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A Must-Own Game for Wii Owners,
This review is from: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Video Game)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is newest game in the long-running, celebrated Zelda series and also one of the best. New to Zelda games? This is the perfect place to start, as it is the first game in the Zelda timeline. Zelda fan? You probably own the game already!
Skyward Sword is a game starring a teen named Link who lives in Skyloft, an island floating above the clouds. All is well in Skyloft until one day, a giant tornado stirs up Link's best friend Zelda. Link then meets a mysterious spirit Fi who tells Link to explore the world below the clouds, the Surface, to find Zelda and aide her. While this is happening, Link conquers dungeons, discovers new items, vanquishes menacing bosses, explores three diverse lands (a forest, volcano, and desert), and unravels an ancient legend regarding the his and Zelda's fates.
-Controls: the motion controls may take a few hours to master, but the result is the most rewarding, exciting combat in any Zelda game to date. The Wii Motion Plus is utilized to its fullest, allowing for a full range of motion that allows for awesome and natural feeling swordplay, bomb rolling, archery, and shielding. After playing Skyward Sword, I did NOT want to go back to button controls. In addition, Link can finally jump on command and run now. Yay!
-Story: no spoilers here, but Skyward Sword's story is EPIC and just about everything you could want from a prequel. It explains the origins of the Master Sword, the Triforce, Ganon, and Hyrule, and also explains why Zelda is so important (and why we've been rescuing her for all these years). You will laugh and you will cry in this emotional roller-coaster of a game, with the hands-down best cutscenes we've ever seen in a Zelda game and excellent writing.
-Characters: one of my favorite cast of characters in a Zelda game, only rivaled by Majora's Mask. Zelda is cute and believable, your bully Groose is the most amusing Zelda character ever created, your guide Fi is calculating and robotic, Impa is awesome and heroic, and the villain Ghirahim is creepy, flamboyant, and unconventional.
-World/dungeon design: Skyward Sword's worlds and dungeons are smaller and more dense than those of its 3D predecessor, Twilight Princess. There is less time meandering through empty fields and being lost and more time solving puzzles, defeating enemies, and collecting items. In addition, content that normally only appears in dungeons in previous Zelda games now appear in the overworld too. Though some level of exploration was sacrificed to achieve this, the end result is a more focused, streamlined, and enjoyable experience.
-Artstyle: inspired by Impressionist art, Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto wanted Skyward Sword to have a style that would leave a lasting impact on its viewers. The result is a vibrant, colorful, and gorgeous world that even looks artsy at times. The visuals of the game are best described as a painting come alive.
-Music: the first Zelda game to use fully orchestrated music, Skyward Sword never ceases to amaze in the sound category. The Ballad of the Goddess, Fi's Theme, and the Skyloft theme are some of the best tunes in the series!
-Length: Skyward Sword is a long, long game. It took me 70 hours to complete everything in my first file, and another 30 for Hero Mode, a more challenging mode which can be unlocked by beating the game. You can expect to get your bang for your buck with this game.
-Filler material: You will very occasionally run into some boring quests you need to do to proceed. Luckily, none of these are very long or frustrating, with the longest fetch quest taking about 20 minutes.
-Minor annoyances: Sometimes Fi can get annoying when she asks you to change your batteries or fill up your hearts. It also gets annoying that the game displays each treasure item going into the inventory when you pick new ones up.
-No voice acting: I would have liked to hear voices on my favorite Skyward Sword characters; some seasoned Zelda fans prefer to imagine the voices themselves, so optional voice acting like in Kid Icarus: Uprising would have been a win-win.
Skyward Sword is an amazing game experience that you don't want to miss out on; if you own a Wii, don't hesitate to get it, and if you don't, here's one more reason to buy one!
EDIT: If possible, get the version that's bundled with the 25th Anniversary Music CD. The CD is awesome.
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Initial post: Jul 31, 2012 8:21:06 AM PDT
April Engelmann says:
ALL versions come with the CD. only the special edition came with the wii remote
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