Greetings, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and getting stuck into whatever game you’ve picked up over the last week or so. I chose one to pick up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild because, well, I love Zelda. So, I thought it was pretty fitting to do this weeks Flashback Friday about my all time favourite Zelda game of the series.
LoZ: Twilight Princess was developed and published by Nintendo and first appeared on the Gamecube and the Wii. Originally, it was planned for release in 2005, but was delayed so the devs could refine the game and port it to the Wii ready for the consoles launch. Twilight Princess was given amazing reviews by critics and fans, and it continues to be my favourite Zelda game to this day.
I kind of came to the Zelda series very late in my gaming life – and I was introduced to Twilight Princess while I was incredibly, incredibly hungover and in bed. Once I picked that controller up, it completely took over my life for the next week or so. I became hooked. I couldn’t stop until I had completed every part of the story and knew everything about that world.
So, you play as Link, who is the hero who can save Hyrule from being taken into a parallel dimension, commonly referred to the Twilight Realm. You’re accompanied by a little imp-like, twilight resident called Midna who assists you in puzzles and your journey through Hyrule to save the world. I should also mention that in TP, you’re able to transform into a wolf. You read that right – a wolf.
I have played Twilight Princess many many times on the Gamecube and also on the Wii – with many three heart files completed and I still cannot believe how incredible the game looks. There are times that I have been galloping across Hyrule Field on Epona – and as the sun starts to set it feels so magical. It really sets my heart on fire.
But, that does not mean that it is not home to some annoying little quirks. There is one part in Twilight Princess that really makes my blood boil, but that may just be because I have played it so many times that it is just irritating. But, saying that, I remember playing it for the first time and getting super, duper irritated at this part. During the early part of your journey, you have to enter into the Twilight filled areas of Hyrule and free the Light Spirits. This involves you transforming into a wolf and finding these annoying little light bugs that are hidden around the area. It sounds really simple and the standard ‘Zelda’ like missions, but believe me when I tell you, it’s annoying as pure hell. These bugs are hiding in the worst places and it’s dumb. They will hide high on walls, behind boulders, inside crates… just, no.
In all, Twilight Princess is still a game that I will hold in high regard. It started my love for the Zelda series and turned me into the obsessive gamer I am today. Everything about it is beautiful, challenging and it will grip you from start to finish. One thing is for certain though… I will always, always be in love with the Twilight.