Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Unreal Engine remake available to download now
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Unreal Engine remakes are coming thick and fast and this one takes us on a tour of Kakariko village, Deathmountain Trail and Goron City in an Unreal Engine 5.3.1 remake of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Modder and creator CryZENx has just released the latest version of this remake. You will be able to fight several enemies, explore environments and, of course, use the ocarina. It's Ocarina of Time as you know it, but with a huge shot in the arm graphically. The footage is truly spectacular as it shows off different textures and models lit beautifully.
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CryZENx has explained that the new release uses Lumen for its lighting and it really shows as the shadows fall darkly, while the sun holds steady with diffused lighting. In one moment, Link holds up a glass bottle and the reflections bouncing off the sharp angles are bright and pristine.
I've seen a lot of these Unreal Engine demos now and for many of them I'm impressed, but rarely wowed. However, there was a moment in the footage when we get a close up of Link's character model and it's fantastic; slightly anime, but holds enough of that Nintendo magic still.
It's interesting to see cutscenes and the inventory system is fully supported in the remake and gives both a revamp for today's gamers. While it might not be entirely accurate, talk of the Switch 2, its upgraded engine options and possible DLSS inclusion, this could be a taste of what Nintendo can create when they finally move forward from the Switch.
Obviously, Zelda and Link will never come to PC, so this is probably the only way to enjoy the franchise - at least for now, if Nintendo doesn't hit them with a cease and desist.