Jan 05,2007 00:00
Game: "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess"
System: Nintendo Wii
ESRB Rating: T
Review rating: 3 1/2 stars
While the GameCube version of this title contains identical content, the ability to use the innovative Wii controller for everything from shooting arrows to swinging swords and fishing truly enhances the experience.
Taking a cue from the movie "Ladyhawke," Link has been transformed into a deadly lycanthrope, spending his daylight hours as a human while prowling the night as a ferocious wolf. In his lupine form, Link has access to various melee attacks as well as a powerful Energy Field Multiple Strike Attacks.
Exploring the kingdom of Hyrule is enhanced by the ability to ride horses. In addition, mounted players can gallop, jump over small obstacles and attack enemies with their trusty swords. Traveling by horseback is a wonderful addition to the series. It adds great diversity and is just plain fun.
It would be nice to experience Zelda in a much higher-definition resolution. And, unfortunately, the game features text chatting with voiceless characters. Otherwise, this title is by far the best in the series.
Game: "Superman Returns"
System: Microsoft Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: T
Review rating: 2 1/2 stars
Loosely following the plot from the recent movie of the same name, "Superman Returns" adds classic villains that all seem to follow the same bad guy handbook. Basically, they invade Metropolis with their underlings, forcing Superman to smash through legions of minions until he takes out the main bad guy in a convoluted boss battle. Some boss fights are so confusing that it takes several tries before the player even knows what to do.
On the bright side, using the city as Superman's energy bar is a super idea because it gives players more incentive to act like Superman and perform good deeds.
But the incredibly average graphics in "Superman Returns," combined with its unexciting combat, create a game that even the Man of Steel can't save.
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4 stars - Must have
3 stars - Pretty good
2 stars - So-so
1 star - Don't waste your time
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Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)
T: Teen (13 and older)
E10-plus: (Everyone 10 and older)
M: Mature (17 and older)
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