The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
System: Wii, GCN
Here it is, the next and latest chapter in the Zelda series. The “legendary” franchise of this Nintendo series has had hype covering it like the twilight over Hyrule. But, did it live up to it?
Let’s start with the basics. Link, a farm boy from Ordon Village is to deliver a sword to Castle Town located smack-dab in the middle of Hyrule. However, before he is to deliver it, some Orc-like creatures (Moblins, I believe) come and kidnap the village children. And, when he chases after them, he stumbles upon the Twilight Realm, a mysterious cloud of darkness covering Hyrule. When he enters, he turns into a wolf, and our story begins.
The storyline, I believe, is absolutely fantastic. Twists and turns, all at a smooth, creamy pace, kept me going and longing for the end. But, when the end came, it made me long to go again. It’s a vicious cycle.
Gameplay wise, on the Wii, at least, felt nice and natural. You swing Link’s sword by actually swinging the Wii remote, and move with the nunchuck attachment. As a wolf, you also move with the nunchuck attachment, and can use an “area” attack by holding and releasing the B button. Everything is just right, another kudos to Nintendo, who seems to know what they are doing.
Graphics: gorgeous. Absolutely stunning. In the opening scene of the game, my jaw was hanging; they look like that?! It was unreal. Seeing Lake Hylia at sunset is a truly beautiful sight, one that you wish was a real place.
But, however, you must remember: on the Wii, these are only Gamecube quality graphics. The Wii can do much better. But, seeing these graphics, I really don’t have room to complain. But, the next Zelda game for the Wii will hopefully be even better than this.
So. We have a perfect storyline, perfect gameplay, and perfect graphics. There has to be something wrong, shouldn’t there? Well, actually, no. You spend a lot of time on the main story, and even more with side quests. My only disappointment was that the game had to end.
My rating: 10/10