The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Wolf down a second helping
Released OUT NOW! Reviewed on Wii U
Time is cruel to us all, but especially so to videogames. This is why HD remakes tend to be reserved for fan favourites; the rose- tinted glasses do most of the work. But Twilight Princess, while critically loved and a sales success, is the black sheep of the Zelda family. Without Wind Waker’s charm, can this revisit serve up anything more than a wasteland?
HD ports are often reserved for set- in- stone classics, serving simply to reinforce what we already knew. Our lasting memory of Twilight Princess was of its weaker elements, the dourness and the unsteady first steps; but replaying it reminds us that the game is much more than this. What strikes us now is the magic of the place: a world where a horse- riding hero can become a lupine steed to his own impish jockey ( your sidekick, Midna, takes great pleasure exploiting your wolf form), where spirits of ancient warriors are summoned by howling at the moon, and where dark things brew in remote mountain retreats. Wind Waker HD may bring us more nostalgic comfort, but rediscovering one of the weirder Zeldas is a thrill. Matthew Castle
Careful with that Ganondorf Amiibo: tapping him on the gamepad doubles the damage you take.
Link learns new attacks, and needs ’ em!