Zelda Twilight Princess

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Matt Barton
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Had to tell somebody who might appreciate it!

I finally managed to beat Zelda: Twilight Princess on my Wii. Overall, I was very impressed with the game. It reminded me a lot of Tomb Raider, albeit with a lot more puzzles and a much more bizarre storyline. Still, I loved the character Midna, and even found myself relating to Link although he never did anything but gasp during the entire game. I was most impressed with the level design, which was at times pure genius. The puzzles were also extraordinary.

I might have more to say on the game later, but for now I recommend it without qualification. I'm tempted to jump straight into Ocarina of Time now that I have the cart and the N64, but am strongly tempted to take on Jade Empire first on my Xbox. Or I might buy Ghostbusters for the Wii...Hm.

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Someone who's never played

Someone who's never played Mario Kart before can still win against experiences players - so it's fun for everyone. But you're never really going to "master" it like other racing games...

Mark Vergeer
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That is rather quick....

Elise and I both equalled about 150+ hours easy - that was both runs (finished it twice), but perhaps we did a lot more exploring then you did. And of course consulting a walk-through does shorten the amount of time spend on the game enormously. Still 40 hours is very little time for this game in my opinion.

Elise and I were both addicted to the game when we were playing it and finally beating it. The end scenes are well worth it by the way.
What does it for me in the Zelda Twilight Princess game is the environment and the vastness of the experience. It is noticeable that different teams have been working on various separate parts of this game as some puzzles are very different in feel and playability than others. I do have to agree that some parts are much harder than others - for some a tad too hard ;-)

I think the Wii remote works well with this game, I own the game for Gamecube as well (it is a mirror image of the Wii game by the way) and I must say that I prefer the Wii version because of the controls.

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Hmmm...I think I logged

Hmmm...I think I logged about 40 hours. I had a lot of fun and a new appreciation for the Zelda series, but admittedly the experience wasn't perfect. There were three occasions where I just couldn't figure out what to do and had to consult a walkthrough. In all but one case I felt it was questionable design; the hints or instructions given by the game were either too vague or simply confusing. This happened on the last boss a few times and really peeved me; I wanted a complete victory, but alas, had to compromise by looking at hints. Once you know the "trick," of course, it's easy.

The other one I felt I could have figured out on my own if I had spent more time. The idea was to lower yourself from a grating on a 2nd floor, down through a hatch, and then shoot another claw at a bell like thing on the ceiling of the first floor. I had the right idea, but didn't make the connection (for whatever reason) that I needed to lower myself instead of just shooting from the grate or a small platform a short distance away. In any case, though, these are small problems and it's very possible someone else would be able to get through the game with no hints (or perhaps get stuck at places I got through without a hitch). Your companion Midna is pretty good about pointing you in the right direction, though it may have been better if she did this a bit more (or if you could ask her for more information if you were stuck, perhaps "costing" you by requiring gems or the like). That said, they did do so many things right, such as allowing you to warp all over the world. That saved so, so much time and is just such a wonderful thing. They also worked it nicely into the story, which is another plus. Also, dying wasn't that big of a deal. You just restarted the game with three hearts, usually right before the boss or wherever it was you died. There are usually pots around so you can replenish easily, so it's in fact a pretty painless system. I appreciated this a great deal, because again it saved time--very little backtracking necessary if you get defeated by a boss or fall down a hole. Compare that to Final Fantasy IV on the ds, where dying can literally cost you hours of work.

I wouldn't call Twilight Princess addictive, though, mostly because it had too many breaks. You generally play for about a half hour to an hour before hitting a break in the story, so you're regularly given the opportunity to stop playing and go do something else. That's a lot different (IMO) than something like Halo, where the seams between segments are much less apparent. I guess it's conducive to more casual style gaming, though I must say I'm more of a fan of the continuous game. I think that's why I like strategy and most RPGs so much; you just keep going and only stop and save when you feel like it. A lot of the newer games seem to want to do that for you, and I don't care for it.

My plan now is to play Jade Empire on my Xbox first, supplementing that with bouts of Mario Galaxy on the Wii. I'm also trying to get through Halo 2 on the Xbox with my wife in co-op mode, though she's sadly not fond of the game (or Lego Star Wars, which bites). We're still playing lots of Mario Kart Wii, though it does get really irritating after awhile. I know it's all just for fun, but it is maddening to "almost win" so many times and then get blasted by some cheesy power up or whatever and end up in last place. It's definitely not a game I'd recommend for a serious racing fan; just not enough skill and too much dumb luck involved.

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So how many hours did you

So how many hours did you log into the game?

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I would put Ocarina of Time

I would put Ocarina of Time on the back burner for a while - it's the same as Twilight Princess & you might get burned out on it.

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