anyways you grab keys the usually jib jab get an item (lantern) and beat the boss. That wasn't too bad after I spent an hourish doing repetitive leveling and healing at town. Now that the cave isn't just a dark guessing game Im good to go.
Darknuts and elevators
Here is where the developers give you a break, they bring you up to your next level and heal you. Sweet deal right? You dont get the classic heart container but its still a good tradeoff. But then they stamp a fuck you on the dungeon and close it off with rocks (non-destructible). So your best leveling opportunities have just been sealed off. Great.
So I go exploring after this find a heart container. This is probably the best feeling in this game along with getting a new attack level and getting passed a part where you don't know where to go. I literally stand up and dance when I find these things. Keep exploring find more magic bar. Yayyyy magic is pretty useless right now. I have shield which is good but dissapears after a screen transition and soon after I find jump which helps me transition through a cave. Find a trophy to get the jump spell. Which is pretty cool, random side-quests to find old man to give you new spell. Good concept.
Next town talk to everyone for advice 50% say HELLO! In brutally slow text. Not castlevania 2 slow, but slow enough that your wondering why its nessecary to include these characters at all. Even the people with hints speak in broken english and seem like they don't actually want you to save hyrule. Also you get to meet this insightful young fellow.
People only remember this game for me and shadow link ^-^
So explore the next part of the world more time spent training cause my combat is pitiful. Then go through the next dungeon which seems to be more darknuts and elevators. I thought the layout was actually the same as the 1st initially but it had more keys and I grabbed the glove and struggled through it and yay beat it.
Now this is the part where I get stuck and am actually pissed off. Walking around already explored every place around and talked to every one in town. Including the fucking people who turned into bats and hurt me. I actually died going to town to heal and got game over and lost all my experience and was depressed. Yes this game made me depressed. So I eventually find a mirror by mistake and get the best spell this game has to offer so far. LIFE. Since no enemies drop any life and there are no health potions, this is incredibly handy and im so glad I stumbled across it. But the way it was hidden was ridiculous. Random empty building, go next to table and press A. How intuitive.
So I go to cross the water and the asshole is like fuck you your not part of this town. And im like why would people from town want to leave to go to death mountain anyways. So i decide to just level up cause I have no fucking idea what to do. Then I start going into random levels in the forrest without hitting black guys and think hey, maybe if I clear out all these spiders he will let me cross. I even used the shield spell to make myself red to make it look like I was a townie. Well it was neither of those. It was a random cabin in the woods no townie every spoke of and he gave you a note saying let him cross. Excellent. I was pumped after I got through this part for about 5 minutes when I reached death mountain.
Just looking at this fucking cave maze shit makes me want to die
So yeah death mountain the guessing game makes you go through a million random caves to get through and oh yeah there's a shit load of bad guys and some throw axes that hurt 1/5 your health and you cant block. Great. So I get a couple of game overs then get through Find the hammer and get pumped yet again. Cause right at the start of the game it shows you a boulder blocking the easy way through and you like If I could just get through heeeeere! I continue to explore blocked areas and find a Heart container (YES) and a magic container.
And that's where I'm at so far. This games basically an emotional roller coaster and I have a love hate relationship with it. I love the satisfaction of accomplishing things as in finding things and figuring out puzzles, but there's a lot of dead times where you don't want to train and retarded combat is holding you back. But it is a decent game despite what people give it credit for, and it is definitely the hardest Zelda game I have played yet.
Heres another lyric video:
Legend of Zelda - 10 Hours (Completed)
Legend of Zelda 2: Adventure of Link - 6 Hours (2 Palaces)
Coming up next time
Moar zelda 2, hoping to be able to complete this game within the next 2 weeks. Before the 20 hour mark for sure. Lets see how it goes.
Hope you enjoyed keep reading and keep commenting. ALSO let me know if you've began this quest as some said you would/ let me know your experiences with Zelda 2. (No spoils tho plz) See you again next week.