Friday, November 17, 2006
My thoughts on Gamespot's "low" Zelda score
By now a ton of you have seen the Gamespot review of Twilight Princess. Now I've seen the message boards saying "Death to Jeff Gerstmann" or petitions to re-review the game by someone else. It is times like these when I'm glad I have this site to share my own views on things like this.
Let me tell you right now that I have not played Twilight Princess yet, but from reading his review I can already see that he was wrong on a few things and its easy to see. He says that the game offers nothing "new" to the franchise: "it's still a little disappointing that the series hasn't evolved much at all with this latest installment." Huh? He lost me on that one. I've read just about all of the reviews and previews for this game and I've seen a lot of which that couldn't be done on previous Zelda games.
Here are some brand new things to the Zelda franchise that I know about just from reading other site's impressions:
1. The game uses the Wii remote for free motion in sword fighting and for aiming your arrow/hookshot/slingshot etc.
2. Link can transform into a Wolf and can talk to animals while in this form.
3. The story telling has been transformed into a much more deep and rich experience than ever before.
4. This is the first 3-D Zelda game where link has been an adult(or young man at least) from the very beginning of the game.
5. For the first time in a Zelda game Link can now sword fight while riding on a horse or other animal.
These are just things that I've read about that you can do in this new Zelda that could not or have not been done before in previous Zelda games. I'm sure I can find more once I've played the entire game all the way through. The series hasn't evolved much at all he says? Changing much more would make this game not really a Zelda game anymore and something completely different. If Tingle is the star of the next Zelda, I'm sure Jeff will get his wish (I hope to god that rumor is not true).
Another point of reference is the fact that Gamespot decided to pick Jeff Gerstmann a reviewer that should only review Xbox360 games since he is a known Xbox fanboy. It is also known that he has never really liked the Wii and its unique control. How could anyone expect a fair review of a game when it already has those things going against it with the reviewer himself? Yes it is only 1 review but it looks glaringly worse when this is the only review that received lower than a 9 score out of all the reviews so far. Also most of the reviews out there are giving Twilight Princess 10's and 9.9's. Something just looks way too fishy about this Gamespot review. This is why they assign reviewers to review for certain systems, like IGN does. You get far less of a chance of something like this happening just because the reviewer doesn't really like or "get" the Wii and its controller.
Shame and utter embarrassment to Gamespot and all of its editors for this ridiculous and strange review.
Link to Gamespot review