I was asked this question by another staff member today and it made me think. There are a ton of games that I love to play, especially over the 20+ years of gaming I’ve done, but what is my favorite video game? That is a loaded question. There are so many to choose from!
I could easily pick Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (the original) or Halo 2, but I have to go even further back than that. Back to a much simplier time. When there were no online games, no multiplayer.
My favorite game, and for many reasons is: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This game was an instant classic for me and made me fall in love with gaming.
For those who don’t know The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The game is set in the fictional world of Hyrule. You play as Link, the main character. (That’s right. The main character is not named Zelda like so many people think) Link is given a quest from The Great Deku Tree to speak with Princess Zelda. Link meets with Princess Zelda and finds out that The Gerudo King, Ganondorf, is seeking the Trifoce. A holy relic that grants god-like powers to the holder. He must stop Ganondorf before he receives the Triforce and tries to take over the world.
Without going much further into the story and spoiling the game (for those who haven’t played) I will stop there. The story is a 10/10 in my book and a must play video game. This game did release in 1998 on Nintendo 64, so the graphics will be dated to today’s standards, but the story is amazing.
A big part of the game is your Ocarina, a musical instrument used to play melodies to unlock certain items, that is given to you from Princess Zelda. Which made for a very interest gameplay mechanic and one that childhood me loved! The mechanic was simple to use but made a world of difference when comparing to games out at that time.
Another in game mechanic that blew my tiny mind was Horseback riding and Horseback Archery. Being able to climb on top of my horse and ride around Hyrule was a feeling of freedom and pure bliss. Shooting a bow and arrow while atop a horse and hitting objects just felt so right.
What is your favorite video game of all time? It doesn’t have to be as nostalgic as my game. Let us know in the comments below.