Ocarina of Time hailed as a classic video game by EDGE readers
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been voted the greatest video game of all time by readers of EDGE magazine.
The 10-year-old role-playing action game for the Nintendo 64 games console helped usher in a new era of three-dimension gaming.
The game was also one of only five titles that ever received the full ten out of ten review score from the leading video game publication.
Five of the top 10 games were made only for Nintendo, including the fantastic Super Mario 64 and Super Metroid.
The full list of 100 titles has been compiled in a special edition of EDGE magazine (EDGE Presents: The 100 Best Videogames), which is available on sale at your local newsagents on July 3rd.
Tony Mott, editor-in-chief of EDGE, said: “If you were new to video games and were going to go out and buy 100 games to make an instant collection, then these would be the games to buy.”
He added: “Ocarina of Time is nearly 10 years old, but its position at the top slot in EDGE’s 100 Best Videogames shows that great game design does not age.
“In visual terms, it obviously cannot compete with today’s Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 productions, but, as with many classics, its appeal is about so much more than its appearance.”
Only one PC title made the top ten and that is the sublime first person shooter Half Life 2. Surprisingly, there was only one Xbox game that made the elite list â€“ Halo.
As for the next generation of video games, only five made it in the top 100. These include Konamiâ€™s Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (rank 15th), Oblivion (rank 19th), Virtua Fighter 5 (in 38th spot), Virtua Tennis 3 (at number 80) with Crackdown just making the cut in 100th position.
Mott commented: “Crackdown hasn’t been around long but has proved itself to be a very good game. It will be interesting to see people’s reaction to that. If we did this poll in five year’s time, I would hope to see more PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games in the list. But I don’t think anyone would argue we have seen that many classics in this new generation.”
The list was drawn together in three stages – thousands of reader votes, combined with expert opinion in the games industry and finally input from EDGEâ€™s own editorial team.
The editor-in-chief said Ocarina of Time was the reader favourite as well as the overall winner. Mott said: “It appeared not long after games made the shift to 3D; everyone was wondering if it could make the transition. It was a very ambitious game. The way they were able to engineer it in a 3D context was a success; it worked brilliantly well.”
But he said the intention behind the poll was not to create a “nostalgia festival”.
“These games had to stand up today. People will be surprised by the small amount of very old games that have made it through. Often these types of lists are full of games like Space Invaders and Pong – which we recognise as classics, as important games – but they don’t necessarily stand up to play today.”
He added: “I love the fact that old games are being made available to audiences via Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and through compilations but I am not convinced that younger players will play them and appreciate them in the way we did the first time round.
“It’s very hard for younger players who play something graphically-rich like Gears of War to then play something like Robotron. I think it will be for the greater good of the industry when more effort is put into the content of games than the way they are presented visually.”
The five titles to have received a maximum review score from the magazine are: Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Half-Life 2, Gran Turismo, Super Mario 64 and Halo.
So a fantastic achievement for Link. Do you think this is the best Zelda game in the series? Please share as your views.
The top ten games ever:
1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina
2. Resident Evil 4
3. Super Mario 64
4. Half Life 2
5. Super Mario World
6. Zelda: A Link to the Past
7. Halo: Combat Evolved
8. Final Fantasy XII
10. Super Metroid