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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)

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Written by  :  kbmb (399)
Written on  :  Nov 21, 2003
Platform  :  Nintendo 64
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Summary

I just don't get the hype. Are grownups supposed to play this game?

The Good

The graphics were pretty good for its time. I remember the first time I played it thinking the world around me looked so lifelike, surreal almost. There were game features I enjoyed, such as riding a horse, using the bow, rolling, etc. The story had some okay parts, with some nice cinematics. The ending, while I didn't really care for, was still very epic.

The Bad

God, everything. I don't know why people love this game so much. Maybe you have to be a huge Zelda fan or something...I never was. Hey, I loved "A Link to the Past"...that was arguably my favorite SNES game. But this game was just crap to me. I never liked the idea that an eight year old "fairy boy" (that's not a joke -- that's what you're called) can stop evil and what not. It's obvious this game is geared toward a younger audience, but wasn't A Link to the Past as well? And I enjoyed that one immensely.

I guess what I really hated about this game was the way it pushes the childish bit at you. In ALttP, you presumably played as a kid, but it was never a huge part of the game. That's what this game is all about, so I guess if you're an eight year old kid, this game is like an orgasm or something.

While the dungeons are a rather enhanced "Zelda" style design, they just didn't appeal to me. The very first dungeon is the worst, and in the three times I tried playing through this game, it was trudging through that awful mess that made me stop playing it.

The graphics, while good for their time, are too damned childish and have a huge anime overlay to them.

The Bottom Line

I don't get it, really I don't. Grown people play this game and idolize it, yet when I look at it, I see an eight year old "fairy boy" with his wooden sword going around and pretending to be a hero or something. If you're a huge fan of Zelda, I think you could enjoy this game. And if you're a kid, well, you'll undoubtedly love it.

But I'll stick with A Link to the Past and pretend the series ended there.