Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Nintendo EAD
Genre: Action Adventure
Number of Players: 1
US: November 23, 1998
For players who enjoyed previous Zelda’s this game will not disappoint. It’s almost been 10 years since the games release and it's still a game everyone can look up to. It has shown game developers what a truly great game really is. From the outstanding art, to fun and intense game play, followed by an excellent storyline. Let’s take a look at the fundamentals of this game and what makes it so great.
The game begins in Kokari Forest where Link was raised. Born as a hylian but raised as a kokari. This area is where you will learn the basics of combat and conquer your first endeavors. This game which follows similar storylines to previous Zelda’s turns out to be the rescue princess Zelda esce storyline we’ve always loved. Except this game goes past that. It really delivers when it comes to storyline. The emotion you will feel for many of the characters is truly amazing.
This game is literally huge, from temples on top of mountains to the bottom of the sea. The puzzles are always challenging but usually never too frustrating to make you lose interest in the game or get too frustrated to play it. I would say to get the full enjoyment out of this game refrain from using a guide as it is much more rewarding to solve the puzzles yourself than to read about how to do them.
The combat of the game is done in an excellent way. This game features the first sighting of "Z" targeting. When Link approaches an enemy you can Lock onto it with Z and begin your furious slash attacks against it, while still being able to shield yourself from damage or dodge out of the way. A Simple but well done system like this makes the game that much more enjoyable. The Boss battles are more intense than ever now delivering new 3D approaches to battle. It takes wit and skill in order to truly defeat the toughest foes.
Link use's Z-targeting to take down his foes!
The Camera angles in this game are very well done. The camera follows you much like it does in Super Mario 64, and with the addition of Z targeting it allows for a truly captivating experience. There is abosoulty no question that Ocarina of time is one of the most well designed games on the Nintendo 64. It is really hard to think of something wrong with the game play because it is all so well done.
This game does not disappoint when it comes to sound. From all the orchestrated tracks while walking around hyrule field to Link's ocarina melodies, its great! Its music you can really get into and doesn’t annoy (well except Navi, but you can look past that). It’s pleasant, but intense when it wants to be. It really is very well done.
Many games today don’t have a soundtrack to match one of this magnitude. Even battle sound effects are well done, from link screaming while his slashes his sword, to him falling to the ground dead. Even when you talk to people many of them will give out a special shout which can be sometimes funny.
The graphics in Ocarina of time are truly remarkable for their time. The game is in Full 3D and the colors and environments are all very well planned out. Each place you go to will feel different and beautiful. The Character models are exceptionally well done from the evil ganondorf to the sexy princess Zelda.
I wonder if there pie up there?
What is really amazing is that they actually capture the emotion of each character so well in the cutsences. For a game of this time that is a feat. The only thing that I found to be unfitting was the paste over maps of the Hyrule Market and some houses. This can take away from the overall experience somewhat because it doesn’t really blend in truly with the environment, but that is a small problem that really won’t bother you. Overall for the games time I think it is the best looking game on N64.
This game is truly amazing. It is well designed and really shows off what the N64 can do. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best game ever conceived even today. Since 98 I’ve probably played this game over 15 times. Theres something about this game that will always make you come back. It will get in your head in a good way and you probably won’t forget the experience that you've had. It is beautiful and the story is gripping, followed with great music to back it up. I love this game and I fully recommend any Nintendo 64 owners to go out and purchase it if you haven’t played it yet.
10 = Masterpiece
Not all games are perfect, but a 10 comes close and is something very speical and rare - It is without a doubt a must buy regardless of what genre's you like.
9.5 - 9.9 = Increadible
Titles that get in this score range are fantastic achievements in design, gameplay, and story - usually all of the above. These are titles at the top of their field and are worhtly of your hard earned dollars.
9.0 - 9.4 = Outstanding
If a game gets in this range you know that it is a worthwhile experiance with only a few minor flaws. If you are the least bit interested in the series/genre it is recommended for a buy.
8.0 - 8.9 = Great
A strong gaming experiance that misses some key elements in a few areas. While still highly recommended for a buy, if you are not interested in the genre/series these games could be skipped.
7.0 - 7.9 = Decent
A title that is still quite fun but has significant flaws which drag down the gameplay, hindering a good experiance throughout the game. Games that fall under this score are recommended for a rent or quite possibilty a buy if you are a fan of the series.
4.0 - 6.9 = Poor
A generic title that doesn't offer anything new to the table with obvious and serious flaws. Games under this category are not advised for a buy although you may be able to squeeze some fun out of them with a rent.
0.1 - 3.9 = Terrible
Titles that ensure a terrible gaming experiance. Do not buy or rent, just avoid them at all costs.
Edited by The Colonel, 06 August 2009 - 09:46 PM.