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A must for DS owners and Zelda fans,
This review is from: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
Let's get this out of the way first. Phantom hourglass is the best game available for the DS by a clear mile, and among the best Zelda games of all. Nothing else to my knowledge comes remotely close. It's also in a completely different league to any previous handheld Zelda game, so if you felt mildly underwhelmed by the likes of `Minish Cap' on the Game Boy Advance don't worry because this is a complete departure.
Phantom hourglass is a direct sequel to Wind Waker on the Gamecube, though it isn't necessary to have played that game because the only things that really carry over are the characters and the art design. It really is amazing how faithfully the crisp, cel-shaded graphics that looked so impressive on the Gamecube are translated to the DS, and how well suited they are to this new hardware. What with all the cut scenes, character designs and the huge watery overworld, the amount of eye-watering content crammed onto this cartridge is simply breathtaking.
Having said that it resembles Wind Waker visually, the way the game plays is completely new and adapted for the DS and its stylus. You control Link by pointing at the screen, strike at enemies by tapping them and draw quick strokes to perform slashes and the spin attack. It's all very responsive, though the one move that doesn't seem to work so well is the forward roll, which is executed by drawing small circles at the edge of the screen (it's not used very much, however). All the familiar items return, but each and every one has been given a new spin by the touch-screen controls, whether it's tracing out a path for the boomerang to follow, tapping the screen to throw a bomb to a precise spot, or stringing the hookshot between two posts to make a tightrope. The many puzzles that you encounter feature novel designs as well, and often require you to take notes by drawing on the map. It all sounds incredibly gimmicky, but it isn't at all - it's deeply addictive, and a joy to play from beginning to end.
There are some criticisms I could level - the game is a bit easy, especially if you've played Zelda games before, and a bit short if you aren't out to collect everything or finish every minigame. The dungeon layout is inventive, but the different dungeons and islands all look more or less the same. But these are very minor quibbles. As you can probably tell by now, I loved this game to pieces, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2009 19:04:12 GMT
this must of tack a long time to do this comment i waned to say that this review help me thanks to u im geting the game i told my mum about this must have game and then she said right we will go out and get this game befor it gos out of stork so thank-u so much for making my mum get me this game if it was not for u i would not have this game in my hand if it was not for u my mum want me now got to go im going to get the new zelda game now so by.
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