After promising to give us a more realistic Zelda game at E3 2001, Nintendo then lied to us next year and gave us a cartoon styled zelda game nobody asked for. Nintendo basically gave a giant middle finger to it's fans at E3 2002. We had to wait another 3 years to finally get a good Zelda game after the series went through a dark age of those stupid cartoon-styled games. I'm going to explain my comprehensive opinion on this ongoing dumpster fire of a game.
The gameplay is a huge step down from the N64 games. Combat is absymal. Everytime you hit something, an annoying ear piercing noise plays when you hit an enemy. Like imagine in GTA, when everytime you shoot or attack someone, every successful hit plays a loud noise. That would get VERY annoying. Also don't get me started on the Quick-Time attacks, they don't work half the time cause everytime i do a head slash on a Darknut, nothing happens!!!! Also during combat, Link does things you didn't want him to do, like always jump in the air when you finish a combo on an enemy leaving you wide open for enemies to attack you. The sword in this game is useless, it's nothing but a plastic dildo. You always have to get in very close to attack enemies. Why is the master sword in this game the size of a dildo?! Also Link moves and climbs SO SLOW..... Also why are we traveling by boat?! I thought I was playing Zelda not Assassin's creed.
The graphics are unacceptable for a Zelda game, the cartoon artstyle does not fit a gritty and dark series like Zelda. The characters have these noticeable outlines on them, its like the models aren't even finished! Don't even get me started on the faces on NPC's, they are ugly and horrifying looking. The people on Windfall don't look like human beings because they look so ugly. The draw distance is stupid, when it's raining or it's night when Im at sea, i can't see jack shit because everything is covered up by a grey haze and I can't see what's up ahead.
Oh god, where do I even begin.... For starters, i consider this game along with it's sequels non-canon because it claims that Link didn't go back to his childhood in Ocarina of Time when that never happened. And Wind Wakers plot has a bunch of absurd actions and deus ex machinas. Link should have died when he got tossed across the great sea. There no way the KORL knew that Link was trying to save his sister. Also why does the Master Sword need the prayers of the Earth and Wind sages to repel evil?! It wasn't like that in all other games it was featured in! Also how is Tetra (A whiny little shit) a descendant of PRINCESS ZELDA?! there is no damn proof that Tetra is related to Zelda. Ganondorf has been ruined by this game, he is portrayed as a fat man and his voice doesn't sound intimidating at all. He is also a pedophile in this game. This incarnation of Link is not worthy of being a hero. He always gets himself into trouble and let himself get punched by ganondorf. Also He FALLS IN LOVE WITH A BIRD GIRL. No just no. Also how is Medli and Makar related to Laruto and Fado? They're not even the same species! The story is a mess, I'd take Sonic 06's story over this!
Most of the music is forgettable and very off key. The Zelda theme is only heard at the very beginning of the game! That's like having a Mario game without the classic main theme!
This game is the worst Zelda game I've ever played. I don't know why people consider this a good game. It's not. 2/10