In 1998, one of the greatest games of not only its time, but also one of the best games ever made
to this very day debuted on the Nintendo 64 in an era where 3d gaming was relatively new and game designers were still getting used to what games made this way could do! They call it Ocarina of Time
, the fifth game in the series and quite the pioneer for both the Zelda franchise and the 3D world of gaming. Namely, it invented the camera lock on, a technique found in just about every video game since then! How does it hold up in the year 2014 though?
Story 8/10: To put it simply, Oo T
's story is a bit like the oldest story in existence Beowulf
very simple in it's story telling, a typical good vs evil tale, but a good story nonetheless as you will want to play it time and again just to relive favorite moments whether it's sneaking past some guards just to talk to princess Zelda, hanging out in the woods just to listen to the catchy tune that is saria's song, exploring a creepy well that would scare the pants off of any little kid, or the epic showdown with the main villain as you use everything you've got as lightning strikes in the background and your main weapon is knocked out of your reach! Oot's story is really about the journey and the experiences you have during your quest more than any meaningful character development or shocking story revelations that we as gamers have come to expect from games in the last few years and sometimes a simple yet good story like Oot's is all you need!
Gameplay: 9.5/10: If you aren't playing the 3ds version, the old school graphics can be a bit off putting, but graphics don't really matter that much as long as the gameplay is great to which oot succeeds on that front! Fighting enemies using the targeting system is just plain fun, the puzzles can really mess with your mind sometimes, but are fair for the most part, Hyrule is full of secrets and uncovering those secrets using your items you collect along the way is what Legend of Zelda is at its best!
Overall, any gamer worth his/her salt should at least play Ocarina of Time once. There's a reason why despite its age, many still occasionally do a new playthrough and why the game still shows up in many top # lists of best games of all time!