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So I beat Zelda

Overall, I have very mixed feelings about it...

Sweet crap a lot has gone down today since I started this post... I opened semagic at 9:17... and I am just starting to write more than the topic and first line at 1:24. Nothing like bitchy clients who know the right email addresses to cc a letter to to motivate one... Ugh, there are definitely days I hate my job.

And a phonecall... heh, this post will never be done.

Anyhow, to my mixed feelings on Zelda. I was intially disappointed by the cel-graphics. However, after playing for about a half hour, my disappointment faded, leaving me enjoying the color, the attention to facial detail on the boy-hero, and the muscial score (which is repetitive, yet beautifully orchestrated). The play control was one of the things which irritated me... it was a "lock on" combat system, with a very elementary set of combat tactics. While the focus of the game is not necisarily beating things up, you sure spent plenty of time doing it, and I like versatility over siple repetition.

Furthermore, ther eis no jump button! I mean, really, in a game where you do an enormous amount of jumping, and a limited amount of crawling... would it not have made much more sense to make crawling a down jump combo? The few times I was truly frustrated with the game almost exclusively had to deal with the shabby play control concerning jumps. To jump, you just ran off soemthing. As long as it was elevated slightly, you did a little hop before landing somewhere. Pretty lame IMO.

Now, to the good stuff. Like Metrpid Prime, the game was very true to both its roots, and the series which sprung from those roots. While I admit that Windwaker has some pretty big holes in the plot, which were covered as minimally as possible, it still does a good job of sticking to the genre. The monsters are brilliant 3d renderings of what were once 2d bixelbeasts. The inventory, equipment, money, and even the little heart peices had me remeniscing while i was playing of the days gone by withthe golden cart. Perhaps that is not such a good thing, now that I think of it - to have a game be enjoyable because of nostalgia.

Anyhow, I do not feel it was a waste of time or money. I had fun playing it, despite its shortcomings. My overall verdict is that if they had gone with a game like what they promoed at E3 3 years ago (and somehting similar to the capabilities they showed in super smash brothers) I would be absolutely raving about this game. As it is, I see it as a lukewarm trip down memory lane, in an enjoyable new environment.Worth the price of admission, but not soemthing worth losing sleep over.

I need to find a new pursuit to take up my console time now. I am definitely fading fast on EQ. I want Star Wars Galaxies to come out so I can can my EQ account for good. Maybe I should switch over to Shadowbane in the meantime... I've heard good things!

Bleh, enough for now... must go seek sustenance.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 16th, 2003 04:20 pm (UTC)
I looked at your profile and it seems we have another RJ fan in our midsts. I was just re-reading the series so the new book would make sense...
Apr. 17th, 2003 06:16 am (UTC)
I am quite the Jordan fan, and have been since EotW came out years ago... I am not such a subculture junkie that I live in a little makebelieve world about it, but I apprecaite Jordan's series immensely, both for his story and mix of fantasy elements, and his incredible character development across such a broad pallete of characters.

You seem pretty neato yourself. I scoped out your LJ and your website... added you to my freinds list. I spent a week in Wisconson once, when a friend of mine graduated from the U. That was back when the Onion was still run out of Wisconson, if that dates me any though =)
Apr. 17th, 2003 09:31 am (UTC)
Re: indeed
Yes, I would agree that RJ is one of the best at character creation. Although, I do take my time reading the books and every once in a while I have to look up a name in the back to refresh myself on who exactly they are...
...and I hope your time in wisconsin was near to the summer. It gets damned cold here. I would like to move somewhere warmer eventually.
Apr. 17th, 2003 11:42 am (UTC)
Re: indeed
I agree with your re-read policy... I usually go over the series before readong a new book. Jordan has so many little thigns crammed into the cast and plot at this point that without the refresher, you generally miss out on something you may have forgotten.

I was in Wisconson in May-June, so it was seasonably balmy. It is cold in the wintertime though (my uncle used to live in Minnesota, which is pretty bad too), but I am a winter person, so it doesn't really bug me. I am not a tropical soul by any stretch of the imagination.

You planning on going somewhere equatorial? or just somewhere in an overall warmer region in terms of the seasonal exchange?
Apr. 17th, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: indeed
I think I would like to go somewhere that does not have a 200 degree climate fluxuation. Maybe where it is only a 50-60 degree change. That would not be so bad.
Apr. 18th, 2003 07:16 am (UTC)
Re: indeed
ah, a temperance seeker... well, if you ever have the desire to check out NY give me a holler!
Apr. 18th, 2003 09:11 am (UTC)
Re: indeed
yeah, I will do that! I'm needing a vacation. so as soon as I can afford it, I'm SO outa here. That is not looking like it is in the near future, though, sadly to say.
Apr. 18th, 2003 09:13 am (UTC)
Re: indeed
ah, yeah...what can you do about the everpresent evils of $? what do you do for a living? I know it is managing some sorta retail thing from prior posts.

I'm a web geek, who managed to survive the dot-com deflation.... yay for hospital jobs!
Apr. 18th, 2003 10:07 am (UTC)
Re: indeed
Yeah, I'm the manager of a little imported clothing store downtown. I don't make much cash, but now with few workers and a raise to boot, I'll be makin enough to actually save somethin soon.
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