The Legend of Zelda
The Windwaker

Format: GameCube
RRP: £39.99
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Age Restrictions: 3+
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Legend has it that whatever evil has appeared, a hero named Link has arisen to defeat it. That legend continues on the surface of a great and mysterious sea as Link sets off on his most epic and awe-inspiring adventure yet. Aided by a magical conductor's baton called the Windwaker, he will face unimaginable monsters, explore puzzling dungeons, and meet a cast of unforgettable characters as he searches for his kidnapped sister...

So does The Windwaker live up to the hype? in short, yes. The new-look graphics work really well. While it is bound to receive criticism by some Zelda fans that it makes the game look too much like a cartoon, I thought it gave the game a fresh feel to it.

The gameplay is also very different to previous Zelda games. While there are the usual caves to negotiate, a lot of this game takes place at sea. This is fine to start with, but wandering around in your boat can be a little tedious after a while.

One piece of advice is don't rush around. Spend time searching your surroundings - the rewards will be worthwhile. There are also some great little in-game games included here - like a simple version of Battleships - that help to keep you hooked.

Thank goodness for the baddies, is all I can say. Windwaker has some great monsters to help spice the gameplay up considerably. And I think it is fair to say that without these the game would be pretty flat.

If you have bought all of the previous instalments, then you will really want to get your hands on this. Zelda fans will love it, and most other serious gamers will soon find that Windwaker is extremely addictive.

Another winner of a game for the Zelda series.

Nick Smithson

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