Probably the most anticipated Nintendo DS game ever (which by gaming industry standars means for roughly the last couple of years) The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is finally here. Well, almost. But, what's a bit of waiting when Link's first stylus controlled adventure is only a few weeks from reaching our eager hands and Hyrule will soon take over both of Nintendo's portable nifty little screens? Nothing, that's what.
But is it any good, I hear you ask. Of course it is. It's bloody brilliant, filled with dungeons, sporting lovely cell-shaded graphics, featuring Wi-Fi multiplayer gaming and progressing WindWaker's story. Here's a selection of the more important reviews:
Eurogamer (9/10): Stunning controls and graphics. An excellent, fresh yet short (for the franchise's standards, that is) Zelda game and the most complete game on the DS.
CVG (10/10): Not only is Phantom Hourglass testament to the d-pad/analogue-trumping capacity of touch screen control - it's also proof that Nintendo still has what it takes to create real gamers' games. A masterpiece.
GamerZines (10/10): Perfectly intuitive controls, consistently brilliant puzzles, some repetitive gameplay. Gaming on the DS really doesn't get much better than this.
GameBrink (97%): Huge variety of puzzles, wonderful presentation, free exploration, an amazing game bursting with variety unhindered by the mainly touch screen only controls.
According to metacritic.com and GameRankings.com Zelda PH also received a mighty 90% from Games TM and Edge, 94% from Game Master magazine and 95% from NGamer. Probably a safe bet, then...
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