Legend of Zelda, The: The Wind Waker
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  • Nintendo
  • Nintendo
  • Adventure - Maze/Puzzle/Explore (example - Zelda,Tomb Raider)
  • 3/26/2003
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  • $17.00
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10  |  The Wind Waker
rageahol , 11/29/2003 9:59:13 PM
I love Zelda games, and that is nothing but the truth. I unfortunately don’t have every Zelda game, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying this game and it won’t stop you.

Story
It starts by taking you into the legend of The Hero of Time (i.e. Ocarina of Time). You learn the customs of your people as you enter what will become your home for the next few brain-sucking weeks. You’re on an island, living with your sister and grandmother. One day, your sister is captured by mistake instead of a pirate girl. Feeling pretty bad, the pirates agree to sail you to the island with your sis has been taken to. So your adventure begins.

Graphics
This game’s graphics are slightly different than usual. Welcome to cel-shading, a cartoon-like style that hadn’t been seen ever before. However, this state of the art technique can now be found in great new games such as XIII (available soon). These graphics were at first despised by many, but upon playing the game, many (including myself) were pleased to see how well the graphics blended, and the impressive range of expressions. Word has it that the next Zelda installment will have the same type of graphics, but we’ll wait and see.

Gameplay
Zelda is one of the best games I have ever played. The dungeons in this particular volume require brains and (in game only!) brawn. The puzzles seem impossible as you come upon them, but upon discovering the answers, you might hit yourself on the head and say: Why didn’t I think of that in the first place? Only good games can do that without seeming too easy. A game that excels in every aspect without a doubt has my recommendation.

Memory
12 blocks to save your journey. Any time, anywhere. Zip, bam, boom you’re done. Aren’t games like that just so much easier?

Repeat Value
I remember back in the days of SNES when my friends and I would try and compete to beat LOZ A Link to the Past with the best time. My ol’ bud Chad must have beaten that game about 40-50 times by now. So, here’s what I have to say: Play it 20 times for your warm-up. After that… may the best man win.

Sound
Wind Waker has some good tunes. The music complements the game perfectly. Dungeon music makes you think that you really are sneaking around in an enemy stronghold. Try turning out the lights for extra effect. The sound of scorching flames and scraping swords are spot on.

Strategies and Features
For extra time-wasters (or a head’s up to avoid them), there are tons of those little items hidden in corners and side-quest. Maybe you’d like to try doing what every Zelda fan tries to do: collect all them hearts. Wind Waker makes this a lot harder by introducing the sea element. Now half the hearts are in the depths of the Seven Seas for you to discover. Another great mini-game is the sculptures. Use the deluxe PictoBox for color photos to give to that Mario look-a-like on the Forest Island. He’ll make you some sculptures for whatever you have. And there’s one for everybody from Tetra and her gang to the traveling merchants, and to those miscellaneous sub-characters you didn’t think had names.

All in All
Kudos to Wind Waker's crew for creating this masterpiece. Another triumph for the Zelda franchise. Go grab a copy, if you haven’t already for some strange reason. I give it a controversial perfect score. 10s straight across the board for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Graphics~10
Gameplay~10
Repeat Value~10
Sound~10
Value~10
Difficulty~Hard
Length~Long


Total~10

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