Wed 13 Jun 2007
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Game for Nintendo WII Review
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an adventure action game developed and produced by Nintendo. It is the twelfth part of the Legend of Zelda video game series, for the Nintendo and WII game consoles. It was unveiled along with the WII version, in November and December 2006. For its mild fantasy violence, it became the first one of the Zelda series to be given a ‘T’ rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
The story is set 100 years after the events of the previous part The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Link chases some monsters who have taken two villagers captive. He is dragged into the Twilight Realm, metamorphosed into a wolf, and jailed in the Hyrule Castle. A creature named Midna helps him escape, and they both meet Princess Zelda who is also a prisoner there. Zelda reveals the evil scheme of the Twilight king Zant to combine Hyrule and the Twilight Realm into a land of darkness using an unknown power. She is searching for a weapon known as the Fused Shadows in order to defeat Zant.
First they go in pursuit of the Master Sword to return Link to his normal form and heal Midna of the wounds inflicted by Zant upon her. They then journey via the Gerudo Mesa and win over The Arbiters Grounds to arrive at the Mirror of Twilight- the only passage to reenter the Twilight Realm and halt Zant. The sages reveal there that a man named Ganondorf who was banished is the source of Zant’s terrible new powers. The sages also disclose that Midna is the actual leader of the twili. The rest of the plot is about how Zant is killed and later Ganondorf is vanquished by Link.
Features and Review
The WII version makes use of Nunchuck’s motion sensors and pointers, and the WII remote to operate the game. The remote has a built-in speaker, used for certain special sounds. Dissapointingly, there is not much of voice acting in the game. There are four different kinds of clothing that link can obtain in exchange for some money. At various points in the game, Link acquires a few new sword techniques. He also has various advantages as a wolf, such as the ability to follow scents, and speak to other animals for gathering information.
The WII version also can display in a 16:9 (widescreen) format in 480p, where as the Game Cube version plays only in 4.3. It also has the WII unique controller. The major noticeable difference is that Link is right-handed unlike the Game Cube version.
In general, the game has received good response. It won many awards including Game Critics Award and Best Playable Game at E3 2005. It also won awards for Best Adventure Game 2006 and Game of the Year 2006 by Gamespot. It was also called the best WII game as well as best Game Cube game.
However, some critics have dissaproved of the game’s similarity to the previous parts. It hasn’t really evolved much. The lack of combat difficulty, has also been a point of criticism. Desspite this, the game has been given scores of 8.9 and 8.8 for the Game Cube and WII versions respectively.
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