Zelda CD-I games, are the really that bad? Need information.

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#1 Posted by Mr-bomb (51 posts) -
for those that may have played them, i have seen many opinions on the game. Most call betrayal and would burn them to the ground, and some gave them C-A ratings. So are the games actually bad or was it just different to fans and the fans got upset? Maybe some comparisons and differences from other games?
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#2 Posted by deactivated-598fc45371265 (13247 posts) -

Better than the Nintendo ones.

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maybe better isn't the word, more entertaining and culturally significiant is more appropriate.

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#3 Posted by 1PMrFister (3134 posts) -
Watch The Angry Video Game Nerd reviews of them. They're really all you need to know about them.
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#4 Posted by Mr-bomb (51 posts) -
Watch The Angry Video Game Nerd reviews of them. They're really all you need to know about them.1PMrFister
I would like an actual review of the game.
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#5 Posted by Eikichi-Onizuka (9068 posts) -
The videos I've seen look awful, especially the one where you play as Zelda. I've never played them though.
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#6 Posted by BlendThree (160 posts) -
Have you seen the Nerd's reviews? They're quite thorough with a lot of gameplay footage. I too was on the fence about seeking them out until I watched his work. Especially the part about how much they cost him!
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#7 Posted by turtlethetaffer (18600 posts) -

Never played them, but I saw an uopened Wand of Gamelon in a store. They were selling it for 1000 bucks or best offer.

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#8 Posted by gregbmil (2701 posts) -
[QUOTE="1PMrFister"]Watch The Angry Video Game Nerd reviews of them. They're really all you need to know about them.Mr-bomb
I would like an actual review of the game.

He is right, watch the AVGN review of it. It is a real review and probably the best one you will find. The guy really knows his stuff
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#9 Posted by bultje112 (1868 posts) -

Watch The Angry Video Game Nerd reviews of them. They're really all you need to know about them.1PMrFister

no they are not. there's another review about the zelda games on cdi that is spot on and very fair. the over the top version of zelda is quite good, although different from nintendo's games

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#10 Posted by bultje112 (1868 posts) -

I can't facepalm enough at the ***** here that consider ANYTHING by teh avgn an actual review.

there's another review about all teh cdi zelda games that is spot on. the over the top zelda game is the best of them. they aren't good or anything but that one is quite enjoyable.

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#11 Posted by roboccs (7847 posts) -

I was going to suggest watching the AVGN "review" too but others already have. While we can't take these AVGN videos as serious "reviews" you can watch the cd-i Zelda ones to see the actual gameplay and all the really bad gameplay designs with the game. So again, while it's not to be taken as a gamespot or IGN-like review, you can still get some pretty good info about how bad the game is from the AVGN because he shows the bad design and buggy issues.

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#13 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

I agree that you shouldn't take AVGN seriously. It's a comedy show. He plays a character. And he plays him over-the-top angry and critical on purpose.

That said, however, the CD-i Zelda games are indeed terrible. None of the characters are "in-character". It does have animated cutscenes, which you'd think would be cool, however it is some of the worst animation I have EVER seen in my life. And this is coming from a life-long comic book fan, so I've seen a LOT of animation in my time. The voice acting is atrocious to boot, but then what could the actors do with the terrible material they were given?

As for the gameplay itself. They have TERRIBLE controls. There is often no way to tell what is part of your platform and what is part of the background, which makes for lots of cheap and frustrating deaths when all they could have done was add some different texturing for backgrounds. Even if they did, though, the gameplay is boring, monotonous, and uninspired.

If these were to be found cheap, they would be good buys as conversation pieces and collection pieces. However the price they fetch is absolutely ridiculous and not worth it at all.

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#14 Posted by rilpas (8161 posts) -

Watch The Angry Video Game Nerd reviews of them. They're really all you need to know about them.1PMrFister
AVGN's videos, while entertaining, are not actual reviews

He is right, watch the AVGN review of it. It is a real review and probably the best one you will find. The guy really knows his stuffgregbmil

he's really not, he's even admitted he usually pretends to be a worse then he really is in his reviews

Not only that but he's admitted to bashing games he actually loves like Castlevania 2

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#15 Posted by starfox15 (3982 posts) -

http://www.seanbaby.com/nes/egm06.htm

Seanbaby's 20 worst games of all time.

Also this.

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon CD-i Link from the opening cinematic

If you really need more convincing that this game isn't total @$$ then I don't know what to tell you. Go buy a CD-i and a copy of this game and play it for yourself.

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#16 Posted by 1PMrFister (3134 posts) -

[QUOTE="1PMrFister"] AVGN's videos, while entertaining, are not actual reviews

[QUOTE="gregbmil"] He is right, watch the AVGN review of it. It is a real review and probably the best one you will find. The guy really knows his stuffrilpas

he's really not, he's even admitted he usually pretends to be a worse then he really is in his reviews

Not only that but he's admitted to bashing games he actually loves like Castlevania 2

I'm well aware that James' nerd persona is not how he really feels all the time. That said, he does actually go into a good amount of detail explaining exactly why the CD-i games are so awful. Some of the stuff he points out (like the confusing level layouts and clunky control scheme) is impossible to overlook even for the most positive of reviews.

I can't facepalm enough at the ***** here that consider ANYTHING by teh avgn an actual review.

there's another review about all teh cdi zelda games that is spot on. the over the top zelda game is the best of them. they aren't good or anything but that one is quite enjoyable.

bultje112

Maybe you could post a link to this review instead of posting your frustrations at other people's opinions so the TC can get his question answered?

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#17 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24605 posts) -
i love the cutscenes until youtube poops ruined them
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#18 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5211 posts) -

I've played one of them, can't remember which one though, several years ago and could not believe I was actually playing a zelda game given the horrible gameplay and controls. For a Zelda game it is indeed horrific, and even for a video game period it is really bad. It wasn't the worst game I've played, but it was bad enough that I would never in a million years consider playing it again.

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#19 Posted by Talldude80 (6321 posts) -

yes they are REALY THAT BAD. just take our word for it. DO NOT attempt to play it, you'd be better off buying actual toilet paper.

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#20 Posted by penpusher (3573 posts) -
[QUOTE="Mr-bomb"]for those that may have played them, i have seen many opinions on the game. Most call betrayal and would burn them to the ground, and some gave them C-A ratings. So are the games actually bad or was it just different to fans and the fans got upset? Maybe some comparisons and differences from other games?

As people keep saying AVGN is the best person to get the answers to your question. But basically yes. They are that bad. Infact they are so bad that they have become one of those fairly rare cases being so bad that they've become highly sought after by collectors.
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#21 Posted by edgewalker16 (2286 posts) -

Watch the AVGN review.

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#22 Posted by BlendThree (160 posts) -

Though, as I and many others have said, the AVGN review is about as thorough as you're going to find, our friends here at Gamespot did get into the Zelda (and Mario) games for the CD-i in their video that can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYLSyd-JHlI

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#23 Posted by Linuxgamer94 (25 posts) -
I think the games of the CD-i are or could have been good. I mean Nintendo was suck a big sourpuss. Nintendo did help make these games and most people forget that Nintendo aproved the looks of the characters and the cut sceens. Nintendo was acting like a spoiled child that was forced to share its toys. Nintendo wanted these games to fail. Nintendo gave the CD-i games verry little money and time to make the games, thus they look "bad". Then you forget that it is ONLY your generation that hates the CD-i. Before 2000 the CD-i Zelda games were decent and won a few awards and many positive reviews. It is just that many of the new generation did not grow up with consoles like the SNES. If the WOG was on the SNES every one would not be complaining, but because it is on the CD-i a nonNintendo console they yell and complain. Even Mario goes missing sucks worse then Zeldas Adventure. Even AVGN said that Hotel Mario was not that bad, and yet many people like that game. It is just this generaton that has never tried any of the games and they complain. The only issues I have is that I had to get an contoler converter so I could play ZWOG. I mean come on the voice acters hardly got paid at all! To you know how much they worked with no over time or benifits. The CD-i was not even made to play video games in the first place.
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#24 Posted by Byshop (18351 posts) -

When you find a post on google, be sure to check the date on the thread before replying. Please don't bump year old threads.

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#25 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

I think the games of the CD-i are or could have been good. I mean Nintendo was suck a big sourpuss. Nintendo did help make these games and most people forget that Nintendo aproved the looks of the characters and the cut sceens. Nintendo was acting like a spoiled child that was forced to share its toys. Nintendo wanted these games to fail. Nintendo gave the CD-i games verry little money and time to make the games, thus they look "bad". Then you forget that it is ONLY your generation that hates the CD-i. Before 2000 the CD-i Zelda games were decent and won a few awards and many positive reviews. It is just that many of the new generation did not grow up with consoles like the SNES. If the WOG was on the SNES every one would not be complaining, but because it is on the CD-i a nonNintendo console they yell and complain. Even Mario goes missing sucks worse then Zeldas Adventure. Even AVGN said that Hotel Mario was not that bad, and yet many people like that game. It is just this generaton that has never tried any of the games and they complain. The only issues I have is that I had to get an contoler converter so I could play ZWOG. I mean come on the voice acters hardly got paid at all! To you know how much they worked with no over time or benifits. The CD-i was not even made to play video games in the first place.Linuxgamer94

Dude, I'm 30 years old. nobody EVER liked the CD-i. And no, Nintendo had absolutely NO involvement in the development of these games.

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#26 Posted by Jag85 (10986 posts) -

Better than the Nintendo ones.

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maybe better isn't the word, more entertaining and culturally significiant is more appropriate.

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You mean better as in a "so bad it's good" kind of way, right?
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#27 Posted by penpusher (3573 posts) -

I think the games of the CD-i are or could have been good. I mean Nintendo was suck a big sourpuss. Nintendo did help make these games and most people forget that Nintendo aproved the looks of the characters and the cut sceens. Nintendo was acting like a spoiled child that was forced to share its toys. Nintendo wanted these games to fail. Nintendo gave the CD-i games verry little money and time to make the games, thus they look "bad". Then you forget that it is ONLY your generation that hates the CD-i. Before 2000 the CD-i Zelda games were decent and won a few awards and many positive reviews. It is just that many of the new generation did not grow up with consoles like the SNES. If the WOG was on the SNES every one would not be complaining, but because it is on the CD-i a nonNintendo console they yell and complain. Even Mario goes missing sucks worse then Zeldas Adventure. Even AVGN said that Hotel Mario was not that bad, and yet many people like that game. It is just this generaton that has never tried any of the games and they complain. The only issues I have is that I had to get an contoler converter so I could play ZWOG. I mean come on the voice acters hardly got paid at all! To you know how much they worked with no over time or benifits. The CD-i was not even made to play video games in the first place.Linuxgamer94

Well since you've already bumped the thread I'll just throw in before the mods block the thread that it has nothing to do with peoples preference of console. It's because frankly they suck really quite hard. How some of them managed positive reviews upon release is beyond me, because there's not much there that I could find that was positive.