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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 theAs 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. Positive: 22 out of 22
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  1. Nothing but pure 100% fun, challenging, and lengthy.
  2. [Review Score = 110] What's significant about this convergence of audio, graphics and gameplay is that you are COMPLETELY IMMERSED in Zelda's world. Why? Because everything is meticulously thought out. Each character and event plays a role in a storyline that sprawls like a J.R. Tolkien masterpiece...It's certainly the game of the decade.
  3. Mar 24, 2016
    100
    A slightly flawed masterpiece, but a masterpiece nonetheless.
  4. Weekly Famitsu
    100
    10 / 10 / 10 / 10 - platinum [first ever perfect score]
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    100
    An epic adventure that is among the best N64 games. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  6. This Zelda adventure will undoubtedly withstand the test of time and take its place as one of the best games to ever grace a home system.
  7. Happy Puppy
    Mar 24, 2016
    90
    Realism is one of the major reasons this title is so amazing. After playing for a while it feels as though you have actually been to Hyrule.

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  1. Jub
    Mar 8, 2015
    10
    This game is still my favourite.

    From start to finish it's an absolute pleasure to play, which is something that I can't say about many
    This game is still my favourite.

    From start to finish it's an absolute pleasure to play, which is something that I can't say about many games. I'm sitting here trying to think of things that I don't like about it but I'm stumped. So here's the things I like about it;

    Setting, story, characters, music, gameplay, game mechanics, items, replay value, innovations, quests, open-world exploration, levelling system (or lack of), abilities. There's probably more but you get the point.

    I could write pages and pages about this game but there's no point. I've played hundreds and hundreds of games over the course of several decades and I still love this game. And this isn't just nostalgia - I've revisited the game multiple times since my original playthrough in 1998 and it still is THAT good. This is something I've tried with other games but sadly they have not withstood the test of time anywhere near as well.

    There are aspects to this game that developers should be using for their games today - an example of this is the levelling system. No need to for XP bars, skill trees or any of that nonsense. Just keep it simple. You're health goes up slowly as you make progress but doubly as you explore more areas and find secrets. You find new items which reward you with new abilities. It's all you need. Levelling shouldn't be a big deal and should basically be invisible to the player.

    Anyways, there's only a few reasons why you would be reading my review;
    1. You've played the game and like it - hello (see '2' if you're looking to play it again).

    2. You haven't played the game - then I suggest you get the 3DS version. It's the best legitimate version available. If you don't want that then you can get it on the Wii eShop. I'll also remind you that the WiiU has a Wii inside it [not everyone knows this]. So yes, you can play OoT on your WiiU but you'll need an old controller.

    3. You've played the game and don't like it - thanks for reading anyway.

    I probably could have left this blank and just let the date of my review say everything I need. It's 17 years later and I'm still talking about it.
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  2. LinkZ.
    Oct 14, 2006
    10
    This is the best game ever! It has a large world, great graphics, ( some ) hard puzzles and it brought, like all Zelda games, something new This is the best game ever! It has a large world, great graphics, ( some ) hard puzzles and it brought, like all Zelda games, something new in the Zelda series and in the gaming world. Expand
  3. Nov 25, 2010
    10
    Anyone who gives the masterpiece below a 7 or an 8 is either just here to hate on the astounding zelda franchise, doesn't know a DAMN goodAnyone who gives the masterpiece below a 7 or an 8 is either just here to hate on the astounding zelda franchise, doesn't know a DAMN good game or is insane. The dungeons are interesting and unique, the characters are interesting and have personality, the story is highly engaging, the combat is varied, fluid, and fun, the items are amazing, there are a plethora of interesting side quests and collectibles, and considering the fact that this game was made in 1998 the graphics are amazing. The only real downside is that the game is somewhat linear and you can't continue on after beating the final boss, but that doesn't detract from the huge amount of fun I had playing this game. This has to be one of if not the best games ever made just as the others have said. Expand
  4. Dec 8, 2018
    10
    This is by far my favorite game ever, I have grown up with this game my whole life. This game was and is such a large part of my life and asThis is by far my favorite game ever, I have grown up with this game my whole life. This game was and is such a large part of my life and as much as I would love to say this game is perfect, there are three things i wish I could change in this game. First I wish there were more side missions. Yes there are quite a few already in the game, but I feel like if they would have added more it could have made this game feel even more realistic and adventurous. Maybe if they would have added that expansion they intended to add with the N64 it would have fixed this issue. Second I think I can speak for everyone when I say having the option to skip through discussions with Kaepora Gaebora would make this game less aggravating. I know some people may argue saying that even though it's annoying this is one of the things in the game that help you experience these different emotions, which is one of the reasons why this game so great. All I have to say is they could have at least made his discussions shorter and sty on topic. Last but not least the fact that the game ends once you defeat Gannon Dorf is so disappointing to me. Now before you jump out lashing at me, let me say I do have mixed feelings about it. The ending to me is the most satisfying and least satisfying part of the game. You spend countless hours going around trying to find all of the little hidden secrets the game holds, getting to know all of the people who live in the game and when it comes time for you to defeat the evil within it, it justs ends. Maybe this is what makes this game so desirable, because it makes you want to take your time adventuring and once you defeat the game you get to start all over so you can try an find things you may have missed the time before. However, I would like to know what happens after you win. Does link and Zelda get together? How is the world now that Gannon Dorf is gone? Has a different evil come to threaten the peace? This game leaves you with so many questions and sadly not to may answers.

    I would love to see nintendo come out with a remastered version in HD for the switch. I first thought that a remastered version would possibly ruin the game but seeing the HD Unreal Engine 4 screenplays online has totally changed my mind. I currently don't own a switch but if they do decide to release a remastered version of this game I will totally go out and buy one.
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  5. Dan
    Jan 1, 2006
    10
    One of the few things that manage to live up to to, and even outdo, the massive hype surrounding it. Easily the best game I have ever played.
  6. Jan 20, 2018
    10
    The time has come

    Graphics=9.5, Back in the day these were some of the best Music=10, WONDERFUL Story=9.5, Good Replayability/Length=10,
    The time has come

    Graphics=9.5, Back in the day these were some of the best
    Music=10, WONDERFUL
    Story=9.5, Good
    Replayability/Length=10, I play it all the time
    Gameplay=10, SOOOOO GOOD

    This leads to a grand total score of .......

    98!

    So good, the only way it could be better is improved story
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  7. Dec 8, 2020
    0
    Sobrevalorado.... y mucho, quizá para otros tiempos era bueno, pero ahora hay juegos mucho mejores con historias más profundas y mejoresSobrevalorado.... y mucho, quizá para otros tiempos era bueno, pero ahora hay juegos mucho mejores con historias más profundas y mejores mecánicas así que no se merece 9, ya no, su tiempo ya pasó. Expand

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