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This review is from: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
Phantom Hourglass was a good Zelda game and it looked very different from any other Zelda game which came before it - Spirit Tracks continues that look and improves on it.
Spirit Tracks makes fantastic use of cell-shading and 3D graphics, you can skip past the explanatory animated scenes which link various parts of the game but you won't want to, they really help to marry together the story and the actual gameplay.
In Phantom Hourglass you got to sail a boat and fire a canon - here you get to drive a train and toot the whistle, it doesn't sound as exciting but it feels like a much more efficient way to get around the map and again it gets the full 3D treatment (you do eventually get to fire a canon though!). You expect puzzles and interesting characters in a Zelda game and this doesn't disappoint. The world you find yourself exploring looks terrific and colourful, the movement is always smooth and where in the past certain aspects could feel repetitive - here it always feels fresh and you don't find yourself groaning at having to go back again to the tower. It's not just the visuals which impress, a lot of effort has gone into making sure that the audio effects in the game go along well with what you're seeing on screen. Whether it's an intake of breath, an echoed shriek, or dramatic music - you'll be wanting to play with the volume up!
The genius behind Spirit Tracks really comes down to the fact that Nintendo have taken all the best aspects of Phantom Hourglass and incorporated them into a package which should by rights feel like a re-hash of the first game (many of the same features are carried across to this game, and although the train is better than the boat - it's not too dissimilar), but infact manages to feel very new. The controls are again all stylus based (you can't use the buttons to control Link) which I expected to find frustrating but it's pretty slick and feels natural. There are some gimmicky moments which involve blowing into the microphone - but thankfully those are kept to a minimum (I always feel that novelty moments like that in such games are done for the sake of it) and the game does spend a lot of time explaining things - but that's only fair on those who are new to the Zelda franchise.
In a nutshell: This doesn't just look the business - it's a genuinely fun adventure involving Link and Zelda which will provide you with many hours of gameplay. In years to come this will be considered to be a classic game in the Zelda back-catalogue - and rightly so.
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Initial post: 2 Feb 2010 15:30:02 GMT
Rohan Diego says:
based on this review, i will get this game on Friday (pay day, hurrah!)
Posted on 9 Feb 2010 13:29:02 GMT
Rohan Diego says:
I now have the game - it is incredible!!!! ; )
I just killed this bat thing that throws purple skulls! ive learnt the song of awakening and restoration - i cant wait to advance in this game 5*s
Posted on 19 Feb 2010 17:54:04 GMT
ty for this zilla, i myself only like stylus games so this was perfect, happy ds=ing
Posted on 20 Mar 2010 16:27:30 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
Phantom Hourglass was a good Zelda game and it looked exactly the same as it's prequel The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube).
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