So I started playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess last weekend.
I have opinions.
I'd like to preface those opinions by stating that I think Melbourne-based studio Tantalus did a solid job of remastering the game, polishing it and making it palatable for gamers in the year 2016.
But I can't believe how poorly this game has aged, particularly when you compare it to Wind Waker.
When I played the Wind Waker HD remaster, I was honestly astonished by how modern it was. In a lot of ways it's still the best looking video game ever made. It flows beautifully, the art direction is stellar, the animation is gorgeous. Twilight Princess is the exact opposite. The moment Link started running with that strange, stilted animation, where his arms and legs move but the rest of his body remains perfectly rigid — I almost had to turn it off then and there.
It's just such a strange game in a lot of ways. With the benefit of hindsight we can see just how much of a reaction it was to Wind Waker, to how badly the audience wanted a 'mature' Zelda. But that all seems so pathetic in hindsight, that we wanted a game like this instead of Wind Waker — a game busting with imagination and creativity and colour. Twilight Princess is very much a product of its time. Wind Waker is timeless.
Anyone else playing the remaster? How are you finding it so far?