Okay, I think I should begin by saying that I am somewhat new to Zelda. I played the N64 Zelda's in the past, but I was so young that they couldn't hold my attention. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is my first REAL experience with the Zelda franchise. I bought the game about two days ago and I'm already 11 hours into it. I can hardly put it down long enough to write this review. The combination of a great storyline and intuitive controls has never been done this well. I would suggest that anyone who has the slightest interest in puzzles or RPG's play this game. If you are a non-gamer or "casual" gamer, however, you would do good to stay away from this one. Twilight Princess is for people who don't mind investing 80+ hours in one game. To me this just means that I get more bang for my buck. My only complaints about the game are that it does look like a port and the fact that there are no voice-overs. Now, the graphics are good, but every gamer knows that this game started out on the Gamecube and it shows. There is no excuse, however, for not haveing voice-overs. No Zelda has ever had voice-overs and to be honest the loyal Zelda fans are tired of reading cut scenes while Final Fantasy fans just get to sit back and relax during cut scenes. The good far out weighs the bad. This is one of the only times you will ever see me give a game a 10 out of 10.
Up until less than a month ago, Ocarina of Time enjoyed its status as the best Zelda game of all time. Well, Nintendo didn't just unseat OOT with this game, they knocked it out of the park.
Twilight Princess is in a league of its own when it comes to Zelda games. It combines the best aspects of OOT--an expansive game world, a great storyline, lots of huge dungeons--with the gameplay of Wind Waker and a deeper, more "adult" plot. The story-telling here will actually have you (and any observers) rivited, not wanting to put the game down until after the next cutscene where more of the intricately woven plot is revealed.
The game's world is massive, easily 4 times the size of OOT's, the graphics are supreme even for a title that doesn't take full advantage of the Wii's capabilities, and the gameplay itself is a refined and perfected combination of OOT's and Wind Waker's. If you are lucky enough to own a Wii, having this game in your library is a must. You will not regret a penny of the purchase price.