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  • Summary: In the next chapter in the Legend of Zelda series, Link can transform into a wolf to scour the darkened land of Hyrule. With the help of Midna, a mysterious being, you must guide Link through hordes of foul creatures and challenging bosses using new moves and a new horseback combat system.In the next chapter in the Legend of Zelda series, Link can transform into a wolf to scour the darkened land of Hyrule. With the help of Midna, a mysterious being, you must guide Link through hordes of foul creatures and challenging bosses using new moves and a new horseback combat system. Many puzzles stand between Link and the fulfillment of his quest, so you must sharpen your wits as you hunt for weapons and items. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
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  1. 100
    It's an amazing epitaph to the GameCube's life and it's certainly the best game from Nintendo this year. If you've been on the fence in any capacity, then please rest assured that you'll not be disappointed. Nintendo's flagship game has arrived in style and you better damned well appreciate it. It's ultimately fantastic.
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is one of those few genre-defining games that while clearly dedicated to fans of the series, also serves as a wonderful adventure for those new to the series.
  3. It's still the most cinematic, engrossing Zelda we've ever played, and as such, deserves nothing but the absolute highest recommendation. Flaws are present, sure, but we'll burn our entire library of games before we say Twilight Princess is anything but incredible.
  4. The best the series has to offer up to this point.
  5. Nintendo Power
    95
    Twilight Princess was a long time in coming, but the game's depth will make it last even longer among the Zelda faithful. [Feb. 2007, p.95]
  6. 90
    But the moment the opening symphony plays until the concluding credits, all fear and doubt quickly vanishes like the cool whispering of an autumn's breeze. Though not flawless, Nintendo have once again demonstrated masterful craftsmanship, challenging design and imaginative artistry.
  7. Twilight Princess contains the same expertly designed puzzles and time-tested gameplay that you've come to expect from the series, though parts of its presentation feel stuck in the past.

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  1. Positive: 89 out of 114
  2. Negative: 10 out of 114
  1. Jun 18, 2011
    10
    Best Legend of Zelda Game! Twilight Princess is not only creative but fun and addicting. The story is great and is easy to dive into whileBest Legend of Zelda Game! Twilight Princess is not only creative but fun and addicting. The story is great and is easy to dive into while the whole mechanics of the game flows perfectly! Expand
  2. Mar 15, 2017
    10
    uno dei giochi migliori di sempre ma che risente un po del peso degli anni malgrado sia uno dei migliori titoli della saga ad oggi wind wakeruno dei giochi migliori di sempre ma che risente un po del peso degli anni malgrado sia uno dei migliori titoli della saga ad oggi wind waker è molto più apprezzabile Expand
  3. AdamF.
    Mar 28, 2007
    10
    Twilight Princess is nothing short of the crown jewl of the legendary Zelda series. This game has taken all the things that made other Zeldas Twilight Princess is nothing short of the crown jewl of the legendary Zelda series. This game has taken all the things that made other Zeldas so amazing and blown them up about tenfold. The already large worlds from other titles becomes absolutely enormous in Twilight. Link gets two forms instead of one, the oversaturated art style is breathtaking, the items and weapons are cooler than ever, the characters seem actually alive and finally have true personalties, the dungeons are brilliant, the boss battles are more consistently entertaining than ever, and the new twilight realm makes for a very deep, well written, even tragic storyline. ANYONE who says that Twilight is "just a shadow of Ocarina of Time" or has "dated graphics" simply cannot appreciate a masterpiece when they see one in their face. This game IS everything that makes the Zelda series so great. Expand
  4. MarkusE.
    Aug 17, 2007
    10
    Attn: Robert K. did you only get halfway through the game or something? Beat the whole thing before you vote. Beginning with dungeon #4, you Attn: Robert K. did you only get halfway through the game or something? Beat the whole thing before you vote. Beginning with dungeon #4, you get fresh, new items that were never before seen in OoT and TWW. The dungeons have completely new puzzles. Expand
  5. Apr 24, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A solid entry to the 3D Zelda series, but not without its caveats.

    OPENING
    Twilight Princess features what is essentially a double opening - one to introduce you to Link, the Hero of Twilight, and another to display the best (which admittedly isn't much) of his new wolf form. While it appears to many to be a slog, I am of the opinion that it opens the game near-perfectly, balancing the two forms while making an opening still better than the pain that was Skyward Sword's opening hours.

    STYLE
    Twilight Princess's more somber and muddled atmosphere is a knee-jerk reaction to the negative attention brought to The Wind Waker's cartoon cel-shading. It's a love-it-or-hate-it, controversial style, and while it accurately reflects the game's tone, it remains drab and colorless sans a few dungeons and hidden areas. The GameCube-realism style has also aged quite awfully.

    OVERWORLD
    Hyrule is more packed than ever before, with enemies left and right, Epona combat on a new level, a bustling Castle Town area, and puzzles scattered all around. Unfortunately, the grass textures are boring and lame, somewhat remedied by the standout and memorable Field theme. There's not much to do as Wolf Link, however, which seems to be a trend throughout the game. The Tears of Light are too abundant and tend to miss their point (introducing the player to a new area), instead becoming a bit boring and tedious.

    DUNGEONS
    Link adventures through several of the series's best dungeons - Lakebed Temple showing off a surprisingly complex interconnected spinning staircase puzzle, Arbiter's Grounds uniquely using the Wolf form for a Poe hunt and the underappreciated Spinner to ride around the dungeon, Snowpeak Temple and City in the Sky displaying new mechanics with excellent atmosphere, and Hyrule Castle tying each mechanic together in a great tie-up to the game. The other dungeons, while less notable, are still stellar for the most part despite getting a bit caught up in the Zelda formula.

    ENEMIES and BOSSES
    Twilight Princess is NOT difficult. Despite this, it has excellent enemy variety (a nice compliment to Breath of the Wild's bland "Bokoblin, Moblin, Bokoblin, Moblin" pattern) showcased just by the mere presence of the Bulblins, enemies that appear only once more (in the often neglected Spirit Tracks). Most enemies are creatively designed to fit with the game's more realistically textured atmosphere while using attack patterns that bring out the best of Link's expanded combat capabilities - my favorite example being the Darknuts. On the topic of bosses, while not very difficult, the designs are stunning and unique. Stallord, Blizzeta, Zant, and the many phases of Ganondorf, while (again) not difficult make up for it in just how darn fun they are. Unfortunately, there are Morpheel and Diababa, who flop. The minibosses are great as well, my favorites being Death Sword (for his use of Wolf Link) and Skull Kid.

    COMBAT
    Link: Awesome. Wolf Link: Meh, okay. Link sports many Hidden Skills that he can learn from his Ocarina of Time ancestor throughout the game that are fun to use and fun to watch unfold. They're more interactive than Wind Waker's "skills," thankfully. Wolf Link, on the other hand, sees some nice use with scents and Poes, but otherwise feels a bit too cheesy and forced in. He's never really given a time to shine.

    STORY
    This is where Twilight Princess distinguishes itself. The devs ditch the annoying companions for Midna, who has a real and tangible character arc and isn't annoying. Zelda, while serving as a key character who brings on some tear-jerking moments midgame, serves as more of a Triforce-obligation as Midna takes center stage. While I won't spoil every detail, the story of Twilight Princess is highlighted by memorable characters and memorable enemies. The big bad seems to be the outcast Twili dictator Zant, who wishes to take Hyrule for his own and cast a twilight shadow over the land. However, halfway through the game it is revealed that Zant is being manipulated by none other than Ganondorf, the King of Thieves himself. This is a very widely criticized plot twist, often cited as happening at the end of the game and for ruining a perfectly good villain (Zant). I disagree entirely, with the former claim being untrue (Ganondorf was shown as early as the Arbiter's Grounds) and the latter being misguided - Zant's manipulation is a key part of his character, just as his shift to insanity was (an equally criticized and controversial move). While some say the Twilight Palace scene makes Zant look like a "manbaby," I say it shows his true character - a lunatic, a fanatic, and someone who knows that he is done for and only tries to use the last of his power - but fails, as always. Plus, he gets some redemption at the end by snapping his own neck to kill off Dorf for good!
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  6. Mar 1, 2017
    8
    Очень люблю эту часть, несмотря на все ее недостатки. Интересный сюжет. интересные персонажи, квесты и неплохие подземелья.Очень люблю эту часть, несмотря на все ее недостатки. Интересный сюжет. интересные персонажи, квесты и неплохие подземелья.
  7. BenL.
    Mar 12, 2007
    0
    I have played this game before haven't I? You wait years for them to come up with a new Zelda game and they use the same story as they I have played this game before haven't I? You wait years for them to come up with a new Zelda game and they use the same story as they have used before! Surely they can come up with some new ideas? Waste of Money. Expand

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