SO I've just started playing Zelda: Twilight Princess
It's incredible. I got the Gamecube version after realizing that Zelda was really the only reason I wanted a Wii, and since there are no Wiis anyway and no other Wii games I really wanted, I'd just get the GC Zelda. So yeah.
It's really cool. The visuals seem dated compared to newer stuff, of course, and it's a little annoying how similiar the game is to Ocarina of Time in that there are loading delays between "rooms" and as a result, you can only see a very short distance because contrived barriers form the walls of your current area. I liked Wind Waker because it loaded new areas in the background and you could run from one side of the world to the other and never see a load screen. You could even see distant land with the telescope, sort of.
But it's still a great game. The graphics are very good for a Gamecube title, mostly, and the story is interesting. Zelda shows up right at the beginning to move the plot along, and things get under way a little quicker than in other titles in the series. The more realistic look to the graphics is at once very nice and a bit irritating. Irritating because the Gamecube doesn't pull it off all that well in a few places, and a Super Mario Sunshine type world would have looked tighter and more convincing on the hardware.
9 out of 10 for the 2 hours I've played so far. I'm liking it.
March 23rd, 2007 9:09am
If only there was a Zelda: Graveyard Shift Nurse edition.
Two birds, baby. Two birds.
March 23rd, 2007 9:24am
Ah, you have my sympathies. My son and I are playing Zelda on the Wii, and it IS excellent. Very absorbing. Can be time consuming.
It's extremely well designed, though. Every so often in the game you obtain another 'magic' weapon (a boomerang, a bow) which the game then teaches you how to use.
The game is a quest, and Playing the game can also become a quest. Pretty cool. A small warning -- the game implements some Japanese views of 'spirituality' -- demons, goddesses, "shadow lands", personified forces of nature, that sort of thing. It's not objectionable, and it fits the theme of the game.
And I REALLY like the "part of the time, you change into a wolf" aspect. Very clever.
March 23rd, 2007 9:28am
Why should there be a warning over fictional spirituality in a fictional world? Do you live surrounded by fundies, or what?
And I'm still studying for my entrance exams to community college, thank you very much. :-)
March 23rd, 2007 9:31am
Why yes, I do live surrounded by fundies, thank you very much.
March 23rd, 2007 9:43am
I just wish I could find a GameCube component video cable so that I could use the progressive scan supported by Twilight Princess, but apparently such cables are rare as hen's teeth.
March 23rd, 2007 9:46am
I'm sure you're lovely in the role.
March 23rd, 2007 9:54am
What's with all the wacked out, out of left field posts on this site lately? What the fuck is that?
March 23rd, 2007 9:56am
it's called piss taking.
March 23rd, 2007 9:57am
as in into your keyboard, such that random keypresses are registered?
March 23rd, 2007 9:58am
good try at a comeback ...
March 23rd, 2007 10:03am
I suck at Zelda -- I still can't get the damned horse to jump over the gate. (Yes, this is like the first thing you need to accomplish to continue with the game)
I'm going back to Raving Rabbids & Trauma Center.
March 23rd, 2007 10:42am
You have to hit the 'dash' key shortly before you arrive at the gate.
Presto, horse jumps.
March 23rd, 2007 10:43am
Ah, now Raving Rabbids is the bomb. A first-person shooter (among other things). I don't mind playing it with my 9-year old son.
You see, you shoot suction-cups (actually, "Plumbers Helpers" -- wonderful sound effects) at crazy rabbits coming at you.
They also have a Dance Studio thing which is brilliant -- you 'shake' the Wii-mote and Nunchuck in time with the music, and in time with the bunnies reaching a spot on the floor.
I've also played "Excite!" -- an off-road driving crashing flying game. I had to give it a rest for awhile, because my thumbs were going numb due to holding down the "accellerate" key.
March 23rd, 2007 11:41am
it's "Excite! Truck", which is the spiritual successor to "Excite! Bike" on the NES.
Anyway, Twilight Princess is the bomb. It's the first game in a long time that I've sat anticipating while at work. I can't wait to get home and fire it up.
March 23rd, 2007 11:49am
I'm a bit father into Zelda: TP than you are muppet but you'll probably pass me soon enough. It's a good game, and very much a "Zelda" -- if anyone was expecting something radically different from the franchise they'll be disappointed. All in all, I'm actually enjoying it more than Wind Waker.
I like the control mechanism on the Wii. The Wiimote and Nunchuck are much more comfortable to use than the gamecube controller.
March 23rd, 2007 1:18pm
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