posted by dgolightly519 (PRESTON, ID) Nov 29, 2011
Member since Oct 2011
gamers (86%) found this review helpful
With any luck Nintendo will continue on the path they have just restarted by releasing this, the latest in a long line of Zelda adventures.
While playing the last several releases, it became apparent that Nintendo's Zelda formula had become stale. With all respect meant for the company, the dungeons, characters, plot lines, and even the flow of the games became stagnant and re-used most notably between Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess. Hyrule became a mainstay and the weapons, upgrades, and even play mechanism became dismal and almost (note that I said almost) boring. Fans still clambered for the latest release, but were left wanting more.
Happily, this game does not disappoint and in fact goes above and beyond the expected. I did not rent this game from Gamefly, but did buy it the day it came out with my hopes that brand new experience in gaming and the butterflies of brilliance awaited me. I let the game sit for a day because I though that I may have over-prepared and felt a need to be grounded. This was not a mistake, because if I had been further up the fall through to complete and total wonder may have ruined me.
I conclude with a word. Epic. I am running out of room and you are all thinking I've built this game up too high, but you're wrong. You are so very wrong. You have no idea what is awaiting you, just as I have no idea what to expect next as I continue to play it. The music is even more grand than expected and sets the mood eloquently. The "oil painting" style art plays to the Wii's graces and is exceptionally well done, even by "HD-gamer" standards (though this game is not necessarily HD). The controls are relaxed and controlled, you will find NO "waggling" here; it does what the Wii was intended to do and allows them to make the battles far more epic and somewhat difficult from time to time (though through no fault of the controls). The story is enchanting, believably fantastic, and grand.
Last week, as many gamers were getting their souls kidnapped by Skyrim on their 360s and PS3s, I was pillaging my way through what is most likely the most unique adventure I've played all year.
And yes, I'm being serial. In a statement that I can very well see every Skyrim fan getting ready to attack as I say, Zelda Skyward Sword is my pick for Game of the Year. This isn't your run-of-the-mill Zelda game either... sure, it involves Zelda and dungeons, but the game has a sweet and satisfying turn of events thanks to the brilliantly crafted writing.
As every other reviewer has stated before, this game puts the Wii MotionPlus accessory (or the Wii Remote Plus) to great use: Every swipe with your Wii remote is depicted as accurately on screen as Link slashes with his sword. Heck, I even got annoyed sometimes when I would move with the nunchuk, and the game would register it as me readying my shield. Not even really a complaint... haha.
Next, why not discuss the gameplay itself? It's impressive. The wide variety of things to do (with the 40+ hour main quest) will be more than enough to keep gamers busy. The temple puzzles require some actual thought without completely making you rip your hair out over it. The combat requires you to carefully plan your attacks before execution (that's right, the enemies are actually smart).
Sometimes, you may have to repeat yourself during side quests, but repeat trips to the same place never feel the same. Every part of Skyward Sword feels like a breath of fresh air.
I know it will never win GOTY, but Skyward Sword gives Nintendo a better chance than ever at it. I feel like after five years of waiting for a fully-realized Wii, they completely deserve it. If you call yourself a gamer you CANNOT miss this game. No one is "too cool" for Zelda.
i wasnt sure what to expect out of this game because of the new control scheme. i've been a huge zelda fan all my life, and i can definitively say that this game can proudly stand out as one of the best. motion controls work better than you might think! if you are disappointed by the wii now, and are considering getting rid of it, then play this game before you do. it'll change your mind about the wii!