posted by TradeMark_XIII (PRESCOTT, AZ) Mar 28, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
When I first got my Wii when it was released back in 2006, I was completely excited to get the next big Zelda game, Twilight Princess. To be honest, I was disappointed, I just couldn't get into it. Don't get me wrong, the game was good, and after replaying it recently, I found it was better then I originally thought. It just felt like a clone of OoT. I felt the series was getting stale. So when I finally played through Skyward Sword, it was a godsend.
I can tell Nintendo worked hard on making this a different, fresher experience. It still feels like the Zelda I know and love, but with enhancements and additions that make the game feel new, as if the series has been reborn.
The gameplay is likely the first thing you will notice, as Nintendo touts the use of the Wii Motion Plus in this game. While it may not be true 1:1, it is very close, and is used in such exciting and interesting ways. Swordplay is now much more strategic, compared to the mindless button mashing of past Zelda games. Fighting against my first bobokin in the game, I felt like I was in an actual swordfight, trying to analyze his moves and find a weakpoint. Buttons seem archaic compared to this, at least in the Zelda series.
The story is the best the Zelda series has ever seen. Zelda isn't just another damsel in distress to rescue, well....actually, she is, but you get to know Zelda on a more personal level, as a friend. When she does get kidnapped, I actually WANTED to rescue her, not because I had too. The villian is engaging, support characters also have a suprising amount of depth, and the game explains the beginning of the series (this is the origin story) very well.
I also want to add, I love the addition of the upgrade system. It helps increase the longetivity of items, so you use some beyond the dungeon you find them in.
Nintendo truly made the perfect 25th annivesary game, and it wasn't made for it! It celebrates the past 25 years of Zelda while showing us a bright future for t