Zelda Series Review: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
By Marrick Thurman
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an action-adventure game created by Nintendo for the N64. It was released in Japan and North America in November of 1998, and in Australia of December 1998. It was Nintendo’s very first leap with the Zelda franchise from 2D to 3D.
In Ocarina of Time, you (of course) play as Link. In the beginning, there’s a cut scene revealing that Link, a Kokiri child, is the only one in the Lost Woods without a fairy. However, he is finally given one: Navi. Navi acts as a guide in the game, giving you information on where to go, and how to beat certain enemies.
After you get Navi, you must collect a sword and shield before visiting the Great Deku tree. After you beat the boss inside of the Great Deku tree, Gohma, you collect a spiritual stone, one of the three needed to open the Temple of Time in Hyrule. Before you leave the Lost Woods though, Link’s childhood friend, Saria, gives you an ocarina, which is a vital item in the game.
After leaving the Lost Woods, you must go to Hyrule and speak to Princess Zelda. She tells you of a dream she had about a man of pure evil, referring to Ganondorf. After leaving, you must go and collect the two other Spiritual stones: one from Durania, leader of the Gorons, and the second one from Ruto, Princess of the Zoras.
Once you have all three Spiritual stones, you must go to the Temple of Time and pull the Master sword out from its pedestal; after which, Ganondorf will come to steal the Triforce, while Impa, Zelda’s caretaker, tries to flee from the villain. Link wakes up seven years later, only to find Hyrule in turmoil under Ganondorf’s rule. You must then go and defeat the bosses in the five temples: the Forest Temple, Fire Temple, Water Temple, Shadow Temple, and the Spirit Temple. Yet at this point, the plot twists are only beginning.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is still regarded as one of the best games of all time, by new and old players alike. This game is filled with interesting characters, fun side quests, cool dungeons, and engaging boss fights. The atmosphere in Hyrule and especially in the Shadow Temple leaves the player feeling anxious and is one of the reasons I love the game. But I am not alone: Ocarina of Time is ranked eighth on IGN’s list of the Top 100 Games of All Time.