The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review

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Another core Zelda game I will have to miss out on because it's on the Wii. I refuse to validate the Wii as a console by giving Nintendo money for it. I dislike everything about the system and believe it's successor will be the same horrible piece of hardware that it is. Sorry Hyrule, you'll have to go another six years without my help. Maybe longer if Nintendo fails to pull their head out of their ass.

daxterx2005:
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.

Did you read the review? I mention the controls quite a bit.

Not sure but is the motion plus needed to play this game, or does it only help?? If it's a must then this game is off my 'need to buy' list

ELCTea:
Not sure but is the motion plus needed to play this game, or does it only help?? If it's a must then this game is off my 'need to buy' list

It's required, but if you get the special edition of the game, it comes with a gold, Zelda-logo'ed Wii Remote with built-in Wii Motion Plus. (And a soundtrack.) Makes it worth the slightly higher price, in my opinion.

Too many early reviews seem fanboy material, starry eyed and happily forgetful of the series' decline into stagnation. Be wary of those dismissing the game being all the same once again, with one simple "yeah, but it's great nonetheless".

I mean, the great innovation of SW can't really be putting the colours back in after TP right?

Damnit... This+Skyrim+Arkham City+Uncharted 3... Why do so many games I was looking forward to turn out to be incredibly awesome at a time when I have no money to buy them? GOD, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME!?!

The game doesn't require Motion Plus, does it? If not, I guess I'll get it next year for summer, since now my 360 will soon be busy with Saints Row The Third, my Wii-Gamecube will be busy with Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, and my PC will be busy with the Humble Voxatron Debut (2 DAYS LEFT) extras.

Still, if you can't get any other of these fancy new games coming out this month (as in you don't have an HD gaming system but have a Wii), by all means get this one.

Need. To. Play. Zelda: Skyward Sword. NOW!

I was looking forward to a new Zelda-game even after some really quite bad DS-Zelda-games *sigh* but now, after watching this video, I have an urge to play it right now!
Unfortunately The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has not yet been published in my country T.T

Oh and these bugs! I'm gonna catch them all! ;)

I just wonder how many Wii haters are going to buy the Wii because of Skyward Sword... :D
Anyways, I love Zelda and can't wait to get it.

It's a Zelda game, so I was going to get it regardless of quality. Still I was surprised that it got an average so far of 98, because I wasn't interested in Skyward Sword. Now I must replay sections of as many Zelda games as possible to get back into the Zelda groove. I cannot wait to revisit that wonderful land of magic. Thank you Nintendo, you remind us again for the millionth time that despite your bullshit, we still love you. XD

I demand fucking critizism. There has to be SOMETHING wrong with this game.

Well, lets hope yahtzee reviews it, thats kind of his job.

It sounded convincing but the gameplay did not indicate that you were right. Everything generally sounds and looks the same with one thing replaced with another interchangeably. Maybe my friend Chris will play it and he'll let me in on what's interesting about it he's a fan of Zelda although he hasn't bought a new Zelda game since twilight princess and he didn't even finish that one. I don't know what it is with me and Nintendo but I feel very exasperated by it's familiar elements despite the interest in the core product.

WHY is this game not in my Wii at this exact second?

SOOOO happy I reserved this. It will be my first at release Zelda game, and I'm really excited. I liked Ocarina of Time, Link To The Past, Twilight Princess, Spirit Tracks, etc, but I kinda agree that the constant repeats of themes and formats is rather tiring for a series worth this much. Even Mario shakes it up from time to time. But this seems like a genuine effort from Nintendo to do something different. Fleshing out the formula and whatnot.

Though I am interested to see what sort of reviews would come out afterwards. Getting rather cautious of so many perfect scores for some reason. It's like a perfectly clean room, but you know it can't be PERFECTLY clean so you look around nervously for any specks of dirt out there (does that make sense or am I just weird?).

*twitches and watches mailbox for her special edition*

Baresark:
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.

This. Just this. The Zelda games, for the most part, have always seemed frsh and new in my eyes. Never understood why people complained about them being the same.

OT: Good review, I already have it pre-ordered.

Susan Arendt:

ELCTea:
Not sure but is the motion plus needed to play this game, or does it only help?? If it's a must then this game is off my 'need to buy' list

It's required, but if you get the special edition of the game, it comes with a gold, Zelda-logo'ed Wii Remote with built-in Wii Motion Plus. (And a soundtrack.) Makes it worth the slightly higher price, in my opinion.

Just wanted to point out that the standard copy comes with a soundtrack CD too as long as you buy it at launch. Just wanted to clear that up.

Dammit i don't own a Wii anymore! WHY GOD WHY? NOW I HAVE TO BUY ONE FOR THIS GAME! Need... more... than... air... should... have.. sent.. a.. poet...

All freaking out aside, looks awesome. Reminded me of that love letter to zelda that is Okami in a very good way. The PS2 version, not the slightly terminally broken Wii version.

Tenmar:

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.

Nope. I don't really have local friends my own age, and I don't own any current-gen consoles because I don't find them a worthwhile investment based on how little console gaming I've done the last few years. Here and there I come across a game I'd really like, but it just doesn't outweigh the cost in my head.

I'm getting warm fuzzy feelings from seeing this huge run of 4.5 and 5-star reviews coming out.

Another 7 days, hnnnnnggggg. It's funny, Zelda is the only series I get this worked up over a new release, it's like I'm a kid again!

Nice to see a good review from a more dependable site too, this along with Edge seem to point toward it being a far more original game than Twilight Princess, which is awesome. Twilight Princess was good, but it lacked that magic from Wind Waker.

7 more days...

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I'm coming...

At first I wasn't going to buy it. Then I saw some news blurbs about it and I was convinced to probably get it. Now I'm certainly... going to wait a while to get it and try it out... maybe just rent it. Never been a Zelda fan, but if it mixes the formula up enough, I might be tempted... I'll certainly get this before I try my hand at Other M again. (god that was boring).

KeyMaster45:
Another core Zelda game I will have to miss out on because it's on the Wii. I refuse to validate the Wii as a console by giving Nintendo money for it. I dislike everything about the system and believe it's successor will be the same horrible piece of hardware that it is. Sorry Hyrule, you'll have to go another six years without my help. Maybe longer if Nintendo fails to pull their head out of their ass.

Um... what else did you expect Zelda to come out on? You know if you buy a used console, the money won't support the company in the slightest? Not only would you get to play the game, but you'd also get to play the game and short Nintendo out a hundred dollars (plus). Just saiyan.

You have no idea how excited I am. My friend reviews games for Japanese sites, and he says Skyward Sword is the best Zelda game yet.

November 20--Y U NO COME SOONER?!

Yea--no. The first console Zelda I'm not going to buy. The Wii's "stick waggling" isn't worth it. I'll stick with Twilight Princess on the Gamecube until they release a Zelda with no stick waggling or motion sensing involved. I don't care if this is the future of gaming I'm sticking to Controller. Not the nun-chuck. And as far away as I'm going to get from it is with wireless controller without the motion sensing.

Good my Wii needs a severe dusting off and I havnt played a Zelda game since Wind Waker which I loved so yay... a big title. I havnt baught a game off anything except xbox-live for about a year.

Use_Imagination_here:
I demand fucking critizism. There has to be SOMETHING wrong with this game.

Well, lets hope yahtzee reviews it, thats kind of his job.

Like the controls and camera, for example?

SilverUchiha:

KeyMaster45:
Another core Zelda game I will have to miss out on because it's on the Wii. I refuse to validate the Wii as a console by giving Nintendo money for it. I dislike everything about the system and believe it's successor will be the same horrible piece of hardware that it is. Sorry Hyrule, you'll have to go another six years without my help. Maybe longer if Nintendo fails to pull their head out of their ass.

Um... what else did you expect Zelda to come out on? You know if you buy a used console, the money won't support the company in the slightest? Not only would you get to play the game, but you'd also get to play the game and short Nintendo out a hundred dollars (plus). Just saying.

I sorta hoped that they'd have a new console by now that wasn't the Wii and didn't suck. I underestimated the power of shovelware. I won't even buy the thing used, it's not worth my money and buying the games for it would still give Nintendo my money thus validating that I think it's a "good console", which in my opinion it's not. I don't buy used games either, (in case you were going to bring that up to counter my last point) not because of some moral BS but because used games are rarely taken care of by their past owners.

It's a matter of principle. I feel that Nintendo put out a terrible product and as such have chosen to abstain from giving it any positive validation. Buying it used would imply that I do in fact like their product to spend money on it. So long as the Wii and it's motion controller legacy remain contemporary products at Nintendo, my money and praise as a die-hard fanboy will stay here with me.

No, I don't expect to change anything. I'm obviously in the minority with my opinion and it's been made abundantly clear to me over the years that it's an unpopular one. If I have to miss out on a few Zelda and Mario games, or hell if I never get to play another Zelda or Mario game again, I will continue to not give Nintendo a single damned dime of my money or a single ounce of praise. Until they move away from this phase of gimmicky motion controls, crap hardware, and tsunami of shovelware I will remain a fanboy spurned.

xdiesp:
Too many early reviews seem fanboy material, starry eyed and happily forgetful of the series' decline into stagnation. Be wary of those dismissing the game being all the same once again, with one simple "yeah, but it's great nonetheless".

I mean, the great innovation of SW can't really be putting the colours back in after TP right?

Can't tell if trolling or just being negative, but I'll respond anyway:

The "big innovation" if you need one is the (actually well done and non-gimmicky) implementation of motion controls. The aesthetics and nostalgia is all nice, but from what people have been saying, this is the best use of motion controls in a game yet, not to mention the story's actually different this time around.

So yeah, you don't have to buy the fanboy hype, but tons of critics all throwing perfect 10s has to mean something. I agree the series disappointed me in the past, and I personally hated TP, but that's no reason to pre-judge this title. I'm still gonna buy it, and I bet if you don't, you'll miss out on a great game.

So psyched about this game coming out... wait, lost my job, don't have money to buy it... SHIT!

Ah well, I'll find a new job and start saving up for a copy.

KeyMaster45:
Another core Zelda game I will have to miss out on because it's on the Wii. I refuse to validate the Wii as a console by giving Nintendo money for it. I dislike everything about the system and believe it's successor will be the same horrible piece of hardware that it is. Sorry Hyrule, you'll have to go another six years without my help. Maybe longer if Nintendo fails to pull their head out of their ass.

You know, there are some really good games that have been made for the Wii: de Blob, Epic Mickey, Fragile Dreams, Monster Hunter Tri, Zack and Wiki, Madworld, just to name a few. Yes, there's shovelware, but crappy games are common for every console.

It may be good, but I don't think I will be dusting off the Wii any time soon for it.

RandomHer0:
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.

If it was like Wind Waker, it would be a 100% buy when I have the money.

I played most of the Zelda games(Ocarina just so no body asks), and I find that Wind Waker was the best out of them all. It was expansive and pretty much had the most exploration out of all the Zelda games.

My top five Zelda games are:

1.) Wind Waker(GCN)
2.) Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons(GBC)(Tied because when linked with the end game code, they make up one giant Zelda game)
3.) Link to the Past(SNES)
4.) Twilight Princess(Wii)
5.) Ocarina of Time(N64)

Phantom Hourglass on the DS would beat out Ocarina, if it didn't have the stupid timed repeat temple. There is a fine line between awesome and awful and that temple is what ruins PH, and puts it at the very bottom of my played Zelda game list along side Majora's Mask. If time mechanics like in MM and built in repetitive time sections like in PH are a major part of a game, the game get's an automatic fail in my book. This is why I hated Dead Rising. I like games that let me play at my own pace; I hate getting stressed out because I'm taking too long(according to the game) and it is bleeping at me and then it says I fail. Time trials are fine, but they should only be a side thing for people that want the extra challenge, not forced upon the player.

Back on track, the reason the top three are the way they are, is that I find more toonish games work better with fantasy style of The Legend of Zelda. The more "realistic" ones of their times like TP and OoT, just didn't hold my attention.

SupahGamuh:
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.

I never got into ocarina way back when, and i think my lack of lock-on use seriously hampered me throughout twilight princess.

Spirit Maiden (read: Whiny entitled little bitch)

Genixma:
Yea--no. The first console Zelda I'm not going to buy. The Wii's "stick waggling" isn't worth it. I'll stick with Twilight Princess on the Gamecube until they release a Zelda with no stick waggling or motion sensing involved. I don't care if this is the future of gaming I'm sticking to Controller. Not the nun-chuck. And as far away as I'm going to get from it is with wireless controller without the motion sensing.

Well, supposedly with the Motion+ it'll actually feel more like actualy sword fight, like how Wii Sports Resort felt kinda like you'd expect sword fight with a 20cm long stick to feel. Just visualize and it might be better :)

OT: Very much on the fence about this one. I have such a back catalogue of games for the PS3 already and november isn't over yet. Maybe i'll wish for it for Christmas, 'cause it's Zelda and therefore MUST be played. (This rule does not apply to Spirit Tracks on account of that concept being stupid)

Well what a kick in the nads by nintendo!, well unfortunatly this is off of my gaming list now as i don't see why i should have to shell out extra for the limited edition or a stupid add on specially as money's tight at the moment! Why could they not stick with TP controls.

Everytime I read a Zelda game review, I'm sorely disappointed by how much people love to ignore Nintendo's love for making the same thing over and over again.

Nobody else is allowed to do it, but Nintendo's always given a free pass. :/

Well, if I'm ever given this game for free, I'll be sure to go to see Hyrule again, then solve the puzzles and find the keys in the water, fire, and spirit temple and stab ganon one more time all with a different companion to show Link everyone's glaring weaknesses. again.

I won't forget my bomb bag, boomerang, bow, fire arrows, light arrows, spin attack, master sword, Hylian Shield, slingshot, or rupees this time, either. I'll make sure Zelda knows that I'm gonna need a pay raise this time around.

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