Friday, May 20, 2011

The Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time Review

Why hello there all. This is my first and maybe last review on this blog. Let me introduce myself as The Dokta. Today I shall be reviewing the classic Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.First of all let me say I loved playing this game as a kid (and still do) and in lou of the 3DS remake being released soon I thought I should review the original that got such high praise.
Those are some awesome polygons there.

First of all is the Story: The story here is (without giving too much away) quite well written for the time. You start off as a small boy in a village unbeknown to the outside world. Events lead up to you finding out about your past and the future. You must journey to rescue the great Princess Zelda and the kingdom of Hyrule. Now this may seem like your cliche, average rescue the princess story but all the twist and turns make the plot a masterpiece of its time and today.

Next up is Graphics: Now for this was the first 3-D Zelda title and the Nintendo 64 was able to render up to 100,000 polygons now this might seem like a lot but moderns games these days use millions if not billions per second. Rendered models are great for the most part but most have minor ( and I don mean minor) errors. Textures vary and are all over fabulous considering the console. There are small graphical glitches but nothing all that noticeable. All round Ocarina of Time was a graphical masterpiece.

Now for Soundtrack: The N64 was able to process WAV and AAC format but the restrictions of the cartridge means that Nintendo stuck with MIDI. And boy what they could do with MIDI. Most if not all the games music is memorable and will be stuck in your head for quite some time, Ive been playing this game since I was 7 and I can still remember how many of the songs go. Thsi was also the first Zelda game to incorporate the playing of an instrument, Zelda games before it did have an instrument but nothing you could play around with yourself. The songs you play on the ocarina of time are catchy and memorable, so even if you pick up the game years from then you can still remember how to play them. The soundtrack for this game was so great that Nintendo even decided to use some if the songs in future games. I give the soundtrack a Fantastic.
Even you will be dancing along with some of the songs.

Next is Gameplay: The gameplay here is action/adventure with some RPG-ish elements thrown in. The process is simple. Town\Dungeon, Overworld Map. Go through the dungeon, grab the item, defeat the boss and go back outside. The way you play the game is really up to you. You can explore and find everything or stick to where you are meant to go and advance the plot.

Ah yes the Controls: Here is my only real problem with the game. Now its not like the controls all the time are stupid. Its more when in one particular dungeon.
You stupid...

The Water Temple.
Yes even mention the word bring back memories. Now the temple itself wasn't all THAT hard. But having to switch Iron Boots on and off by pausing going to the screen and selecting them was rather annoying. Its nothing game ruining its just an annoyance. The controls in general work great otherwise. You move your character around with the analogue stick and target with the Z button. Equipping items to the C-Buttons makes selecting and using items quick and simple.

And now for my final score. A 10 out of 10. Yes this game well deserves a perfect score. I did mention some errors and bugs but that's what makes this game even more exciting. The graphics are wonderful for the time, the soundtrack is amazing and overall fun and enjoyable. You will not be disappointed with this game. Go out there and play it if you haven't already. Seriously.

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