The 30-Day Gamer Challenge – Day 30

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Your ‘Greatest Game of All Time’

While I am highly reluctant to bestow such an honor on any one game, and no matter how carefully I consider greats like Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Resident Evil 4, Tetris, and others (like Braid, duh), I can’t oust the crowning achievement that is Ocarina of Time from that #1 spot on my all-time list.

This game’s legacy seems everlasting, and it has become the almost de facto answer to today’s final question. It’s hard to imagine another game being the "best of all time," because everyone knows that that title belongs to Ocarina of Time, right?

The hype, love, and devotion surrounding this title are well deserved, though; when the game was released back in 1998, some of the design elements and play mechanics it presented to gamers were unheard of and mind-blowing. The way Link interacted with his environment, the context sensitivity of every action the player could perform, the immensity of the living world of Hyrule, the bosses, the dungeons, the characters, the quests, the weapons, the items, and the way the game’s story fleshed out the Zelda legend so comprehensively were all reasons to fall in love with Miyamoto’s masterpiece. 

It’s possible to argue that some other game is the best of all time, but is it really possible to argue against Ocarina? I don’t think I could.

Day 30 = The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Day 29 = Resident Evil 4
Day 28 = Super Mario Galaxy 2
Day 27 = Psychonauts
Day 26 = Penumbra: Black Plague
Day 25 = Super Spike V’ball
Day 24 = Shadow of the Colossus
Day 23 = Goldeneye 007
Day 22 = No More Heroes
Day 21 = Shenmue
Day 20 = Left 4 Dead 2
Day 19 = The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Day 18 = Goldeneye 007
Day 17 = Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Day 16 = Beyond Good & Evil
Day 15 = Killer7
Day 14 = The 7th Saga
Day 13 = ANY Silent Hill game
Day 12 = Peggle
Day 11 = Demon’s Souls
Day 10 = Chrono Trigger
Day 9 = Shadow of the Colossus
Day 8 = Super Mario Bros. 3
Day 7 = Braid
Day 6 = Passage
Day 5 = Gears of War
Day 4 = Final Fantasy X
Day 3 = Animal Crossing
Day 2 = Too Human
Day 1 = Braid


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Author: Eddie Inzauto View all posts by
Eddie has been writing about games on the interwebz for over ten years. You can find him Editor-in-Chiefing around these parts, or talking nonsense on Twitter @eddieinzauto.

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