02/07/07 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been named the world's best videogame by influential multi-format videogame magazine, Edge.
Compiled from thousands of votes from Edge readers, nominations were made for hundreds of games, spanning across the last three decades. The voting process also involved creatives working in the videogame industry, and countless rounds of deliberation among the Edge editorial staff.
Tony Mott, Editor-in-Chief of Edge, said:
"Ocarina of Time is nearly ten 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 PS3 productions, but, as with many classics, its appeal is about so much more than its appearance."
James Binns, Publishing Director of Edge, added: "The Edge team has created a gorgeous piece of work that is the definitive document of videogame excellence - although I am gutted that classic shooter Tempest 2000 didn't make the top ten."
Nintendo's game beat Capcom's survival horror title Resident Evil 4 to the top spot, closely followed in third place by Super Mario 64. Other games in the top ten include Xbox shooter Halo: Combat Evolved, PC title Half-Life 2, and puzzle favourite Tetris.
The 10 Best Videogames:
1) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)
2) Resident Evil 4 (GameCube, PlayStation 2)
3) Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
4) Half-Life 2 (PC)
5) Super Mario World (Super Nintendo)
6) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Super Nintendo)
7) Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox)
8) Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2)
9) Tetris (Various)
10) Super Metroid (Super Nintendo)
The full rundown features in a 260-page collector's book entitled 'Edge Presents: The 100 Best Videogames', on sale from Tuesday 3rd July, with a cover price of£10.
Launched in 1993, Edge is the world's most respected videogame magazine, offering agenda-setting features, interviews, reviews and retrospectives, with unparalleled access to the most important players in the rapidly growing world of electronic entertainment.
Future plc is an international special-interest media group with offices in the UK, US and France. Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today it creates over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events, with strong portfolios in the technology, games, music, automotive and sports sectors. Over 130 international editions of Future's magazines are published under licence by publishing partners in 30 other countries around the world. Future employs around 1,450 people worldwide. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).
For more information
Will Guyatt, Media Relations Manager, 01225 822517