Could today's Zelda fanbase be universally pleased?
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08-11-2012, 09:02 PM
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Re: Could today's Zelda fanbase be universally pleased?
Originally Posted by
Ningan the Lone Ninja
To answer the title's question:
Fans are given
. They love it. When
is released, they hate it for it's time limitations and lack of dungeons. Then WW is released. They hate the graphics, saying they're too 'cartoony' and think it has just 4 dungeons, when in fact it has 7, almost the same number as
is released, and fans hate the graphics for being 'too dark/dull',
the exact opposite of WW
is released and fans think it's the worst Zelda game yet, saying how much they hate the Temple of the Ocean King as well as the graphics, which bear in mind,
are still developing
, which leads to
This is an oversimplification of the entire situation for multiple reasons:
-Not everyone dislikes those respective games for the reasons you've stated. In fact, I would be surprised if you could find one gamer to whom
you've said applies.
-It completely disregards other legitimate reasons gamers have for disliking those games (not that these reasons are illegitimate).
-In the case of WW and
's graphics, isn't it plausible that gamers merely want a moderate artstyle? That would be totally consistent with them disliking WW's cartoony artstyle and
's dark artstyle.
From my point of view, fans are being entirely consistent for the most part. Perhaps there won't be a Zelda game that is a favourite of everyone. But there most certainly can be a Zelda game that makes steps towards satisfying the vast majority of the fanbase.
As time progresses, fans gradually realise that they did not appreciate the games for what they were. Now, fans are demanding a remake of
, a game they previously despised. Soon, fans will begin to like WW again: I have already seen a thread called '
Wind Waker for 3DS?
'. Maybe in around 3-5 years, people will want a re-release of
, and, just maybe,
I blame this on the decline of Zelda. If newer Zelda games are declining in quality, then it's inevitable that older fans (and most likely newer ones too) will find the older games better. But they won't go back too far for fear of playing something entirely different.
Appreciation doesn't come from nowhere, and neither does a desire to play older games.
This cycle will probably continue until the end of time. Right now, people are criticising
for being too linear and easy, with Fi as a 'hand-holding guide'.
I shudder to imagine the future Zelda game that comes out that makes people begin to appreciate
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