Honestly, if you take out the nostalgia factor, Twilight Princess is one of my favorites. I love how it's darker than most of the Zelda games, gives you the ability to transform into a wolf, has the whole "Twilight Realm" thing going on, and has Midna! Midna is probably my most favorite character (one of the reasons being that she develops the most throughout the game)! Plus, I love the character designs.
I mean, there weren't as many sidequests and it was a bit easier, but so what? I found the game fantastic!
So, it all comes down to my question: Why does everyone hate the game so much?
I did not hate Twilight Princess.
I was disappointed.
I honestly felt this way before I was influenced by any outside opinions. Of all the Zelda games to date, it is my least favorite. I do not hate it, but it is my least favorite.
- The storyline was lacking. I felt little emotions coming from any of the characters - and Link's few facial expressions were usually really awkward or not clear. I also thought the part with the weird evil Ilia was random and a complete wtf moment and attempt at Twilight Princess trying to be scary. Twilight tried to be scary, but it wasn't. Just awkward at times. I guess it was just my feeling, but I really didn't care much for Zelda, and I could of cared less about Ilia. Most of the characters I found had little perosnality. Save for the characters in the market, oddly enough.
- The wolf idea to me was strange to begin with (and I love wolves) but the honest reason I did not like the wolf was that it had little use. The only thing special you could do is sniff. Other than that, no use. He did not even have any special final attack moves when you were fighting. I was expecting a lot more variation in control with the wolf, and all we got was basically another epona, but slower and forced to use on occasion.
- I really hated collecting those orb things. Very non-engaging and not challenging at all. Repetitive. Skyward Sword took this element, but made it much more challenging and interesting.
It just dissapointed me, I was expecting something very scary and bizzare and what I got was some sort of half baked Majora's Mask atmosphere, but you could turn into a wolf that had no uses. :/
It dissapointed me because the concept was good. The Twilight Realm is an interesting idea. Midna to me, is the only interesting character of the game and yet these good concepts were sacrificed when a really empty and unecissarily big overworld was put into place.
I did love the character designs and official artwork, that was my favorite thing about it. Otherwise, it just was not a game I felt compelled to save the world in. The music was really nice too.