I just got finished playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess after I was sick for a week. The game is now about 4 years old, but despite that it's still an incredible game and well worth getting (you can probably get it used cheaper). It's one of the best games I've played on Wii and in some ways beats out The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (but not The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past). Here are some of my thoughts after beating it:
This is probably the most beautiful of Zelda games. Especially after the horrible cartoonish look of Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker, the realistic textures in this game make this a beautiful world to explore. There are definitely places where one could just sit and relax, like the fishing pond. Also, the enemies and bosses all look awesome - they're invariably large, nasty looking creatures!
The game includes some cool battle sequences and use of items. In some cases, you need to use a certain item or ride your horse to defeat a boss - but it never feels too forced. The battle of the Bridge of Eldin, with its jousting scene, is the best. The dragon in Skytown is also really cool. I wish you could replay some of those sequences and boss battles again - that's my only complaint about the gameplay.
I had some difficulty positing Link and getting him to do what I wanted, especially on the Wii because the A button does so much (sometimes you jump when you meant to grab). The more I played, the more I got used to it, but I think the 1 and 2 buttons could be been better used to add functionality (they just display the map).
Generally, it's the same old story - Gannon is trapped in a dark world (Twilight in this case) and you need to defeat him and save Zelda. There are some cool twists and when you're playing you really don't know what's going to happen next (unless you read a spoiler review). Midna, a new character from the Twilight realm, is pretty cool. She has an attitude and helps you out quite a bit with hints.
Great, as always with the Zelda series. It doesn't have quite the power of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but it does fit really well with the game (especially the Hyrule Field at night theme).
This is a great game, and it gets better the more you play. There's a lot of stuff to do. Even some of the side activities are fun, like finding bugs and Poe Spirits. It took me at least 60 hours of playing time to beat, and I want to go back and get all the items. I'd definitely recommend The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess to return to Hyrule for a bit before The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword comes out this fall.
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When an evil darkness enshrouds the land of Hyrule, a young farm boy named Link must awaken the hero and the animal within. When Link travels to the Twilight Realm, he transforms into a wolf and must scour the land with the help of a mysterious girl named Midna. Besides his trusty sword and shield, Link will use his bow and arrows by aiming with the Wii Remote controller, fight while on horseback and use a wealth of other items, both new and old.
Link's journeys, reinvented
Hailed by many as the best Zelda game since 1998's Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess thrusts players into a troubled world ravaged by a dangerous magic. Sporting a new, more realistic visual style than the previous Zelda title, Link looks much more like an adult than in previous installments and fits well into an environment that provides Zelda fans with a much more gritty and grim environment to explore. The entirety of the quest fits this darker mood, as both Link and NPC's alike share the same concern for the changes about in Hyrule.
More than just a spiritual successor to previous Zelda installments, Twilight Princess offers ...