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    michellep's Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)

    [September 8, 2009 09:50:47 PM]
    Gameplay:
    My second play through today, my state of happiness was definitely not there. I was playing half way through the game and was stuck at the boss of the Shadow Temple, Bongo Bongo. My frustration at not being able to get past this boss was ruining the play session for me. Once I remembered the tricks to finally pass him though my game play enjoyment increased dramatically. While this boss is always the most difficult for me, the characters design never ceases to amaze me. The thought of fighting on a giant drum while big zombie hands try to smash you really makes the fight enjoyable (at least for the first few times through). This section of the game that I was playing through (the Shadow Temple) has a great story line behind it. You are not just wandering through a labyrinth beneath Kakariko Village; you are working to free the villages from the clutches of the dead lead by an evil shadow boss.
    I had an interesting social interaction while I was playing the game this time. My roommate has never played or seen this game before and happened to walk in while I was running beneath falling scythes. She was so intrigued that she sat down and started playing. I had just as much fun watching her trying to play through the first time as I do playing it myself.

    Design:
    When I first played this game many years ago, I was astounded by the vastness of the map and the number of different quests that I could do aside from the main storyline. Compared to all the other N64 games that I had played, Legend of Zelda was leaps and bounds beyond them in number of storylines and areas you could go. Playing it now after years of advancements in the gaming industry hasnt lessened my awe of the game. While it certainly doesnt come close to games like WoW in terms of quests or Morrowind in terms of map area, but Legend of Zelda can still hold its own in my mind.
    The gameworld is one of my favorite aspects of the game. I love that as you progress through the game, each new temple is a different element (such as Light, Fire, Shadow, etc). This is reflected not only in the temples, but in the lands surrounding the temples. For instance the map includes a giant lake, a maze-like forest. Another way that the gameworld sets the tone is that when you make the transition from youth to adulthood is reflected in the world with a ghastly transformation. The world has been sent to ruins and zombie and other nightmare creatures roam the world. This effectively sets the mood for that section of Links life.

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    [September 8, 2009 08:02:28 PM]
    Summary:
    In Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, you play as a young boy named Link who lives in a small village in the land of Hyrule. Very early in the game, you learn that the evil King of Thieves, Ganondorf, plans to steal the Triforce and harness its powers to take over the land. Your role in the game is to not only prevent this from happening, but also to rescue the kidnapped Princess Zelda. Your quest takes you through many unique temples and battlegrounds that allow you to test Links potential to the fullest.

    Gameplay:
    Whenever I play Legend of Zelda, it instantly transports me back to my childhood. When I was a kid, my dad would play this all day, and then when he went to bed I would sneak downstairs to play my own character. So needless to say, Im certainly in a happy frame of mind whenever I decide to play through it. Even though I have played these game many times through, I still love the utter simplicity in the design of the characters. For instance, the cute and giggly child princess who ages into a beautiful elf princess who falls in love with the hero. Or the hero himself who somehow manages to have not 1, but 3 women fall in love with him in the span of the game. All of the character designs though completely add to a weaving storyline that adds to the game. You cant help but feel helpless as Link stands watching as Ganondorf snatches up the princess, or happiness when King Zora finally becomes unfrozen. As you play through this game, the storyline picks you up and carries you along effortlessly.
    Primarily, this game is single player. However, it became tradition in my house for many years that whoever was playing would have someone sit next to them and read from the guidebook, as we would play along. It was fun to have someone to laugh along with as you battle through waves of Keese (bats) fly towards you. While not essential to the game, having someone watch is always a bonus to the experience.
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    michellep's Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Monday 25 December, 2000

    GameLog closed on: Monday 28 September, 2009

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