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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC)
Date: 14/10/12, updated on 15/10/12 (2 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful, huge and exciting
Disadvantages: Sailing sections can get boring
Wind Waker marked a new graphical direction for Zelda in that it uses cute cell-shaded visuals to present its characters and worlds. Whilst this choice of cell-shaded graphics for Zelda titles appears to have been a one-off for home consoles, the handheld versions of the game released since this title have seen similar cell-shaded visuals.
It isn't worth divulging too much into the storyline here, it unfolds before you, all you need to know is that it is your job to battle lots of baddies in both overground- and dungeon-style sections. One of the first things you will notice about this game is how it plays out with this seemingly child-like wonderment as you guide a young link through a world full of caricatures, adventures, mysteriousness and beauty. The overworld in Wind Waker is broken up into individual islands on a predominantly water-based overworld. Each island having its own theme and feel to it. You navigate between islands using a boat and controlling the wind to blow you in the right direction. Some of the sailing sections can get a little dull at times since they are not particularly involving, and a fetch quest that requires you to scour the ocean for crucial quest items feels like it drags out a little too long and disrupts the pacing of the game somewhat.
This game doesn't quite have the challenge of some other Zelda games, but this doesn't seem to matter too much. There are some really clever sections requiring you to use different commands and items and it makes the gameplay very varied and rewarding.
The feel and controls of the game are very similar to the N64 and Wii zelda titles, but a nice little addition in this game is the ability to use the right stick to look around, preventing the need to 'z target' everytime you want to look forwards. For me, this is right up there with the very best Zelda has to offer and I would recommend this game to anyone that has missed out on it so far, there is a fantastic adventure to be had here.
Summary: As good as Zelda gets
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