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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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MobyScore
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User Reviews

The biggest Zelda to date but also one of the less creative ones. Rensch (203) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
A good game, but a weaker Zelda krisko6 (252) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Ah, sweet obsession. AkibaTechno (228) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Amazingly entertaining Emmanuel Henne (26) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Nothing new enough to warrant a purchase AxelStone (34) 2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars
One of these rooms is going to break you. Pagen HD (85) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
A good Zelda game, but with some weird problems Pixelspeech (955) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
One of the best games in the series. J.D. Majors (17) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
A Beginner's Adventure Game Sean Johanson (16) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.1
Overall MobyScore (101 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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Nintendo Master
Indéniable killer-ap de la Wii, hit en puissance, ce nouveau Zelda à tout pour plaire. Espérons que le prochain opus soit au moins aussi bon!
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Sydney Morning Herald
Imaginative and masterfully designed, Twilight Princess is every bit as good as the best Zelda adventures. It is hugely rewarding and absolutely essential for new Wii owners.
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Times Online
According to Nintendo, three-quarters of those who bought the new Wii console also bought this game. Memo to the missing quarter: what were you thinking?
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GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies
Alors, oui ce sera 10. Malgré les défauts rencontrés en cours de jeu qui sont loin de faire de Zelda un jeu parfait, ce dernier répond à toutes les attentes des passionnés. Une aventure palpitante, une jouabilité particulièrement enthousiasmante grâce aux nouvelles manettes, Link qui a lui tout seul réveille de nombreux souvenirs... Impossible de lui mettre moins. Zelda se savoure, tout simplement.
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Hype.se
Jag ljuger inte när jag säger att jag vid ett löjligt stort antal tillfällen stannat upp någonstans i Twilight Princess och spontant sagt för mig själv – ja sagt, inte tänkt – ”shit vad bra det här är”. Trots att vi sett själva grundkärnan förut och trots att texturerna med den medföljande kompositkabeln i vissa tillfällen ser ut som en rörig soppa på min LCD (ordnas lätt med en komponentkabel, tack Nintendo för förseningen av dem) så kan jag inte låta bli att älska spelet. Det plockar allting som är bra från Ocarina of Time, förbättrar det, lägger till en spelkänsla som jag trodde tappats bort någonstans under det tidiga nittiotalet efter A Link to the Past och blandar ihop det till vad som för stunden känns som världens bästa spel. Det enda som oroar mig är hur i hela friden Nintendo skall lyckas toppa det här, det är redan sagt att Twilight Princess är det sista spelet i serien så som vi är vana att se den, och det känns verkligen som den perfekta avslutningen.
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Gameplay Monthly
I can say without hesitation that once you play with the new control scheme, you will never go back. The marriage of the analog control with the pointer and motion sensing is just incredible. The dungeons are the most impressive ones ever seen in a Zelda game. They are simply huge, and sport some of the most intricately designed puzzles the series has ever seen. The boss fights are massive, and are some of the most creatively designed and intense in video game history. The story is easily the best ever seen in the Zelda series. Series veterans are in for a real treat, to say the least. The game takes the cinematic feel of Ocarina of Time to new heights, and the results are nothing short of breathtaking. I can't possibly cram any more information into this (extremely) brief summary. This is the best Zelda game ever made, and that is saying a LOT. You need to either go out and buy this game right now, or keep reading to find out why you should.
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UOL Jogos
Ainda que não inove como os antecessores, "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" é um dos melhores lançamentos dos últimos tempos. Trata-se de uma despedida mais que honrada para o GameCube, e um excelente começo de carreira para o Wii. Ambas as versões se equivalem, pois a Nintendo não conseguir fazer diferença com o sensor de inclinação do Wii Remote. Ao contrário: em determinadas ocasiões é pior que o controle convencional, pois permite fazer golpes poderosos muito facilmente e é ruim para controlar a câmera. Por outro lado, as cenas de tiro ficam muito melhores.
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The A.V. Club
If you thought you had Link all figured out, it's time to think again. Sure, The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess is packed with series staples—a robust main adventure, plenty of side quests, a long line of memorable dungeons—but this is a much darker Zelda. The land of Hyrule has been conquered by an evil new king and is being overrun by the Twilight Realm. Once again, a young boy named Link must save his kingdom, this time with the help of Midna, a small, spunky sprite with glowing blue tattoos and adorable demonic curves. But there's a catch. When Link set foot in the Twilight Realm, he was transformed into a wolf. Now, switching between his human and canine forms, Link can use old weapons and new wolf senses to fight off Shadow Beings and restore Hyrule and Zelda, the Twilight Princess, to their former glory.
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Gamereactor (Sweden)
Templenas uppbyggnad, Links varg- och människoform, det supersmidiga teleporteringssystemet och det fördjupade stridssystemet, allt detta är bara några få av alla de saker som får mig att bubbla lyckligare än den sötaste lilla gröna dinosaurie rakt igenom hela äventyret. Min mystiska följeslagare Midna är en helt fantastisk kompanjon, överlägsen allt vad tråkiga féer eller röda talande båtar heter och Hyrules övriga invånare målas även de upp med kärleksfull pensel och en god portion skruvad humor. I kombination med en sprittande välskriven dialog får alla skumma möten mig att skratta högt, även fast handlingen i sig är både mörkare och mer komplex än i något tidigare spel.
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Gamezilla
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess like most of the installments in the series recounts the tale of a young boy who through a twist of fate becomes involved with a Princess named Zelda and tasked with saving the land of Hyrule. This time Link has to thwart calamity in the form of an encroaching darkness that is slowly pulling Hyrule into the twilight realm. To accomplish this goal you’ll delve into elemental temples, solve a myriad of cleverly designed puzzles, engage in exciting combat and traverse the shadow realm in the form of a blue eyed wolf. Its familiar territory, yet there are enough interesting twists to keep the game fresh for the 40 or so hours it’ll take to finish.
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Darkstation
The most anticipated Nintendo title ever finally makes it on the Wii, and it is well worth the wait. Perfection is redefined in Link's latest adventure, and making it easily the best game ever, bar none.
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Gamerz-Edge
You see, nearly everything about this game is downright perfect. It is undoubtedly the greatest Zelda game to date… in fact, it completely eclipses most other Zelda games. However, visually—at least in terms of textures—it is indeed a GameCube game. An extremely pretty GameCube game, yes, but it still seems less next-gen and more like the epitome of GameCube achievements. The problem is that the rest of the game is so superbly executed—so masterfully designed—that it totally overshadows nearly any slight concern regarding visual prowess. Couple this with the fact that I have never once in my position as a game reviewer awarded a videogame a ten out of ten (which never indicates a perfect game, but rather one that is very, very close), and you can see how it might be difficult to assign Zelda a proper score.
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The Age
Every instalment in the long-running Zelda series is as sharp as Link's sword but Twilight Princess is an absolute masterpiece.
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MaXoE Games
Vous vivrez une nouvelle aventure pleine de rebondissements. Vous devrez sauver le royaume d’Hyrule d’une catastrophe, ainsi que la princesse Zelda qui se trouvera une fois de plus captive au fin fond d’un donjon. Mais tous ces mots ne sont rien comparés à ce qui vous attend vraiment dans le jeu lui-même.
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The Video Game Critic
If you're ready to invest 50 hours of gameplay to complete eight dungeons and save Hyrule, pony up 50 bucks and enjoy a great addition to the Zelda legacy. Only a few minor hindrances keep this from an A+. VGC Note: The graphics in this Wii edition are "mirrored" from the GameCube edition, so a road that heads left in one will head right in the other.
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The Wiire
If you own Wii, you should own Twilight Princess; it's that simple. Is the game perfect? Depends on how you define perfect, but I would say the game is the best it could have been under the pressing circumstances. Does Twilight Princess surpass Ocarina of Time? Again, depends on your perspective, but this latest Zelda is bigger and deeper in every way imaginable, so I'm inclined to say yes. At the end of the day, Twilight Princess arguably stands as the zenith of 3D Zelda games. And my, what a view it is from the top.
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Gaming Nexus
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the best the series has to offer up to this point. It gives a tantalizing taste of the Wii’s potential and an experience so big, only hardcore RPG’s can compare in depth and breadth. There is no paradigm shift waiting to be found in this game—it is very much like its predecessors, and that fact is a double-edged Master Sword. It has all of the best elements of the older Zelda games, but a few of the recurring faults too. Regardless, it is the best traditional launch title on Wii. Whether you own a GameCube or Wii, you need to play this game.
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Cubed3
The best videogame of all time? Perhaps. With the release of this and Gears of War on the XBOX 360 the industry really is seeing a new dawn of gaming brilliance. We've been totally blown away by this title from start to finish, and that takes a lot. Yes, it's a GameCube port with knobs on and it may well echo a lot of what the N64 classic did, but as 'they' say, if it aint broke don't fix it. The story-line is fantastic, the adventure is epic and the gameplay is sublime. Playing through this game has given us countless hours of joy and no doubt we'll continue to revel in its excellence for months to come. Totally revolutionary gameplay is the real selling point here and it is because of this that Twilight Princess is one of the greatest titles of all time. Not since Super Mario 64 has a console launched with such a stunning title. A truly exceptional gaming experience.
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GamesFirst!
So now the time comes to ask: Does Twilight Princess trump Ocarina of Time, a game many consider to be the best video game ever? In this writer's opinion: absolutely. As a game, Twilight Princess is deeper, longer, better looking, and the combat controls, especially for aiming, blow the legendary title away. So does this make it one of the best games ever? Only time will tell. Ocarina of Time was great not only because it was one of the crowning moments of the N64 and topped anything else out at the time, but also because it was a visionary game that helped shape the action-adventure genre. But for the time being, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess should be near to or at the top of nearly every gamer's Christmas list this year. Actually, with the exception of stores being sold out, I don't know how anyone could still not be experiencing this awesome title as well as one of the best launch games ever.
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N-Europe
Engaging and rarely disappointing. A fine demonstration of the genre and the medium, and will leave the masses breathless.
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Hooked Gamers
That is the only word to describe Twilight Princess is 'Wow!'. Nintendo went all out and created one of the finest games in history. Twilight Princess is a game that no-one should miss. Despite some short-comings (centring mostly around the lack of rewards for extensive exploration and the tediousness of the Wolf Link segments), Twilight Princess delivers an amazing adventure full of top-notch gameplay. Twilight Princess has the most depth and overall enjoyment of any of the games in the Zelda franchise.
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is undoubtedly the Wii's must-have, system-selling game. After the joys of Wii Sports wear off, you're gonna want a game to while away winter break, and this is just the one to do it. The motion-sensing controls work really well, and the classic Zelda feel is there, leaving you with a deep need to play for way more than is conventionally healthy. It may not rewrite the series, but it's freakin' Zelda! What more could you ask for at the dawn of the Wii?
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Maxim Magazine
Yes, you'll have to get the slingshot by blowing into a magic reed, which summons a magic crow, who will knock a dancing monkey into the river, which releases a woven basket, which you can use to get the fishing pole, etc, etc, etc. You'll need a lot of patience to endure the first hour alone. Using the Wiimote as a sword/fishing pole/slingshot/and who knows what else is awesome, but unless you're willing to forego food, sex, and a normal social life, most of you probably won't make it out of the first dungeon alive.
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PCMag.com
A game system is nothing without its titles. Nintendo learned this lesson a long time ago, and as such, the company has a proud tradition of rolling out its two flagship franchises alongside every new system. While the red-overalled plumber will be making a bit of a belated entrance this time out (Mario Galaxy is set for release some time within the first six months of the Wii's debut, according to creator, Shigeru Miyamoto), Link arrives right on cue, trusty steed, Epona, in tow. Where early reviews of the Wii have made much of the system's expected lack of appeal for older audiences, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a game as intense and complex as even the most demanding players should expect from their RPGs. The graphics, for all of the system's perceived limitations, are stunning, and the innovative gameplay is surprisingly intuitive. Twenty years into the series, Zelda still makes for compelling gameplay, as well as a convincing reason to pick up a Wii.
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EmpireOnline.com
When Nintendo first announced Twilight Princess would be delayed to become a Wii launch game, internet pessimists feared that shoehorning a new control system into an all-time classic was a dangerous move. But in finding new ways to deliver Zelda’s classic formula, Nintendo has shown that a simple approach to the Wii’s motion controls is the most rewarding, and that waving controllers in the air like a twisted mime artist is more than a cheap gimmick. If you’re only going to buy one Wii game, make Zelda the one.
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GamePlasma
This is a game you must own. It will probably go down in history as one of the greatest games ever, just as The Legend of Zelda is one of the greatest franchises ever. Do not rent it, do not borrow it from your friend. You will want to own this game. Besides, you’ll rack up in late charges at the video store when you take too long to return it, or your friend will be angry with you for keeping it so long (if they part with it at all.) Go beyond the game to full geekdom and get lots of Twilight Princess merchandise and collector’s items. I’m so in love with this game that I plan to make or buy my own life-size Link cardboard cutout or die cast figure. Seriously, though, at least play this game and you’ll fall in love. It’s fantastic.
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Plain Games
Despite the sheer number of Zelda games in existence, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess offers players a solid experience that not only brings to the table new and refreshing content, but also the familiarity of traditional Zelda titles that players have grown to love. Those new to the Zelda world will have no problem adjusting to the game environment and with the addition of Twilight Princess fans of previous Zelda titles will also find much enjoyment in this spectacular addition.
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Twilight Princess is a rarity: a game that spans 60 hours and never once feels boring. Between the immaculate gameplay, the devious puzzles, and the gripping story, it's simply the best Zelda ever. And that's saying a lot.
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Gamervision
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the first game I purchased for my Nintendo Wii, oh these four months ago. Since getting it, it has become something of an obsession for me. I have spent (almost) every spare moment (and some moments I really couldn't spare) immersed in the world of Link, Zelda, Epona, and Midna. Well last night, during my 50th hour, Gandondorf, the King of Theives, laid dead on the ground, felled from a fatal blow delivered by the light-charged Master Sword. Long have I wished to share my feelings on this game, but I didn't want to rush to judgment based on an impartial sampling of the game. I wanted to make sure I had played all the way through before I rendered a verdict. Well, now that verdict is in: Twilight Princess is the best game I have ever played.
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Game Shark
And that’s the beauty of the game. From those who have followed the series from the beginning to people like me who are new to the whole Zelda experience, this game has something for everyone, and frankly, it’s given me faith in this medium again, knowing that beyond the graphical firepower of the PS3 and Xbox 360 that a simple game with a simple story and simple mechanics can still make me pull all-nighters just so I can beat one more boss or enter one more new area. That’s truly what gaming is about.
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EL33TONLINE
For those who have not been initiated into the world of Link and Hyrule, you are in for the gaming experience of your life – honestly, this must be the pinnacle of epic gaming. Approach the Twilight realm with respect; explore Hyrule with the glee of a child; leap for joy when you discover a hidden cache of rupees; punch the air when you conquer your massive foes; and then feel the sense of loss when you must leave this beautiful land of the Princess of Zelda once your work is done.
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Video Game Talk
The only place The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess loses any points whatsoever is in replayability and that is solely due to its epic nature. It is doubtful that many will finish the game and want to start back in on it without letting some serious time pass. Of course, a fair number of players might find themselves popping it in just to go fishing from time to time, as that activity, in and of itself, offers a more fulfilling experience than several of the Wii’s launch titles. Eight days after the Wii’s launch, Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess had sold a quantity in excess of 75% of total hardware sales. While that’s an impressive number, one really has to wonder what those other approximate 25% were thinking. The game is just that good.
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FZ
Twilight Princess är knappast revolutionerande, det bygger trots allt på samma idéer och upplägg som frälste spelvärlden för 20 år sedan. Det är däremot ett otroligt välgjort och närmast farligt fängslande spel som personifierar allt det som gjort Zelda till en av de största spelserierna i världen. Under mina 40 timmar med Twilight Princess blev jag dess fånge, men när det väl tog slut ville jag inte därifrån. Jag vill stanna kvar i Hyrule till varje pris, men istället får jag nu inleda den långa väntan på Nintendos nästa spel med den grönklädda hjälten.
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Mansized
Once again, Nintendo show how to make sublime and stylish adventures that keep you entertained for weeks. The Ocarina of Time still holds the title of the best Zelda ever, but Twilight has enough in the locker to make it an essential Wii purchase. Twilight is one of the best titles you’ll ever see on a Wii and it’s barely got going yet. It’s practically perfect in every way.
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Snackbar-Games.com
Overall, Twilight Princess features at least forty hours of game play. My last save is a little over fifty-one hours, and there were still a few side quests that needed wrapping up; to fully wring everything out of the adventure without delving into the world of intentional handicaps (like a low-heart run) will probably take upwards of seventy hours. No matter how much time you choose to invest in the latest quest to save Hyrule you will not walk away disappointed with your time spent there, nor will you feel like anything less than the True Hero once you succeed.
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Nintendo Insanity
Sometimes I wonder if a review for a Zelda game is even necessary. Some games are just meant to be great. The time and effort that Miyamoto and his crew put into each Zelda game shows that you won’t ever be disappointed with the next one to come out. Regardless, if you have a Nintendo Wii, you must get Twilight Princess. Put all doubts about how the control scheme fits with the Wii-mote aside, and just embrace the greatness of what this “realistic” Zelda. You’ll thank me later.
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Thunderbolt Games
If you are one of the three people who didn't buy Twilight Princess with the Wii console, do yourself a favor and pick it up. If you're still holding out on a Wii, or haven't been able to find one yet, find solace in the fact that Twilight more than validates the purchase of the system. Mixing the classic Zelda formula with a more mature tale, Twilight Princess is an epic of the highest caliber that gamers will not want to miss.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Twilight is certainly the most vast, expansive Zelda game ever, not only in terms of the length of its quest but also the size of its world, and the seemingly endless amount of things to do in it. It is not perfect or even the best game in the series in my eyes, but no game that ever earns a 10 does so by being perfect or the best there ever was. It does so by standing out as an exceptional gaming experience that you will recall fondly years down the road, and in that respect, Twilight Princess carries on the Zelda series' torch proudly.
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Nintendojo
The controls work. It isn't hard to adjust to physically swinging the remote or pointing at the appropriate onscreen target; in fact, it's fairly easy. But most importantly, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is immersive and addictive. Once the quest has begun, it will be near-impossible to put the controllers down until Link and Midna have saved the day. The main quest can be rushed, and the game ended far too soon, but part of the experience, as always, is in taking in the entirety of the game world by searching every nook and cranny. This freedom of exploration, whether waving both arms around or hammering on a button, is the essence of Zelda.
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Gamer.nl
Zelda is niet revolutionair, het doet niets nieuw en het is zelfs een beetje makkelijk te noemen. Toch verdient Twilight Princess niet minder dan de 10, omdat alle elementen op zo n prachtige manier samenwerken. Het spel behoort tot de top in het genre en is DE reden om een Wii te kopen!
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Cheat Code Central
I’m happy to report that Nintendo has managed to outdo themselves once again, which is getting increasingly more difficult I would imagine. Twilight Princess may not look as pretty as Gears of War or Resistance: Fall of Man, but it delivers upon every other promise. From the moment Nintendo revealed that video snippet of a mature Link battling a wickedly evil Ganandorf five or so years ago, fans have wanted to the chance to visit a darker, more menacing version of Hyrule. Twilight Princess captures the heart and soul of what a Zelda adventure is known for and manages to surpass the current benchmark, Loz: Ocarina of Time, widely considered to be one of the best games of all time.
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Gaming Age
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a masterpiece and a AAA launch title for the Wii. The dungeons are fun and the puzzles, while sometimes difficult, always make sense. The scope of adventure and exploration cannot be matched by any other game. Even though the graphics are basically GameCube warmed over, they are more than adequate and you will spend hours upon hours enjoying every aspect this title has to offer. With a slightly more mature and darker storyline, players will be enthralled until the very end, especially if they’ve played past Zelda games as there are some surprises sprinkled throughout. This has definitely been worth the wait and no Wii owner should be without this in his or her library. Best game on the Wii? Yes. Best game of the year? Indeed.
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Deeko
As it stands, Twilight Princess has now set itself up to become my all time favorite title in the Zelda franchise and has set a new standard for adventure games to follow — especially in terms of how the game is played. With forty plus hours to play through, Twilight Princess is easily one of the most phenomenal times you'll ever have with a video game and you'll walk away quite, quite content, possibly even hoping for more.
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NintendoWorldReport
Though it is still a GameCube title at heart, the Wii version is excellent and may in fact be the definitive version after all the votes are counted. Twilight Princess tells an original and compelling story, complete with a surprisingly cohesive expression of art and sound not so far removed from the self-contained world that characterized Wind Waker. Rather than drastically reworking the series, Twilight Princess refines and expands almost everything you already love about Zelda, and it looks damn good doing it. Fans will forever argue over which game in this series is the best, but Twilight Princess makes a very strong bid for that title, and in my opinion, it deserves to be called the greatest Zelda game yet. Logically, that makes it one of the best games of all time.
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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
This isn't the game to show off the Wii's unique functionality; after all Twilight is at essentially a GameCube game. But if you're looking for a killer app to go alongside your new console, this is certainly it.
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Game Informer Magazine
The adventure itself is a hefty one, and that’s without the seemingly endless array of sidequests, minigames, and secrets. Similar to the statues you could unlock in Wind Waker by taking photos of the world’s denizens, Twilight Princess will task the collector in you to find bugs (both male and female) for a creepy girl in Castle Town. This task alone can lead to hours upon hours of questing.

There really is no better introduction to a new console, or a better game for that matter, than Twilight Princess. This is the game of the year.
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1UP
Twilight Princess is something you rarely see: a 60-hour adventure in which every moment is memorable. But then, maybe that's no surprise -- it represents the full resources and effort of the world's most powerful first-party developer, and thanks to all those delays, it's even enjoyed an extra year of polish and refinement. The question to ask therefore isn't "Is it any good?" but rather "Just how good is it?"

The answer? Truly fantastic. It's not a reinvention of the genre like Ocarina was -- but it's much better, because it takes all its predecessors' raw ideas, perfects them, and creates an experience that's at once new and familiar. It's rare to find a launch game that truly justifies the purchase of a new console, but this is precisely that. If Wii Sports is a game for everyone, Twilight Princess is for everyone who loves games.
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Games Radar
Even with a handful of complaints, it's impossible to give Twilight Princess anything but our highest recommendation. As the best game in a series that routinely puts out game-of-the-year caliber stuff, this is one journey you simply must play. It may not be a catchall game for Wii like Wii Sports or even Excite Truck, but longtime gamers and lifelong Nintendo fans can proudly stand in line, awaiting one of the most stirring, rewarding gaming experiences in history.
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GameSpy
In the end, there's no way that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess disappoints. It's an excellent addition (and homage to Ocarina) to the franchise, and you'll have an enormous amount of fun playing it from start to finish. Get over the fact that the Wii's hardware is simply not as powerful as the other next-gen machines and get into the fact that Twilight Princess is one of the best games you'll play this year. If you've been on the fence in any capacity, then please rest assured that you'll not be disappointed.
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G4 TV: X-Play
In many ways, Twilight Princess is a love letter to Ocarina of Time. There are tons of subtle nods that a watchful gamer will spot. It’s the glorious world the N64 wanted to show us, but couldn’t.

Link makes the ladies swoon, but he also inspires heroism and hope in those he meets. From a child who risks his life to save his friend to Zelda’s quiet faith in Link’s abilities, you feel like you can make a difference in Hyrule. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is some serious fun.
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GamePro (US)
From start to finish, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an extraordinary addition to the legendary series. The key to Twilight Princess' genius lies in its ability to evoke, and fulfill, a feeling of nostalgia, to return you to the bygone days when you first played a Zelda game. Whether it was the classic 2-D overhead adventures, or the later forays into the brave new world of 3-D that first got you hooked, Twilight Princess brings back all those fond memories, then creates some of its own. If there is one Wii game to own at launch, this is it, but we're guessing we didn't need to tell you that.
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Gamebrink
The Zelda series on the whole sets a high standard for itself and video games in general. Through its lengthy history one Link adventure after the other has essentially set the standard for which the next must overcome. In comes Twilight Princess which has probably been delayed as much as Zelda titles of the past but certainly eclipses all other titles released to date in nearly every way. Think Ocarina of Time with a developed story, Wii controls, realistic graphics, increased length, better level design, and an overall better gaming experience and youll start to understand why Twilight Princess is the best Zelda title ever made.
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Lawrence
We’ve waited (sometimes impatiently) for this day since we saw Link ride across Hyrule Field in that surprise trailer at E3 2004. After some mixed reactions for the last two main Zelda adventures, gamers can now cherish what is truly the spiritual successor to Ocarina of Time. Hyrule is once again a world of hugely enjoyable gameplay around every turn, and Twilight Princess features the best story in the heralded series’ history. Every once in a while, a game comes out that reminds you of why you spend hours with controller in hand, or why you invest hundreds of your hard-earned dollars in the latest game console. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is without a doubt one of the greatest achievements in the history of the industry, and it would be a crime to go without this experience.
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Power Unlimited
In Twilight Princess, het nieuwste Zelda-avontuur, ben ik de stoerste en dapperste Jurjen die ik ooit ben geweest. Dat komt door de fantastische manier waarop de held is vormgegeven, de manier waarop hij zijn zwaard hanteert, en de onverschrokken blik in zijn ogen. In de laarzen van dit personage beweeg ik mij door een overweldigend mooie versie van Hyrule. Een wereld waarin ik af en toe een rustig plekje zoek om van het uitzicht te genieten. Op mijn paard raas ik door de bossen, voorbij de waterval, met hoge snelheid over de uitgestrekte velden, sjok, sjok, sjok, door het ondiepe water. Even op bezoek bij mijn vrienden in Kakariko Village of even een diepe duik nemen bij de Zora, de waterwezens die ik mijn vrienden noem. Misschien, wie weet, vind ik op de bodem van het meer een schat. Dat is de ene kant van het verhaal.
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Gaming Console Network
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is amazing. We have all waited years for this monster to finally be unleashes and it was well worth the wait. While you can still see that it is a GameCube game (which will be out in a couple of weeks FOR the GameCube) with a little bit of shine and cool controls, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manages to be without a doubt the best Zelda title ever. If you are one of the lucky ones to score a Nintendo Wii, you MUST get this game. This is the MUST-HAVE title of 2006! And what better way to break in your Nintendo Wii then a beautiful adventure like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess!
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Wonderwallweb.com
Zelda: Twilight Princess had alot of hype in late 2006, it was to be one of the Nintendo Wii’s must have launch games and we have to say that this was with good reason, in fact if you don’t have a Wii then you should get to the shop and buy one now, because otherwise you are missing out on something quite spectacular.
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Console Monster
In a nutshell, it is the best Zelda game created. Period. When a game starts getting consideration as "best of" in such renown series as the Legend of Zelda it should also be under consideration as one of the greatest games ever created. If you're lazy, continue reading, but if you have a brain, please run to the local game store and play now. Read later.
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Just RPG
At the end of the day, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will satisfy the most avid of the fans, and leave you wanting more. Although it is a very large game, chances are most of us will play it so much that it will seem like 5 hours instead of 50. It is a sad fact that such good games have to have an end, and leave all of us waiting eagerly for the next chance to control Link in another of his wonderful adventures.
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eToychest
While this is still the same old Zelda that many have come to love, the plain and simple truth is that is its greatest strength. It's comfortable, like an old friend gone far too long now returning for an extended visit. From its characters and epic, if somewhat predictable story, to the gameplay itself, Twilight Princess is a terrific extension to one of the most timeless and important franchises in video game history. Occasional issues with the title persist, some of which are the result of the game's transition to such a new and unproven platform. However, this is still one of the most compelling titles to be released this year, and is a stellar way to kick off the launch of the Wii.
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Next Level Gaming
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is amazing. We have all waited years for this monster to finally be unleashes and it was well worth the wait. While you can still see that it is a GameCube game (which will be out in a couple of weeks FOR the GameCUbe) with a little bit of shine and cool controls, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manages to be without a doubt the best Zelda title ever. If you are one of the lucky ones to scoer a Nintendo Wii, you MUST get this game. This is the MUST-HAVE title of 2006! And what better way to break in your Nintendo Wii then a beautiful adventure like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess! Bravo Nintendo, Bravo Eiji Aonuma and Bravo Master Miyamoto! The Nintendo Gods have done it again!
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Game Freaks 365
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess tells a story that can't be missed. It's easily the most gripping story in recent years. Most importantly, though, Twilight Princess is a blast to play. It's tough to creatively elaborate on that; it's just fun, and that is the most important purpose of video games. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an epic game and nothing less.
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GameOver
Tentando não revelar pormenores que estraguem o efeito surpresa, Twilight Princess leva-nos de volta a uma Hyrule à beira da catástrofe, estando o regresso à normalidade nas mãos de um improvável herói. Desta vez, o reino foi sujeito a um ataque que o colocou num eterno estado de entardecer. Os habitantes entraram em forma fantasmagórica e as monstruosidades passeiam-se através das ruas das vilas e cidades, após terem criado inimizades entre velhos aliados e quase destruído antigas civilizações.
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Wham! gaming
In Twilight Princess, you start off very similarly to Ocarina, waking up in your room and making the rounds in your little village, talking to the townsfolk and getting acquainted with a very different way of controlling Link. You’ll meet your trusty steed Epona, call hawks with grass whistles, and even do a little fishing. It’s not long, though, before your quiet existence is interrupted by a particularly nasty-looking monster that rides into town atop a boar, steals a lady friend of your’s and knocks you unconscious. This, of course, starts a grand adventure worthy of the Zelda name as you search for your friend and travel across the land of Hyrule uncovering more and more secrets along the way.
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NGamer
You'll be slowing down through the final spectacular dungeons because you won't want it to end... The best Zelda ever made. Wii's off to a stunning start.
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GameTrailers
Twilight Princess gives you just about everything you were hoping for in a new Zelda game while supplying things you didn’t even know you wanted in the first place. The tone is decidedly darker, the overly melodramatic moments are subdued, and it deliverers that razor-sharp Zelda gameplay. When you compare the polish and content in this game to most other video games, it’s just no contest. Not only is Twilight Princess the best Wii launch game, it’s easily one of the greatest games ever created.
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FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
If you own a Wii, you owe it to yourself to buy Twilight Princess. If you are a fan of the Zelda series, you owe it to yourself to buy a Wii just to play Twilight Princess. Despite a few minor shortcomings and despite not sporting any radical new contributions to the series, what I have played so far is simply the most polished and finessed Zelda game the I have ever seen.
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Kombo.com
For many, Twilight Princess will be better than Ocarina of Time. And for many, it will quickly become their favorite game of all time, to boot. Twilight Princess is an excellent, excellent adventure that shouldn't be missed – Zelda fan or not. Twilight Princess enjoys flirting with perfection, delivering a truly fulfilling experience that makes purchasing a Wii worth every penny. Nintendo went all-out on Twilight Princess, and it shows.
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Official Nintendo Magazine
Well, what if we told you that what you think you know only covers a fraction of what Link's new adventure has to offer? What if we told you that we've clocked up nearly 40 hours of gameplay and are still nowhere near seeing everything? What if we told you that this game is up there in the giddying heights of interactive entertainment stardom mingling with titles like Resident Evil 4 and Ocarina Of Time, and in fact could well surpass them? You'd want to read on, wouldn't you?
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RPGFan
If you loved Ocarina of Time and want a similar experience (without Navi), you'll love this game.
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Hylia, The
This is the most important review you will ever read. Not really, but for some of the consumers out there, especially fan boys, the reviews of Twilight Princess better read as "perfect scores" across the board. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I didn't give Twilight Princess a 10 out of 10. So feel free to skip ahead to my scores and then to the comments to flame me to death. For those of you who would like to see why I didn't give Twilight Princess a perfect score, read on.
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GamersMark
You can’t play this game just once. Alright, maybe you can, but to fully enjoy this title, you’re going to need to see and do everything, probably more than one time. There are plenty of side quests and minigames to keep you addicted for a long time, including the famed fishing. The difficulty is not at an insane level, but it is more difficult than previous outings, and it progresses nicely and fairly. Bottom line, you’re going to have fun, and you’re gong to be wowed. Get ready to say goodbye to life for awhile.
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IGN Australia
That we should get this, not in the final months of the GameCube's life, but instead at the dawn of the Wii, where it will be played and adored for years to come is a boon. There is so much that we still haven't touched on - which is usually a good sign for the depth and quality of a game. At the same time, half the pleasure to be gained from Twilight Princess is in discovering these things yourself. Why would we want to deny you of this? It is your reason to own a Wii and likely the last Zelda of this depth and style for quite some time. Go and get it; give yourself time to savour it. It will amaze.
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Games Master
A massive and engaging adventure that uses the Wii controller superbly. Amazing.
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Gameplay RPG
Ce titre est un chef-d'oeuvre, véritable hommage à tous les fans de la saga. Allant au-delà même de nos espérances, The Legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess réunit tous les ingrédients qui ont fait le succès de la saga durant plusieurs années. Ses imperfections, somme toute mineures, ne nuisent à aucun moment au formidable plaisir de jeu procuré pendant de nombreuses heures.
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Jeuxpo.com
The Legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess est un ambassadeur de choix pour le lancement de la Wii. Il renoue avec les épisodes passés et comme Ocarina of Time en son temps, propose une expérience de jeu exceptionnel. Un grand cru qui s'impose comme un des meilleurs titres de l'année.
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Softpedia
I haven't had so much fun since... I can't even find a comparison term for this production. Nintendo struck gold and it's not the first time they exploit the Zelda franchise. They keep confirming that once you've produced a good game, you can easily use its fame and superb storyline and make sequels or ports till fans get fed up or get old and pass the gamer status to their children. Nobody saw this coming, but we expected the Wii to deliver something great and it didn't fail us.
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Purojuegos
Pero donde realmente se destaca todo Zelda es en la jugabilidad. El juego es tremendamente adictivo y entretenido. Superar con éxito las mazmorras y abrirnos camino a lo largo del mundo es realmente un sueño. Los controles tienen una clara influencia del OofT. El sistema de combate sigue siendo “fijá el enemigo con el botón Z y atacá con el A” aunque en esta oportunidad se incorporaron diversas técnicas de ataque (siete en total) que deberemos ir descubriendo a medida que avancemos en la aventura. Con el nunchuk controlaremos a Link, mientras que con el wiimote manejaremos la espada y seleccionaremos los diversos ítems. Cabe destacar que usaremos todos los botones, aunque hay algunos que se usan en menor medida (como al vista en primera persona).
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Da Gameboyz
It is safe to say that with this installment, Nintendo raised the bar for Zelda in every way possible. The exciting new items, and unique new dungeon elements will satisfy Wii owners and keep those GameCube owners happy when the game releases for them later. But it is the new Wii specific controls that I found brought a new dynamic to the third-person controls that Nintendo pioneered with Ocarina of Time. I can’t imagine what Nintendo plans to do to top this in the next major installment of the Zelda franchise, but I welcome it with open arms.
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Fragland.net
Got both consoles? There's no doubt about it then. Twilight Princess for the Wii offers just that little more invention and fun. Bought a Nintendo Wii without Twilight Princess? You should really, really, really, be ashamed of yourself. Go buy it damned! Don't let me come down there.
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Meristation
El signo más (+) accede al inventario de Link. El número de fragmentos de corazón -esta vez son cinco y no cuatro los que hacen falta para aumentar en una unidad la barra de vida-, la indumentaria, el escudo y espada que llevamos equipadas, sobres entregados por el cartero, lista de peces, de insectos, habilidades, bolsas de rupias o bombas… En la parte inferior de este menú aparece la opción de guardar el juego en cualquier momento y modificar algunas opciones de control muy interesantes.
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VicioJuegos.com
Twilight Princess es un juego mucho más maduro y adulto, más oscuro, y unido al interés que Wii puede generar en cierto tipo de usuarios, puede abrir nuevas vías de llegada a ciertos usuarios reticentes. Eso sí, no busquéis violencia innecesaria o elementos que nunca podremos encontrar en producciones de Nintendo, aquí sólo veréis pura magia.
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PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess is a game we could praise all day if we so wished. We’re nearly at the end of the review, and there are still plenty of good things worth mentioning that we haven’t touched on yet. The general increase in difficulty is highly welcome, as is the ability to warp to a large variety of places on the Hyrule map. The side-quests are a joy to play, and the fishing especially is impressively deep this time around, with a giant lake to while the hours away in. And then there’s the sheer length of the game: around 60 hours to do everything. Veteran Zelda players should finish the quest around the 30 - 40 hour mark, though realistically you’re looking at a lot longer for newcomers. With its genuinely interesting story, superb control scheme and near-faultless game design, Twilight Princess is one of the best games ever made and is as essential as a game can possibly be. Is it the best Zelda ever? Maybe...
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Jolt (UK)
Of course, the debate will forever rage on about which game in the series is the greatest, and to claim that Twilight Princess is a new pinnacle for the series would be as pointless as it is hard to justify. It’s not perfect and there’s no real reason to prefer the Wii version over the Gamecube’s, but The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is every bit the masterpiece gamers have been craving for, and proves there’s life in the old wolf yet.
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VGPub
So is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess worth the price of the console and the game’s cost? Yes. Even if you own a Gamecube, this is the version you should be buying because I can’t imagine playing it any other way, nor would I want to.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Faisant fi de toute la pression qui pesait sur ses épaules, The Legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess constitue bien l'apothéose de la saga et n'aura aucun mal à faire l'unanimité auprès des joueurs. A la fois poétique, onirique, violente et sauvage, cette oeuvre magistrale renferme tout ce dont on pouvait rêver et s'impose comme le fer de lance incontestable de la Wii.
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Gamezine
The Legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess propose le meilleur de la série pour le plus grand plaisir des fans. Il manque peut-être la "nouveauté" de Ocarina of Time (premier épisode 3D, ça aide pas mal pour marquer les esprits) ou la folie de Majora Mask (Eiji Aonuma sera peut-être plus libre la prochaine fois...). Reste un rythme meilleur et un scénario mieux ficelé que les précédents épisodes. Ainsi qu'une jouabilité nouvelle qui nous immerge comme rarement dans un jeu vidéo. The Legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess, c'est le jeu d'action aventure qui surpasse toute la concurrence et les seuls jeux qui pourraient se bagarrer avec lui sont les épisodes de sa propre série. Quand Zelda rime avec génie…
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Gameslave UK
Launch titles are often fraught with issues, a by-product of the strict time limits imposed on development. Twilight Princess has no such problems. Originally scheduled for release in 2005 on the GameCube, Nintendo took an extra year fine-tuning and adding content whilst making it Wii compatible. The result of this extra year? One of the most polished and complete gaming experiences on any console, let alone the Wii.
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Gamers.at
Twilight Princess ist vielleicht das bisher beste Zelda-Game. Zwar verpasst es der Titel ein ähnliches Aha-Erlebnis zu vermitteln wie damals Ocarina of Time, enttäuscht kann trotzdem keiner sein. Viele neue Ideen und die erwachsenere Präsentation fesseln von der ersten Minute vor den Bildschirm und entführen den Spieler auf ein neues in die fantastische Welt von Hyrule.
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Worth Playing
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an excellent game. It is fun, packed to the brim with side quests, looks great, plays fantastically well and is overall a top-notch Zelda offering. Those looking for a title for their Wiis are strongly encouraged to pick this up, and those looking for a reason to buy a Wii: Look no further. If there is one must-own game for the Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is it.
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GameZone
Every Nintendo console has launched with a game that stayed in our systems long after release. I still play the original Mario (NES), Mario World (SNES), Mario 64 (N64), and Pikmin (GameCube). The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is that game for Wii. It’s the game you’ll play through multiple times. It’s a lengthy, massive adventure that, no matter how long it takes you complete, will still be met with the response, “I wish it could’ve been longer.”
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IGN
Ocarina, your time is up. It took Nintendo almost a decade to do it, but the publisher has finally created a new Zelda game that is so well-designed and so epic that it deserves to be crowned the best in its class. Twilight Princess spent four years in development by one of the most talented teams in the world. The game, helmed by Eiji Aonuma (Majora's Mask, Wind Waker) is every bit the culmination of the franchise and also a true spiritual sequel to the Big N's 1998 N64 classic. This is much larger, darker and more difficult adventure than GameCube's Wind Waker, which is sure to please purists. It is also a title that is best on Wii thanks to exclusive gesture-based controls and some added display functionality. But is it perfect? Keep reading to find out.
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Play.tm
Every minute of Twilight Princess throws up a new challenge, laugh, puzzle or emotional scene, enough to put lesser titles in the genre to shame. With upwards of 40 hours of game play (that's excluding side-quests and the hours you could spend exploring and simply messing around in Hyrule), screen-filling, imaginatively designed boss fights and just so much to do, there's no complaints here about getting your money's worth. It might not be the utterly revolutionary Zelda title that we all expected and its not without its faults, but one thing is clear: Twilight Princess is worth the Wii's price tag alone, even if the fishing does put you at risk of a coronary.
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Mygamer.com
All in all, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a great game to start your Wii library with. It's arguably the best launch title ever, and could definitely win the game of the year award. If you are a Zelda fan, or just want a great game for your brand new Wii, you owe it to yourself to pick this gem up.
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Vandal Online
Era esperado, pero no por ello deja de resultar excepcional: Twilight Princess es el mejor juego que saldrá estas navidades, y es otra muestra de la calidad de los equipos de desarrollo de Nintendo. Aunque tiene algunas taras como la no presencia de cámara libre o un desarrollo un tanto brusco en principio (las secciones crepusculares interrumpen mucho el flujo del juego), este Zelda para Wii es un absoluto triunfo y un modelo para todo desarrollador con ambiciones. Creo que en este análisis sólo hemos tocado la punta del iceberg de lo que supone este juego, desarrollado por más de tres años y con una gran ambición por parte de EAD. A años luz de la simplona jugabilidad de Wind Waker, supera a su claro modelo – Ocarina of Time – de manera tan clara, que supondrá un referente en el futuro para Nintendo. Es imposible entender la adquisición de Wii sin este juego, épica demostración de lo que puede hacer un equipo de desarrollo talentoso con este hardware.
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ActionTrip
Nintendo has continued to innovate their greatest franchise, and prove why they're still a threat in the latest console war. I look forward to more Zelda titles and more titles from Nintendo in general, just after I beat this game, after well more than twenty hours, I feel like I'm just scratching the surface. It's well worth your money, and while I can't speak to the difference between the Gamecube version and Wii version, it makes it feel right and proper to me that money was spent getting a Wii into my hands. Truly magnificent.
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GamingTrend
Simply put, if you are a Zelda fan, you would not be wrong to pick up this game. Even if you are not a Zelda fan, this game may just make you into one. I have not known a single person who has complained about spending their hard earned money on this title. Just buy it and be happy.
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Retroage
Podsumowując, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess można ze spokojnym sumieniem uznać za najlepszą część serii, jednak największą frajdę z niej będą mieli gracze nie znający Ocarina of Time ze względu na kilka motywów znanych właśnie z niej. Jest to zdecydowanie jedna z najlepszych gier dostępnych obecnie na Wii i każdy kto pragnie zagrać w wielką (pierwsze przejście zajmuje około 60h) nafaszerowaną ciekawymi akcjami i innymi smaczkami grę, powinien się w nią zaopatrzyć. Długoletni fani serii również powinni, jeśli jeszcze tego nie zrobili, zdobyć grę, jako że oferuje ona wszystko to co w Zeldzie najlepsze. Pomimo kilku niedociągnięć graficznych, czy braku voice actingu, gra nadal robi wrażenie i nie pozwala oderwać się od konsoli całymi godzinami. Absolutny must have.
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Atomic Gamer
Overall, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an excellent game and worthy to carry the title of being a Zelda game. The controls can be problematic at times and feel tacked on, but they don’t do too much harm to the overall experience. The world is expansive, the art direction is excellent and the story is, as usual, awesome (though a good bit darker than previous Zelda stories). Twilight Princess definitely was not a disappointment, though I really wish there had been a traditional control scheme offered. I’m hoping we get a second Zelda game this generation, designed solely for the Wii. The potential I’ve seen in Twilight Princess tells me that Nintendo still has it over 20 years after the original Legend of Zelda.
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Gamer Within
Overall, Twilight Princess manages to add a little bit of momentum to a series that has been slowing down slightly. It doesn’t really add a whole lot of anything original, but the Wii itself adds enough for the game to feel really innovative. On its own, the game is certainly very enjoyable and quite a noteworthy addition to a very well-established line of games. For anyone getting a Wii anytime soon, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is easy to recommend as a good, solid launch title to keep you occupied for a good while. Just don’t hurt your wrist slashing your sword around.
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N-Zone
Nachdem ich Ocarina of Time als Vorbereitung auf den Twilight Princess-Test erneut gespielt habe, kann ich mit gutem Gewissen behaupten, dass der neue Teil den N64-Geniestreich sogar ein Stückchen überragt: Die Tempel sind noch pompöser gestaltet, die Welt ist noch komplexer und viel wichtiger noch: Die Wii-Steuerung ermüdet nicht, sondern ist ein adäquater Ersatz für herkömmliche Controller. Zwar ist Zelda neben Call of Duty 3 der hübscheste Wii-Titel, allerdings bin ich mir sicher, dass die Kiste noch mehr kann!
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Gamer 2.0
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the definition of the quintessential launch title. It’s one of the most respected, cherished series in all of gaming, and this is easily the best entry in the franchise in almost a decade. Anyone who buys a Wii and doesn’t buy Zelda is doing a ridiculous disservice by not buying the best game of them all. However, that being said, the game is not perfect and certainly could have been improved with updated visuals and sound effects, as well as possibly even a little more variety than the already interesting dungeons. The length is more than sufficient for the kind of game it is, totaling in at nearly 40 hours for the standard story alone. Twilight Princess isn’t a rental type game, it’s a must-have AAA marvel for Nintendo’s newest gaming system.
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IGN UK
But in the meantime, lovingly embrace the nostalgia trip and enjoy what Twilight Princess is; a journey through the great Zelda games that we grew up playing, and likely the last of its kind.
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GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Twilight Princess absolutely earns the right to possess the Zelda trademark, and even though it’s not as originative as we hoped for this still doesn’t prevent it from offering a compelling adventure. Sure some of the motion functions can feel arbitrary from time to time and some of the levels are a little too nostalgic for our taste, it’s impossible to deny the impact this game will have for the Wii. Whether you’ve been a Zelda fanatic for the last twenty years or if you’re just looking for a nice adventure to go along with your copy of Wii Sports, let it be known that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is nothing short of astounding.
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Edge
What's lacking is a clear sense of purpose. Ocarina Of Time was tasked with bringing the series into 3D, and in doing so laid out a mechanic that future games would be foolish to ignore. Controller aside, with nothing pertinent in need of innovation, Twilight Princess has instead set out to become the definitive title in the series, a one-game encyclopedia of everything that makes Zelda unique. With a fervour that borders on the taxonomical, it gathers all of the series' characters and locations together in a structure that not only reconfirms but celebrates its elaborate conventions. In succeeding, it's entirely understandable that the results not only display most of the strengths of previous games, but also provide pitch-perfect case studies of their occasional flaws. With the focus on elaboration rather than evolution, Twilight Princess triggers more memories than it creates, yet it's still an effortless classic that towers over the gaming landscape. Ignore it at your own cost.
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WiiDSFrance
Enfin un jeu que tout le monde attendait et qui, au final, ne déçoit pas. Zelda TP s'impose comme la digne suite de OOT dans le cœur des fans de la série. Poétique, plein de surprises, violent, sauvage et sombre à souhait, cet opus nous offre enfin tout ce dont on pouvait rêver des aventures du petit hylien . Un hit à ne pas rater…
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Le Geek
If you are a Zelda fan, or just a fan of traditional games, and you somehow missed Twilight Princess, I highly recommend it.
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allaboutgames.co.uk
This is Ocarina of Time plus, so it's not going to redefine gaming for the next 10 years. In short, Twilight Princess takes all from what has gone before it, adds a few more things and then refines them into a near perfect package. A perfect accompaniment to a new Wii.
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Eurogamer.nl
Twilight Princess is in zijn geheel een geweldig spel, met zoveel hoogtepunten en magische momenten die nog lang in de hoofden van miljoenen gamers zullen ronddwalen. Natuurlijk zijn er passages in het spel waardoor je het liefst Miyamoto en co bij de lurven wil grijpen omdat ze op bepaalde punten koppig blijven vastklampen aan ouderwetse gedachtes, maar dit is slechts een klein vlekje op een prachtig mooi en groots spel. Of je nou een veteraan bent of een nieuweling in de serie, Twilight Princess is ongetwijfeld het beste actie- en avonturenspel voor de komende tijd.
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Good Game
Mike:
Thats right, moving Zelda onto the 64 was a big step forward, bringing it into 3d, but they did it fantastically. I think the short answer is YES, they have done it again. From what we've seen so far, I'm giving this one 9/10

Jung:
I think its not the masterpiece that Ocarina of Time was, but it comes close. Any fan of Zelda or Nintendo games, this is definitely worth your money. I think we can agree on that 9/10.
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gameZine (UK)
For all this, Twilight Princess is incredibly addictive, tremendous fun, the controls are easy to adjust to and the game play difficult enough to provide a sustained challenge for a long time. If you purchase one single player on the Wii, you would struggle to find a more engrossing choice than Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
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TTGamer
Twilight Princess still remains one of the best games on the Wii so far and probably will do so for a while. It has its problems and it's a bit of a let down considering the next generation console, but what Nintendo have done is used the Wii's strengths well with this game and that along with an excellent storyline, makes Twilight Princess a must have for early Wii owners.
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Eurogamer.de
Das Spiel beweist eindrucksvoll, wie viel Genie bei Nintendo hinter jedem Blockbuster steckt. Zu Recht warten Fans gespannt auf diese Meisterwerke, um Tage, Wochen oder sogar Monate in diesen nahezu perfekten Spielewelten zu verschwinden. Die dabei entstehenden Erwartungen werden von den Entwicklern bis auf das letzte Pixel erfüllt und machen für Fans jeden Zelda-Teil zu solch einem einmaligen Spielerlebnis. Gleichzeitig sind es aber gerade diese selbst auferlegten Restriktionen, die Zelda diesmal knapp die 10 Punkte kosten. Zum einen ist es die nicht immer perfekte Steuerungs-Anpassung, die zwar ein detailverliebtes Angeln ermöglicht, aber zum Antreiben von Epona statt einer Schlagbewegung einen schnöden Knopfdruck verlangt. Zum anderen erwarte ich 2006 bei solch einem Mammutprojekt Sprachausgabe und einen zeitgemäßen Soundtrack, der nicht nach 16Bit Gedudel klingt.
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GameDaily
Still Twilight Princess stands out as one of Nintendo's more attractive games, thanks to its fabulous draw distances, breath-taking imagery, life-like animations, imaginative character designs and dramatic action sequences. Like the main character on Ugly Betty, its personality outshines its physical appearance, making it a soon to be beloved classic that everyone should play. On the flip side, an old school Ricky Lake-style makeover would do wonders.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Twilight Princess is an incredible game on the whole, with so many peaks, so many magic moments that will live long in the minds of millions of gamers. Sure, there are times in the game when you want to shake Miyamoto and co by the lapels for including elements of the game which remain dogged by old-school convention, but they represent a flea bite on what is just a stunning and relentlessly enjoyable game. Regardless of whether you're a hardened series veteran or a wide-eyed newcomer, Twilight Princess is undoubtedly the best action adventure game for some time.
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Armchair Empire, The
In the end, Twilight Princess plays very well. It is a perfect example of the potential that the Wii’s controller has in creating a new way to play games without feeling gimmicky. At the same time, it manages to bring a visual and aural presentation that draws players into the game world, making the immersion much more compelling. Interestingly, it’s the game’s inability to escape certain problems of previous games, like cameras and finding hotspots, as well as clinging onto the standard Zelda formula of traveling from dungeon to dungeon on a grandiose collectation that holds the game back. Despite this, it is still a must-have for anyone who owns, or is thinking of picking up a Wii.
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Boomtown
Ultimately, Twilight Princess is everything a Zelda fan could ever want. It’s packed full of things to see, fight, do and much more, sporting quite possibly one of the better storylines in the series to date, with a tip in the more mature direction. While a couple of the series staple gameplay mechanics feel somewhat dated, it’s still a fantastic adventure outing regardless whether you are a fan or not. And to answer everyone’s nagging question, yes, perhaps it is up there with Ocarina Of Time…but then again, maybe not. But let us state, unequivocally, it is the Wii game to own this Christmas. Get it now and experience the game to the fullest, as something tells us it’s going to be a while before the next one.
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AceGamez
For all the ups and downs Twilight Princess takes in terms of presentation, there's simply no denying the wondrous, deep adventure and revolutionizing gameplay that takes the edge off of the lack of graphical power. There is no denying that even had it remained on the Gamecube, much of the flare and enjoyment would still be retained, but this is the Wii and the gameplay possibilities it brings to the table truly push Zelda to an even higher echelon, easily justifying the substantial delay needed to produce this version. It has been a long time since a system launched with a true killer piece of software, that one game that nearly every system owner picks up on day one, but Nintendo has shown just how important that tactic can be.
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NZGamer
Twilight Princess though, at the end of the day doesn’t revolutionise videogames in ways some previous Zelda games have; hell, it doesn’t even move the series forward very much at all. You’ll live with these facts though as it’s still an engrossing adventure that clashes blades with the best of them. We just can’t wait to see the next Zelda game, a game that is built ground up for the Wii console and its unique control scheme.
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Stuff Magazine
Unless you're willing to take all of your vacation days in a row to play this through, renting is a waste. Plus, this game rules so it's worth buying anyways.
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Legendra
Zelda Twilight Princess est incontestablement une réussite. Portée par une histoire prenante, une ambiance mature et plus noire qu'à l'accoutumée et d'un gameplay innovant et immersif vous plongerez aisément dans le monde d'Hyrule. Alors n'attendez pas, brandissez votre Wiimote, montez Epona et chevauchez la plaine, cheveux dans le vent car ce qui vous attend est bien plus qu'un simple jeu !
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videogamer.com
When all is said and done, Twilight Princess is a brilliant, near flawless addition to the series and an easy contender for game-of-the-year, though it'll be pitted against some steep competition. While it's easy to get caught up in the fact that the Wii simply isn't as powerful as the 360 or PlayStation 3, games like Twilight Princess are prime examples of why having all the processing power in the world doesn't necessarily make a better game. Link's latest can proudly step atop the pedestal as one of the best launch games ever made and easily the most epic Zelda adventure yet.
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GamesFire
Die epische Story rund um den ewigen Kampf gegen Gut und Böse ist zwar ein Klischee, aber eine geniale Spiele-Serie wie Zelda braucht keine Verschlimmbesserungen. Nintendo setzt eben auf Spielspaß und nicht auf inspirationslose High-End-Grafik und das ist auch gut so! Ganz klare Kaufempfehlung!
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Gaming Target
All in all The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess is a fantastic Zelda game, despite some odd changes from previous formula. While it doesn’t really innovate much, it does take tried and true gaming formulas and wrap them up into once nice package. Do I think the game is a real Wii seller? Not really. The game just doesn’t significantly benefit through using the remote. Everything that is done with the remote could just as easily be done with a Gamecube controller. Still, for anyone who already has a Wii, there is no reason not to pick this game up. Its classic Zelda gameplay and story telling wrapped up in a dark and foreboding package.
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Nintendo Spin
Is this the best Zelda ever? No. Is it still fun? Absolutely. Twilight Princess is as immense and epic as adventures come and should be an obvious choice for new Wii owners. But that's where this game falters. You can't ignore this was supposed to be a GameCube game, and nothing proves this more than how unintuitive the button layout is on the Wii remote. It takes way too long to get used to. The only thing that kept me coming back was that, hey, this is Zelda. And Zelda is awesome, technical problems notwithstanding. Twilight Princess really is the biggest and prettiest Zelda to date, it just lacks that special magic which made Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Majora's Mask such classics. But all of these are great games, so don't miss out on this one just because it's not as good as one of the best video games ever made.
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Gamestyle
Overall Zelda The Twilight Princess is a triumph. Every dungeon reveals something new whether it is weapons, environments, brilliantly designed puzzles or bosses. Those just starting the title reading this review may well be thinking that Wind Waker is the better game and most of it has been seen before. Keep pushing on and you will find wonders you have never seen and a game that may well be looked upon in the future as one of the best adventure titles of all time. The final question can only be is this better than Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? Well it is certainly a closer call than anyone could have envisioned just try and forgive those first few hours.
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4Players.de
Doch Zelda ist ein Epos im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes: Es fängt da an, wo andere Spiele aufhören, schlägt immer wieder neue Kapitel auf. Die Spielbalance ist hervorragend, die Steuerung über Nunchuk und Remote geht schnell in Fleisch und Blut über - egal ob Bumerangwurf, Schwerthieb oder Pfeilschuss. Und ganz wichtig: die Regie ist klasse! Dieses Abenteuer lässt einfach nicht locker, überrascht immer wieder mit neuen Kampftechniken, interessanten Dungeons und packenden Bossduellen. Manchmal werden Kultserien zu Unrecht ins Grab gehyped. Aber spätestens nach fünfzehn Stunden konnte ich die internationale Begeisterung nachvollziehen: Dieses Spiel mag in seiner Struktur recht linear sein, mag Texturschwächen haben und akustisch antiquiert sein, aber es entführt in ein unheimlich liebevoll designtes, fantastisch arrangiertes Videospiel-Märchen.
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Video Games Daily
I don't have nearly the kind of time these days to play games as I did when earlier Zelda games came around, so I usually wince when I hear about overly long experiences. Can it really take 50 hours to tell a story? In this case, Nintendo has made full use of the game, giving you a solid core of excellent mechanics and an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment the further you get.
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3DAvenue
Twilight Princess still remains one of the best games on the Wii so far and probably will do so for a while. It has its problems and it's a bit of a let down considering the next generation console, but what Nintendo have done is used the Wii's strengths well with this game and that along with an excellent storyline, makes Twilight Princess a must have for early Wii owners.
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Yahoo! Games
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is one of the cornerstones of Nintendo's new Wii. It marks the series' return to a more conventional style of artwork and gameplay after the last Zelda, Wind Waker, experimented with a cel-shaded cartoony look and a quasi free-roaming structure. So it's no surprise that Twilight Princess feels safe and even somewhat rote, at least early on. But by the time it's over, about fifty hours later, you'll have gotten your money's worth and then some. This is a triumph of art, design, interactivity, and storytelling. Innovative? Nah, not really. It doesn't need to be. Instead, it's a solid iteration of one of gaming's most beloved and reliable franchises.
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GameSpot
Many of the early parts of the game take place outside in the game's overworld and in various outdoor areas as you try to clear the darkness from the land. But along the way, you'll also enter various temples and dungeons to collect new items, solve a wide variety of puzzles, and fight bosses. While most of the game's story sequences take place above ground, these temples are the core of the entire game, and they're very well done, even if they cover a lot of the same ground that you may have seen in past Zelda installments. You start out with a forest temple, make your way to a mine under Death Mountain for your fire temple, scratch your head and try to figure out the inner workings of moving water around in the water temple, and so on. That's not to say they're all taken from old blueprints, though, and some of the later temples take you to somewhat more interesting locales, like a sky temple that demands that you make precise use of your grappling hookshot.
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Christ Centered Game Reviews
In recent years I had begun to wonder if the Zelda franchise was losing its edge. Although Wind Waker was a solid offering, games like Kingdom Hearts and Dark Cloud seemed to be longer and more impressive games, while games like Fable and the controversial God of War seemed to offer more innovative gameplay mechanics. Twilight Princess, however, firmly reasserts Zelda as the definitive adventure franchise, offering a depth of gameplay that will hold the average gamer for dozens of hours. Like the Nintendo 64 games, Twilight Princess also holds enough appropriateness issues so as to be a game best-suited for gamers 13 and older.
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Gamernode
All in all, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a welcome addition to the Zelda franchise, and stands strongly among its brethren. At its core, it's that same game that gamers have been playing for years, and suffers from a handful of imperfections from a bygone era. It often feels dated, and seems in need of evolution, which frankly has not been provided by the Wii remote. Despite its shortcomings, however, it still manages to produce the magical effect that Zelda games are known for, and gets better and better as the hours wear on. The bottom line is that it is a very enjoyable experience, and is impossible not to recommend to any gamer.
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Netjak
If you're a fan of the series, you should already have this title, and anyone who is at all interested in action, adventure or roleplaying games should seriously consider adding it to their collection.
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Gamesmania
Aber auch ohne sonstige Innovationen spielt sich das neue Zelda hervorragend und begeistert über die gesamte Spielzeit, der Einstieg ist allerdings etwas zäh ausgefallen. Das beste Spiel des Jahres ist Twilight Princess für mich aber nicht geworden, dafür müsste dann auch die Technik stimmen. Ständig musste ich beim Zocken daran denken, wie toll Zelda doch auf einer leistungsstärkeren Konsole hätte aussehen können, das spielerisch ähnliche Kameo verweist Zelda in Sachen Präsentation klar in die Schranken. Besonders enttäuschend ist neben der matschigen Grafik vor allem der komplette Verzicht auf eine Sprachausgabe, was sich schon negativ auf die Atmosphäre auswirkt. Ein absoluter Must-Have-Titel ist Zelda: Twilight Princess sowohl für den Wii als auch den Gamecube aber natürlich trotzdem.
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RPG Kingdom
Pour conclure, je dirais que ce jeu est bien entendu un « must have » qu'on soit ou non fan du héros au bonnet vert à la fois sur Game Cube et sur Wii. Cependant, il n'est pas le Zelda parfait si longtemps attendu depuis Ocarina of Time, notamment à cause de sa trop grande facilité influant directement la durée de vie.
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Game Revolution
But Ocarina of Time was a great game, and its spiritual remake is good, too. The Nintendo fanboys are probably already compiling a list of the 50 Reasons Why Duke Is An Idiot, but I still definitely see eye to eye with those zealots when recommending this game. It’s a classic Zelda adventure in traditional form, and while it might not bring anything new to the party, it’s a good homecoming and an entertaining time machine that will take you back all the way to 1987.
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RPGFan
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a fun, but dated and unoriginal flight through the land of Hyrule. The main quest may be longer than most, and the sidequests may be in abundance, but that doesn't help Twilight Princess from feeling like the same thing we all played nearly ten years ago. And while that may be fine for some, others will find this an irritation, feeling as though the Zelda series is beginning to lose its magic. It's by no means a bad game. It's just one that's stuck in the past.
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Jeuxvideo.fr
The Legend Of Zelda : Twilight Princess figure sans aucun doute parmi les meilleurs jeux de l’année. Il devient aussi directement un indispensable que tous les détenteurs de Wii se doivent de posséder. Complet, riche, prenant et diablement efficace : que demande le peuple ? Dommage cependant que l’on se retrouve avec un jeu GameCube comme fer de lance pour une nouvelle machine. Mais en tout cas, Nintendo nous propose une aventure épique prête à entrer dans la légende des joueurs.
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Nintendo Life
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess provides a deep action/rpg experience with beautiful graphics and rewarding game play. Not just a great successor to earlier Zelda games, Twilight Princess offers a lot of the same experience that has warmed so many Nintendo gamers' hearts over the years, but in so doing the game succumbs to the disease of 'lazy sequelitis' and offers an experience that is less compelling than its forebears and also less relevant to the modern gaming world. Make no mistake, it's still a great game, but there was a time when a new Zelda release could be called the greatest game of its generation. Despite an incredibly long development time, Twilight Princess fails to meet those high expectations.
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Common Sense Media
Link may not have as high of a pop culture profile as his video game relative Mario, but gamers have been feverishly awaiting his newest adventure for more than three years, and the wait was worth it. This adventure is massive, spanning more than 50 hours, and the combination of the wonderful world and thrilling action makes it a truly incredible game. Yet the game cannot be called perfect. In fact, it contains at least one glitch that will destroy a player's game roughly 40 hours in. Our advice: Do NOT save the game in the room with a broken cannon, and use multiple save files. Aside from that jarring glitch, Twilight Princess is a long, stirring adventure and one of the best games in the Zelda series.
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Binary Joy
All in all The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess largely lived up to my expectations and the positives far outweigh the negatives. It certainly hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm for future games in the series, and with the Phantom Hourglass around the corner… I can’t wait!
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RPGamer
In the end, Twilight Princess is a fun game that will keep players busy for a while, and those wishing to be completionists will find much to collect, from Poe souls to golden bugs to pieces of heart. Though it's not quite the masterpiece some may be looking for, if you enjoyed Ocarina of Time, you'll find more to love. It's certainly the must-have launch title for the Wii.
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HonestGamers
I wanted a real sequel to Ocarina of Time, and maybe I wanted it too badly. That's what happens when I expect perfection, and though I know I'm setting myself up for disappointment, a new Zelda title is more than privileged to have that expectation. Perhaps it's a problem that I took Twilight Princess too seriously, looking for flaws even when I'm caught up converting evil into bloody meat and a bowl of chow. Of course, when I'm having so much fun, I just have to dig it.
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GamerDad
The smeary and gauzy visuals caused me to mistake a cliff wall for a foothold on more than one occasion, making me mess up. The previous Zelda game on GameCube: Wind Waker, had much clearer, sharper graphics than this. While Twilight Princess features some classic Zelda tunes, most of the music is subdued and bland. Also, most Zelda games have tricky puzzles, but intuitive ways to solve them. Some of the puzzles in Twilight Princess are tough, and even with Link's shadowy guide Midna, the solutions and goals aren't always apparent. Link's quest is very long, but a lot of the time is spent doing filler fetch quests and things. Plus the whole game in general starts out really slow, only picking up the pace about halfway through. However, even though The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess isn't the best Zelda game ever, it's certainly one of the best launch titles for the Nintendo Wii.
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Game Critics
The Legend of Zelda series will soon enter a new era, and there's little doubt Nintendo will introduce its next installment as the game to beat for the new generation. Twilight Princess isn't it, but for anyone to expect much more out of it would be unreasonable. It's what's been asked for, and for the time being, the best thing any of us can do is embrace it and celebrate it for all that it is. After all, it is the most traditional of Zelda games, housing some of the series's most magnificent flourishes of design. But in an industry this fickle, its audience can be so lovingly patient only for so long before legends turn into boring stories of glory days.