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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Review

by: Matthew Weber ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess delights and entertains using nostalgic elements that still entertain and are useful in creating a Wii title suitable for all ages and type of gamer. The Wii specific elements don't do anything to enhance the experience but the controls work.

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    The Story Line of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii 

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has an intensely satisfying story line and compelling characters that have style and charm. The well written story reminds me of the charm and fun of another redone Nintendo title, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The story line is conveyed through text in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but the dialogue is so well written and engaging, it still entertains and keeps you reading the text.

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    Do the Controls in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Work?

    Link takes you for an adventure on the Wii 

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess uses Wii specific controls that feel like they were added to this title because they were expected. They didn't do anything to make innovative or inventive and obviously didn't put a great amount of thought into implementing the ability of the Wii in this title. All the combat is simple and slightly challenging and there's no real finesse involved in defeating your enemies. You shake your Wii remote or Nunchuk to execute a basic swing of your weapon. Your lock on using the Z-trigger works fine but it still lacks something to make it more entertaining to use. You hop back and forth and jump out of the way using the same basic moves as before. They did a good job of implementing a control scheme that works but they need to do a better job making use of the Wii specific controls and implement the Wii MotionPlus. If they had done a better job making the control scheme unique and engrossing using the ability of the Wii motion controls, this could have been on the list of one the 5 best Wii games period.

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    How Does The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Look Visually?

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess brings the graphical presentation of the franchise back from the cartoon-like look that The Legend of Zelda: Windwalker introduced to the franchise. This time they used an amazing and wondrous art design that makes the dated look of the graphical presentation entertaining to look at while you progress through this long adventure. You'll see lots of low resolution textures and jagged edges on some of the screens. They did do a nice job of introducing some nice animations for the characters facial expressions. The eyes of Link's wolf form are especially haunting and immersive when you look into them.

    You can play this Wii video game in 480p and widescreen, if you're able to do so and progressive scan sharpened-up the graphical presentation at bit on the objects. Using progressive scan did make the jagged edges even more jagged on most of the screens, but it was still a good option.

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    Is the Game Play of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Fun?

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a fun game for kids or adults 

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has the same entertaining and satisfying game play Zelda fanatics have come to expect from a title in this popular franchise. The puzzles are expertly designed and executed to add variety to the challenges you'll face as you progress through this Wii adventure game.

    They have included a very entertaining game play element that turns you into a blue-eyed wolf during the twilight hours of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. You also have a friend called Midna, who rides upon your back when you're in your wolf form, providing you with hints and tips to help you. This is similar to the character Navi in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Your wolf form is almost the same in combat as your human form, but has abilities that add fun and variety to the game play. Your wolf form can jump farther, can dig faster and deeper, and has a heightened sense mode that highlights scent trails and hidden objects. At first you don't have the ability to transform into your wolf form when you want to but eventually you'll gain the ability to control this transformation. The ability to control when you transform into your wolf form becomes important as you progress into the later stages of the game.

    All of the game play in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is fun and entertaining as you work your way through this adventure. The puzzles were especially satisfying to figure out and they can keep you thinking for an hour or two at points of this adventure.

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    A Few Last Words on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is another adventure with Link 

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess gets all the little details we have come to expect in this franchise just right but doesn't do enough to make the experience Wii-specific. This Wii edition has all the charm and fun of the Zelda franchise but needs to be upgraded for a new age and the ability of the Wii. Zelda fanatics will love this experience as they always do, but if you already have The Legend of Zelda: Octarina of time, paying for a new title that doesn't do anything new, isn't cost effective.