Saturday, April 18, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 293 - Zelda: Link to the Past

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of my top 5 favorite games ever. Everybody has already seen it, though, and in particular the first chunk of the game. So how did I make today's video more interesting? By cheating my ass off, of course! It makes the start of the game very, very different. I think it's pretty cool. Read more and watch gameplay here.

I played Zelda: Link to the Past for this video via the BSNES emulator. What I like about BSNES is two-fold - One, you can use alternate shader packs that make the games look better / different than normal. I like to smooth things out, personally. The second thing I love about BSNES is that it has built in cheats for pretty much everything so you just pop into the cheat menu and turn stuff on and off for whatever you want. That's freaking awesome.

For LTTP I basically just gave myself all items, turn on invincibility, have infinite keys for dungeons, and can warp in and out of the dark world from anywhere. It radically changes how you play the game, obviously, and turns a familiar game like Zelda: Link to the Past into something new and interesting again. 

The only drawback I could find that you still have to unlock the bigger bomb to blow open the door at the bottom of Ganon's pyramid, which means you have to beat a couple dark world dungeons. I had hoped to just skip from beating Aganim to beating Ganon in the video, but that wasn't possible without a bunch of extra work. Oh well. 

In spite of that, using these cheats does open up a huge number of new ways to play the game. You can just do everything in any order and however you want, which is awesome. Cheating is great. Everyone should cheat.