Saturday, February 4, 2012

5. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)

Ocarina of Time is the perfect adventure game. It’s something you play when you want to feel heroic. It’s something you play when you want to hear good music. It’s something you play when you want to see a world filled with wonder. It’s also something you play when you just want to have fun. Ocarina of Time was released in 1998 to stunned gamers everywhere. There had never been a game this immersive before. Never before did you really feel like you were on a quest. Now, with the power of 3d based consoles like the N64, this came to fruition. Ocarina of Time, despite being in three dimensions, plays like the 2d Zeldas before it. This is a very good thing. Why fix what isn’t broken? Ocarina of Time is unique though as it features the ability to go back and forward in time. Your inventory is also diverse, as you’ll use items like the hookshot that will latch you onto different objects, to the bow that will shoot a variety of magical arrows, to bombs that you can throw at enemies, to the Ocarina of Time that has various enchanted songs you can play. The story plays out when Link’s still a child, but later he gets sent seven years into the future as a young adult. The whole goal is to stop the machinations of the evil desert king, Ganondorf. Ganondorf possesses part of the Triforce, the Triforce of Power. He needs the other two pieces however to gain any horrible wish he desires. Luckily, Link and Princess Zelda will go down fighting to stop him. Your task is to beat the guardian in every dungeon Ganondorf has corrupted, and to gain the abilities of the sages so you’ll have the power to banish Ganondorf to the Sacred Realm when the time comes to face him. Ocarina of Time is the definition of epic, play it, and be a hero.

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