OOT? Oh well no doubt it's one of the greats but greatest game of all time? No, there are simply too many games with that distinction.
But from personal experience I'd have to say for me that game is Final Fantasy IX, this is a game I've played more times than any other game in my collection and I'm talking beginning to end, all ultimate weapons, golden chocobo obtained, all magic and summons mastered, everything.
Again that's just me, but I love FFIX.
Would you believe me if I told you that I've never played a Final Fantasy game, and if so, would I be forgiven? burning_eyes
The biggest reason OoT is considered "The Best Video Game of All Time" is because of all the reviews done when OoT came out, OoT of time has the best ratings of every game ever made (it says so in the Video Game World Records I saw a a book fair).
Mostly because everything about it is seemingly amazing in quality even though its a functional remake of Link to the Past.
If I were to judge in on a magnitude of quality, it would be in the same realm of FF7.
I feel that the game maintains the spirit of the series from the 2D origins much better than any other in that how the gameplay works. Its a pretty minor thing, but in newer Zelda games the tools you collect cannot really be used as weapons like in the old ones and instead mostly focusing on swordplay.
As simple as the story was, I found it much more compelling than other Zelda games (much in the way that made Majora's Mask compelling, its just a better story.) Also the game doesn't screw around, its epic in scope and it makes damn sure you know it every time you travel on the world map.
Also, nowadays games just can't end properly right? Well LOZ:OOT has one of the best video game endings. Mostly because its either or depending on how you view it. Its simply brilliant.
However, the game itself has been outdone on all levels except for its sheer spirit, very few Zelda games seem able to capture the magic of that game. (Majora's Mask could though..)
I agree that it's not the greatest game of all time. I enjoyed the game when I was younger but having recently played it again? It's really not that great of a game compared to other games I've played over the years.
The piece of media that breaks a great deal of ground is never the best at what it does. Those first few steps into uncharted territory are always shaky. That's why Twilight Princess is better than Ocarina of Time, and many of the best games ever(Bioshock, Nier, Half-Life 2) walk roads well-traveled.
Pretty well-worded, I'll say. I definitely agree with you. 3nodding