The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review

The perfect tribute to the series' 25 years.

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It's good to know that it sound like I won't be dissapointed with it, now I wish this week would hurry up already.

Susan Arendt:
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review

The perfect tribute to the series' 25 years.

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I was going to type up a level-headed, well-reasoned response, but it seems like some of my keys are stuck -- all I can seem to get out is eeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

I love these games. The series has "grown up" right alongside me, from my days of needing a hint guide to get anywhere in the first one, to my marathon run through Wind Waker during exam week at college, to my brief love affair with the Wii via Twilight Princess... They're just plain good games.

I'm glad to hear this one is up to snuff.

So the villain is actually cool? Huh, the 3 frames I saw from him made him look like a low-polygon Final Fantasy reject. But that's good news. I had to admit I found a shadow king also nicely menancing (untill the fight when he started acting like a clown anyway), so I know they can do it.

I'll get the game of course. Zelda-games are practically the only reason I bought the Wii recently.

That clinches it, I'm gonna get at least one more game out of me wii and this one is it.

Like most Mario games, I'm always weary of the Nostalgia Factor when people review Zelda games, but seeing as I also suffer from the same nostalgia I still find them reliable. I have booked the day off and have the Collectors edition on pre-order and it looks like I've made the right decision *digs out Triforce T-Shirt and green hat ready*

My only issue is that Nintendo are releasing the new Mario on the same day. Now, I get counter scheduling to try and dent an opponents opening sales, but counter scheduling yourself?!?

I'm curious, how do you decide who gets to review what game?

I'm looking forward to this game and I just know I'm going to get the special/collectors/maguffin edition of the game. I have no problem admitting that is entirely because of the incredibly awesome golden wiimote plus (why I'm getting the more expensive copy not why I'm looking forward to the game).

I haven't been keeping up with the updates for this game: does music play a big role in this one? I hated how the musical aspect of Zelda got nerfed in TP and it'd be awesome if that small harp in the video is used more like the ocarina or the baton in previous games, and less like the reeds in TP.

See, now I'm conflicted.
I was expecting another WW so I was going to hold off and get Skyrim today. Might have to rethink my options now. My nostalgia wont let me not get it if it holds this claimed superiority to Ocarina.

minuialear:
I haven't been keeping up with the updates for this game: does music play a big role in this one? I hated how the musical aspect of Zelda got nerfed in TP and it'd be awesome if that small harp in the video is used more like the ocarina or the baton in previous games, and less like the reeds in TP.

Music is good, but the harp is not like ocarina

Man this actually looks really good, I can't wait toHOLDUPWHYISLINKRIGHTHANDEDRUINEDFOREVER!

I still haven't finished any Zelda in my life except for OoT and most of windwaker.

I have TP waiting but I just lose interest these days, I realised that maybe I'm NOT a big fan of Zelda after all, but just a big fan of OoT.

Anoni Mus:

minuialear:
I haven't been keeping up with the updates for this game: does music play a big role in this one? I hated how the musical aspect of Zelda got nerfed in TP and it'd be awesome if that small harp in the video is used more like the ocarina or the baton in previous games, and less like the reeds in TP.

Music is good, but the harp is not like ocarina

Mmm, could you explain what function the harp has in the game then?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand it's on my X-Mas list, as is the remake of Ocarina. This looks pretty good and even looks like it plays better than most Wii-titles. It's cool to see Zelda cast in a new light and this is one of the first party N games where it's nice to see some new villains...but I'm sure they'll shoehorn Ganon in at some point...maybe in this one making him into an Albatross. I miss Pig-Ganon though.

"Well, here we go again with another freaking Zelda game that'll probably stick the dull as crap plot even more into the foreground as opposed to exploration and sidequests. Huh, a review's up? Well, whatever, I'll watch it anyway."
*clicks on review, expecting a review hailing Twilight Princess' "aesthetics" being in the game as the greatest gift to the gaming world*
Review: "It's fresh!"
"Huh. Well that was unexpected."

RandomHer0:
See, now I'm conflicted.
I was expecting another WW

Wait... what? Nintendo finally stopped with the pretentious "EPICK!!!11 realistic" crap and decided to go with something fanciful and whimsical? Something that feels childlike and cheerful? An antithesis to Twilight Princess?

WHAT?

*runs off to buy a copy*

minuialear:

Anoni Mus:

minuialear:
I haven't been keeping up with the updates for this game: does music play a big role in this one? I hated how the musical aspect of Zelda got nerfed in TP and it'd be awesome if that small harp in the video is used more like the ocarina or the baton in previous games, and less like the reeds in TP.

Music is good, but the harp is not like ocarina

Mmm, could you explain what function the harp has in the game then?

No.

I haven't played it, I read it one or two reviews, but don't remember which, basicaly they were disapointed with the harp.
It was EGM, G4TV, 1up or Giant Bomb if I remember correctly, they were reviews who gave good ponctuation instead of great/excelent.

I did play the e3 Demo and it was awesome :D So looking forward to this game.

Anoni Mus:

minuialear:

Anoni Mus:

Music is good, but the harp is not like ocarina

Mmm, could you explain what function the harp has in the game then?

No.

I haven't played it, I read it one or two reviews, but don't remember which, basicaly they were disapointed with the harp.
It was EGM, G4TV, 1up or Giant Bomb if I remember correctly, they were reviews who gave good ponctuation instead of great/excelent.

I did play the e3 Demo and it was awesome :D So looking forward to this game.

Ah, I see. I'll poke around for it then, thanks!

I figured it would be a good game, there was no doubt in my mind. But hearing people talk about how stagnant it is actually annoys me. CoD, BF, any big franchise really, stays pretty much the same. Zelda games have always had more going for them, from different enemies, new level designs, new mechanics, completely different world, etc., than most other games, and a new (full sized) game only comes out every 5 years at this point. There hasn't been a full sized Zelda game since Twilight Princess, which was from 2006. And that game was vastly different from Windwaker, which was different from Majora's mask, etc.

I shouldn't have watched this. I've been avoiding everything about this game because I know I'm not going to be able to buy it any time soon (stupid college loans, taking all my money). And now I know it's amazing and I can't have it.

hittite:
I shouldn't have watched this.

Meanwhile, I didn't and just skipped straight to the comments. :D

Looking forward to this game immensely, and certainly don't need any more spoilers besides that all the critics agree on it being awesome.

So when this game arrives at my house, I'm gonna have to put Skyrim away for a while. I've been wanting a new home console Zelda for a looong time now.

I'm beginning to think I should have moved something else, so that I could snag this. But Screed and Saints took the foreground this time, but I will be getting this as soon as I can reasonably afford to.

Vault Citizen:
I'm curious, how do you decide who gets to review what game?

I'm looking forward to this game and I just know I'm going to get the special/collectors/maguffin edition of the game. I have no problem admitting that is entirely because of the incredibly awesome golden wiimote plus (why I'm getting the more expensive copy not why I'm looking forward to the game).

We answer this very question in this week's podcast, which will be posted later on today!

Excited now, I'm always sure of a good game whenever a new Zelda is released, 20 years and counting so far.

Although I am going to miss Midna this time round :(

In this day and age of gray-brown FPS shooters being the same thing over and over with the multiplayer being the only thing worth the $60, Zelda games are one of the seminal classics that keep video games from becoming the same class as Direct-to-DVD fair crapped out by Disney and other children's marketing tripe.

Im always wary of Nintendo game reviews, as most of the time there is nostalgia induced rose tinting. But having enjoyed Zelda when I was younger, Ive grown tired of the same crap that happens in most every game. But from the sound of the review, its definitly getting a shot... now where the hell I put that little bugger Wii...

I have one word that perfectly describes how I feel about this game: WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNT!!!!!

You didn't mention the controls...at all?
From what I remember at E3 when it was displayed it was ALL waggle stuff.
Is that still true or did they change the controls to more classic controls?

p.s.
I'm not complaining by any means, Im just curious.

Susan Arendt:

Vault Citizen:
I'm curious, how do you decide who gets to review what game?

I'm looking forward to this game and I just know I'm going to get the special/collectors/maguffin edition of the game. I have no problem admitting that is entirely because of the incredibly awesome golden wiimote plus (why I'm getting the more expensive copy not why I'm looking forward to the game).

We answer this very question in this week's podcast, which will be posted later on today!

*crosses fingers in hope that it is something awesome, like giant spider or magic wishing dragon*

People can say what they want about the Zelda games, but when you say "I was tired of the series, but I still love this game," that perked me right up. Twilight Princess sort of wore me out on the games, and I didn't even buy Spirit Tracks, but I might finally renew my interest in the world of Zelda with this. I'm glad to hear that the sword-swinging mechanic didn't annoy you, that was one of my biggest worries. As for the camera... well, honestly, I don't think any 3D Zelda game has REALLY gotten that right, (Or really almost any free moving camera in a 3D game for that matter) so I guess I'll let it slide once more ;)

Now I just need to set aside some money for it :P

So I guess I have to stop making Wii jokes... Now I WANT a Wii just to play this...

Sounds like a game I'd totally love...

...if it weren't on the Wii. :|

Shjade:
Sounds like a game I'd totally love...

...if it weren't on the Wii. :|

Surely you have some friends that have a wii and that you would want to hang out with and honestly ask them if you could play Zelda? Could be a nice activity or something if your friend is doing something of a personal nature. Never hurts to just ask, if you can borrow their wii.

Great... It's not like Skyrim is already taking all my time, when exam week is just about to start.

Oh well, off to find my Wii.

Is it just me, or some of The Escapist staff just sucks at playing with the Wii, no offense, but you rarely used the lock-on button that's been there since '98 with Ocarina of Time.

But whatever, nitpicking aside, I've seen many reviews of this game and nothing but praise has come out of them. I don't think I'll buy Skyrim anytime soon, but a trip back to Hyrule is just what I may need until I get to slay dragons in the blizzard.

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