The Legend of Zelda

The Rift Report: exploring the solar system, interactive art, and virtual reality Zelda

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Every Tuesday Andy straps on the Oculus Rift and dives headfirst into the world of virtual reality in the Rift Report. Is it really the future of PC gaming? Let’s find out.

So the new HD Rift development kit has been revealed, and it’ll cost you a princely $350 to buy. We don’t have one yet (don’t worry, we will), and the low-res screen of the first devkit is looking pretty pathetic compared to the dazzling high-res screen that Sam tried at GDC. But I’m still enjoying the original model, and a slightly blurry screen doesn’t diminish the power of the Rift for me.

The sinisterly cute Ittle Dew is out today on Steam

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Yes, I know Ittle Dew's name may sound like something you'd mumble into a fluffy cat's belly fur, but the Zelda-inspired puzzle-adventure is a little surlier than that. Ittle Dew—in which, as Tom noted, you get to play as a complete jerk—has been released on multiple channels, opening up the smacking of innocent RPG-dwelling crystals to PC gamers everywhere.

Ittle Dew: a gorgeous Zelda-like adventure where you play as a complete jerk

Tom Sykes at

In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, you could famously rob the local item shop, an act that would see you branded as a THIEF for the rest of the game. Zelda-inspired parody Ittle Dew takes that idea and runs with it, putting you in the role of a puzzle-solving, dungeon-robbing jerk of an adventurer who "may enjoy hitting things a bit too much". This beautifully drawn adventure is out now, for the reasonable price of $13.99.

Anodyne features top-down, 16-bit nostalgia and free demo

Omri Petitte at

What did you last dream about? Did you fly, punch an eagle, or play space chess? Whatever it was, it probably wasn't as neat as Anodyne, an indie spiral into the fantasy dream world of protagonist Young. It's a top-down tribute of Zelda-esque dungeon derring-do with a 16-bit coat, and developer Sean "Seagaia" Hogan says item-based puzzles and challenges lurk aplenty for players.

Hyrule: Total War mod brings Zelda to the battlefield, looks incredible

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Hyrule: Total War is exactly what it sounds like. Its 20 factions herald from the furthest corners of the Zelda universe. Whether you want to command a small mountain of Gorons, a bunch of dudes dressed like Sheik, or Zelda herself, Hyrule: Total War aims to make it all possible with meticulous attention to detail.

Also, Zora are for some reason playable, even though they have about as much business in a land skirmish as, er, Zelda does on PC. But hey, I'm certainly not complaining. Really, the only thing that's missing is a Navi army that defeats its foes by screaming "Hey! Listen!" until the madness sets in. At any rate, I'm finished holding you back. So then, salivate at this trailer, and then physically whip your PC to make it download the demo faster. Thanks, GameSpy.