What I Loved About This Game
In true Nintendo style, the Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess is an epic game with almost 40 hours of gameplay and beautiful artistic animation.
The Hyrule and Twilight Realm kingdoms are presented on a grand scale with vast areas to explore and characters to meet. In addition to the main story, there are loads of side missions and mini games to play. As you play through the game, you can take on any side missions you choose or just play through the main quest without any distractions.
The game starts with the main character (called Link) at home in his small village tending the goats. Link is something of the village hero and is popular with everyone in town.
Unknown to Link, the Kingdom of Hyrule is under attack from the Twilight Realm and Princess Zelda could be trapped in the Twilight Realm forever.
After being summoned to attend a summit in Hyrule, Link quickly finds himself in the Twilight Realm where he changes from a "human" into a wolf to survive.
Wolf form gives Link special abilities like faster running, a force field to defeat enemies, and heightened senses, like super smelling, that help Link find hidden objects and enemies that he couldn't find in his human form. The extra abilities that Link has as a wolf are often critical for progressing through stages of the game.
Shape changing is a common theme in the Zelda games and it works well here again to keep the action fresh and exciting, and it really does add an extra dimension to the gameplay.
In the Twilight Realm, Link makes friends with a small character called Midna. Midna rides on Link's back (when playing as a wolf) and guides you through the game, giving you hints and tips for progressing. Midna also helps you warp between areas that you've already visited. This saves you having to travel every inch of the way each time you need to revisit places in the game.
One of the main focus areas in the game are the dungeons. Each dungeon has a different theme, such as the forest temple, fire temple, and water temple.
In each dungeon you'll be faced with different puzzles and challenges that you'll need to solve to progress. You'll also find special items in these dungeons that give Link new abilities.
The game and the puzzles are challenging, and I'm sure you'll endure more than a few moments of pure frustration as you walk Link up and down the screen trying to work out your next move. These frustrating moments are, of course, what make all great games so addictive!
What I Didn't Love About This Game
My biggest criticism of the game is that characters don't talk to each other vocally. Instead, dialogue between characters is shown as text on the screen.
I always love the grand production of an epic video game, and a true epic like the Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess deserves a fully acted dialogue. A well acted script always serves to heighten the tension and the drama, and sucks you right into the imaginary world.
Although they generally work well, the controls can be a little hit and miss at times. Shaking the Wii mote controller activates a spin attack which is effective at beating enemies but the Wii mote isn't always as good at recognising the stabbing motion that's supposed to make Link to enemies with his shield.
There's no doubt that the Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess is an epic, and instantly classic, video game. This is one of the best games available for the Wii console, and it’ll take a huge effort to beat it.
Legend of Zelda for the Wii has a great story, vast areas to explore, challenging puzzles, and loads of items to collect.
Despite the fact that the story only has subtitle text on the screen and no spoken dialogue between characters, this only affects the interactive experience. It doesn't have any major impact on the overall gameplay.
If you're thinking of buying Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess, then this is one game you'll be proud to have in your collection.