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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time n64 Game Reviews
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Critic Score
Metascore: 99 Metascore out of 100
User Score  
9.2 out of 10
based on 22 reviews
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Considered by many to be the greatest single-player video game ever created in any genre, Ocarina of Time features young Link who lives in a magical forest populated by elf children. Link must defeat strange monsters lurking in the area and stop a growing evil spreading in the complex land.

GENRE(S): Adventure
ESRB RATING: E (Everyone)
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 1998

What The Critics Said

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A game that can't be called anything other than flawless...This is the masterpiece that people will still be talking about ten years down the road.
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Weekly Famitsu
10 / 10 / 10 / 10 - platinum [first ever perfect score]
This is, without a doubt, one of the all-time greatest games made. 50 years from now people will still be playing and enjoying this game... thoroughly.
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Call us crazy, but when the final version of Zelda 64 arrived in the IGN64 offices, we stopped working, locked ourselves into a room with a big-screen TV and a surround system and played 17 hours straight. After only a few hours of sleep, we were back for more and we couldn't stop until we finished the game. Then, we started over again to find all the secrets.
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All Game Guide
The amount of secrets and little things will astound you if you take the time to fully appreciate the vast world that lies before you. No matter how skeptical you are, do yourself a favor and try this title for five minutes. That's about how long it will take to get you completely drawn into this incredible adventure.
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Electronic Gaming Monthly
An epic adventure that is among the best N64 games. [Jan 2004, p.189]
Games Domain
A truly remarkable achievement. Nintendo have created a beautiful game world and breathed life into it with puzzles, secrets, enemies, and loveable characters that will completely engross gamers around the globe. Stunning attention to detail is present throughout the game and is constantly evident in the visuals, audio and gameplay.
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Game Revolution
The N64 is a 3D workhorse, and Zelda proves it with great textures, lighting, tons of little environmental effects, and smooooth framerates with no slowdown. Faces, the toughest graphical challenge on 3D characters, are fantastic in Zelda. Characters blink, look around and change expressions with surprising grace.
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[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.
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Adrenaline Vault
Ocarina of Time is the complete package appealing to one and all, and is the definitive accomplishment in game design.
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Gaming Maxx
Nothing but pure 100% fun, challenging, and lengthy.
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This is Zelda supreme. It's fun. One hitch, however, is that the skill level gets progressively harder - so hard that casual gamers might give up rather quickly.
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Cincinnati Enquirer
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.
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Game Critics
High praise goes to them for also managing to fit joy, creativity and discovery into the game and doing so without the use of Full-Motion Video (FMV) and the CD soundtrack his critics said was needed. This game is simply the most complete experience of any game ever made making Ocarina Of Time the game I've always dreamed of playing.
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My favorite game of all Time. It is the perfect example of a perfect and polished game. Every aspect of the game is virtually flawless.
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Electric Playground
Perfect. Epic. Unstoppable. Unbeatable. Irresistible. Sensational...The best videogame I have ever played. It is the crowning jewel of the industry. It is Nintendo's finest achievement.
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Hot Games
A slightly flawed masterpiece, but a masterpiece nonetheless.
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The biggest, most heartpounding and awe-inspiring quest of all. Oh yes, Zelda 64 does indeed own your soul.
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When it comes to what people will now demand of a top videogame, Nintendo has moved the goalposts off the pitch, into a lorry, down the road, into the airport, onto a plane and halfway round the world to a different continent entirely.
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Gaming Age
Featuring unparalleled 3D environments, a deep and involved quest, brilliant and intuitive play controls, and a well-developed cinematic quality that enhances rather than overwhelms the whole game experience, Miyamoto's latest soon-to-be-classic title deserves to be played by each and every person who might deign to consider themselves a fan of great games.
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My Gamer
The player will be drawn into the Zelda fantasy world from the moment the opening sequence bursts onto the screen, and the game won’t let go—not even after finishing the quest.
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Happy Puppy
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.

What Our Users Said

Vote Now! The average user rating for this game is 9.2 (out of 10) based on 524 User Votes
Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

Tyler J. gave it a10:
The best game on the N64, and one of the best games of all time. You'll notice it's also the highest rated game on metascore, there is a reason for that.

Nestor B gave it a10:
Best game on N64, best game of its time. This games amazing story and innovative gameplay are both testaments to its spot as #1 game on metacritic.

[Anonymous] gave it a10:
Best game ever created. All others bow to it's flawlessness and amazingness. If you haven't played this game, then you have been under a rock for the past 15 years.

Bob gave it a10:
I love this game so much that I think I've played through it at least five times. Great game play, wonderful boss battles, medium difficulty, and golden spiders that are impossible to locate. I'd say one of the best games of all time.

Paul F. gave it a10:
The best game on the Nintendo 64, a Miyamoto masterpiece, the adventure we all wanted to live; this is a game in wich you feel inside the action.

Raven gave it a10:
I love this game, and all you ppl making it sound like crap stop it!! if you dont like it then dont play it!! duh!! i love link and zelda all the way. i love nintendo for making it!!

Erkin A. gave it a9:
I have only played emulation. It was really good but really hard.

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