Game: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Play Time: 45 Hours
Where am I? I completed the game and all available side quests. I managed to get all 20 heart containers and every weapon upgrades. This is one Zelda that I can check off my list. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Now if only my 3DS would arrive sometime this week I could jump onboard Ocarina of Time 3D.
Gameplay advancements: I loved the whole end sequence in Hyrule Castle. It was really something epic. Having the classic Zelda theme play during the ending credits was also a really nice touch and brought the whole experience home. This was a wonderful game and I’m very excited to get started on the next one. The biggest advancement this iteration brought forward was with some of the new motion controls and direct aiming.
Favorite weapon thus far: Hands down the bow and arrow, boomerang and double clawshot were my favorite weapons in the game. Most of the other ones felt really under-utilized.
Plot Points: When I finally made it to Zant a lot of information was revealed. Zant begins by talking about how their tribe mastered the arts of magic and were locked away because of it. He blamed everything on the Twilight royal family, and the only reason he even bothered to tag along is because he thought he would lead the Twili afterwards. He was never made their king and therefore denied the powers bestowed upon the King/Queen. It was at that moment when he turned his eyes to the heavens and found a god. It was that moment when Ganondorf stored his powers within Zant. He said his god only had one wish, to merge shadow and light and create darkness.
After the battle, Midna reacquires the Fused Shadows. Midna doesn’t change into her normal self though and while sitting on his throne Zant calls Midna and Link traitors. Zant tells Midna that she will remain an imp forever because it was done by magic from his god and that her powers shall never return. Apparently his god has been reborn in this world. He refers to his god as Ganon, not Ganondorf which is interesting. Midna then stabs Zant with “only a fraction” of her powers from the Fused Shadows and it looks as though his body completely disappears. Midna says she can restore Zelda thanks to her new powers from the ancients, but that the evil power residing in Zant has disappeared. We now have to head to Hyrule Castle and restore the princess.
Upon arriving at Hyrule Castle Midna uses the full power of the Fused Shadows and becomes a giant spider-like creature and impales the Twilight shield around Hyrule Castle. A dark weather storm starts and you just know where this is about to go. When I finally made my way through Hyrule Castle, which was wickedly epic by the way, none other than Ganondorf himself greeted me. After a few words back and forth, Ganondorf takes over Zelda’s body and the battle begins. The Zelda puppet was easily subdued by throwing the glowing orbs she shot at Link back at her three times. Midna then restores Zelda to her formal, deceased self. Ganondorf uses his power to transform himself into the Dark Beast Ganon. Ganon stood no chance with the combined powers of Link’s trusty arrows and Midna. Loved the homage to the original Zelda in that fight. After this battle Princess Zelda finally awakens. Just as you think everything is going to be fine, Ganondorf’s essence remains and Midna transforms into her giant self and teleports Link and Zelda away seemingly to battle the essence herself. Ganondorf suddenly appears on his steed with Midna’s crown as it crumbles under his hands. Midna is no more. He then tries to run over Zelda and Link, but Zelda asks for the Spirits of Light’s help and Light Arrows are given to Zelda. She and Link are protected if only for a brief moment.
When the two return, they’re on Epona and the battle continues. After a few shots with the Light Arrows, and hits from the Master Sword, Ganondorf falls off the horse. This battle isn’t over yet. Time to fight the Dark Lord Ganondorf. After a lengthy sword fight it ends with Link taking the Master Sword and impaling Ganondorf right where the Sages impaled him. Even with the Master Sword in his chest Ganondorf refuses to give in, instead telling Link that he won’t be defeated so easily. He tries to use the Triforce of Power but this time nothing happens. Suddenly Zant teleports in and makes a funny motion which causes Ganondorf’s eyes go white, assumingly killing him (looks like his neck was cracked). The Spirits of Light then resurrect Midna and she is no longer an imp, instead back as a Twili and looking much better if I do say so myself. It’s not fully explained exactly what happened there as all these characters stand in the sunshine.
Afterwards the credits roll showing all the different characters and how happy they are now, the children returning home, the Zora prince and his mother, etc. This sequence ends with Midna returning to the Twilight Realm. Before she goes she tells Link “I…” and a tear of hers flies towards the Mirror of Twilight and shatters it completely as she disappears back into her realm. A very touching moment for a character I got to know so closely for the past 45-odd hours.
The Master Sword is returned to its resting place and Ilia waits for Link by his house as Link rides Epona back home, and a fantastic theme plays throughout coming to a fade as “The End” is written in front of the Triforce.
Moving the series forward: I’ve already listed quite a few features I’ve like to see added to the series moving forward, and I think the final portions of the game only solidified those facts. This is Nintendo’s most mature series with Metroid and one can only hope they do everything in their power to ensure it remains as epic and emotionally driven in the future. There is so much that can be done with this series if the creators are given enough freedom and a big enough budget to help their imaginations become reality. With Skyward Sword hitting sometime later this year we can only hope Nintendo will take what I’ve said in this series and lead the way for another 25 years of The Legend of Zelda.
Conclusion: Thanks for taking part in this series, and I sure hoped you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it and playing through an incredible game. Next up I plan to tackle Ocarina of Time 3D if my Nintendo 3DS arrives (at the time of writing my 3DS is stuck in transit because Canada Post has been locked out). If I do not received my 3DS within a short period of time I will begin Wind Waker, but ideally I can head back to Hyrule with the Hero of Time. Thanks for reading.
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