Does Twilight Princess Hold Up

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#1 Posted by _jackbauer (26 posts) -

Hey guys, I'm 28 and haven't played Twilight Princess yet.  I have the opportunity to buy it used for a good price and was wondering - is this game worth playing?  I love Ocarina and I liked Wind Waker.  Link to the Past is probably my favorite. 
 
Will I enjoy TP?

#2 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Yes. 

#3 Posted by Kjellm87 (1728 posts) -

I will say yes, it is a wonderful game. A little on the easy side, but nothing a 3-heart run can't fix.

#4 Posted by wewantsthering (1564 posts) -

It felt old when it came out so it will definitely feel very dated. It would actually probably be better on the GameCube version.

#5 Posted by HumanityPlague (251 posts) -

"No" springs to mind. If you want to play TP, just play Okami. It's where Twilight Princess stole most of it's ideas from. "Link turns into a wolf", Gee, I wonder where they came up with that idea from?

#6 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3782 posts) -
@HumanityPlague said:

"No" springs to mind. If you want to play TP, just play Okami. It's where Twilight Princess stole most of it's ideas from. "Link turns into a wolf", Gee, I wonder where they came up with that idea from?


Maybe one of the many other Zelda games where Link changes into forms that have different abilities, like Ocarina, Majora, Link to the Past, etc. Or you know, I guess Okami... which was just released a few months earlier (and Twilight Princess was being worked on longer, and originally scheduled for a release a year earlier.) I'm sure they just tossed in the wolf stuff in those last months to steal from Okami despite all the wolf information that had been released to the public long before Okami came out. 

It's definitely worth playing, but it's not one of the best in the series. 
 
#7 Posted by Underachiever007 (2468 posts) -

Yes, it's an excellent game.

#8 Posted by drag (1223 posts) -

it's entertaining enough but feels far too similar to OoT in a lot of places  
some standard zelda problems like the items you get in dungeons being largely useless anywhere else, and the treasure chests you can finally get to at some point inevitably being full of rupees when your wallet has been full forever. there's only one big thing to spend them on in the whole game. 

#9 Posted by Kjellm87 (1728 posts) -

@HumanityPlague: Many games borrows from Zelda, only fair to take a little back. :)

#10 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

The gameplay style is the same as ever, so yes.

#11 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

I forgot that you could turn into a wolf in that game.  Also I really liked that game.

#12 Posted by HatKing (5890 posts) -
@HumanityPlague said:

"No" springs to mind. If you want to play TP, just play Okami. It's where Twilight Princess stole most of it's ideas from. "Link turns into a wolf", Gee, I wonder where they came up with that idea from?

Hahah... Because Okami was the first game to ever feature a wolf character.
#13 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3782 posts) -
@Kjellm87 said:

@HumanityPlague: Many games borrows from Zelda, only fair to take a little back. :)


Yeah, but Okami came out just a few months before Twilight Princess, and TP was originally scheduled for release a year earlier. So, his logic is incredibly flawed. The wolf stuff had been shown off for a while by that point.
#14 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

Yep. It's got some problems (the wolf sections can be a little tedious) but overall it's still a great game.

#15 Edited by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Okami is tedious as shit. Its a longwinded game. Twilight Princess stays fun throughout. Mechanically there's no comparison at all unless you're a hipster weirdo who canonizes every goddamn thing Clover ever made. The idea that Zelda stole from Okami, that someone can say that straight faced,  is fucking priceless though. Internet, never change. 

#16 Posted by Landon (4138 posts) -

Get the GameCube version. Waggle controls are stupid and the Wii version of TP  is nothing but waggle when it comes to combat. 

#17 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (3071 posts) -

Wind Waker is probably the better Zelda game, but Twilight Princess is worth a play.

#18 Posted by Marz (5648 posts) -

Dunno why you mentioned your age...  have you taken such a long hiatus from gaming that you don't know what games play like in the past few years? But yes if you liked Ocarina and Wind Waker, it just plays like an updated version of those games.  You might even like Darksiders if you want more zelda similar goodness.

#19 Posted by laserbolts (5319 posts) -
@HumanityPlague

"No" springs to mind. If you want to play TP, just play Okami. It's where Twilight Princess stole most of it's ideas from. "Link turns into a wolf", Gee, I wonder where they came up with that idea from?

Such a dumb, uninformed comment to make. Anyways yeah it's definitely worth playing if you're a fan of Zelda games.
#20 Posted by css_switchfoot (119 posts) -

hijacking this thread

what handheld zelda games should i play? i havn't played any since link's awakening

#21 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I'll tell you once I finish my two Wii games.

#22 Posted by DrBendo (240 posts) -

This seems like an odd question. It's the same Zelda game they've been re-releasing for years. The formula was about a decade old when it was released, so a couple of years could hardly make any difference. I suspect it plays out exactly like all of the others do and exactly like the next one will. The Zelda games would have to improve and evolve for one to suddenly feel dated.
 
It's obviously dated in a graphical sense, but no more so than the newest Wii games are. All in all, I can't see how there would be any difference between playing the game today and playing it when it was released. You know exactly what it is and how it plays.
 
That said, the Gamecube version might be best, though. I forget if the Wii allowed the player to use a proper controller, and the waggle shit is just awful. You may play/enjoy the Wii and tolerate the controls more than I, but I think few would disagree that the Gamecube control is far superior an option. The graphical differences between the two are virtually non-existent.

#23 Posted by craigbo180 (1739 posts) -
@css_switchfoot said:

hijacking this thread

what handheld zelda games should i play? i havn't played any since link's awakening

Minish Cap. Also GBA version of Link to the Past if you have never played Link to the Past.
#24 Posted by Brendan (7771 posts) -

It's similar enough to slightly older Zelda games that if they hold up for you then TP is going to hold up for you.

#25 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3782 posts) -

@css_switchfoot said:

hijacking this thread

what handheld zelda games should i play? i havn't played any since link's awakening

The two Oracles games are the best handheld games aside from Link's Awakening and Link to the Past (which doesn't really count).

#26 Posted by css_switchfoot (119 posts) -

@Wrighteous86 said:

@css_switchfoot said:

hijacking this thread

what handheld zelda games should i play? i havn't played any since link's awakening

The two Oracles games are the best handheld games aside from Link's Awakening and Link to the Past (which doesn't really count).

Interesting I hadn't heard of them. Are they the same game like pokemon blue/red or are they completely different?

#27 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3782 posts) -

@css_switchfoot said:

@Wrighteous86 said:

@css_switchfoot said:

hijacking this thread

what handheld zelda games should i play? i havn't played any since link's awakening

The two Oracles games are the best handheld games aside from Link's Awakening and Link to the Past (which doesn't really count).

Interesting I hadn't heard of them. Are they the same game like pokemon blue/red or are they completely different?

They're made by Capcom, but I think they're better than Minish Cap (also made by Capcom). They are two separate games and stories (one emphasizes Zelda puzzles, the other Zelda combat, but both are good). When you beat one, you get a code that you can enter into the other, and characters, items, and plot points will cross over. If you play through both games, the second one has an additional ending dungeon and boss that ties the two games together even more.

Those two games take more from Link's Awakening than any other Zelda game, while Minish Cap is kind of more like a 2D Wind Waker-styled game.

#28 Posted by MetalMoog (908 posts) -

I just bought this game two weeks ago brand new from Wal-Mart as the new Nintendo Selects line have been released. OMG is it awesome. It's made me love single player non-online gaming again. Fuck me it's good. I enjoy it much more than I did Orcarina of Time for N64.

#29 Posted by FreakAche (2953 posts) -

You'd have a better experience playing Wind Waker a second time.

#30 Posted by GS_Dan (1403 posts) -

It was alright. My least favourite Zelda console game by far though.

#31 Posted by MikkaQ (10283 posts) -

If you do play it, stay patient. TP has one of the longest most boring introductory sequences in recent memory. Its two hours before anything really happens, so just stick with it.

#32 Posted by dungbootle (2457 posts) -

If you do play it, play the Gamecube version. Wii version's mirrored world is wack.

#33 Posted by Gamer_152 (14072 posts) -

Yep, it definitely still holds up and stands out as one of the Wii's greatest games to date. If you liked Wind Waker and OoT I find it very unlikely you won't enjoy Twilight Princess too.

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#34 Edited by _jackbauer (26 posts) -
@drbendo said:

This seems like an odd question. It's the same Zelda game they've been re-releasing for years. The formula was about a decade old when it was released, so a couple of years could hardly make any difference. I suspect it plays out exactly like all of the others do and exactly like the next one will. The Zelda games would have to improve and evolve for one to suddenly feel dated.  It's obviously dated in a graphical sense, but no more so than the newest Wii games are. All in all, I can't see how there would be any difference between playing the game today and playing it when it was released. You know exactly what it is and how it plays.

It may seem odd to you because you assume I know stuff about Twilight Princes, but I don't - hence this thread.  I played WW in 2k3 so it's been a while. 
 
Thanks for the advice everyone, I just got back from buying it for GC.
#35 Posted by JasonR86 (9657 posts) -
@_jackbauer
 
You will.  Twilight Princess is probably the best version of the Ocarina of Time-style Zelda game.  Take that for what it is worth.  But keep in mind, it stars off really slow.
#36 Posted by phish09 (1109 posts) -
@HumanityPlague said:

"No" springs to mind. If you want to play TP, just play Okami. It's where Twilight Princess stole most of it's ideas from. "Link turns into a wolf", Gee, I wonder where they came up with that idea from?

Are you seriosuly try to say that Zelda is an Okami rip off?  Because if you are...
 
Anyway, I think TP is an amazing game, but I haven't played it since it came out.  Though when it came out I played it for 25 hours in a 48 hour period.  It was bliss.
#37 Posted by Stigs (30 posts) -

Yes, it still holds up very well in my opinion. Then again Zelda has always been one of my favorite franchises so I may be a little biased. 

#38 Posted by rmanthorp (3913 posts) -

Yep, it is awesome!

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#39 Posted by Spoonman671 (4597 posts) -

I would go with Majora's Mask instead, or maybe even Darksiders.

#40 Posted by drag (1223 posts) -
@css_switchfoot said:

hijacking this thread

what handheld zelda games should i play? i havn't played any since link's awakening

minish cap is fantastic 
#41 Posted by christ0phe (952 posts) -

Tried playing it the other day on the Wii, it was atrocious, I couldn't even look at it, and goddamn the Wii controls are so dumb

#42 Posted by Vitor (2815 posts) -

@Wrighteous86 said:

@HumanityPlague said:

"No" springs to mind. If you want to play TP, just play Okami. It's where Twilight Princess stole most of it's ideas from. "Link turns into a wolf", Gee, I wonder where they came up with that idea from?

Maybe one of the many other Zelda games where Link changes into forms that have different abilities, like Ocarina, Majora, Link to the Past, etc. Or you know, I guess Okami... which was just released a few months earlier (and Twilight Princess was being worked on longer, and originally scheduled for a release a year earlier.) I'm sure they just tossed in the wolf stuff in those last months to steal from Okami despite all the wolf information that had been released to the public long before Okami came out. It's definitely worth playing, but it's not one of the best in the series.

Logic is flawed, on that I agree.

However, he's right in saying that Okami was a vastly superior game and totally out Zelda'd Zelda. At least, I thought so. But then, I found TP somewhat disappointing and dated at the time. Didn't manage to recreate that amazing sense of discovery I'd felt with Wind Waker.

#43 Posted by JasonR86 (9657 posts) -
@Vitor
 
I would put Okami and TP on the same level of quality personally.  To the OP, you should play both games as they are both on the Wii.
#44 Posted by The_Hiro_Abides (1261 posts) -

I wonder what the good price used is? I mean it's in the "Nintendo Selects" category. So I would just buy it new for $20 if I was interested in it.

To answer the OP, it's not bad. It's worth playing if you like Zelda games.

#45 Posted by Contro (2040 posts) -

Yes. Play the Gamecube version if you can.
#46 Posted by _jackbauer (26 posts) -
@the_hiro_abides: I don't own a Wii, just a Gamecube.
#47 Posted by LostRebel (111 posts) -

Yes, right up until you turn into a wolf, then it's shit.

#48 Posted by mamaluigi32 (12 posts) -
@_jackbauer: I guess if your going to get for a good price, but in my personal opinion twilight princess was one of my least favorite Zelda games. I would buy The Wind Waker or the four swords if those ever show up in a good price.
#49 Posted by Herocide (440 posts) -

Yes, but only the Gamecube version. Play it the way it was meant to be played.

#50 Posted by sgjackson (529 posts) -

Grab the GC version. I think TP is quality overall - some of it is definitely tedious, but a lot of it is fantastic. It's worth playing if you're a Zelda fan.

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