Naming the best game of all time is difficult. With the variety of MMOs, first-person shooters, platformers, action-adventures, role-players, and even sandbox games, many good games can contend for the title.
However, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” earns the title hands down. One of the most innovative games of its time, this epic quest combines a phenomenal storyline with addicting and extensive game play such that it truly is a legend.
The hero, Link, leaves his simple life in the Kokiri forest to explore the land of Hyrule. The evil Ganondorf seeks to wield the sacred power of the Triforce for his own gain, and Princess Zelda calls Link to stop the menace. Link adventures through numerous dungeons and even through time in search of powerful relics to help seal Ganondorf away forever.
Each dungeon contains new puzzles, enemies and challenges, as well as a new boss fight. “Ocarina of Time” is widely acclaimed, for many reasons, to have pioneered this style of video game for 3D platforms.
The “lock on” targeting system was first put to use by Link in this title, as well as the innovation of context-sensitive buttons. Both of these combined to simplifiy combat and movement during the game.
When it was released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, 15 out of 18 published review scores were perfect. IGN, a critical and esteemed authority on gaming, has ranked “Ocaraina of Time” as the best game of all time, and was one of the reviewers to give it a perfect score, something it rarely does.
The game’s most recent return to the stage is a re-mastered version of the title for the Nintendo 3DS. The renovation holds true to the original while still capitalizing on some great features of the new system, including gyroscope controls and 3D.
Whether a true gamer or a just a beginner, all ages and backgrounds can enjoy this classic. It is, after all, the best game of all time.