<img src=“http://www.rpgclassics.com/staff/tenchimaru/td.gif”> Well, I finished Wind Waker, obviously (only 5 days, damn), so here’s my little min-review. Pardon the spacing, my spacebar is having issues.
So yeah, Graphics. I have to say, the Cel-shading is awesome. Not neccesarily because it looks nice, but it really helps to convey emotions from the characters. Like all the faces Link makes, the way people look at you, etc. All in all, it’s a huge improvement over “normal” graphics, this fits the Zelda universe much better.
The story. On one hand, I like the general feeling of the story (the game is more story driven, you don’t just randomly clear out temples anymore, you actually get harassed into clearing them out :P), but on the other hand I don’t really like how parts of the story were presented. Like the whole mysterious boat decides to save Link bit and other seemingly random events. I also don’t like how un-epic (yay, new word) it gets near the end. I mean, fishing for Triforce parts? The hell? This could have easily been dragged out into a few dungeons, instead of a cave here and there to get the treasure charts. The ending was also kinda meh, it mostly left me with a " …ok, now what?" feeling. Didn’t really give me a sense of closure. I think they’re on the right track with the general use and feel of the story, but it really needed some more finetuning.
Now then, the gameplay. First off, I really love the fighting. The Attack of Opportunity system is interesting, and some enemies can actually be hard (like those armoured dogs later on, fun when they gang up on you.) Secondly, I really don’t like the boat parts. It just takes too long, although it’s a very nice idea. If they’ll cut down the distances and increase the speed of the boat in a sequal, I think they’ll remove a LOT of frustration from the game. Also, I personally found Wind Waker to be a nice bit harder than previous Zelda games, but maybe I’m just getting rusty. The whole game is kinda short, but there are a ton of sidequests, and I’m fairly certain I haven’t finished them all.
So uh, yeah, that’s it. All in all, I liked WW, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. And uh, quick question. The New Game+ option you get when you finish t he game… what the hell does it do? It just appears to have reset my save o_O