The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordThis is the best Zelda game ever made. It is the most successful Wii game and one of the greatest video game achievements of the last ten years. This game raised the bar for an innovative and iconic franchise and opened new horizons. It doesn’t suffice that the game has a compelling, moving origin story and near-perfect pacing. Skyward Sword’s layered, dense and absolutely flawless gameplay is what makes it stand out. It not only manages to nail motion-controlled combat, but also offers an incredible level of variety.
Every story has its beginning. The Legend of Zelda is no different. We just didn’t know about it until now.NintendoFinally, Link is willing to look into Hyrule’s past. He focuses on Zelda and Link, who were childhood friends. But, as you might imagine, things go horribly awry. Link sets out on a quest to find the truth about the fate of the world and his friend.
Skyward Sword is a significant milestone for Nintendo. The way video games present stories to their players has improved significantly over the past decade. It seems that Nintendo finally noticed. Skyward Sword has cinematics that feel like a movie. They are captivating at times with their beautiful settings and dramatic drama. Although the game does not have voice acting, characters’ emotions shine through. The framing of scenes and their interactions is amazing. The story’s final act will leave you stunned by the level of quality. This is Nintendo’s most impressive storytelling.
The story is simple at its core. Link will stop an evil entity from destroying peace, love, and happiness. It’s not the plot that is important, but the people involved in it. The characters of Skyward Sword are amazing. Link is his usual muted self. He is more an avatar for the players than anything else. However, everyone around him is remarkable memorable and charming. Zelda is the main star of the show. Her relationship with Link from the beginning forms the foundation of the whole game. Link’s success is not because you are worried about Hyrule but because you care about Zelda.
This could also be said of most of the supporting characters. Fi is Link’s guide and advisor. She can be best compared to a benevolent GLaDOS. Fi, though she is primarily there to provide tips and direction to players, can also be a source of humor. She doesn’t understand emotion and will give brutally honest statistics about your chances of success. Even though they are small roles, like the dozen Skyloft inhabitants, you will likely recall them, despite their relative insignificance. There are many side quests Link can pursue, ranging from day and night cycles to the ever-shifting narrative.
Skyward Sword’s 1:1 combat, when it is combined with Wii MotionPlus. It’s impossible to imagine playing a Zelda game in another way, and I find it hard to believe that we haven’t seen motion control like this before. It is amazing how responsive and intuitive the whole arrangement is. Motion Plus applications are not sloppy. It feels natural to control your mechanical flying Beetle by turning and flicking the remote. You’ll be able to roll bombs, swim in water, and guide it through the skies. Zelda is the most complete and perfect implementation of Nintendo’s ambitious motion-controlled gaming goals. Although it took five years to prove the point, the final proof is now on the screen.
This new combat system requires patience and skill. Although impulsive and unpredictable behavior can sometimes get you some results, many enemies are programmed to punish such behavior. Sometimes my temper got the better of me and I had to swing my remote faster against enemies. Routine fights are more difficult and complex than previous Zelda games because some enemies can anticipate your moves and use their weapons to stop certain attacks. Although your enemies may not be difficult, each victory is made more rewarding by the complexity of the world and puzzles. Skyward Sword is a perfect example of Ocarina of Time’s lock-on targeting. It also adds layers of nuanced strategy to what Ocarina of Time began. Although you won’t die often, you will find yourself working hard against your enemies to win.
Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword will be remembered as the game that revived a franchise that seemed to have settled for being great rather than revolutionary. Nintendo once again shows its unmatched ability to create some of the most innovative gameplay in the industry. This Zelda game is remarkable in that it manages to change its control scheme, design sensibility, and pacing while still telling an incredible story with some memorable characters. Nintendo is refusing to compromise its cinematic storytelling in favor of gameplay and has found a way to achieve a balance that feels effortless.
Skyward Sword’s arrival on Zelda’s 25th Anniversary is fitting. It draws from the entire franchise’s history and even addresses the twisting narrative within its story. It has a grandeur and scope that we haven’t seen since the 2D era. It is the first major advancement in combat and control since Ocarina of Time. It creates a harmonious visual and tonal harmony between Twilight Princess and Wind Waker. It also leaves a legacy that will be used for future installments of the franchise.
This is the Wii title we have been waiting for. Many wondered whether or not Nintendo would ever be able to offer a deeper experience while still delivering on Wii’s unlimited potential. Skyward Sword delivers on this promise.