Top positive review
I recommend for ages 8+.
on October 29, 2014
As a player of the series since the first Legend of Zelda, the game series has come a long way. The graphics are great, gameplay is well thought out, and there are plenty of quests from beginning to end. You'll be searching every nook and cranny for items, talking to everyone for clues, etc. The storyline is its usual theme that Zelda has been captured & needs rescuing, recapture the triforce, and to punish bad guys along the way. The swordsmanship mimics genuine fighting techniques for the large part (strikes, stabs, sideswipes, etc). The sword skills are both a pro and a con, because you have to target enemies and tilt your blade and strike with precision. This can be annoying to someone with little patience.
compared to Twilight Princess, I felt this was a step-down:
1) Flying all over the sky gets old fast, even though you're perfectly safe and never lose life for falling off.
2) there are more cheesy, cute moments at hand, almost too much storyline really.
3) the monsters and bosses are hardly intimidating.
4) "Fi" who is your guide in the game is helpful only in the first few stages of the game. After this, she's just re-affirming what you just learned a few seconds ago. Her most valuable information comes after defeating bosses or other landmark moments.
5) There are LOTS of puzzles, most of them are pretty easy.
Overall, I'd rate the game 4 of 5 stars. It's fun, but too easy for someone who likes a good challenge. I'd recommend this game for ages 8+. If you're kid is gravitating towards being a patient, perfectionist, and loves fine detail (as in searching for all the tools needed for any quest at hand) this game is good.
Because of how impressionable kids can be, I recommend acquiring this Zelda game before handing them LoZ: Twilight Princess, which is darker, edgier, and has quite a few elements that are more suitable for ages 12+.