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Does your opinions on Zelda games change over time?

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I will always think that OoT, MM, and WW will be at the top, and TP and the multiplayer games will always be at the bottom, however the others tend to swap around. I still think LoZ, SS, LA, and ST will be on he higher end, and the oracle games, MC, LBW, and AoL will be on the lower end, but they still switch around quite a bit. My tastes tend to fall in 5 different tiers, and I think they will always be in their current tiers.
 

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As anyone who sees me post has no doubt sussed out, I wasn't a fan of the direction the series took after ALTTP. When I was younger, I enjoyed games like Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess. Heck, I played through TP multiple times. I would regularly tout Zelda as my favorite video game series. It was only after my experiences with Skyward Sword following a long break from the Zelda games that my opinion changed.

Zelda went downhill hard after ALTTP. The series, once about exploration, discovery, and bombing walls to find heartpieces, became about formula. The series settled into a comfortable nook where it never did anything exceptional or new, but was treated well by critics. They became increasingly condescending and linear, removing any kind of player choice and replacing it with long hallways.

It wasn't until Breath of the Wild that I enjoyed Zelda games again, but I continue to remain skeptical of future installments. Nintendo isn't exactly consistent with the quality of its games or game systems, so it remains to be seen whether I'll slink away from Zelda after another disappointing entry, or stick around to enjoy the Breath of the Wild sequel.
 
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I think my opinions about how I view Zelda games generally stays the same but sometimes there is a slight shift. For example, I've gone between Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess as my second favorite Zelda game a fair amount. It's Twilight Princess right now but it could easily swing the other way. The HD remakes also help me look at some games that I looked less favorably on, like Link's Awakening, and rate them higher than I did before.
 
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Zelda went downhill hard after ALTTP. The series, once about exploration, discovery, and bombing walls to find heartpieces, became about formula. The series settled into a comfortable nook where it never did anything exceptional or new, but was treated well by critics. They became increasingly condescending and linear, removing any kind of player choice and replacing it with long hallways.
Yes, because Zelda 2 had soooo much wall bombing...
 

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So your reason for disliking him.... is because he’s the medium the game uses to tell you your objective.... like every other game on earth...
I dislike him because he's a persistent companion character with no development whose only purpose is to feed you quest information, tell you where to go, and physically restrict you from exploring the map.
 
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There are only 3 examples I know of, and they are...

TP. Never hated it, and I don't even know what my problem with the game was, but it just didn't click with me at first. Over the years though, it really grew on me. Today, I consider it to be the best Zelda ever made, even though it's not my favorite.

BotW. When the game came out, I was nothing if not nauseated; after three years though, my hatred seems to have turned into apathy.

I hated SS ever since I played for about a half hour back in 2011. Today, I hate it even more thanks to watching walkthroughs on YouTube.
 

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