Story Overview (5 out of 5)
The story of Zelda: The Wind Waker is placed 100 years after Ocarina of Time, and a new Link has been born in a Hyrule that was flooded by a deluge. Most of the kingdom is underwater, but the the highest peaks are visible, and in these new islands people live as well as monsters. A few islands have temples that once were inhabited by the sages, but when the last sages died the new world went into chaos. More monsters started to appear across the Great Sea, even in islands occupied only by Hylians.
In the verge of the new catastrophe, the new Link is called to duty when his sister Aryll is captured by the Helmarock King and it’s his duty to go and save her. However, when Link is about to save Aryll, he is suddenly blasted away by Gannondorf and thrown into the ocean, only to be saved by a mysterious talking ship who says he is “The King of Red Lions”. The King starts to explaining you what is happening–the evil king Ganon is out his prison and creating chaos around the world, and it is your job as the chosen one to stop him at any cost.
The story is quite similar as many Zelda games, where there is an endless cycle of good and evil, but that doesn’t mean that the game is just another Zelda, because there are a few improvements in the story and basically Wind Waker is a sequel to Ocarina of Time, even if it don’t show many elements of Ocarina of Time, such as the Ocarina. The given score to the story is a perfect five.
Gameplay (5 out of 5)
The gameplay of Wind Waker is extremely good for many reasons. The controllers are an upgraded version of previous Zelda games, essentially the same but easier to use due the control configuration of the Nintendo Gamecube controllers. Plus, the game is more responsive to the player commands than the Nintendo 64 experience.
The best asset in the game beside the storyline are the cell-shaded graphics and the incorporation of 2D graphics like explosions in a fully 3D environment. Because the graphics in the game are modeled in a cartoon stylish, you feel like if you are playing one, as everything is modeled like a Saturday morning cartoon. Even the villains sometimes they look funny even if they are attacking you.
The sounds are really good and they go perfectly with the game looks, but we can’t expect less from Nintendo given that Zelda is a major franchise and has to be perfect in every way since it is one of the most popular Nintendo series ever. In fact, it is so popular that Wind Waker has sold 2.2 million copies world wide, being considered one of the best games in history.
Overall (5 out of 5)
Overall Wind Waker is a fantastic game to play. The level of difficulty but is relatively easy because the characters respond quickly and accurately to the player commands. The story is as amazing as every Zelda, and the player won’t be disappointed with Wind Waker at all. It has plenty of replay value, and you can easily spend more than 3 months this fantastic game. The given score to the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, is a perfect five.