By Sam Coles:
The Legend of Zelda is one my favourite game franchises and one of the games that I feel that doesn’t get too much attention is Twilight Princess which this game has fans divided where some people like the gloomy and dark tone others don’t.
Twilight Princess starts off with Link in a fishing village where it takes you through a painfully long tutorial section which lasts for almost 3 hours, this was the biggest problem with the game was the start was so slow which turned a lot of people off. After that it gets much better your childhood friend gets kidnapped by moblins and you have to go and find her however you find out that a new entity is stalking the land of Hyrule, these creatures are known as the Twilight. Link finds one from the realm of the Twilight but she is friendly (kind of), until she turns you into a wolf so you are forced to help her. The story has some excellent moments from fun and goofy with the clowns in Lake Hylia to the dark and grim moments with one of the dream sequences that Link has half through the game. It takes the cheery atmosphere of Ocarina of Time and mixes it with the dark and gritty subject matter of Majora’s Mask and it works!
The gameplay is very familiar if you’ve played any 3D Zelda game before this one with the same collection of items such as bombs, arrows, boomerangs, hookshots or clawshot in this game and of course the Master Sword. However they sprinkle in some new mechanics and this is where the wolf transformation comes in, when you are in the Twilight realm you’re not allowed to be human and you have to complete certain sections as the wolf only. You would think you’re handicapped in these situations but you’re not because Link has heightened senses when he is a wolf where he can see ghosts and pick up certain smells and he can even fight in this form.
Visually the game looks great and yeah it can look a bit blurry if you’re playing the Wii or GameCube version on a HD TV but it still looks great. It has a bleak look to the aesthetic which suits the game’s dark and gloomy story. Each area has been influenced by the Twilight and it looks dull and monotone with grey and depressing colours, but when you defeat them you see colour restored to the surrounding area as you see everyone get back to their normal lives. If you want to take full advantage of the visuals get the HD version on Wii U.
The only problems I have with this game are the controls and that’s the fact that I played the Wii version and motion controls can be a pain, especially when you’re aiming a range weapon such as the clawshot or bow as it can flail out of control sometimes. If you want traditional controls either play the GameCube or Wii U version.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a great game and honestly I feel it’s underappreciated compared to the other games in the series. It took what was great with Ocarina of Time and amplified it and took the dark tones from Majora’s Mask and combined it into this unique package.