The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Rating Summary

Based on 58 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

89

Top Critic Average

91%

Critics Recommend

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No Recommendation / Blank
Nov 14, 2013

Past lives.

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9.4 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2013

What could have been an easy sequel that traded on past glories is instead a compelling argument for digging up the foundations of Zelda and seeing what happens - rather like Wind Waker did 10 years ago. A Link Between Words is not a total revolution, but it may very well be the start of one. I haven’t been so challenged by a Zelda since Ocarina of Time, and rarely have I been so consistently surprised by one.

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Nov 14, 2013

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds brings the outstanding gameplay of the SNES prequel to the 3DS in a well-crafted adventure that will give you a rush of nostalgia. With interesting new characters, atypical series gameplay elements, and fantastic 3D visuals, Link's next adventure is a must play.

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9 / 10
Nov 14, 2013

One of the best Zelda games of all time and one which manages to quietly rewrite the series’ usual formula in some surprising, and surprisingly successful, ways.

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9.6 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2014

It’s incredibly difficult for me to talk about A Link Between World without sounding like the complete Zelda fanatic that I am, but it really is a magnificent game. This is the Zelda title I've waited a decade for, and not only is it by far the best game since The Wind Waker it is also better than the GameCube classic in every area of the series I enjoy the most.

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9 / 10
Nov 14, 2013

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is packed full of enough canny puzzles and clever dungeons to make the experience feel as fresh as its iconic predecessor.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2013

A Link Between Worlds is the sequel I never knew I wanted

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Kotaku

Top Critic

Yes
Nov 22, 2013

A fresh direction for the franchise, dressed up as an older game so we don't feel all awkward about it.

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Nov 14, 2013

A Link Between Worlds takes some much-needed strides to shake things up. But it does so within a pair of worlds most fans know maybe a little too well, and you know what they say about familiarity. This is a good first step in Nintendo's journey to revitalize Zelda, but the next leg of the trip needs to be considerably bolder.

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Nov 13, 2013

A Link Between Worlds gets fearless and distinguishes itself from the franchise’s history. On top of that, Link, Zelda, Rovio, and some of the best bosses Zelda fans will ever fight turn that history on its head, both narratively and mechanically. This is another must-play 3DS game and a compelling adventure for anyone traveling this holiday season or curling up with a good game at home.

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