Genre: Action-adventure | Players: 1 | Developer: Nintendo
The cel-shaded, GameCube entry in the legacy series.
Largely unchanged from previous 3D entries in the series as Link still controls the same with lock-on targeting and auto jump. Combat is slightly tweaked with new options like parrying and taking enemy weapons. Sailing is the new mode of travel with the use of a conductor's baton that controls the wind. Link uses it to sail to a variety of islands on this adventure. Many don't like the sailing, but i found it quite enjoyable as the waves, music and various sea-faring enemies made the ocean feel more alive than the empty fields of other instalments.
Bemoaned at release, the cel-shading art-style has proven one of the game's best features. Characters are more expressive, colors are vibrant and overall very beautiful.
The soundtrack is comprised of mostly wind instruments with an Irish influence that give a relaxed, tropical island feel. Very apropos and a great listen.
Link's sister, Aryll, is kidnapped on his birthday by a giant bird, so he takes to the seas in pursuit to rescue her.
Easily found, but the Zelda pedigree carries a premium. Even used copies go for around $30 which is twice the going rate for other games.
4 Triumph Forks out of 5