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Looks great, plays easy,
This review is from: The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GameCube) (Video Game)
Ok, before anyone jumps down my throat, I have no reservations about how the game looks. I loved the golden days of Zelda games, and personally found Ocarina..+Windwaker a little... un-Zelda-ish.
Anyway, this game looks just like the old ones, but with some nice updated lighting effects and Young-Link-style sprites (wow, sprites, nevermind polygons :) those of you who dont think you like the old school, almost-plan-view 2D cartooniness need not buy this game - your all idiots and youre missing out, but I wont waste my time telling you that :)
Now onto the downside. As has been pointed out, multiplayer requires a GBA/SP and link cable per player. This is a bit pricey, but those of us who kept our loyalty to nintendo (despite some shocking releases) can smile smugly while the rest of ya decide if you think its worth it. The GBA integrates really well, although sometimes you dont know which screen to look at. Personally, I'd like to see more GC games with this feature, e.g each player's 1st person view on GBAs with a map on the GC screen might work for Metroid. Its certainly interesting.
I can tell you it is worth it - in my opinion this game is designed for multiplayer, and is a lot more fun played that way. Single player, the puzzles involve a lot of going back and forth to take small steps; small steps quickly accomplished with two or more people playing.
This takes me on to my final point, and the one that left me most disappointed: This is NOT an old Zelda game. That sounds obvious, but what I mean to say is that it doesnt compare to the older games like Link to the Past (from which a lot of the bosses/puzzles and style are borrowed) simply because it is too easy. The arcade-style, level-based gameplay breaks up your adventure into smaller stages, and you come away with a much less immersive experience, with a lot less replay value - most levels cant be completed without finding everything in the level, so theres no chance of discovering a new cave after two years of playing :)
Nevertheless, this game IS a lot of fun, and if youve already got your GBAs and a friend or two to play it with, its well worth getting. If you prefer Link in 3D, wait till this summer.
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Initial post: 7 Aug 2009 08:37:23 BDT
Ms. D. Bevan says:
the only thing that bugs me is that the old sellers selling for 20-30 quid dont mention whether or not it contains cable
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