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19: Zelda: Wind Waker (25 last year), first impression 8, replay 10, technical 8

Pros: The game just oozes style, in terms of the general aesthetics, the lavish rendering of so many things that were simple and inelegant in the N64 Zeldas and more bland in some of the more realistic Zelda games that followed, the music especially is some of the best in the franchise, instrumental and memorable. Great, distinguishing characterizations for Zelda and Ganondorf both.

Cons: Difficulty, plain and simple. This was the nadir of dungeon design and the nadir of combat pointlessness. Even the Darknuts could be wiped out by merely holding back and being patient.



Monster Hunter: pissing me off since 2010.