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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Review

Posted by Shadowfox364 on April 28, 2016 at 1:45 AM

Ah Hyrule, you and your ever-changing worlds, your unique stories and magical lands, we welcome you back with The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD, a beautiful recreation celebrating the game’s 10th anniversary. The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD brings us back to a familiar scene, but not exactly the way many of us remembered it, the world is mirrored and Link is actually left-handed. So what makes this version different than that of the Wii or Gamecube releases well sit right there and I’ll how I became a Princess of Twilight?


Gameplay- Twilight Princess HD plays with the control style of the Gamecube release, players can use either the Gamepad or Pro Controller like they could with Wind Waker HD, however players cannot use Wii controls. The map is that of the Gamecube version, but can be switched back to the Wii’s map when selecting Hero Mode starting up a new file. Twilight Princess’ main gimmick is the ability to play as Link in two forms, his normal human form and his wolf form each bringing a unique style of play. Human Link being able to use his many weapons and tools to his advantage, and Wolf Link with his natural instincts and the aide of the mysterious imp Midna to solve many puzzles and fight many enemies. Motion control is back to an extent with the use of the gamepad’s gyroscope and accelerometer. Even item management and quick access to the minimap is shown on the gamepad.


Story- (Note: Major Plot Spoilers Ahead) Twilight Princess takes place several centuries after Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, with a new Link working as a farmboy in the peaceful Ordon Village, after herding some goats and rescuing the village’s children from chasing monkeys, Link and the village is attacked by invading monsters and is knocked unconscious and is dragged by Shadow Beasts into the realm of Twilight, luckily instead of turning into a spirit, thanks to his Triforce of Courage he turns into a wolf. During this time Link is then imprisoned and is rescued by Midna, who agrees to help him if he helps her obtain what she is looking for, the two meet up with Princess Zelda who then explains that Zant, the self-proclaimed King of Twilight has stolen the light from three of the light spirits from Faron, Eldin, and Lanaryu and that it is up to Link to restore the light to the lands by obtaining tears of light from each spirit, once completed Link is then able to return to his human form and enter the dungeons to obtain Fused Shadows and are ambushed by Zant who places a shadow crystal on Link turning him into his wolf form and fatally harming Midna, the two return to Hyrule Castle to reunite with Zelda who tells Link that he needs the sacred blade, the Master Sword to break his curse after sacrificing herself to restore Midna the two return to Faron woods to go to the Temple of Time to then obtain the sacred blade. Once Link is returned to his human form wielding the blade of evil’s bane and can now freely switch between his two forms, the two head to the Geurdo Desert and begins to collect the shards of the Mirror of Twilight, which acts as a portal between the two realms, it is revealed that the Sages used it to banish Ganondorf many years ago after he had attempted to steal the Triforce and after executing him failed. After obtaining the mirror shards it is revealed that Midna is infact the true ruler of the Twilight Realm and that only defeating Ganondorf will reveal her true form. The two then return to Hyrule Castle and encounter Ganondorf with a lifeless Zelda over him, after several fights, Midna is able to resurrect Zelda and warps the two outside the castle, using the Fused Shadows in hopes to defeat Ganondorf, but Ganon stands triumphant, leaving Zelda and Link to defeat him with the aid of the Light Spirits creating special light arrows. After a magnificent horseback battle, it’s time for the final showdown Link vs Ganondorf in a 1v1 swordfight, Link stands victorious with one Ending Blow, Ganondorf is defeated, the Sages are able to revive Midna showing her true form and returns to her realm, destroying the Mirror of Twilight in the process.


Music and Audio- Like many Zelda games before, the music never fails. From the peaceful sounds of Ordon Village, the Western theme of Kakariko Village, to the calming and beautiful music of Lake Hylia, even the darkening music of the Twilight Realm Koji Kondo does not fail with the music with this title.


Differences- Since this is a port, there are obvious differences from its previous versions. The Tears of Light missions are now reduced to collecting 11 tears rather than 15. The game features Amiibo support using the various Zelda themed figures, Link and Toon Link will restore arrows, Zelda and Sheik will restore hearts, Ganondorf will make players take 2x damage (4X in Hero Mode), and of course the new Wolf Link Amiibo will unlock a new dungeon in the style of the Cave of Ordeals, where you can only play as Wolf Link and progress through many fights to obtain a Rupee bag that holds 9,999 the max any Zelda game has ever had. Motion Control aiming returns from the Wii Version, but moving around and fighting plays like the Gamecube version. A new item is also available called the Ghost Lantern which will light up in the presence of Poe ghosts. One last thing they added were Stamps scattered all throughout the game there are many stamps to collect, these are just for Miiverse posts, kinda similar to the Tingle Bottles in Wind Waker.


Final Words- Overall Twilight Princess HD is the same Zelda experience as it was 10 years ago, new features, new challenges, but overall still a great story and game. I’m giving it a 9/10.


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