I keep getting the feeling that it tries too hard to be a "traditional" Zelda game. It's almost like the game would of been way better if it had come out 3 years ago instead of Wind Waker. Don't get me wrong, it is a very fun game, it just seems to fall a bit flat in some areas. Like the Water temple. Was that supposed to be hard? I beat it in about 20 minutes, and the boss was a re-hash of the ameoba boss in OoT, except way easier. The original Water Temple took me a week. It's almost like the makers of TP threw in some things just to make fans of OoT feel like they were replaying OoT. Oh look, a FOREST temple! And a FIRE temple! Although these dungeons are fun, they aren't very original (except for the magnets in the Goron Mines, that was pretty neat). So far the best dungeon was the Ice Mansion, a very original concept for a dungeon. I stopped right before the Sky Dungeon, so I haven't finished the game and I don't feel terribly compelled to finish it. Which is wierd because I'm a rabid Zelda fan.
I've never felt this way about a Zelda game before. Gameplay-wise, it's classic Zelda and it's really fun, but nothing seems to "grab" me like in the older Zelda games. In OoT, I was hooked because it was the first 3D Zelda game. I was hooked on Majora's Mask because it was so dark and different compared to previous Zeldas. I was hooked on Wind Waker because of it's unique style and charm. Twilight Princess... is basically a shadow of Ocarina. Even though it's really good (It's definitely a must-buy game) it lacks so much originality that the previous games had that it ends up being not quite as compelling. Does anybody else feel the same way? I think that the wolf segments are kinda "blah" as well, going on a collect-a-thon to progress the game is SOOOO 1998. Nevertheless, it's a great game and I plan on finishing it up in the near future, when schoolwork doesn't completely consume my life like it does right now. Discuss, flame, whatever. I feel like TP is one of the weakest entries in the series and is overrated, but still a lot of fun.