just finished zelda: the wind waker. man, this game just got tedious. i’d gotten to the part where you have to collect the 8 triforce pieces, but it literally took more than 8 months before i was able to bring myself to pick the game up again to finish it. i came across this article where even miyamoto and director aonuma acknowledged that this section was dull. everything from then on was fairly dull as well, and thinking back it’s really hard for me to remember any of the good parts of the game, although i’m sure there were some (particularly some of the dungeon sequences). my biggest gripe with the game is that although the visuals were great (the much-debated cel-shaded animation, while not my favorite, was novel and eye-catching), there just wasn’t enough of the “cool” factor. the game was too easy, the characters and situations all fairly generic, and more than that a game that devotes more than 50% of its time to sidequests has got to be relying too much on the satisfaction of completist fanboys and not enough on gamers just looking for a good time. from everything i’ve read, though, nintendo got it right this time w/ the new twilight princess. i’ve actually not played ocarina of time yet, so next time i get my zelda jones i’ll def. be picking that one up. not sure when that will be, though, after the disappointment of wind waker. i’m tempted to sell it, i was that bored, but i hate to break up the zelda collection so i guess i’ll keep it around for a while at least.
zeldaelements.net has the best WW section i’ve come across so far, with a good walkthrough and a good wallpapers section. i’ve got a couple of other almost-finished games also, so i’ll hopefully be able to squeeze in another one or two more reviews before the end of the year.