I recently began playing all of the Legend of Zelda games that I've missed through the years, including The Wind Waker and a few others, and I just finished playing A Link to the Past, regarded by many fans as the best Zelda game ever. However, I didn't find the game as wonderful, addictive and compelling as many other entries in the series.
Allow me to explain myself, I loved the game and I recognize it as a masterpiece in game design, bringing a lot of standards and innovations to the franchise, but I feel that almost any Zelda game since has improved upon the big steps of this entry in the series. I enjoyed the game a lot, but it didn't capture me nearly as much as The Wind Waker did, which I just finished playing last week.
I didn't wake up in the middle of the night to keep playing A Link to the Past, but I did with The Wind Waker. I didn't got excited during the final sequences with A Link to the Past, but I did with The Wind Waker. A Link to the Past got me frustrated several times, I found the game to be very unbalanced in terms of difficulty and quest design, having sudden spikes of difficulty here and there and giving almost no clue at all in some crucial areas of the game.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the game, but I feel it is far from being one of the best games in the franchise. Perhaps it is a landmark in the Zelda series, that I do agree with, setting the bar high for the next iterations in the series, but I feel that time hasn't been very kind to this game.
Do you agree? Or am I just being stupid?