There are only a few days to go now, but the UK launch trailer for Twilight Princess HD has just been released, and with it comes a wealth of new images. In the trailer, we get an updated look at nearly every environment, as well as most characters, several cutscenes and even a few boss/miniboss battles. Strangely, Ilia appears to be the only character with a particularly different face in the new version (GC/Wii on the left, Wii U on the right).
Honestly though, after that trailer, there’s only one face I care about.
The updated environments and graphics look incredible and though it’ll be a little jarring playing as the left-handed Link from the GameCube version in the right-handed world of the Wii version (as I said in this post), Friday can’t get here soon enough. Twilight Princess HD is releasing March 4 in the Americas and Europe.
I was tempted to do a list of my favorite games of the year in general, but everyone’s already played Smash 4 and Shovel Knight, and I’d feel weird making a list like that when I still have such a big backlog of games to play from 2014. So instead, I’m making a list of a few great games that flew under a lot of peoples’ radars
Act III came out this year, so I can plug one of my favorite adventure games ever! Kentucky Route Zero tells a surreal story with the utmost care and attention to detail. Rather than focusing on inventory puzzles, the meat of the gameplay comes through simple dialogue trees. But instead of making moral choices, you’re mainly tasked with sculpting the characters. Its genius is very subtle yet simultaneously mystifying, and the only way to truly appreciate it is to play it
Lovely Planet is honestly the best shooter I’ve played in years. It takes the simple mechanics of running, jumping, and shooting and makes them feel more satisfying than ever, then wraps it up in a cheerful, minimalist package. There’s a lot of trial and error involved because both you and your enemies die in one shot, but before long you’ll be zipping through the short levels and sniping enemies from midair while listening to its adorably catchy soundtrack
A goat who was imprisoned for practicing witchcraft and a mouse that sometimes wears a wizard hat work together to solve platforming puzzles and make their way through dungeons. Like the first, it has excellent puzzles that are just difficult enough to make you scratch your head, but not impossible or unfair. And it has a goat
Shovel Knight amazed everyone this year as a finely crafted tribute to NES action games like Mega Man and Zelda II, and Freedom Planet does the same for Genesis mascot platformers like Sonic and Rocket Knight Adventures. It’s basically like Sonic with combat, although putting it like that isn’t doing it justice. It also has a fun story with three playable female protagonists and, surprisingly, full voice acting, although the cutscenes can be disabled
A “walking simulator” that tasks you with exploring the Washington countryside circa 2400 AD, long after the fall of civilization. One of your main goals is to collect evidence and piece together the story of what happened, but the game’s world is much more expansive and open ended than those found in other games in the genre. There are also some light, unobtrusive survival elements
A musical first person exploration and puzzle game. Interacting with mechanisms in the environment to solve the puzzles restores life to the game’s world and also generates beautiful electronic music. It’s a pretty simple premise, so beyond that I’ll just let the impressive trailer speak for itself
7. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (3DS, Wii U) [trailer]
Easily the most well known game on this list, but still. The third Shantae game is the best Metroidvania game I’ve ever played other than Super Metroid and its soundtrack is some of Jake Kaufman’s finest work, but I was most surprised by its story. The female characters’ fairly fanservice-y designs may be a bit uncomfortable at times, I’ll admit, but the writing itself is hilarious and self aware, and it gives surprising depth to the main cast. It’s one of the only games I can think of where the hero’s friends are still living their own lives instead of sitting around and waiting for you to save the world, for one thing. And it’s also just a lot of fun
This is by no means a complete list of all the underappreciated games of 2014, just a select few that I don’t think got enough attention. If any of these sound interesting to you then they’re definitely worth your time
I feel like the whole female link thing stirred up because people saw the initial zelda wii u trailer and were like “woah, this link looks androgynous, what if female link???!!?” and then linkle came out and people were like well now we gotta have female link (even tho linkle was made specifically bc of Hyrule Warriors)
this is followed by like a zillion fake ass leaks about fem link and people going ah yes femlink has to happen because look this render looks new yadda yadda basic E3 shit on the same tier as fake pokemon leaks
so now everyone is getting upset over no female link in wii u despite nintendo’s zelda team giving no real leeway into the idea besides ‘eeeh maybe?’
and now we have this absolutely gorgeous looking game and the cutest link since WW and people are still finding a way to complain about something
tldr people got their own hopes up and are now getting mad at nintendo about it