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« on: November 18, 2006, 03:32:22 AM »

Hey all, the Gamespot Zelda review is up http://www.gamespot.com/events/wiilaunch/story.html?sid=6161993&pid=928519&tag=topslot;action;1&om_act=convert&click=topslot

The score is
Spoiler for Hiden:
8.8
which is what I thought the game would get when I started to hear all the graphics complaints from reviewers. I don't really give a crap about the game but I know a lot of you are excited about it and a lot of people here like GS reviews-so..HAVE AT IT!! Is it a fair review? You tell me  Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2006, 03:38:19 AM »

I think as far as Zelda goes, you either know you are going to buy it already or you don't care.  My only interest in reviews is how the Cube version stacks up against the Wii once they finally release it. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2006, 03:43:49 AM »

Considering that the reviewer's main complaint is about the controls, I think the game might actually be better on the Gamecube.  :icon_eek:
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2006, 03:49:24 AM »

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on November 18, 2006, 03:43:49 AM

Considering that the reviewer's main complaint is about the controls, I think the game might actually be better on the Gamecube.  :icon_eek:

Is the GC version still cancelled?  That was #1 on my kids Xmas list until they backed off on producing it.  Frankly, I could do without the whole Wii thing, just keep pumping out GC games.  thumbsup
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2006, 03:59:53 AM »

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on November 18, 2006, 03:43:49 AM

Considering that the reviewer's main complaint is about the controls, I think the game might actually be better on the Gamecube.  :icon_eek:

And yet every other impression I have read says it controls better on the Wii and they would never go back to playing it on a Gamecube controller.
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2006, 04:02:24 AM »

Quote from: Kobra on November 18, 2006, 03:49:24 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on November 18, 2006, 03:43:49 AM

Considering that the reviewer's main complaint is about the controls, I think the game might actually be better on the Gamecube.  :icon_eek:

Is the GC version still cancelled?  That was #1 on my kids Xmas list until they backed off on producing it.  Frankly, I could do without the whole Wii thing, just keep pumping out GC games.  thumbsup

It was never cancelled. Zelda for GC comes out next month.
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2006, 04:06:13 AM »

Good score. Interesting that it's a good deal lower than most other sites and it's Gerstmann who is the reviewer. He's known for not being a big fan of the Wii and it's control method.

Also worth noting is how he blatantly spoils some of the items from the end of the game. He should know better than that.  :icon_sad:
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2006, 04:12:03 AM »

Quote from: siege on November 18, 2006, 04:06:13 AM

Good score. Interesting that it's a good deal lower than most other sites and it's Gerstmann who is the reviewer. He's known for not being a big fan of the Wii and it's control method.

Also worth noting is how he blatantly spoils some of the items from the end of the game. He should know better than that.  :icon_sad:

Welcome to "reason Ron doesn't read gamespot #32454".  Thats shameful.
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2006, 04:20:07 AM »

I think it is funny that you said this is the score you figured it would get when every other site I can find that has reviewed the game has given it a 9+  Is the review fair?  I wont be able to tell you until I beat the game because I dont want anything spoiled for me.
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2006, 04:21:43 AM »

Quote from: GatorFavre on November 18, 2006, 04:20:07 AM

I think it is funny that you said this is the score you figured it would get when every other site I can find that has reviewed has given it a 9+ 

Well, it is Calvin, and we know how much he loves Nintendo.  icon_wink
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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2006, 04:48:14 AM »

Quote from: siege on November 18, 2006, 04:21:43 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on November 18, 2006, 04:20:07 AM

I think it is funny that you said this is the score you figured it would get when every other site I can find that has reviewed has given it a 9+ 

Well, it is Calvin, and we know how much he loves Nintendo.  icon_wink

It's okay.  Nintendo loves Calvin.  Nintendo loves everybody.
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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2006, 06:37:34 AM »

I haven't read the review because I too heard there were some heavy spoilers in it.  However, as many others have already noted, not only is the score an outlier but almost every other review has been full of praise for the Wii controls.  Plus, that's lower than Gerstmann scored Wind Waker and, again, I have yet to hear of anyone imply that WW is the superior game. 

So, yeah, I can't really say that review gives me pause for a single second. 
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« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2006, 09:44:54 AM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 18, 2006, 06:37:34 AM

I haven't read the review because I too heard there were some heavy spoilers in it.  However, as many others have already noted, not only is the score an outlier but almost every other review has been full of praise for the Wii controls.  Plus, that's lower than Gerstmann scored Wind Waker and, again, I have yet to hear of anyone imply that WW is the superior game. 

So, yeah, I can't really say that review gives me pause for a single second. 

why would an 8.8 give you pause anyway?  is that bad or something to you?  some of you guys in this thread seem to imply that you differentiate a huge amount between 8.8 and 9.5, I don't see why that would be the case?

as for spoilers, I only watched the video review and I didn't notice anything of the sort in that.  I didn't bother reading the text review though so maybe it's only in there
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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2006, 11:21:15 AM »

Ouch, what was the last Zelda game to be scored below 9?
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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2006, 02:46:47 PM »

ROFL, wait til you guys see Gamestop's Black Friday t-shirts. You'll understand why the scores are so high.
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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2006, 03:21:04 PM »

I don't understand the uproar over an 8.8 either.  That still seems pretty good to me.  I read Tom Chick's review and he seemed to like it quite a bit.  Although he seemed to imply that the Gamecube version might be just as good.  He didn't really remark about the controls one way or the other.  My gaming tastes tend to mirror his so I might get the Cube version when it comes out.  It might be nice to get the little purple box out of the attic for one more game. 

Concerning the Wiimote in general.  I played Madden for the Wii for about 30 minutes at Micro Center yesterday.  I'll grant that I am VERY used to madden with a standard gamepad.  But I cannot see how anyone could find the Wii control scheme for Madden to be simpler and more intuitive.  That seemed to be the opinion of the Gamespot Zelda reviewer as well.  To me the controller is everything for the Wii.  My two first-hand Wiimote experiences so far (Excite Truck and Madden,) have not been good.



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« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2006, 03:57:32 PM »

For what it's worth, I've trusted Gamespot reviews 9-times-out-of-10 . They've been pretty spot-on and on-par with how I would've reviewed any particular game. Unlike IGN which tends to overrate every single game they review, I actually like Gamespot's harsh and critical eye when it comes to reviews.

That being said, I think it's safe to say that by virtue of it's pedigree, it was pretty much a given that any Zelda game released would automatically receive glowing perfect-10 reviews. It's almost as if people are afraid of critically reviewing the game or automatically assume it's going to be awesome (after all, it's Nintendo's bread-n-butter franchise).
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« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2006, 04:04:09 PM »

Quote from: KePoW on November 18, 2006, 09:44:54 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 18, 2006, 06:37:34 AM

I haven't read the review because I too heard there were some heavy spoilers in it.  However, as many others have already noted, not only is the score an outlier but almost every other review has been full of praise for the Wii controls.  Plus, that's lower than Gerstmann scored Wind Waker and, again, I have yet to hear of anyone imply that WW is the superior game. 

So, yeah, I can't really say that review gives me pause for a single second. 

why would an 8.8 give you pause anyway?  is that bad or something to you?  some of you guys in this thread seem to imply that you differentiate a huge amount between 8.8 and 9.5, I don't see why that would be the case?

There is a perception to many that below a 9 for a Zelda game is "bad".  I don't necessarilly share it but the perception is definitely out there. 

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I read Tom Chick's review and he seemed to like it quite a bit.  Although he seemed to imply that the Gamecube version might be just as good.  He didn't really remark about the controls one way or the other.

I haven't read his review, but he was quite complimentary on the Wii controls in a post he made on QT3.
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« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2006, 04:38:05 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 18, 2006, 04:04:09 PM


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I read Tom Chick's review and he seemed to like it quite a bit.  Although he seemed to imply that the Gamecube version might be just as good.  He didn't really remark about the controls one way or the other.

I haven't read his review, but he was quite complimentary on the Wii controls in a post he made on QT3.

I did see that.  He also really likes Excite Truck from what I read.  My first taste of Excite truck was at EB last week.  No AI trucks in split screen (WTF?), very floaty controls, and 2003ish graphics all combined to make it seem very mediocre to me.
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« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2006, 04:41:35 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 18, 2006, 04:04:09 PM

There is a perception to many that below a 9 for a Zelda game is "bad".  I don't necessarilly share it but the perception is definitely out there. 

well if you don't think that way, that's cool.  for those that do, I have some not so nice things to say because it's completely illogical =P
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« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2006, 07:19:16 PM »

"The combat controls using the Wii Remote may feel somewhat different from past games, but it doesn't draw you into the experience any more than using a standard controller would, and at worst, it's imprecise."

The Wii is dead. I'm sticking with the GC version. 
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« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2006, 07:30:27 PM »

Quote from: Ridah on November 18, 2006, 07:19:16 PM

"The combat controls using the Wii Remote may feel somewhat different from past games, but it doesn't draw you into the experience any more than using a standard controller would, and at worst, it's imprecise."

The Wii is dead. I'm sticking with the GC version. 

Why would they? Not suprised.
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« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2006, 08:06:28 PM »

Thank god someone had the balls to review the game, and not the franchise.
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