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Month of Nostalgic Video Game Reviews 2 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

29 Apr

Howdy peeps and welcome to Day #29 of Month of Nostalgic Video Game Reviews 2! This is a blog series where I review video games from my childhood. Today’s game is one that provided me with many occasions of fun and arguments with my friends, I am of course talking about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time!

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was adventure game released in 1997 for the N64. It was another game in the ever-growing Legend of Zelda series and was the first game in the series to make the conversion to 3D.

In this game the trademark hero known as Link sets out on an epic journey at the request of Princess Zelda to stop Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo tribe, from obtaining the Triforce, a sacred relic that grants the wishes of its holder. With his weapons, items, magic and magical ocarina, Link travels through time and navigates various dungeons to awaken sages who have the power to seal Ganondorf away forever.

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Ocarina of Time is an action-adventure game with role-playing and puzzle elements. You controlled Link from a third-person perspective, in 3D and while his primary choice of fighting is with a sword and shield he can also use other weapons like projectiles, bombs and magic spells. The control scheme introduced techniques such as context-sensitive actions and a targeting system called “Z-targeting”. In combat, Z-targeting allows you to have Link focus specifically to an enemy or object. When using this technique, the camera follows the target and Link constantly faces it, also projectile attacks are automatically directed at the target which eliminates manual aiming. Also context-sensitive actions allow multiple tasks to be assigned to one button, simplifying the control scheme.

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The on-screen display shows what will happen when the button is pushed and changes depending on what the character is doing. A lot of the game is spent in battle, but some parts require you to use stealth. One key element of this game is exploration, some areas may be inaccessible at first but you maybe return later to find them reachable after obtaining a new item. Checking out every nook and cranny will result in finding hidden items, side quests and upgrades.

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Link gains new abilities by collecting items and weapons found in dungeons or in the overworld. Ocarina of Time also has several optional side-quests or minor objectives which you can choose to do or ignore, but completing them usually means you’ll get rewards like new weapons or abilities. Another thing to note is that while Link primarily move on-foot, he can acquire a horse named Epona and this allows him to travel faster, but attacking while riding is restricted to arrows (This is an example of something that’s acquired through a side-quest).

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Throughout the game, Link learns twelve melodies that allow him to solve various puzzles and teleport to previously visited locations in the game. He first starts out with the Fairy Ocarina and later obtains the Ocarina of Time at a later point in the game. The Ocarina of Time is also used to claim the Master Sword in the Temple of Time. When Link takes the sword, he is sealed for seven years, until he becomes an adult. Young Link and adult Link have different abilities. For example, only adult Link can use the Fairy Bow and only young Link can fit through certain small passages. After completing the Forest Temple, Link can travel freely between the two time periods by replacing or taking the sword.

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Ah The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, what can I say about the game that hasn’t been said already? The game is of a legendary status and everyone I know loves it. I know I’ve always liked the game but I never fell in loved with it because I was never really into the Zelda series until Wind Waker came out. That’s not to say I never played Ocarina of Time because I did but I never owned the original N64 cartridge, I used to play it at my mate’s house though I did get a copy of it when it was re-released along with The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. This is a game I have played a lot in my childhood but not in the right way, I normally just had random play sessions but never fully completed the game back when it was popular.

But I have to say, everything about this game is PURE NOSTALGIA. Even though I never finished the game myself, I played a great deal of it and remember so much of it. From the early days in Kokiri Forest messing around to the vast Hyrule Field running or riding along or entering Castle Town hanging with all the temple or going to the Temple of Time for the first time. There is so much in this game that I liked doing like riding Epona or killing the zombie Redeads or hitting the chickens until they all came after you in a crazy frenzy, just the small things like those was fun to do. I mainly messed around in this game collecting rupees, beating enemies or playing the ocarina to change the time of day or warp from place to place. Also presentation for this game back in the day was amazing, graphically it was incredibly detailed, epic in scope and cinematic when it comes to cutscenes and when it comes to the music, damn, it’s some of the most epic and memorable songs in video game history. I’ve loved nearly everything about this game’s soundtrack from the jingles to Gerudo Valley to Castle Town to Song of Storms to individual ocarina songs. All of it was just beautiful. Nuff said.

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Since I never completed the game when I was a kid so I decided to get the 3DS version and I’ve finally started to advance through the game, hopefully this’ll be the year I finally complete the game haha.

So to conclude The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is just one of the most epic experiences any gamer could have, period. It is one of the finest games in the series and is noted as one of the best games ever by fans and critics. The story is lovely, the game’s scope is deep and varied and the gameplay was fun and entertaining. Now obviously the game has aged a great deal and all of its legendary and innovative features are commonplace these days and have been improved a great deal, but those looking for an epic adventure should look no further than this game. Try and get a copy of the game on N64 or play the enhanced port on the Nintendo 3DS!

Well there’s another game review done. Just 1 more game left to review! If you have experiences with this game or any of the following ones do comment below! I’ll see ya tomorrow with another nostalgic video game review yo! 😀

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