The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an absolute classic and if you have not played it where the hell have you been in the last fourteen years? (unless you are a child then I understand) When I first played this game I was ten years old, it was one of the best games that I had played on the N64 and was the first Zelda game to transition into 3D from it’s 2D predecessor Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the SNES. The graphics for 1998 were fantastic in this game too. During the decade of the golden age of gaming with some PC games, loads of games have too serious and realistic having you shooting people all the time, why aren’t they colourful with fun characters for example Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning which was a breath of fresh air at the start of this year.
Anyway I will get into this classic review. The basic story of this game is that you play Link (like you do in all of them) and you are a child in the Kokiri Forest with the elves that don’t grow up, but the difference with you is that you are not a native from that part of Hyrule because you can grow up. The gameplay in this game was very easy for a console at that time, a lot of games (unless it was a platformer) were a bit annoying to control with their clunky mechanics. This game took advantage of the N64’s game pad with it’s 360 degree joystick and the C buttons which you would use to play ocarina songs. Did I forget to mention the main purpose of this game which is based on the title, which is to use an ocarina. What this instrument (if you don’t already know) is a magical device which would let you warp to places in the world or unlock doors or get you past guards using Zelda’s Lullaby. This was one the first fantasy games to really kick it off on consoles because most of games that were of this particular genre in the late 90’s were on the PC such as the elder scrolls 1 and 2, but at the same time it wasn’t as vast and open as the elder scrolls series because consoles back then were very restricted systems. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a huge open world game with lots to do and lots of items to collect, my favourite item were the fire arrows because there was nothing like incinerating your enemies with a bow and arrow!
If you have not yet played this game you can buy The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the 3DS, it’s even better than before because they’ve cleaned up the graphics and the textures in this version, or if you don’t have a 3DS download it on your virtual console on the Wii if you have one. If you still have an N64 get it on there too.. well you get the picture by now. buy it, play it, and enjoy. I’ve started playing it again on my 3DS and it still holds up today with it’s good story and it also has subtitles that you have to read so I would recommend you introducing this to your children too!