Saturday, September 29, 2007

Ocarina of Time

So last post I got myself talking about Legend of Zelda and it feels like a shame to just stop there. So I'd like to take a moment to reflect on one of my personal favorites of the series, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Ocarina of Time starts with our hero Link as a child, probably no older than 10 or 11. He is awakened from his nightmares by the small fairy Navi, who tells him the local forest's guardian has asked for him specifically. After a small adventure in the depths of the giant tree, young Link learns that he doesn't really belong in the forest with the other children-like Kokori (these people never grow up). Instead you're sent out into the rest of Hyrule to figure out your real destiny for yourself.

Along your travels you help out some of the mountain dwelling Gorons and a young Zora princess (water-dwelling people). Eventually through a series of events I don't want to ruin, Link is sealed away for 7 years and you play most of the rest of the game with a bigger, stronger, grown-up Link. The funnest part about the whole ordeal though is that you get to go back in time and switch between young and old Link as often as you want. You even have to do a few things in the past to get past obstacles in the future.

The game itself was released for the N64 and was the first 3D Zelda game. For its time the graphics are amazing and the game play is timeless. It was delayed many times for almost a year but many people call it one of the best games ever made.

Whatever your opinion though, the game is undoubtedly a huge success. I always enjoy playing it and will probably for the rest of my life. If you play any of the more recent Zelda games and ever get the chance to try Ocarina of Time, I hope you'll take that chance.


shoushi said...

I love the ocarina of time (and all other zelda games)! haha, I may be a total nerd, but I love doing all the side quests on top of the game…

While I love OoT, I hate Navi. That "hey, listen!"...I wanted to beat the crap out of my fairy rather than the boss. Midna and her creepy laugh in TP isn't much better, but it is an improvement.

I'm taking a random guess, but I'm assuming that the recent Zelda themed posts have to do with the Phantom Hourglass's release today. I'm planning on picking it up tomorrow or this weekend. I liked Wind Waker, but I’m still trying to get used to the graphics (how many years later), so the phantom hourglass should be an interesting play.

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