The legacy of Ocarina of Time is still ongoing, though it has aged visually, which is why this fan shows what the game could look like today.
The creation of video games has certainly come a long way, even in a short time. With many game development engines like Unreal and Unity, now is the perfect time for those who want to create their own games, whether professionally or not. It’s also possible to use a modern engine to breathe new life into much older versions, which is exactly what this fan did for The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time.
Released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, Ocarina of Time has understandably aged over the past decade and a half, but that’s where developer CryZENx comes in. A recent video on their YouTube channel shows what the game looks like when remade in Unreal Engine 5, the latest iteration of Epic Games’ powerful dev tool. Specifically, the images aim to show the effects of water which, thanks to the much more modern engine, are absolutely spectacular.
Link can be seen wandering the shores, splashing in the sea, and even diving to show viewers underwater. It really shows both the power of UE5, as well as the skill that brought this nearly quarter-century-old game into the modern era. This isn’t the first time CryZENx has done something like this either. They also reimagined Ocarina of Time in Unreal Engine 4. Although this remake was made in the previous version of the engine, it still looks amazing, especially compared to the graphics of the original N64 title.
Unreal Engine 5 was released a few months ago and aims to usher in the next stage of video game development. Although it’s been used to make a number of AAA titles, including Redfall and the new Witcher game, CryZENx’s video proves it’s great for recreating now dated, but still beloved games, and seeing what they would look like today. Many other modders and indie developers have used the engine to make their own remakes of older games, including GTA: Vice City and Silent Hill.
As for the Nintendo 64 RPG itself, Ocarina of Time is considered one of the best 3D video games of the 90s. Along with some of its contemporaries, it helped push forward the industry, which saw a leap in gaming three-dimensional, so this 24-year-old Zelda entry is not only a beloved classic, but with a Metacritic score of 99, it’s also considered one of the best games of all time.
Source: This news is originally published by gamerant