The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Review

Twilight Princess (Wii)

After much wait, TP has arrived. But is it the best Zelda game ever, as Nintendo promised?

Release Date: 11/19/06 (US), 12/02/06 (JP), 12/07/06 (AU), 12/08/06 (EU)

System: Nintendo Wii

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo

Genre: Action/Adventure

ESRB Rating: T

Players: 1 (Wii Remote + Nunchuck)

First of all, if you’re looking for something new and original, this might not be it. TP has exactly the same gameplay that other 3D Zelda games have had before. This is not a bad thing, the formula works as it has always worked. The biggest difference is probably the change from the classic controller to the Wii Remote with the Nunchuck. Is this a good change?

After finishing the game, I would say yes, it was a smart move and adds to the game. By no means would I go back to the traditional controller, however, I would certainly make some changes. Compared to other Wii games, the controls were definitely added in a very late stage of the game’s development. Sure, mostly everything works great, navigating through the menus, selecting items, and fishing. However, while fighting, you’re never actually “swinging” the sword: any movement you make with the Wii Remote will make the sword swing in a predetermined movement. It would’ve been a lot better if, for example, you would swing the Wii Remote from the top to the bottom, making Link do the same. Other than that, mostly everything’s pretty smooth, especially when aiming with the Slingshot, or horse riding while using your bow.

The graphics are pretty good, borrowing from both Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker styles. It is probably the best the Gamecube can offer, with a small upgrade in graphics (mostly lightning) thanks to the Wii hardware. I think they could’ve been a little better, though, in comparison to the alleged Gamecube game with the best graphics out there, Resident Evil 4. To really enjoy the beauty out of it, try to get yourself some component cables.

What amazes me greatly is the amount of story and depth TP has. Never has any other Zelda had so much depth, with a lot of references to Ocarina of Time. Fans of the series will be extremely pleased with this; however, it does feel like it borrows too much from Ocarina of Time. Maybe a little bit too much, with some story plots being used all over again.

They also put a lot of creativity in some boss battles (mostly the 4th one), and some dungeons. For instance, the 5th dungeon doesn’t feel as a dungeon at all, and you might not notice it right from the start. Some of the new items are pretty cool, but compared to other Zelda games, you don’t really use them much outside their respective dungeon. Fighting is also easier than before, and it seems that a whole lot more emphasis was put on puzzles this time.

Music, as with any other Zelda game, is great; again, with many recognizable Zelda theme music and sound remixes, from both Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker. And as good as it gets, for such an important game; Nintendo could’ve made a better job with the music, and go orchestral. I do hope they go orchestral in the next Zelda game.

Other than that, taking as a base Ocarina of Time, there are a few small things that could’ve made the game a little bit better. Yes, Midna helps you more than Navi, Tatl, or Ezlo ever did, but I do miss commentaries on every enemy. Also, blasting rocks to get into a secret underground hole is over (as well as walls), which is also a classic element in a lot of the Zelda games. And how about some fishing rewards? There no real point in fishing now besides the fun of it.

So is it the best Zelda game ever? I guess that depends, it’s only missing a few details and polishing, but it might be an even better game than the legendary Ocarina of Time. My personal opinion? Yes, it is, by a small fragment, a better game than Ocarina of Time.

Rating (Out of 5, 5 being the highest)

Difficulty (3.2): Not as difficult as past Zelda games, unfortunately for some, and not that hard for more casual gamers. Some puzzles are hard, though.

Variableness (3.8): If you’re new to the Zelda series, you will find this game to offer something new within every dungeon you explore. If you’re a hardcore Zelda fan, you’ll notice that a lot of items and even story plots have been rehashed from previous Zelda games.

Replayability (4.0): As always, a lot of collectables that will keep you playing for more after you’re done with your adventure, as well as fishing. However, an extra dungeon or boss battle would’ve been nice.

Fun (4.6): One of the best (if not the best) Zelda game, that will keep you hooked with its awesome gameplay and story.

Play Time (35-50 hours): Longer than other Zelda games and traditional Action/Adventure games, and a little bit longer if you plan to get everything.

Who should play it?: Anyone who enjoys a good, lengthy Action/Adventure game will definitely enjoy this game.


1 comment so far

  1. Tylor on

    Very informative review. I’ve always enjoyed the Zelda games so it’s rather too bad I can’t afford a Wii. Perhaps someday.

    At any rate, I enjoyed the review.

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