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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Review

September 22, 2008


Zelda. Just hearing that name brings even the most disgruntled Nintendo fans crawling back for another masterpiece. Before we knew what Twilight Princess was, everyone thought we were going to be getting a direct sequel to Wind Waker with the same art style. Obviously that turned out different and everyone remembers the reaction at E3 2004. Was the game great? Of course, it’s Zelda, but just how good is it?

Story

Link’s travels through the land of Hyrule is fitted with the same story we’re used to…mostly. Link’s a boy that grew up in a small town and gets sucked into events much bigger than anything his humble upbringings could have prepared him for. He gets sucked into the Twilight world where he’s turned into a wolf. After he gets out, he learns about his destiny and…well, I think you can guess the rest. That’s obviously not the whole story, but it’s the general idea. You’ll want to experience the rest for yourself.

Gameplay

Twilight Princess controls just like Ocarina, Majora’s Mask, and Wind Waker, but with a slight twist. You got motion controls like swinging the remote to slash your sword, point and shooting your bow and arrow, and other things. There’s nothing that makes the game more difficult, it’s easier and feels more natual. Beyond those control changes, the core gameplay is almost the same as the previous three games. If you liked that, then you’ll love this, if you didn’t you won’t. It’s really as simple as that.

Visuals

As usual with Zelda games, Twilight Princess is at the top of the list graphically, even if it is more or less a Gamecube game. The thing that makes up for the fact that it’s pretty much a game from the last generation is the art style. The colors are fantastic, the detail is amazing, and the art is just beautiful. Another thing that brings it to the top of the pack is the animation. Play other games from the time, and then TP, and TP just stands out for it’s animation. Link’s hair, his movements, and even how Epona gallops across Hyrule Field is just incredible. So I guess you can say that the slightly dated graphics are almost completely made up for the fact that the art and animation is ahead of it’s time

Sound

There were initial complaints that this game’s soundtrack wasn’t recorded by a real orchestra like Mario Galaxy’s music was, but at the end of the day, the music is so fantastic that it’s pretty easy to ignore. There have been a bunch of now Zelda classics that have come from Twilight Princess. You have Midna’s Theme, Hyrule Field, and more that are now played along Saria’s Song and Zelda’s Lullaby as Zelda greats. Add that along to the typically fantastic sounds for the bow, the sound of the sword being drawn out, and everything else and you have one of the greatest sounding games again coming from the Zelda series.

Conclusion

Another Zelda game, another classic. There is little doubt that this game can be put up there with other gaming classics. There have been some complaints here and there that this game is too much of the same, and it is understandable to a point, but there’s also a lot more that’s new to the series. Don’t worry though, all signs point to Nintendo doing something very different with their next Zelda game so no matter what happens, we’re in for something special next time. This isn’t to say that this game isn’t special, it’s extremely special. There isn’t much you can about how great this game is that can’t be said by just saying “It’s Zelda”, so buy it!

Amazing

Amazing

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