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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD.
After letting this game just sit on my Wii U HDD for the past 3 years I decided it was finally time to play it before Breath of the Wild releases. I rented it on GameCube back in 2003, didn't put but 3 or 4 hours into it because I was renting The Sims at the time as well, and that took up a full memory card, so I had to play Wind Waker without being able to save. Mostly what I remember of this was it being the best looking GameCube game (and possibly the best looking game of that whole console generation) and now seeing it in HD, it's become the best looking game I've seen on Wii U as well. I like how Link is always looking around and turns his head as he walks close to something suspicious, or how he shows emotion with his facial expressions. Toon Link is best Link.
The game overall looks gorgeous. I'd even say it's in my Top 5 best looking games I've ever played. It's just a shame about all these frame-rate drops I'm seeing, even when there is little action happening on screen.

The controls for the most part are good but I ran into a few issues here and there and thankfully the gyro controls with the GamePad are optional because I didn't find them to be useful one damn bit when I tried using them with the grappling hook. I definitely preferred playing on the TV with the Pro Controller and with the GamePad sitting in the dock displaying the map on the screen so I could just glance at it when needed. That is the best way to use the two screen setup and it's a shame more games didn't use it. If open world games like Borderlands or Saints Row came to Wii U then that's where I'd be playing them.

I know a lot of people complain about the sailing in this game and I can see why. Often times I've just got on the boat, aimed it in the direction I need to go next and then I just mess around on my phone for a couple minutes until I reach the destination. That's one thing I worry about with the upcoming Zelda: Breath of the Wild's map being so large is all the traveling needed.
I did like one little feature for a short time. You can write notes in a bottle and leave them floating in the ocean for the next person to find. I thought that was a nice feature until I realized that whatever you put in the note is posted to Miiverse for everybody to see, so it's not just a little personal memo intended for just one person to see. Once I realized that I stopped bothering to go out of my way to collect them.


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