Reviews and Problems with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC)
4 July 2013
Excerpt: Down on a small island named Outlook Island, there is a legend of a boy garbed in green clothing that banished evil from a mysterious land forever. This boy was called the Hero of Time. Now, on this island, it is customary of children to dress in green clothes just as the Hero of Time has on his or her tenth birthday. Now we come upon the family of a boy named Link. He lives with his grandmother (whose name is not revealed), and his sister Aryll.
Excerpt: The greatest thing I remember about being a child was innocence. You were kept away from the media, the internet wasn't invented, and your friends for the most part enjoyed the same things you did. Gaming was also pure back then, no one cared about bump mapping, cel shading, and all of that technical shit. All we cared about was beating Wily's second stage before having to go to bed. We wrote passwords down on napkins so we could continue our game the next day.
Excerpt: The newest installment in the Legend of Zelda series, the first for the Gamecube, has already had a long and contentious history, well before its release here in the states. When screenshots of the game's new cartoony design surfaced, many staunch fans rose up in arms over the stylistic change. Given time, many learned to accept the change.
Pros: Awesome graphics package, Great dungeons to explore, Lots of techniques and equipment to use, Tingle Tuner is a nice addition to game
Cons: In-game camera can use some work, A little on the easy side
Excerpt: The story begins unlike other Zelda games, where Link is straight-out deemed the 'chosen one'...He's just another kid enjoying himself, living peacefully with his sister and grandmother. It's Link's birthday, and as part of an island coming-of-age heritage, he is told to don the classic green suit. While enjoying his time with his sister (and to a much lesser extent, in his new uniform) they spot a huge bird carrying a girl to the summit of the island.
Excerpt: Perhaps if someone had spent more time hammering out the adventure aspect of things instead of thinking up all sorts of illusionary role-playing options at the beginning the result wouldn’t be such a complete, not to mention completely obvious waste of potential.
Excerpt: Link sails triumphantly onto the GameCube with a Stonker of a game. When young Link comes of age, He joins a band of adventurous pirates to go and rescue his kidnapped sister. However, Link finds himself tied to the destiny of the great Hero of Time, and with the help of a talking boat and his magical conductors wand, he must defend Princess Zelda from the evil of Ganondorf and protect his world from the powers of the Triforce!
Excerpt: The Legend of Zelda series has one of the longest histories in gaming. It is also one of the cornerstones of Nintendo’s franchise collection. All this gives The Wind Waker a heck of a lot to live up to, but does it make the cut?
Summary: Despite all the positive and negative comments that have come along with this game since its first screenshots and details where announced overall it comes down to one point - this is pure Zelda. The game is true to it's roots providing fun gameplay with an interesting storyline and plenty of hidden extras to keep even the most avid player happy. The graphical style is very well suited but doesn't truly shine until it's seen in full motion.