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Selling an amazing 7.6 million copies worldwide, Ocarina of Time holds its place as the best selling Zelda game yet. It has been heralded both as the most anticipated and greatest game of all time. Regularly, Top 100 games lists are compiled, and Ocarina of Time often takes the top spot alongside the revolutionary Super Mario 64, Valve’s gorgeous FPS Half-Life 2 and the earth-shattering SquareEnix epic Final Fantasy VII. It’s received one of the only six ‘10’ scores in world-respected UK games magazine EDGE (along with Super Mario 64, Gran Turismo, Half-Life 2, Halo and -ugh- Halo 3), while critical darlings FFVII and Goldeneye missed out on the award.

With accolades like these, Ocarina of Time shouldn’t need an introduction. Because of this game, Zelda Elements and countless other Zelda fan sites exist. And since the Ocarina of Time: Master Quest disc given away in various worldwide promotions with the release of The Wind Waker, a new generation of gamers have sampled its delights. However, for those not in the know, I shall get down to the nitty-gritty and explain the plot for you.

The game takes place before every other Zelda game. You are Link, an orphan boy living in Kokiri Forest. Kokiri Forest is a forest haven full of Kokiri children (who never grow old, Peter Pan fans) who are guarded by the Great Deku Tree. Each of them is given a fairy when they are young. However, there is one young boy who does not have a fairy…

Link is having a restless night. Tossing and turning, dreaming about a mysterious princess and a dark knight on horseback. Woken up by a fairy, he… woken up by a fairy!?! Link has, at last, been sent a fairy of his own! But Navi has been sent for a reason. The Deku Tree, and possibly Hyrule, is in trouble. Navi has the message for Link that he is to see the Deku Tree immediately, but it may be too late to save him…

An amazing tale unravels. This isn’t your average fairy tale, granted, but it is an amazing experience. The plot takes you through mountains, lakes, valleys and a vast field in your quest to save Hyrule from Ganondorf Dragmire. The game is also notable because you get to play as two different Links; one seven years older, a clear indication that he isn’t, perhaps, like the other ageless Kokiri.

Ocarina of Time was also the first to take the Zelda series into the third dimension, completely revolutionising the 3D adventure genre. After OOT, almost all adventure games let you travel as far as the eye can see, and almost all adventure games utilised the Z-Targeting system that first made 3D combat an intuitive battle experience. The game is more memorable, however, for the feeling players get when they think about their time spent in Hyrule, the little details they noticed and the epic journey they went on.

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