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The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina Of Time (N64)
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The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina Of Time (N64)
Date: 05/04/01, updated on 05/04/01 (324 review reads)
Advantages: Good story. Excellent characters. Good graphics. Range of weapons. Subquests.
Disadvantages: No multiplayer. Can leave you puzzled at times.
Enough of that admiration for now. Let’s get to what the story of the whole thing is about. You play the part of Link, a fairy boy who lives in the fictional world of Hyrule. Your home is a place called Kokiri Village. You are living happily until one day the Great Deku Tree calls you to him. He is the leader and founder of Kokiri Village. He watches over all of the village people. He has taken ill because evil has consumed him from the inside. You must go inside him and rid him of this evil. This involves you fighting a boss (more about them later). This is where your real quest begins.
The source of all the evil in the game is a very evil man called Ganondorf. He is obsessed with taking over Hyrule, and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. You have to travel to different dungeons, fight baddies and bosses to obtain special objects called Triforce pieces. The princess of the land, princess Zelda sends you to do this. Whoever owns all of the Triforce pieces can open the door of time. This is why the evil Ganondorf wants to get his hands on these.
That was a quick run down of the story, but what about the game itself? Is it playable? Well the answer in short is, yes. It is an extremely entertaining game that has you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what is coming next. There aren’t any levels per say. This RPG requires you to travel around the land of Hyrule, travelling to dungeons that are located in different parts of the world. I keep mentioning these dungeons, but what are they?
Dungeons are the main source of gameplay in the w
hole game. There’s tones for you to do, loads of puzzles for you to complete and even chances for you to revisit dungeons previously completed. Each dungeon is of a different genre. There are fire dungeons. These have loads of fiery pits around the place, and fire based bad guys. Another type is the water dungeon. This requires you to swim your way around. You can acquire heavy boots that allow you to walk on the bottom of the dungeon, as they allow you to sink.
Link doesn’t go into these dungeons unarmed. There is a range of weapons for Link to pick up on his travels. When you first start the game you’ll have to find a shield and sword (you can buy the shield if you can’t find it). Don’t worry, this is easy. The other weapons include; a bow and arrow; deku nuts (they freeze an enemy on impact); bombs for blowing walls up, they can be used on enemies; a lens of truth that shows things that are normally invisible. There are many other types of weapons, so many that it would take me a long time to list them, and I also don’t want to spoil all the surprises. Suffice to say you can defend yourself well.
In the dungeons you have to fight bosses. The bosses are varied in both what they look like and how difficult they are to beat. Often you’ll find yourself trying to figure out how to kill a boss. But your trusty fairy friend, who accompanies you everywhere, can generally tell you how to do it. There is one boss per dungeon. It would be unfair to ask a player to kill off 3 bosses in 1 dungeon. However there are mini-bosses. These little fellas are semi tough. They are tougher than your average bad guy but have specific abilities. They have better defenses but rarely pose too much of a threat. They are there to prepare you for the real thing, and they do that just nicely.
You get the opportunity to ride a horse. This lovely animal helps you to travel around at high speeds, as your
only other mode of transport is your feet. You do not come across her until you are quite a way into the game (I won’t say where of course) but it’s well worth it when you do. You cannot take the horse into any towns or dungeons but you can ride her on the immense Hyrule field.
The game is host to a lot of subquests that are designed to entertain you after the main quest has been completed (don’t worry, the main quest is about 60 hours long!). There are a lot of things to do in Hyrule town. From shooting galleries to “Guess what’s in the chest.” There are various quests to complete from the interactive characters. They often ask you where certain people are. You cannot respond yourself, but you speak automatically. All the speech in the game is done in text form. You never hear anyone actually speak. Link himself doesn’t actually have any text, when he gets the opportunity to talk it is shown as a series of full stops. This is quite a nice touch, as he remains a silent character throughout.
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of time is a masterpiece in every respect. If you buy just one game for your N64 it must be this. There has been a sequel to this game. If you want my opinion on that then you can read it, I have a written a review on that too.