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Overall Best Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
System: N64

By this point, this probably shouldn't be much of a surprise. The Legend of Zelda is, according to most, the best video game ever made, and therefore, the best ever played - which is our concern. Andrew Vestal said of Zelda, "This was a difficult decision for me to make. I can't remember another year when we've had so many good games released. I consider Panzer Dragoon Saga the greatest RPG ever released, Tekken 3 the greatest fighter ever released, and Metal Gear Solid the greatest action game ever released. But Zelda towers above them all. Calling Zelda a 'good game' is like calling Citizen Kane a 'nice flick' or Beethoven's 9th a 'catchy ditty.' Other games may be cool, but Zelda is divine - a truly transcendent experience. Playing Zelda, you forget that the game must be designed, coded, drawn, and rendered by a product team, somewhere. You just are. Hyrule exists, Link exists, and you are there, existing alongside them. Zelda has the Miyamoto magic I haven't felt since the early days of the Super Nintendo, and every gamer owes it to himself to play this game."

Chris Johnston said, "It's truly a masterpiece of a game. It's easily the best game on the N64. Ocarina of Time makes the transition between 2D and 3D absolutely seamless, with gameplay that's revolutionary yet intuitive (makes you want Z-targeting in all games). It's lots of fun from beginning to end, and one of the longest N64 games I've ever seen. Great job Nintendo!"

Lauren Fielder of videogames.com said, "Obvious comments can be made on Zelda upon first impression, such as how great the graphics look. But once you really get into the game, it's pretty apparent that the controls are perhaps most notable. And of course, the camera angles and graphics tie in to how well the controls work. It's really cool to discover what responsiveness is truly supposed to be like. This game is an experience no true video game player should be without."

Honorable Mentions
The following are the games that earned honorable mention for the best of 1998.

Gran Turismo
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Developer: Polyphony Digital
System: PlayStation

Metal Gear Solid
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
System: PlayStation

Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
Publisher: GT Interactive
Developer: Oddworld Inhabitants
System: PlayStation

Panzer Dragoon Saga
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Team Andromeda
System: Saturn

Tekken 3
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco
System: PlayStation

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