Review by RVD un da HoUsE

"Ocarina of Time, gotta make you mine..."

Introduction
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Maybe it should be called "The Legend of Zelda: The Best Game of all Time". Seriously, though, this game, over 5 years after being released on 31st October 1998, still is the shining jewel of my vast game collection. I remember playing this game every time I could with my friends and cousins. Everybody at school tried to complete the game first, so that they could help each other out at school and boast about the fact that they completed the "BEST.GAME.EVER."

The Legend of Zelda series is one of the best on the market, one that no true gamer should turn his cheek away from. Being the Legend started in 1987, there have been 10 games about the Quest (2 NES, 1 SNES, 2 N64, 4 GB, 1 GCN) most of which consisted of the same storyline- rescue Princess Zelda from the evil clutches of Ganon-"the bad guy".There is no definite timeline of the games that is official-many have tried to sort them, but most were baffled and failed miserably.

What is the whole point of the game? Well, the storyline goes like this: The Hero of time-also referred to as "Link"-is an ordinary Kokiri child (people who live in Kokiri forest and have a fairy, and never grow up) except he doesn't have a fairy so the others don't treat him with the respect he deserves. But all that changes when he is summoned by the Great Deku Tree (their protector), the Deku Tree sends "Navi"(a fairy) to become Link's partner. The Deku Tree tells Link of the evil Gannondorf and his evil piers and that Link (You) must defeat Gannondorf and restore peace the land of Hyrule...

Graphics
This game is the best-looking game on the Nintendo® 64, from its wide exploration area of Hyrule-which is all-accessible, to every little characteristic on each and every character. Link looks fantastic in every way, his clothes and weaponry are just what you thought would be like when you imagined to yourself during the 2D days "I wonder what Link's attire would be like in 3D". The different characters' appearances match their personality descriptions perfectly (for example, Gannondorf looks evil, The Great Deku Tree looks wise and Zelda looks kind and kidnap able, lol) The environment is like real-life because it constantly switched between day and night, with special, exclusive events happening at each. Day is safer, but night is more fun.

Sound
The sound in this game is unbelievably realistic. It uses and tests all of the Nintendo 64's capabilities to the maximum that it can withstand-and with the game being a cartridge, it was one heavy cartridge! From your sword clanging off the wall to being smoothly put back into your sheath ("scabbard" or its holder), it is all just fantastic. The music in the temples matches them mood and the atmosphere perfectly and I can hear the music of the Forest Temple stuck in the back of my head after all of these years. And the music that you play on your Ocarina is well worked also because you are free to play as you please. When fighting enemies and bosses of dungeons, they make the exact sounds that you would expect them to. Just marvellous.

Gameplay
This game is easy to just pick up and play, but easier to get involved in the game vastly if you know the storyline well. The sword is controlled with the B button and if you experiment with it and the control stick then you can perform different moves. The actions are performed with the A button and you can interact with many, many different objects, making this one of the Nintendo' s best. The items are mastered with the c-buttons (<c, Vc, >c) and there are many items in the game that you have to work for to gain. There is over 60 hours of gameplay involved, which is what any gamer would wish for. So, huh, what is there to do to keep you occupied for that long? Read on...

Replay Value
This game has an incredible replay value, with 3 dungeons to complete as child and 5 temples to complete as a grown up. There is also a whole area to explore and within the massive acres of Hyrule is what all gamers enjoy: side quests. The side quests are optional to the game but a big joy to complete-collecting 100 gold skulltulas (spider enemies), collecting heart pieces, obtaining very useful items (swords, etc.) and last but certainly not least: fishing! Rent a rod and throw in your line, wait for a bite and reel it in, the bigger the better, and you can win prizes for certain fish that you catch. There are bigger fish when you are older, which is just marvellous! You want to complete another game file once in a while, and this game has, like many other games before it, 3 game files! I have played through the game 4-5 times and each adventure I enjoyed it as much as the last (obviously not as much as the first time, though!). :)

Thoughts
This game was the most famous on the Nintendo&reg; 64 and a strong favourite in votes for the best game ever. So, if you had a Nintendo 64 but failed to own this, then you should be ashamed that you didn' t own this revolutionized gaming experience-and you should also be out there looking for a copy of this game! =) Whether it being the flashy gold cartridges or the standard grey cartridges for the N64 (or even the Gamecube disk remakes) you should own this game in one way, shape, or form.

Overall:

Graphics: 9/10
Considering the Nintendo' s capacity, this game pushed it to its limits. There is a fully interactive environment with perfect characters. Crystal clear graphics for the ultimate adventure!

Sound: 10/10
Fantastic sounds for a fantastic game. You will be drooling at the screen with amazement. The music for in the dungeons captures the moment perfectly and will have you humming their tunes at the most inappropriate moments!

Story: 9/10
The story is that of old, it is very famous, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time, like the others games in The Legend of Zelda series portrays this old theory: Good vs. Evil. Go figure.

Gameplay: 10/10
There is a lot to do and you will never tire about the various quests. There are many dungeons, each with their own boss and story, which become personal to Link. Easy to pick up and play, it gets you fully involved with the story going on and develops you a hate for the evil-it is that addictive!

Replayability: 10/10
The huge quest has many side quests that you will want to go back to and complete. You will at least will have completed this game twice by the time you are finished with it, trust me! With an archery range and fishing pond, you will want to challenge your friends at this and become the best. There is over 60 hours of game play within and you will want to become the superior of your youth.

Pro' s:
+ Massive area to explore
+ Over 60 hours of game play
+ Great replay value (You' ll want to play through the game at least twice)
+ Huge Quest
+ Side Quests
+ Fabulous game play
+ More than you can wish to do (including fishing, archery range)
+ Upgrades for your weapons so you' ll want to complete the game 100%
+ Breath-taking story

Con' s:
- The Water Temple can be a pain in the butt.

Final Thoughts:
This game revolutionized gaming-it was that good. I wish that we were back in the days when this game had just been brought out and everyone had purchased it and were amazed at the visuals. *Wipes tear from cheek* 5-6 years on and this game still shines and deserves to be the BEST. GAME. EVER. My number one (#1) ranked game of all time!

OVERALL: 10/10

Farewells and Happy Gaming!


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 08/09/04


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