Review by bskiffington

"Does Twilight Princess stand up to other titles in the series, and it's hype?"

The Legend of Zelda. When you think about this game series, you are reminded of the many installments of the past which followed Link through his Hylian adventures on an endless quest to save the princess from the evil king again, and again, and again. Twilight Princess is the latest console installment in Nintendo's gaming series, as a dual release for both the Nintendo Gamecube and the Nintendo Wii.

The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess has great graphics for the Gamecube, and is one of the best games on the console visual wise. Alot of detail has been put into each character model and environment, and it shows. And while the Gamecube version does not look as good as the subsequent Wii release, it is still a visually satisfying game.

The Legend of Zelda has never been a huge story influenced video gaming series, but Twilight Princess actually has a decent little story for itself that starts in Ordon Village, with Link as a farmhand. He is to set out for Hyrule on a task, but not the way he had planned. When Link's friend Ilia is kidnapped along with a young boy named Colin by creatures from the twilight, Link follows them in pursuit, but when he enters the Twilight Realm, he is transformed into a wolf, captured and locked away in a castle. It is there that he meets a twilight being known as Midna who helps him escape, and asks Link for his assistance in cleansing the land of the twilight blanket falling around it. That's as far as I'll go without spoiling anything.

Theres not much new here that hasn't already been seen in a Zelda game, other than the Wolf mechanic, but I'll get to that in a second.

The classic Zelda formula has been to venture into dungeons, find a new item or tool to help you defeat the boss monster, and acquire a special item inside that eventually will help Link in his quest to meet off with the games ultimate evil. The gameplay is similar, with very few changes, This time around, Link will learn some new sword skills to make combat easier, as well as receive some interesting new items(although most are of little use after finishing it's respective dungeon).

The major change in gameplay is playing as a wolf, which happens inside the Twilight Realm. While as the wolf, you cannot use any of your items collected as a human, but you are now faster with skills such as the ability to dig to reveal hidden items and passageways, or sensing hidden spirits around you. Also, while as a wolf, Midna will ride on your back, giving you advice and allowing you to hold B to create a large circle of energy that allows Link to do a homing combo attack on all the enemies that become trapped inside.

As with all Zelda games, the formula works, but shows little in improvement.

The controls in the game are solid. Most actions are easily performed using the Gamecube controller. The only thing I had a problem with was how now you could only equipt two items(to X and Y) instead of the three in previous 3D Zeldas, but you soon adapt to this change and it doesn't bother you that much later on.

For the most part, the sound in the game is good. Most of the classic Zelda tunes are in the game in some way or another, including remixes. The game could have used a fully orchestrated score though.

Once you finish the main quest, which can take upwards of 30 hours depending on your speed, there are some sidequests in the game to perform, such as collecting all the heart pieces(you now need five to form a full heart container) and collecting all the Poe souls, but other then that, theres little in way of replayability.

Total: 43/50 or 86%=8/10

Rent or Buy?
You're better off purchasing this game, as it is one of the finest titles on the Gamecube, and it will take you longer than one rental time to complete this game. A must have for Gamecube owners and Zelda fans alike.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 06/11/08, Updated 08/26/08

Game Release: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (US, 12/11/06)

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