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Catch Up: The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

While I’ve been a fan of The Legend of Zelda for quite some time, I had never finished one until now. Whether my younger self was stuck on a puzzle, or if I was distracted by other games, finishing one of Link’s exciting adventures was something that had always eluded me. With the HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, I’ve managed to change that and I can say without a doubt in my mind that I’ve definitely enjoyed the entire experience.

As one would expect, Twilight Princess puts players in control of Link who this time around is tasked with preventing the evil Zant and the parallel dimension known as the Twilight Realm from engulfing Hyrule. You’re not alone however, as players are accompanied by Midna, a being from the Twilight Realm that Link encounters when he is first sent there in his wolf form.

From the Zelda games that I’ve played, Midna is easily my favourite sidekick that Link’s been partnered with. Not only is she a genuinely interesting character, but she also doesn’t become an annoyance like characters such as Navi and Fi.

This excellent characterisation bleeds through the entire game, and I think it shows just how much effort goes into every game that Nintendo make. Even years after its original release, the characters in Twilight Princess feel fresh despite seeing them plenty of times before. Whether it’s Zelda, Link, or even the Mailman, you’re bound to find a character that you like a lot.

The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess holds up surprisingly well. While it’s nothing to write home about in the graphics department, the combat mechanics are still serviceable enough to provide a fun experience, and the tools that Link can utilise are still fun despite some clunky camera controls.

Dungeons in the game are also a highlight. My personal favourite is Snowpeak Ruins, but I felt that each dungeon was a fun and challenging experience in its own right. The same can’t be said about the boss fights however. While some are designed well, boss fights in Twilight Princess don’t hold much of a challenge to players, and when compared to the overall difficulty of the dungeons that they reside in, they’re much easier.

While it might not have had the same impact on the series that Ocarina of Time or Breath of the Wild did, Twilight Princess holds up as a quality title in the acclaimed series. If you’re a fan of the series that managed to miss out on it originally, or if you’re looking for a good game to jump in with, Twilight Princess is worthy of your attention.

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