People really love Nintendo products, but Nintendo doesn't always love it when gamers use the company's popular characters and branding for fanmade games, movies, or playable projects. That's why it's imperative that you check out The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time running in the Unreal Engine 4 before Nintendo has the project shut down.
The 24-minute demo that was put together by CryZENx was posted up over on the CryZENx YouTube channel. It features a look at Ocarina of Time running in the Unreal Engine 4, and it also provides a download link for version 3.0 of the UE4 demo that gamers can download if they have a decent enough PC.
The demo allows you to choose from a number of different locations from Ocarina of Time, including the Temple of Time, Kakariko Village, or Kokiri Forest. Alternatively, you can play through the game in the Story Mode. If you choose the Story Mode, it literally starts from the beginning of the game with a cinematic, just like the original N64 version. Visually the game looks fantastic, making use of a lot of the most advanced features of the Unreal Engine 4, including real-time global illumination, dynamic shadows, god rays, and physically based rendering.
CryZENx really put a lot of time and effort into the demo, as it looks and plays out just like the original Nintendo 64 masterpiece. It also features the swimming, fight mechanics, equipment screen, and dialogue systems from the original, all remade with better graphics and improved visual effects.
The Unreal Engine 4 demo also features an overhaul of the soundtrack. Instead of the midi-synth from the N64 version, there UE4 demo includes the fully orchestrated soundtrack. Some of the sound effects are still from the N64 version, which will either make some people feel a strong sense of nostalgia or dissonance.
As the headline suggests, you may want to check out the video and the demo before it's all taken down. Nintendo is notorious for shutting down fan projects like this. The Metroid remake designed in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the game was shut down by the Nintendo, along with a number of Super Mario Bros., fan projects, including a remake of Super Mario 64 within the Unreal Engine 4.
That's not to mention all the times Nintendo has gone after ROM sites, or shut down browser-based renditions of popular games, or had a variety of Pokemon fan projects axed. When Nintendo's properties are involved, expect the legal team to get involved.
Either way, the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake likely won't last long online, so if you had plans on getting your hands on it you might want to do before it gets hit with a cease and desist from the Big 'N'.
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