For fifteen long years, Majora's Mask was one of the most divisive mainline Zelda titles to have ever seen release. Link's apocalyptic adventure to save Termina from a meteoric moon is overflowing with unique and forward-thinking ideas — the implementation of daily schedules for NPCs has influenced the likes of Skyrim and Deadly Premonition — but Majora's Mask found itself held back by a draconic save system and a harsh penalty for failure. Not an encouraging environment for a game based so heavily around exploration!
Fortunately, Majora's Mask 3D addresses nearly all of the complaints levied against these arcane systems, managing to keep the game's tight pace while eliminating punishment for experimentation. Best of all, it now includes a robust and detailed quest log, something that proves indispensable in keeping track of Termina's gargantuan number of sidequests and characters. Majora's Mask 3D brings this erstwhile black sheep into the 21st century with grace and elegance, putting it on equal footing as the cherished Ocarina of Time.
Writeup by Robert Fenner
Yes, this is the first time many of us were able to experience Final Fantasy Type-0, but it still qualifies as a rerelease of a Japan-only PSP title. And while the game itself may be a little rough around the edges, what it does right, it really does right. It returns many series staples that fans had been missing, such as an overworld map, and its real-time combat is fast, chaotic, and challenging. Not to mention, this is a seriously dark tale about the horrors of war that marks the series' first foray into M-rated territory. If you're a Final Fantasy fan who is willing to balance tradition and innovation, Type-0 HD is worth your time.
Writeup by Peter Triezenberg
You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you? A single vote kept The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D from taking the second spot here.
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