Game: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Play Time: 21 hours
Where am I? I just finished a whole bunch of side quests and am making my way to the Gerudo Desert. I finished the Lakebed Temple, found the Master Sword, and then started another round of exploration. This time around my focus was on collecting Poe souls. I scored 29 of them before heading back to the main quest. I’ve also got all three bomb bags, and the final upgrade for all three. I now have 10 full heart containers and my 11th is just around the corner. I even found the third empty bottle. Score!
Gameplay advancements: I found the clawshot which works exactly like the hookshot except it allows you to extend the chain so you can lower yourself to hidden platforms while remaining attached to wherever you originally were. The Lakebed Temple wasn’t anywhere near as complex as the Water Temple from OoT, but it was still much more complex than the previous dungeons I’ve explored. As always the level design has been absolutely top notch with creative puzzles and great combat mechanics. I also have the ability to transform into the wolf whenever I want, which means far more complex gameplay elements will be added from here on out.
Favorite weapon thus far: Even though I really enjoy using the clawshot, I’d say the bow and arrow is still the best weapon. Like Tim said in the previous installment, being able to combine arrows with bombs is fantastic and ultra useful. Virtually every secret cave I’ve unlocked has been with these bomb arrows instead of traditional bombs. I like blowing stuff up from a safe distance.
Plot Points: After finishing the Lakebed Temple guess who shows up, Zant. There’s a quick dialogue between Zant and Midna where we learn that Midna believes Zant’s powers are based on the “old magic” and Zant calls that a joke. He says that he’s doing as his god wishes and takes all four Fused Shadows. Midna and Link are then teleported back to Hyrule Castle, but Link remains in shadow form while in the world of Light. Midna is unconscious and mortally wounded.
Returning to Princess Zelda revealed she does indeed have the symbol for the Triforce of Wisdom while Link retains the symbol for the Triforce of Courage. Zelda tells the sick Midna that she can’t revert Link back to his human form because it’s an evil power that binds him this time around. She tells Link that he must find the blade of evil’s bane in the Sacred Grove of the Foran Woods. We also learn of something called the Mirror of Twilight, but only in name form. Zelda then cures Midna, by somehow transferring her remaining power into the little fellow. After Link and Midna set off to find the Master Sword a diamond of Twilight appears over Hyrule Castle.
Once Link and Midna found the Master Sword the Shadow Crystal Zant placed in Link is removed and he is reverted to human form. I did learn something new when I met someone named Auru. This guy said there was a prison build in the Gerudo Desert that housed the worst criminals of Hyrule and that the mirror I’m looking for is located somewhere in there. The mirror could send the souls of the evildoers directly to the underworld.
Moving the series forward: There’s actually one particular aspect of this game that feels older than an NES game. Why is it that when I want to give Agitha more than one bug at a time I can’t. When you want to sell over four bugs it gets extremely old having to go through the menu, select one bug then finally sell it. Repeat this 18 times and you realize that someone overlooked this. The same goes for giving rupees to Charlo. You remember this guy right? He accepts donations and after you give him 1,000 rupees he rewards you with a piece of heart. Problem is you can only give 50 rupees at a time! For a game released in late 2006 there’s no reason why I can’t just give him say all 1,000 at a time. Little slipups like this are annoying and should have been rectified before the game shipped.
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