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Fun, exciting - but flawed
, 23 Jan. 2010
This review is from: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
I loved Phantom Hourglass, in fact its one of my favourite games.
However, Spirit Tracks just isn't as good.
One of the main problems is the characters, in PH they had character arcs which were funny and exciting and just lovable characters.
In this game, there OK, but just not as intriguing as PH.
The first time on the tracks I was really worried, as it was slow and boring, but towards the middle of the game the tracks get better and more enemies appear as well as missions which are quite griping.
Once you get past the often excruciatingly slow opening, the game opens up to be more fun and enjoyable.
The bosses are hard, fun and enjoyable, as are most of the dungeons.
Another problem is that the game feels a lot shorter than the previous, a main reason for this is probably that it skips the often boring and repetitive form of spirit tower for the newer broken up one (you can access each section from a staircase rather than having to go through one to get to two etc.)
There can also be moments of slow-down where three enemies on the tracks attack you and fire cannons, until you take one of them out the frame-rate suffers hugely and it becomes an annoyance that a challenge.
A positive thing is that the controls have been sharpened up and the mic is actually enjoyable and easy to use as a pheriable.
It is still a very good game, it just isn't as enjoyable as it could have been and feel slightly like it reused the PH formula too much and didn't throw enough in to make it feel fresh.
Although it does have more replay value as a lot of side missions exist - sadly they mainly consist of delivering people or products from village to village on the tracks.
Sadly I think if I were to play either Spirit of Phantom I'd pick up Phantom again as it was a lot longer, and enjoyable.
But you should still buy this game as although it could have been better, it is still very good.
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