Yesterday I browsed a little through zeldadungeon.net and came across this article:Zelda Games are Taking Longer to Get Going
I figured I'd share it with you since I think the author is really on to something. I completely agree that it's horrible how long it takes by now to actually get into the action in a Zelda game.
About 13 years ago when I first played Ocarina of Time I was still completely new to the Zelda series and also still rather new to 3D games in general. And even though the game's atmosphere immediately captured me I did get confused here and there about controls or where to go next. But that's part of the appeal. That actually makes it feel like a real adventure and personally it helped me get immersed in the game. With a game like Skyward Sword I feel like I am constantly being reminded that I am playing a game.
In my opinion the one Zelda game that had the best introduction was Majora's Mask. (because say what you want, The Legend of Zelda had a slightly too short introduction xD) And sure, I had played OoT before it, so I was familiar with most of the controls etc but I think that even a Zelda newbie shouldn't have too hard a time to get along.
The only thing that I don't quite see like the author of the above mentioned article is the fact that Twilight Princess had one of the most boring intros in a Zelda game ever. But that's probably just my personal preference since I really enjoyed the calm atmosphere in Ordon Village and Faron Woods, so I didn't mind not having to do anything action-filled right away.
But yes, in general, the gaming industry needs to stop treating us like idiots, which is exactly what they do more and more by presenting us with terribly long introductions and tutorials. The sad thing is that sometimes Skyward Sword felt like the whole game was just one giant tutorial.
So, my dear watchers, let me know what you think of this issue, I'd love to hear your opinions.