My Favorite Video Game of All Time: The Legend of Zelda (NES)

The question of favorite video game of all time has to be a seemingly impossible one for any hardcore fan of video games. For me, it is the same way.

When there are so many games you have played throughout your life that you immensely enjoy, how can you choose just one of those games to label as the greatest EVER? Well, I suppose you have to break it down. By the way, with the popularity of ROMs taking off recently, I’d like to show you The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time ROM for free. Really fun to play!

Here are some analytical guidelines that I have established for myself to determine the greatest game of all time. You can use these too, if you find them beneficial:

  • What game have you played that is the most memorable? The game that you most often find yourself thinking about and the one that you remember the most about.
  • What game have you played that was the most innovative and fresh? A game that applied new concepts and ideas that you had never seen before instead of being dull and repetitive.
  • What game have you played that contained the least amount of flaws?
  • What game has the most replay value?
  • Which game could you play many times and still get a fun experience out of it?

When I look at my eventual selection for favorite video game of all time, it strongly reflects all of these categories. This game is none other than The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

I remember buying the game at a local pawn shop when I was about 13 years old. Keep in mind that at this point in my life, I had played amazing 3D adventure games with complex controls and storylines. However, this game still blew my mind. I think as far as adventure games go, it is the only perfect adventure game ever created.

Let’s address the four guidelines I gave and how they apply to The Legend of Zelda

Memorable: How can you forget getting the White Sword? Or fighting Dodongo? Or “Eastmost peninsula is the secret”?

Innovativeness: The first free roam, non-linear adventure game. Nothing else to be said.

Flaws: Find me a flaw. I dare you.

Replay value: Unlike most adventure games, I can play Zelda over and over. It never gets old. This was the final deciding factor.

Long live Zelda!

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