Archive for March 20th, 2005
First, a little back story here. I love pretty much Legend of Zelda game that has ever been made. I rememeber standing in line to get the original game for the Nintendo Game System. I played it for hours. I tried to play every game that was released since then. And I waited with baited breath for the release of Ocarina of Time.
However, I was going back to college when Ocarina of Time was released, and figured that I didn’t want to wreck my GPA because of the game. So I held of ’til I graduated. I finally bought a Nintendo 64 with Ocarina of Time in July of 2000. And I started playing it quite consistently.
But then life intruded on me. My fiancee (at the time) and I were planning our wedding, so I had to take time away from the game. I finally got back to it the next year, but got myself stuck in a dungeon. I realized that I was going to have to start over, but didn’t want to do that. So I put the game on hold again.
I then decided I wanted to go to graduate school. Fast forward two years later, and now I have a baby. It is winter 2004 when I finally feel like I have time to play the game again.
So through the last couple of months of 2004, I played my way back through most of the game. I took a two-month break to play Half-Life 2, but finally got back into Zelda the past few months. And today, finally, I defeated Ganon and the game. Almost 5 years later than I ever imagined!
But I am done. And it was such a wonderful experience! The final battle with Ganondorf is great, but the atmosphere and the environment is even better. You have to meet Ganondorf at the very top tower of his castle. To get there, you have to fight your way up, and up, and up, and up. The rooms get very small, and it’s easy to tell which way to go one you clear a room: look for the stairs going up.
After the final battles, there is an excellent 10-minute long CGI scene that wraps up the story. And then the credits roll. I was surprised to find myself sad that I was finished with the game. The world of Ocarina of Time is so vibrant, so endearing, that it really grabs you emotionally. I couldn’t tear myself away from the end credits. And fortunately I didn’t, because the game rewards you with a great final scene.
This truly may be the greatest video game ever made.
Now, on to my GameCube and Legend of Zelda: The WindWaker!