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Zelda's next great adventure,
This review is from: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
When i bought Phantom hourglass, i had never played a Zelda game before- i only bought it because it looked good. I fell in love with it and to date is the only ds game that when i finished it, i played it again straight away. So when this was announced, i pre-ordered it without hesitation. I will admit, i am reviewing this after my second playthrough as i didn't complete it the first time round. I won't go into the story as there's plenty of other reviews that have done that already.
There are many things i liked about this game- Zelda being a playable character was excellent, and felt that the phatom/link playing was clever. The puzzles are great (especially the block ones near the end of the game) and the characters and story are brilliant too (nice that it's a little darker this time), with a few familiar faces popping up. The train is a nice touch, the different stations are different and each have their own area to explore with many surprises. The cutscenes looks good, and i liked how the endind changed depending on what answer you give for the last question zelda asks. The boss fights are challenging and many times i turned the air blue! The controlls feel a little better, with a double tap replacing a small circle to perform a tumble toss. The new weapons are fun to use and make for some good puzzles too. The mini games are good fun and can earn you a lot of treasure which is very useful.
There are a few things though which i didn't like about this game- i didn't get the same "wow" factor as i did when playing phantom hourglass, but that would be the same had i played the games the other way round. The train, although i like it, is way too slow! It takes forever to get to your destination and has considerable slowdown should more than two enemies attack you, which takes the enjoyment out of the game. I feel that these journey's were added to pad the game out as repeating the dungeons is now out. I feel that it's more difficult to get rupees and treasure, which means revisiting temples and dungeons just to top up, which isn't great if you're saving up for certain train parts. Another major complaint are the side quests- without the spirit tracks guide i wouldn't have known they existed. For example, you get a vase from the wise one at Papuchia Village, so where do you take it? Did you guess to visit steem in the snow realm? Or when you buy more cucoos in castle town you take them to rael in the sand realm? There is no reason to revisit them and the game gives no indication that they need something, which means that you will miss out on some treasure which is needed to get the golden train parts. Although multiplayer is available, it is only local wifi, so for those who don't know anyone else with this game (like me) will miss out.
Overall, this is one of the best games available on the ds and it's one of the best i've played. It deserves the gold award from nintendo and shows that the zelda saga is going from strength to strength. It may seem that there are a lot of negatives, but the positives hugely outway them. I'd strongly recommend getting the spirit tracks guide as it shows many things which would otherwise be missed (i got the collector's edition with the map and love it, which i've also reviewed). An excellent buy.