Twilight no more.

Posted: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 18:44:36 PDT
Twilight Princess – Finished!
About a week or so ago I finally beat Twilight Princess. I always planned to beat it within 40hrs but that never happened. After I finished the second to last boss, I seemed to either get sidetracked helping the Gorons, collecting rupees or just riding “Banshi” (the name I chose for my horse otherwise known as “Epona”) around instead of warping.

Sometimes, I found myself at Lake Hylia just because the music at the lake was so enchanting. Even the music at sunrise when I was running across the land seemed to entrance me and I spent more time avoiding the final battle than I should of; tracking down the wolf so I could learn the ancient techniques instead. I guess I really wanted to take everything in before it was over.

The final battle with Ganon was phenomenal! With some nice surprises, it was a truly memorable bout to the end. Highlander style. The ending was just as incredible as I envisioned it and also a little sad. As any goodbye or ending is…

I felt a slight void after Twilight Princess was over. Since beating it, I have been playing Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin more often and downloaded a few Virtual Console games. I don’t have as much time as I’d like to just sit and play a game, so having a good game to play during my downtime, even if just for an hour or so, does make a difference.

Koei’s Romance of the 3 Kingdoms:Wall of Fire(SNES) is one of the games I’ve recently downloaded. It takes a while to create all your officers, train your army and build up your city so I haven’t played a long session with this one yet. It definitely brings back memories of playing the Sega Saturn version of the game which included full motion video cut scenes that I know the SNES version doesn’t have.

Another difference between the SNES and Saturn versions is the SNES version’s graphics aren’t as good. I was surprised by the number of original faces that you can choose for the ruler and officers and was able to quickly spot my favorites. It’s been some time since I’ve played Romance of the 3 Kingdoms so remembering all the stats and details I used to play with is impossible. There are a few scenarios to choose from when you start out. I’d much rather start off with just one city and work my way across the land so I’ll see how far I can get.

The other game I decided to get is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Also available for download on the Wii so I decided to add that one to my growing VC collection too. Classic SNES Zelda. I don’t think I beat this one back then, so maybe I can do it this time. What better way to further my appreciation for the Zelda series than to replay some of the past Zeldas.
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Twilight Princess…amazing just amazing….

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