The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
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Computer Platform: Nintendo Wii
Produced by: Nintendo
Price Range: $41-50
Learning curve time: 31-60 min.
Age level: Teens
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Reviewed By: Kaikuro
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
Christian Rating: 3 of 5 (average)
Gameplay: 5 of 5 (excellent)
Violence: 4 of 5 (barely present)
Adult Content: 4 of 5 (barely present)
Special thanks to evileye for editing and extending this review.
This review may or may not apply to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Nintendo Gamecube system.
The Legend of Zelda is a popular franchise and Twilight Princess is the first Zelda game created for the Nintendo Wii, along side the Nintendo Gamecube. It is an action/adventure game which follows the franchise's main character, Link, on his quest to cleanse Hyrule from the evil Twilight which is spreading throughout the land.
An evil twilight is slowly consuming the lands of Hyrule. Evil monsters lurk in the twilight. They then steal the lights from the spirits of Hyrule and cause a shadow to fall over the lands. Every human trapped in the shadow become spirits, unaware of the consuming darkness. A young farm boy named Link becomes an unsuspecting hero when a friend is captured by the Twilight Beasts. He discovers that he is a light in the darkness- a noble wolf who is destined to save Hyrule.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess follows in the footsteps of its many predecessors by being an action/adventure game with puzzle based dungeons to conquer and many different foes to slay. The use of the Wiimote seems tedious at times, but it does not detract from the overall experience. Controlling Link is simple and wielding your sword and shield is easy after some practice, although it might take longer for others.
The graphics have gotten a huge overhaul since the last Zelda game. Link has a totally new look, but it’s most similar to the Adult Link from Ocarina of Time. The environments are well created and all look great. They give the game a good, almost creepy sense as you play. The game is still without synced lips, and is blocky sometimes, but for the most part, this is one of the better looking games on the Wii. The music, while done on Midi, is some of the best work in a Zelda game. Every track has a epic feel to it, and it placed perfectly within the game. While voice-overs skip out again, the characters do make little noises showing their emotions, which is a nice touch.
Link uses a sword and shield, however, we didn't see a drop of blood in the game. Defeated enemies explode in black dust. There are walking skeletons, giant skull spiders, and some other creepy looking bad guys like the Re-dead. But otherwise, the common monster and battle is without gore. However, in some cinematic scenes, the violence, while not gory, is darker in tone then any previous Zelda game. Some cutscenes, while strange, are a bit disturbing. As a matter of fact, the entire game has a darker tone than any other Zelda game to date, with Majora’s Mask in a close second.
In one cutscene, Sages of Light attempt to kill Ganondorf by stabbing him with a holy sword (no gore is shown). However, he did not die, and he wrenched the sword from himself and killed one of the sages. In another cutscene, while it is hard for us to interpret what happened, apparently Link and his friend Ilia fall to evil and they are lost in darkness and death. The entire cutscene is very dark and dreary.
There is no language or sexual content in the game, however, there are three or four scantily clad females. One has an outfit which has a hole cut in the middle between the breasts for its obvious purpose of showing off. Another character is a rather plump woman with a low cut outfit, though not as bad as the one mentioned above. A few other random characters have similar outfit problems, though the mentioned ones are the most obvious.
The game is a few shades darker then any Zelda game before it. Ganondorf is a demon thief who wants to conquer Hyrule, and Zant is a Twilight creature who is carrying out Ganondorf's orders by sending Twilight beasts to steal the light from the spirits of hyrule and consume it in darkness. One character, Midna, is a Twilight beast who tries to use Link to save her people from Zant.
There are many spirits in Hyrule, seen as gods, and Link is their chosen hero. Link, when in the Twilight realm, can transform into a wolf. The light spirits in the game are portrayed as nearly powerless alongside Link, having their light stolen by the darkness.
While the game is not blaspheming Christianity in any way, as the gods and demons in the story are part of fantasy, new Christian gamers should play with discretion, knowing that there is only one true God, who cannot have His light stolen, let alone, easily, by Satan and his evil forces.
With little adult content, goreless fights and great gameplay, this would be a wonderful addition to any Wii owner's collection. It’s darker than other Zelda games, and some might not like that, but for us, it’s a wonderful change in the Zelda universe. And if you don’t have a Wii, go pick up a Gamecube and get into the game!
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[tags] 4 stars, Adventure, Nintendo Wii, T (Teen), Nintendo [/tags]
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