James’ Zelda Journey: Ocarina of Time

History

Ocarina of Time was first released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. It’s the first game in the series to take place in three dimensions, and it’s unlike any game before it. OOT was the first game to use Z Targeting, which allowed players to easily track enemies. Z Targeting has been featured in every 3D Zelda title since. For my play-through I played a Gamecube remake that was part of the Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition. As far i know, it is a direct port and all of the visuals and audio remained unaltered.

Spoiler Alert

Before I go any further its necessary to announce that this post will contain huge plot spoilers for Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, and potential spoilers for other zelda titles. For other titles this can include location of items, interactions with NPCs, and recurring themes.

Story

Using only information from the previous games in my Zelda Journey it’s hard to connect direct story elements to Ocarina of Time. After all, Ocarina of Time gave us much more story than any prior game. These are the main points in Ocarina of Time that will be important when constructing our timeline: 1. Location of the Master Sword, 2. Location of the Triforce or Triforce Pieces, 3. Important Characters, and 4. State of Hyrule. Ocarina of Time makes the Zelda Timeline a little messy. Nintendo has confirmed the “split timeline theory”. Basically, before OOT there is one single timeline, and after OOT there are three diferent timelines.

Before Ocarina of Time

1. The Master Sword is in the Sacred Realm

2. The Triforce is also in the sacred realm

3. Important Characters
Link is living as a Kokiri
Zelda is the Princess of Hyrule
Ganondorf is king of the Gerudo, not known to be evil

4. Hyrule is Prospering

After Ocarina of Time

At the end of Ocarina of Time there is a three way split in the timeline. First is the Downfall timeline, where the Link Dies, rage quits or gets distracted by an attractive rancher’s daughter and doesn’t complete the quest. After link defeats ganon, Zelda sends link back in time so that he can have a childhood. This creates the Child Timeline, with Link as Zelda as children. Also there is the Adult timeline, where there is an adult Zelda, a defeated Ganon and no known Link. Below are the four important areas of each timeline.

Downfall Timeline

1. Master Sword is Lost
2. Triforce is taken by Ganon
3.Important Characters
– Link is Dead
– Zelda is probably Dead
– Ganondorf is the evil king of Hyrule
4. Hyrule is in ruin

Child Timeline

1. Master Sword is still in the Sacred Realm
2. Triforce is in the Sacred realm
3. Important Characters
-Link goes to the castle to warn Zelda about Ganon’s plan
-Zelda tells Rauru about Ganon’s plan
-Ganondorf imprisoned by the sages
4. Hyrule continues to prosper

Adult Timeline

1. Master Sword is returned to the Temple of Time
2. Triforce is Still Split, Power with Ganon*, Wisdom with Zelda, Courage scattered across Hyrule.
3. Important Characters
– Link Vanishes
– Zelda rebuilds Hyrule
-Ganon Dies
4. Hyrule is reclaimed

Expectations

Having played Ocarina of Time before, I was looking forward to this game quite a bit. However, it turns 20 years soon. Will it be as good as it was in 1998? I expected the game to show mild aging, feel smooth, and remind me of how I first discovered video games. In reality that’s not what happened. There were various game mechanics that felt like they were designed as a “cheap shot” or a waste of time. As a whole, I regret to inform you that the gameplay felt dated and clunky, especially when using ranged attacks. However the story is still one of the best in the series and the characters are deeper than any prior Zelda Title’s characters.

How I Did

I stopped counting my playtime during the water temple, but when I finished the game I had died 35 times, collected around 30 Gold Skullatulla, 12/20 Hearts, crafted the Biggoron Sword, and gotten both the defense and magic upgrades. I did my best to finish the game without any help, but I used a guide to forge the Biggoron sword in order to defeat Dark Link. Also, I discovered that you can actually complete the Spirit Temple before the Shadow Temple.

Would I Play it Again?

Not for N64. I’ve never played the 3DS remake but from what I’ve heard it addresses much of the clunkiness that I felt in this version. However if I ever see a decent sale on the 3DS remake I will absolutely pick it up.

Next Game

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

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