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  • Summary: As a young boy, Link is tricked by Ganondorf, the King of the Gerudo Thieves. The evil human uses Link to gain access to the Sacred Realm, where he places his tainted hands on Triforce and transforms the beautiful Hyrulean landscape into a barren wasteland. Link is determined to fix the problems he helped to create, so with the help of Rauru he travels through time gathering the powers of the Seven Sages. Expand
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  1. Feb 25, 2011
    The first game to get a perfect score in Famitsu magazine. Winner of the 1997 AIAS Game of the Year Award.
    Highest rated video game of all
    Highest rated Nintendo 64 game of all time.
    Highest rated Wii Virtual Consle game of all time.
    The best Zelda game of all time.
    The greatest Nintendo 64 game of all time.
    The greatest Action Adventure game of all time.
    First place in countless top ten lists.
  2. Nov 3, 2010
    In my opinion, this is the best game of all time. I have played through 3 times and loved every minute of it. The music is perhaps the greatest ever in a game, albeit in MIDI form, and the world is richly detailed. Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2010
    "The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time" is probably the best Zelda, if not (one of) the best game(s) of all time. This game has everything an Action Adventure fan can ask for:
    Excellent gameplay, great music and even though the graphics are not up-to-date, the style fits the game. The level-design is great and the story is good too. The puzzles are never too difficult nor too easy and the whole world contains many secrets.
    This is a game where you never get bored, no matter how many times you play it and if there's one game that can be called "perfect", it's this one.
    If your still haven't played this masterpiece, you can either download it for the Virtual Console or wait for the 3DS version.
  4. Nov 12, 2011
    im not going to write much of a review for this game alone cane speak for its perfection, it is the best zelda game out of all of them but they are still all amazing this is one of my fav serious Expand
  5. Dec 17, 2011
    always quality. love it, as good now as it was on its release, with or without updated graphics. dont think this adventure will ever get old. awesome.
  6. Aug 16, 2010
    How can you talk about this game without falling into cliche? How about: "No game is perfect, but Ocarina of Time comes close"? No? Then, what about: "While other developers struggled with bringing their franchises into the third dimension, Nintendo nailed it right off the bat; they created an immersive, tactile, living world and invited us to play in it." Or you might talk about the "Zelda logic": that artfully engineered system of toys and possibilities, of play and discovery, that make every adventure with Link so delightful. Then there's: "Zelda's peerless blend of exploration, combat, and puzzle-solving is ageless; this game will be enjoyed as much 10 years later as it is now."

    So, the graphics and sound may seem primitive today, and the plot is childishly simple, but it doesn't matter: this is a game, not a movie, and its about the player's story, the player's imagination. Very few developers understand this as well as Nintendo, and this game is the paragon of their player-first philosophy.

    Ultimately only one cliche can do this game justice: It is (one of) the greatest videogames ever made. If you haven't already, and you're not just waiting for the 3DS version, what is wrong with you?! Download it now!
  7. Nov 22, 2011
    A complete travesty of gaming. How this series has continued to garner acclaim for so long is beyond me when it hasn't had an original idea since its creation. If you really want to play the same game from the NES days that you most likely played on your SNES, N64, and Gamecube, you might as well play this one as well because you are obviously a tool. Of particular note is the graphics, which will get a pass from the mindless "gameplay > graphics graphics don't matter yet these are so amazing for arbitrary reasons" crowd when the sheer awfulness of the so-called 'art style', awful textures, and N64-era draw distance will do their best to remind you that you really are playing a game from a past era. And the era before that. And the era before that, too. Soon there will be nothing left to rehash and the game will start to be released under the exact same name on the future Nintendo Googoo and Nintendo Lovecarefriendship. Expand

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