Episode 100: The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time
N64: The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time
Well it has been a wild ride has it not? Hard to believe when I started this project back in 2009 that I'd ever be doing this write up, but here I am. In a little under 2 years I've completed 100 games. Some old, some new, some insanely hard, others not so much, but all fun in their own way.
I figured there was no better way to celebrate hitting 100 then by playing through arguably one of the greatest games of all time, Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64. It also is a significant marker in my history of games, because as it turns out game 25, 50, and 75 were also Zelda games so it's fitting that number100 be this one.
I can remember the first time I popped this game into my Nintendo 64 all those years ago, and being amazed by how amazing it looked. Compared to some of the graphics today, it's really nothing special, polygonal shapes, but back then, there was nothing that even came close. From the first time you set foot in the deku tree, to the final battle with Ganon you would be hard pressed to find a game with as compelling a story.
There were many nights spent in my teens playing this game into the wee hours of the night, even though I'd beaten it many times before. The haunting music of the forest temple even now gives me chills and the music in Hyrule Castle Town Market and Greudo Valley still put a smile on my face even to this day.
I wasn't sure how I'd fare playing this, but I remembered everything. Every Skulltula location, every Big Poe. Not an item missed, not a heart piece unaccounted for. I think that is a sign of a master piece, when you can pick it up again, even though you know the story, you know the secrets, and still enjoy yourself. It's games like this one that remind me why I play video games. While their have been Zelda games since OoT and of course fantastic games previous to it, I would still say that OoT is hands down the best in the series. A epic tale of a hero, which wraps up so perfectly in that ending scene. Reunited with his Princess who he faught so hard to save. Thank you Nintendo for creating a game that now 13 years later, can still bring a smile to my face.
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