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Twilight Princess / The Wii House: Day One
Written by James Hobbs

James and Ed went to the secret Wii House in London...

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Ahh, Twilight Princess. You gave me such a fright on the Wii Tour. A recommendation to everyone - if you're a serious fan of Zelda, then do not play the E3 demo that's currently circulating on the Wii Tour. It quite simply does not do this game justice. Twilight Princess, despite some of the shortcomings that we've seen, is quite simply a beautiful game. An air of quaint romanticism seems to permeate the game - it's incredibly relaxing to just explore, go for a swim, or to fish. There doesn't seem to be any great rush with anything, and this is an incredible contrast to the other Wii games - high-octane, fast paced fury.

You can roam on a hillside petting giant-horned goats; you can ride Epona; you can explore beautifully designed stylised towns and villages - the game seems to scream delightfully well-realised patience at every possible oppurtunity. We are yet to explore any dungeons, but in our exclusive playtest tomorrow we should be - so far we've been exploring the villages.

Despite the somewhat limited graphics, the game somehow seems to pull it off. There are shoddy textures all over the place, and some of the characters aren't terribly well rendered, but the game exudes an overwhelming charm that somehow places these thoughts at the back of your mind. The controls have improved immeasurably since the E3 demo - the control system is introduced gradually, and in such a manner that it is very easy to pick up and learn. The pointer no longer stutters all over the screen - you can be incredibly precise without having to stand absolutely still in a certain position.

I won't go into any of the details of the plot at this stage - keep an eye out for our playtest report tomorrow.

This game is special. That's all there is to it.


1 - Introduction
2 - Wii Play impressions
3 - Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz impressions
4 - Twilight Princess impressions
5 - Tony Hawks' Downhill Jam impressions
6 - Excite Truck impressions
7 - Rayman: Raving Rabbids impressions
8 - Call of Duty 3 impressions



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