Review by Luigi4President
"The Legend Begins 25 Years Later"
Released on The Legend of Zelda's twenty-fifth anniversary, The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword is an excellent edition to the series as well as a love letter to the fans. Supporting great visuals for the Wii, an excellent story, and good gameplay comes possibly one of Nintendo's greatest gaming experience yet. Also expect a few references from previous games as well!
Story earns a 10/10
At first glance may seem to be another retelling of how Link "defeats evil and saves world" is an understatement. The story is before any of the previous Zelda games ever happened and starts off with Link, our hero. It also starts off with a very long introduction. The controls are explained more than they need to be, along with a basic storyline piece that lasts for the first hour and a half to two hours. Of course that may seem like a chore to get through (and I won't deny that it is) but after that, the story only gets better. It's hard to tell how well done it is without spoiling it, but I assure you that it will surprise, amaze, and delight to long-term fans and newcomers both. The game will last you fifty hours on your first time, partly due to the large amount of content this game has.
Still, there are times the plot slows down. Pointless fetch quests (side-quests you have to do that only draw out the game) make the game boring and dull at times. You'll see that the game could be so much better without them as they only slow your progress down. Don't fret though, the pace of the story picks up right after these quests. By the end of the story you'll see that these don't matter overall too much, but they still disrupt the gameplay. Speaking of gameplay...
Gameplay earns a 9/10
For being motion controlled based gameplay, it's really not that bad! Sure you have the controller problems every once in a while, and you might have to readjust the controller, but it truly feels like you're swinging the sword this time instead of button mashing. Oh and did I mention you'll need Wii Motion Plus to play this? For those unfamiliar, Wii Motion Plus is an "upgraded" controller add-on required for this game. You might have it already if you have bought a newer Wii Remote, but if yours is older, you'll need to make the purchase of about $20 for it, or just buy a game that includes it such as Wii Sports Resort.
With that issue aside, you will rarely have a chance to not experience the motion controls. Whether you're using an item, swinging you're sword, or even selecting menu items, motion controls are everywhere. It's not a bad thing though; they're responsive and overall good. As for difficulty, it's fairly hard. There are many puzzles that can make you stop and scratch your head, but nothing too earth-shattering. Battles can also be difficult, but they're easier once you get used to the controls (which shouldn't take long).
Graphics earns a 9/10
Well they may not be like looking through your bedroom window, but they sure look good for the Wii. Using an impressionist art style, the game has an almost "watercolor" look about it. It looks as if Nintendo combined Twilight Princess and Wind Waker for a unique look; cel-shading yet realistic at the same time. You won't be disappointed here!
Sounds and Music earns a 10/10
For having started out with simple sounds on the NES, the series sure has come a long way with the music and sounds. You have your classic Zelda sounds and tunes still; opening a chest earns you a brief musical number that you'll find in any Zelda game. If music is what you're interested in, then look no further, this game's orchestrated soundtrack does not disappoint even the most sensitive of ears. Some songs may sound familiar to you (such as the main theme of the game), the rest are completely new and not at all bad.
Replay Value earns a 10/10
While I don't want to spoil anything, let's just say the game isn't over once you beat the final boss. There are mini-games to play, battles to be fought again, and secrets to be found! You certainly won't be playing this once; you'll just have to play it again sooner or later!
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword earns a 9/10 - almost a perfect gaming experience
I'd recommend you buy this game. If you're thinking about renting, don't, you won't finish the game in time before you have to return it. Buy it now, give it a try! You might disagree with my review once you play it, but you'll never know until you try the game for yourself!
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 05/02/12
Game Release: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (US, 11/20/11)
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