I’ve been a fan of Zelda for a very long time, and I’d have to admit there’s been a fair share of stinkers in my opinion in the entire franchise. Well, maybe at-least three of them that I didn’t really enjoy like everyone else, and essentially thought they were the worst of the franchise. Keep in mind some of these titles are acclaimed well among people, and reviewers alike but I just couldn’t find a way to give them any love, and in the end came to not liking them.
Zelda II: The Adventure Of Link: By far the worst of the bunch. Zelda doesn’t work being a platformer, and I have no idea why Nintendo decided to switch from the amazing design in Link’s Awakening over to this disgusting mess for Zelda II. It wasn’t fun, and it just doesn’t feel like a Zelda game at all. It’s just one hot mess that most Zelda fans should avoid. I’d be curious if anyone actually liked this game.
The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess: I know, I know. Lots of people really liked this one, but I didn’t find myself enjoying much of the overall experience here with Princess. Sure, it looked amazing for a Gamecube title (I didn’t play the Wii version) but on terms of gameplay, and an overall feel I just didn’t enjoy the game.
The wolf bits were neat the first time, but I ended up despising those moments and just wanted to play as Human Link. I found no enjoyment running around as the wolf and killing baddies, and solving the wolf-based puzzles. They were frustrating, and the control for the wolf felt really janky. It was a neat idea, but I just felt it wasn’t executed as well as it should be. I never finished the game because of my lack of interest, and lack of “enjoyment” I had with it. I was near the end from what my friends told me, but I just can’t make myself finish it.
The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Another Zelda game that didn’t catch my eye, or keep my interest unlike the majority of the gaming world. The main reason for that being the Nintendo Wii as a console (thankfully the Wii U has moved a tad away from motion bullshit) and it’s stupid motion bullshit. The main reason I didn’t pick up TP when it had its Wii port was for that reason, and having to use the Wiimote and waggle my way through things wasn’t fun in Skyward Sword. It’s gimmicky, stupid, and really just not all that fun.
The Wii worked great for games like Wii Sports, and what-not. I just feel like Skyward Sword wasted a lot of potential being a title for the Wii, and could of done better on the Wii U by moving away from all that motion based bull-shit. And let’s be honest, the writing in this game seemed to be worse than any other, not to mention how slow the intro/tutorial segment was for this one.
Crucify me if you wish, but this the point of an opinion piece. My opinion? I thought these were the worst of the Zelda titles. What about you? What are yours?