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Unsurpassed in places, but ultimately flawed.,
This review is from: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube) (Video Game)I love the Zelda games, and anyone who can strongly and seriously dispute that Ocarina of Time wasn't the greatest game of all time with me deserves respect. Therefore it was with great anticipation and impatience that I pre-ordered The Wind Waker - this is why I bought a Gamecube, to enjoy the exclusive series such as Mario and Zelda. The controversial graphics had been a staple of many internet forums, but it did not deter me, such was my faith in Miyamoto and his crew; and i have to say that in places the game left me gobsmacked.
The fighting system here has been tweaked to perfection since the days of the N64 with a few more moves, and a very well implemented counter system. Link is now far more vocal, but the absence of speech still left me vexed on such a powerful machine. The graphics are tastefully done, and portray the 'wind' theme of the game very well. Link now has ever-changing expressions, and the cel-shading is pulled off incredibly, with shadows and the like being spot on.
The Zelda series is famous for its detail. In terms of plot this does not really disappoint, despite wondering what the hell will come of going searching for your sister. There is also the traditional light-hearted Nintendo humour in there, particularly with some of the more idiotic pirates. Graphical detail is abundant too, perhaps even more so than in Ocarina of Time which is saying something. The cel-shading makes things much more noticeable - the swaying foliage, the well drawn shadows, flickering flames etc.
BUT...this is not an rpg. This is an adventure game, and therefore cannot rely on plot or graphics, the gameplay has to be spot on too, and this is where my complaints begin. The Wind Waker is simply not epic enough and has a few flaws which almost completely ruin the game as a whole. It is nowhere near long enough and has only about 4 or 5 dungeons that aren't that taxing at all. The graphics, quite frankly don't help. Beautifully rendered as they are, they detract from the 'save the world' feel, and cast Link as a little child in one of those infinitely terrible low-budget American family movies, my sister loved watching Ocarina of Time because it was like watching a questing movie akin to something like Lord of the Rings or something, but she despises this because its almost patronising. My final gripe, and it really annoys me, is the huge amount of tedious sailing that needs to be doen. I can deal with everything else, but it was the sailing that almost made me smash the disc to pieces. You will do lots of it, even when you find the ability to warp.
Ok....rant over. They were selling limited edition versions of this with the original Ocarina of Time and Master Quest disc as a freebie. If you have that version add another star to my score, for it really was a joy to revisit dry Hyrule - Lon Lon Ranch, Gerudo Fortress and Kakariko Village. I can guarantee that if you are a Zelda fan you will love Wind Waker as I did, but at times you will curse your TV screens and swear savagely when it is all over. Nintendo have revolutionised Zelda here, with some genuinely innovative ideas, but it doesn't all work. The game 5 or 6 years agho sent shivers of excitement down my spine at each turn - this doesn't. One could argue that it would have been very hard to match Ocarina's exemplary performance, but I do think that Nintendo could have done slightly better. I want to feel like I'm saving the world as Link, not like I'm playing a failed Disney movie.
Overly critical perhaps, but I was annoyed with the professionals' overly praising reviews that most certainly did not take into account the game's few, but large, flaws.
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2009 16:19:29 BDT
Dyspeptic Spirit says:
"I love the Zelda games, and anyone who can strongly and seriously dispute that Ocarina of Time wasn't the greatest game of all time with me deserves respect."
Thanks for your respect it is appreciated.
I am currently playing through the Ocarina of Time and am less than impressed.
Leaving aside considerations such as the graphics and sound which I am sure were cutting edge in their day, the game is just so ordinary. Gameplay is seriously repetitive (monsters respawning every time you re-enter an area? Why!) and at times frustrating (thank christ for the internet! The Lost Woods errr don't you mean Lost In The Woods and cursing hysterically (that's fun?)). The story is banal and so predictable. And the music ... sorry musak drives you around the bend.
This is my introduction to the Zelda canon and my exit.
Posted on 17 Feb 2012 16:54:12 GMT
Wow, your reveiw has given me alot to think about 'cause I was thinking about buying this game for me. But now that you've metioned it without flaw, I might go for other Zelda games just maybe not Wind waker I guess....right?
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 22:23:41 GMT
Got through lost woods when i was 11 and had no internet. If i remember rightly it was the saria's song volume getting louder and quieter (which i still whistle now and then and im 24) Some obvious hints were given in the story i suppose but banal and predictable, just a moronic non-constructive comment.
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