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Skyward Sword, third dungeon [Sunday 27th November 2011 at 11:57 pm]

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Mysterious Sheikah has a name! It's Impa! No word yet on if she's the Sage of Shadow, though she's powerful enough to take on Lord Grahim and block a good number of attacks. She also seemed to be impressed at my timely arrival, for a change.

Anyway, on to the dungeon. While I've yet to find an actual Water Temple, the Lanaryu Mining Facility seems to be the equivalent in this game. I think that's most amount of backtracking I've ever had to do in a dungeon, and that's before you realise that the time stones mean most rooms in it are actually two completely different rooms in one. And its full of crazy puzzles. At least it's all on one floor.

Come to think of it, there wasn't really any one encounter in that which counted as the miniboss. Instead there was a whole succession of "say hello to this shiny new enemy which will do its best to zap/shoot/explode/laser/flatten you", mixed in with the odd instance of "say hello to this old enemy which will just try to eat you". The dungeon's weapon was also rather unexpected - I was expecting to get a bow given that there's plenty of Beamos around, but instead I get an inverse gust jar. This game is full of fun stuff - so far I've got a slingshot that I could upgrade to fire grapeshot, a remote control flying beetle that I can use to drop bombs on annoying quicksand/lava monsters, and now an airzooka that's perfect at blowing those scorpion things into the many bottomless pits.

Anyway, it'll be interesting to see where this story goes next. I've done the traditional first set of three dungeons (forest, fire, waterdesert), which means it's time for vast amounts of plot followed by... something. There's a definite theme to Zelda games: you almost always get a forest, a fire and then a water dungeon. After that comes vast amounts of plot, usually along the lines of "you thought you'd won? Excuse me while I do my evil laugh". I'm still half-expecting Ganon to be revealed as the ultimate big bad - after all, it is Zelda.
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