Video Game Review: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Rating: 10 of 10:
Twilight Princess is the darkest and most graphic of the Zelda games. It’s also the most challenging. I use a strategy guide, and it is still very hard to beat. It’s slow at first, but once it gets going, it is great, and is probably the best Zelda Game since Ocarina of Time. Unlike previous Zelda games, you start out in Twilight Princess as an adult and instead of traveling through time, you travel between dimensions. You have a fairy, but it isn’t your main partner. Your Main partner is a playful little elf of the Twilight called Midna. Midna you first meet in a dungeon cell as a wolf after being captured by dark beings. In your wolf form, Midna will serve as your care giver and help compensate for the lack of flexibility you had as a human. Midna is basically your fairy in Twilight Princess. Later you can turn into a wolf voluntarily. Ganondorf returns later in the game after the King of the Twilight Zant breaks the seal on Ganondorf’s prison in the void. Twilight Princess has about 20 bosses and is harder to find the main plot compared to Ocarina of Time, but still has a great story. The Climax of the game is a down and dirty sword fight with Ganondorf at the very end of the game.
Tributes to the Ocarina of Time: Twilight Princess’s music and locations pay tribute to the Ocarina of Time regularly.
Musical Tributes to Ocarina of Time: expect more in the game:
1. Zora’s Domain uses the exact same music for the exact same region in Ocarina of Time and is a location tribute too.
2. The music for the Death Mountain area is the same as the Goron city music in Ocarina of Time and is also a location tribute.
3. When listening to the light sprit of water and some Zora ghosts, you can hear The Serenade of Water melody playing in the background. (In Ocarina of Time, The Serenade of Water would warp you to Lake Hylia.)
4. Princess Zelda’s Theme is exactly the same as in the Ocarina of Time
5. The music for the Sacred Grove is the Music for the Lost Woods and Saria’s Theme in the Ocarina of Time
Location Tributes to Ocarina of Time: expect more in the game:
1 and 2. Kakariko Village and Graveyard
3. Hyrule Field
4 and 5. Hyrule Castle and Town 5. Lake Hylia
6. Zora River
With me comparing Twilight Princess to Ocarina of Time, it seems to me that Twilight Princess is the true Squeal to the Ocarina of Time and both games are excellent all around. These two games feel like a pair of great movies in same serious such as Star Wars and Star Wars Episode 5 The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather and The Godfather Part 2.
Overall Twilight Princess and Ocarina of Time are about equally excellent. I give the Ocarina of Time the edge in plot, but Twilight Princess for the Wii wins by a landslide in interactive play. You use the Wii’s Remote and Ninchuck controllers like a real sword and shield in Twilight Princess.
Kudos to Shigeru Miyamoto again for making another excellent Zelda game.
There is no doubt that Twilight Princess continues the great tradition of Zelda games of not only just turning out to be excellent for the series and the system for it, but also as one of Nintendo’s finest games of all time.
One more thing:
If you found Tingle (the pesky price gouging map seller) annoying, you’ll breath a sigh of relief in that he is gone in Twilight Princess.