A player recently defeated Ocarina of Time without using a sword and achieved the feat with smart use of other items and jumping issues.
Recently a dedicated The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time The player has accomplished the seemingly impossible feat of beating the entire game without using a sword. The speedrunners of the 1998 classic have challenged themselves in different ways over the life of the game, including the recent achievement of a beating player. Ocarina of time through the Smash bros Demo of the title in five minutes.
Swords are staples for the The Legend of Zelda series and often play a vital role in many traditional titles. Without the use of jumping issues, it would be impossible to complete almost every game in the series, as swords are often needed to move the narrative forward, and in some cases, are needed to defeat certain enemies. Ocarina of time in particular has two required swords that play key roles during the game: the starting Kokiri sword for Child Link and the famous Master Sword for Adult Link. Beyond that, the game’s time travel mechanic does not allow many damage dealing items to transfer between the two versions of Link, making a swordless run extremely difficult, even with help of skipping problems.
YouTuber Sam Bliss, however, took that self-imposed challenge anyway and managed to do it. The player described their entire process in a 13 minute video that showed all the issues and items used to beat all the required dungeons in a total of just under 7 hours. While some of the most used items seem obvious, such as the Fairy Bow and the Megaton Hammer, others that are normally overlooked have been used creatively to help achieve an all-out victory, with Deku Sticks and the Bottle playing key roles.
Watch Sam Bliss’ video detailing the swordless game of Ocarina of time on YouTube here.
Finding new ways to beat old games has become a big part of the streamer community. Beyond imposing limitations in the game, many players who take on these kinds of challenges also use unique controllers that are not specifically designed for the title they are taking on. The 1998 Zelda classic in particular saw one player embark on an incredible meta-run where he played Ocarina of time using an ocarina as a controller.
It’s always impressive to see what new challenges dedicated players can set for themselves, especially for a title that has been released for over two decades. The quality of Ocarina of time kept it going in many ways and fans are still coming back to the original version despite the existence of the 3DS remake. Until a true console remake of Ocarina of time launches, it’s likely fans will continue to challenge each other on the original release as it continues to prove that it still has so much to offer.
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Source: Sam Bliss / YouTube
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