Zelda Phantom Hourglass blog post 3
(We’re supposed to make blog entries for class and I’d figure I’d post it here as well to link to since the page was all stretched and annoying on the class blog…)
I had quite the scare when I booted up my game, what I saw was this, the same scene from the beginning:
I didn’t press the “erase” button, did I?! I don’t want to restart and go through the tutorial again al;skdjflakdjalkdsfja. Oh, wait. That was only a flashback thing? Okay, whew.
I think this was an interesting way to remind the player what Link’s mission is and why he’s going through all these dangerous things. I believe this is from Link’s imagination because given Tetra’s brash and confident demeanor, I don’t think she would in reality let herself seem so helpless. It reminds the player of how pertinent the adventure is and perhaps encourages them to make haste in completing the mission. But, as I said earlier, it’s up to the player to mold Link’s personality, and my Link is easily distracted and enjoys stopping to pick dandelions along the way.
And by dandelions I mean catching fish and customizing the boat to look pretty!
So far the story seems to be falling pretty well into the 3 Act Structure. The inciting incident was when Tetra jumped onto the Ghost Ship, screamed and was taken away by the Ghost Ship. Plot point numero uno is when Link and Linebeck first set sail and go to the Isle of Ember, because this game revolves around sailing and finding different islands that hold different clues as to the whereabouts of the Ghost Ship. I’m not sure if I’ve reached the first culmination yet, because I certainly haven’t reached the midpoint yet. The first culmination could possibly be completing the Temple of Fire and finding the Spirit of Power who is now accompanying me.
I imagine the midpoint will involve something about being stranded on an island without Linebeck’s ship, because he betrays you. Plot Point 2 might involve him coming back to you. The climax will be finding the Ghost Ship and the ensuing final battle. And the denouement will be “yay! Tetra was saved and everything’s back to normal, and Linebeck is joining Tetra’s pirate crew!” That is all conjecture, I could be completely wrong.
This picture is very much a good depiction of the character dynamics thus far in the game. Linebeck is not very good at hiding the fact he is using Link to do all the hard kill-all-the-baddies-and-go-through-all-the-temples work. He simply wants to find the Ghost Ship because he wants the treasure that’s supposedly on it. Ciela is often angrily pointing this out. And Link is presumably putting up with it just because he needs Linebeck for his ship.