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I've seen a lot of Unreal Engine 4 remakes of classic games in my time, and I feel like so many of them miss the mark. While it's always awesome to see my favourite games with a fresh coat of paint and enhanced graphics, a lot of these Unreal Engine remakes feel like they're missing something. They're technically impressive, of course, but they're lacking that little extra flair - that art direction or unique style that made the very game its remaking such a timeless hit.
Not this one. YouTuber and Nintendo superfan Yianni Papazis has rebuilt the legendary N64 classic The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time in Unreal Engine 4, and it is stunning. This is, without doubt, the most impressive Unreal Engine remake I have ever seen, one that stays true to the bright colours and strange characters of the original game while looking like Nintendo could have released it for Switch yesterday. It's achingly beautiful, and I mean that most sincerely.
Check it out below:
The demo, which you can actually download for yourself here, includes Castle Town, the Temple Of Time, and a good stretch of Hyrule Field. We've been playing through it a little ourselves, although it should be noted that it's entirely possible to fall through random parts of the world. Not that we're complaining - just being able to run around in such a well-made remake at all is an absolute joy.
February 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of The Legend Of Zelda franchise, but I don't think we should get too excited about Nintendo making anything like the above official. Nintendo marked last year's Mario celebrations with the 3D Collection, a compilation for Switch which contained Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Sunshine. These were ports, however, not remasters or remakes. I expect Zelda will get a similar treatment, which means Ocarina Of Time will come to Switch... just not in the way we'd hoped.
Still, as long as they put Wind Waker on the home console/handheld hybrid, they've got my sale.
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