Opinion Wii U 1

Twilight Princess HD’s Graphics are Glorious

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When I first booted up Twilight Princess HD, I knew I’d be awed. What I didn’t know was just how much awe I’d be in. I remember the Gamecube’s/Wii’s visuals to this day, and I never realized back then how hard on the eyes it could be. In the opening movie, I had to squint sometimes from the glare. In HD, not only was it easy and pleasant to look like, but the textures put the original utterly to shame. As I watched Link and Rusl sit by the creek and chat, I commented to my friend that the water looked delicious. It actually made me thirsty.

The visuals work so well in part because of being clearer and easier to focus on, and also due to the added attention to detail.
The visuals work so well in part because of being clearer and easier to focus on, and also due to the added attention to detail.

The updated graphics do come with a few chuckle-inducing hiccups. While chopping up the cage one of the forest monkeys was held captive in, I managed to accidentally move Link inside the cage with the monkey. This wasn’t a problem, as I was able to walk right back out and finish demolishing the wooden prison. I also had a moment in the forest temple where a section of stairs had a hitbox smaller than the mesh. These silly nuances present no problem to gameplay, however, and serve more as an amusement than anything else.

I explored every inch of Hyrule on the Gamecube and now feel as if I’ve entered an entirely new realm. Twilight Princess HD is every bit as incredible as the original, and then some.

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  • Salmando (a.k.a ‘Bleh’)

    I’d like to see more pictures. I remember too things about the wii version. 1 – It was blurry (all wii games where blurry), and 2. – Many areas of the game simply had a lower poly count than i liked.

    2 is my problem. I know you can slap a hd image on something, but it only makes some things look sharper. I can honestly only recall edges of some areas though.

    Also, i would have liked it if they made the hyrule field a little more lively – some flowers or more trees or something. Never was a huge fan of the world layout for this game – probably the only zelda i didn’t thoroughly explore.

    Also, pissed that it was sold out on me.