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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC)
Member Name: butters
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC)
Date: 03/07/06, updated on 03/07/06 (472 review reads)
Advantages: Lengthof game. Music.
Disadvantages: Graphics and lackof freedom.
Age Rating: 3+
Gameboy Advance Compatible
12 blocks on Gamecube© memory card.
www.amazon.co.uk price £14.99. Used and new from £9.99
Completion Time: 25-30 hours.
Since I am not a Nintendo fan really, I got my gamecube cheap for a few certain games-I am not even a Mario fan. However, I played Ocarina of Time so decided to get the Wind Waker special edition pack with Ocarina and this in. However, I have to say that out of the few Zelda games I have played, I only liked Ocarina of Time and I rank it highly in my games list. This, in comparison was a huge disappointment for such a highly rated game.
You play as Link, a little boy who lives in a village. Celebrating his come of age, the age that the Hero of Time saved Hyrule from the evil Ganon, he puts on the green clothes as tradition. However, he witnesses a huge bird carrying off a pirate (Tetra) into a forest. Being a good child, he goes to rescue her only to end up with his own sister being captured. The bird flies off and Link gets a lift from the pirates to try to track down this bird and rescue his sister. That is the start of the story though and itís your turn to unravel it as the story gets a lot deeper-and itís up to you not only to save your sister, but the world.
This is done by going in 'dungeons'. Like in Ocarina of Time (OoT), you enter a dungeon as part of the story, whether to find something or beat something and travel through to face a boss. You travel by a mysterious talking boat-which helps you on your quest and have the power of the wind at hand. That is what the Wind Waker is-an instrument you learn to play which controls the wind. It all sound very Ocarina-ish in that fashion.
As previously stated-they are very much like in Ocarina of time. You just enter a dungeon which has maybe a puzzle of two, many floors which are full of enemies and lava. You have to get through it though to get to someone or something. Of course there is always a boss to stop you. I actually can't complain about the dungeons though. They play a very big part in the game, and I like them because they slightly confuse you. There are loads of different floors, all of which hold different items and it provides a challenge to how to get to or from a certain place. I feel there should be more enemies though-or at least more types so when you are wandering there is some action-to change the pace.
The dungeons are really big too which is also an advantage because it means when you face the boss at the end, you have worked up to it and pretty much know, through the times youíve used a certain weapon etc. what you will have to do. You also get a good range of weapons-not only your sword and shield but also a hook shot-which always adds to the fun since it allows a wider range of gameplay in the dungeons.
I love the weapons and thought the hook shot was a good idea, but it is too slow in my opinion and I would have much preferred the grappling device from the Ocarina of Time since it was great to use on enemies efficiently.
However, one big problem was the first dungeon. I have said that dungeons are huge already, but they are also themed-like grass filled, or fire. The first you look for your sword (and sister) and have to sneak around. I think stealth in a game is only good when the game is about stealth-like Metal Gear Solid. Throwing it in randomly here was a big mistake. What made it worse was that you couldnít run away-you get captured ad youíre out. This limits the freedom of the dungeon completely and slows the pace to snail speed. I am not a fan of stealth at the best of times and this put me down a lot. Thatís it with the stealth though because the next dungeons are typical Zelda style and are a lot more fun.
Well, as previously said the dungeons (mostly) are extremely well thought out and long. The other obvious advantage is that it is part of the Zelda series-so you can guarantee a certain degree of freedom. For this game, you do have quite a bit of freedom but it is limited, which I will talk about later. There are many islands to travel to and with your boat you sail at sea so it is free roaming too so you are not forced to trudge through dungeon after dungeon. Also, I think Zelda fans will definitely enjoy it because the story links in with the story-which is pretty thorough.
Another advantage is the music-it is some of the best I have heard and the theme tune is absolutely magnificent to listen to (I do listen to theme tunes whilst writing). I also love the first cut-scene which shows the legend and how it related to Ocarina of Time-filling in half of the story and leading you to unravel the next part.
There are also side missions adding to the story length but you can find those out. You can also treasure hunt on your boat but it is boring.
There are many of these because I certainly donít think this will be a remembered game. The first is the graphics. I donít mind bad graphics and play many old games but these are just badly chosen graphics. It is cell-shaded and really childish looking. This is bad because Ocarina of Time had realistic graphics which made the story serious whereas the bright colours make this game look average and childish which is a great shame. Also, the enemies, when killed just disappear and a puff of purple smoke-adding to how unrealistic it looks. These graphics also make the next Link look rubbish and not like a hero. Not only that but the sharp colours hurt my eyes so I couldnít play for hours at a time. The next gamecube game though, Twilight Princess is realistic and I already have my pre-order in.
The next is the story and how close theyíve tried to make it like Ocarina of Time. Firstly the Wind Waker. You play it to change wind direction etc. but I just donít find it good to use at all and it made me feel it was put in just to copy the ocarina-which was such a great idea I brought one. It felt like this because it wasnít fun to use whereas the ocarina was not only a good connection between two people in OoT, but the songs were brilliant.
Penultimately, the lack of freedom you get. You start off on Outcast island and travel to many different small island by boat which is extremely boring In OoT you could just spend ages exploring by foot or on horseback which was a constant joy but now if you want to go somewhere, you travel by a boring boat and the island is so small there is not much to do there that is too fun. This means you probably wonít be exploring much.
The final one I will give is the sound. There is great music but the characters donít speak. I wouldnít mind a mute link because it adds to mystery about our hero but just reading speech instead of talking is a bit lazy from the game creators in my opinion.
Altogether although it is quite a good game it did not live up to my expectations since it was a Legend of Zelda title. Ocarina of Time is a superb game and this game didnít do the series justice due to many reasons. It is hard to like the game too much when you donít even like the character you are playing as. I also felt it was trying to be like Ocarina but failed miserably and also thought the game could be longer considering it was on gamecube. OoT I am still completing now since it is so long.
For the price though it is very good and if you are a Zelda fan, or want the game and plan to complete it then it will take you quite a while so you do get quite a lot of value for your money.
If you are new to the Zelda series then I recommend getting Ocarina first because for a first timer it may put you off because although it is a good game, for a game in such a good series it is a letdown, or at least for me because of the lack of freedom, cell-shaded graphics and hook shot.
If you go to a place like gamestation though and see a preowned copy of this with the games Ocarina of Time and Master Quest then I recommend you buy it. I paid £14.99 last year. You donít see it very often though since you only got the extra games if you pre-ordered.
The game itself is good and its main good points are that it is a long game with huge dungeons which are interesting. drawbacks though are the graphics and the lack of freedom due to so many small islands and no huge mainland to endlessly explore.
Summary: Doesn't live up to expectations.
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