The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review
An excellent entry that pushes the franchise to new heights.
When it comes to exploration, Skyward Sword is quite different from previous Zelda games. Your Overworld hub of sorts is the sky and you use it to go from one area to another. The method of travel between areas is through riding a species of birds called Loftwing. The flight controls are well implemented but as you play through the game you eventually want a faster way to get to one area to another and which can bother some people. Areas in the game on the other hand are limited to 3 main places but they are a lot more expansive than any of the previous games. However I was kind of disappointed that you didn’t have the same feel of exploration you get from previous games such as Ocarina of Time.
Dungeon design on the other hand is hands down the best in the series. Dungeons now require you to use a variety of gadgets you acquire throughout the game rather than each dungeon focusing on the use of a single one. The puzzles are more creative and entertaining to complete than ever before and. Boss design is just as astounding as the Dungeon design. The bosses feel diverse from each other and even ones that you fight more than once always have different tricks up their sleeves.
As for the art style of the game, Nintendo chose a unique blend of Wind Waker’s Cartoonish look and Twilight Princess’ more realistic approach to world and character designs. The blend presents an amazingly beautiful style that fits the world. While the Wii isn’t a graphical powerhouse Nintendo were able to produce a beautiful looking game by kind of blurring the far backgrounds to keep the frame rate up. This could come up as being annoying if you constantly try to point it out, but in general it doesn’t affect the enjoyment of the game to a serious extent.
There is quite a lot to do even once you completed the 40 hour main storyline. There are plenty of side quests to complete, a new game plus mode called “Hero Mode” with harder enemies and bosses, as well as a boss rush mode similar to what we had included in Ocarina of Time 3D on the Nintendo 3DS . Nintendo made sure that there is a large amount of content to keep you engaged for hours upon hours.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is one of the best Zelda titles I have ever laid my hands on. Its right up there with Ocarina of Time in terms of how many new innovations it brings to the franchise while still holding its Dungeon focused Puzzle approach to the roots. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a must buy for every Zelda fan out there as it takes the franchise to a set of brand new heights.
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