Review: Why You Should Play The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an adventure RPG for the Nintendo Wii that revolutionises the series by utilising motion controls to allow the player to further enhance the experience.

Skyward Sword features a vibrant world that takes inspiration from Impressionist artwork. It is colourful and full of personality and each new location is a joy to explore. The introduction of flying and many puzzles in the over-world give the game a huge sense of scale and the numerous weapons and tools in your inventory keep the game play feeling fresh and fun to play. The Legend of Zelda series has been around for 25 years, but Skyward Sword still captures the spirit and wonder of classic instalments while updating it with a modern control scheme and new ideas.

The game’s story is the earliest in the The Legend of Zelda timeline and outlines the origins of Zelda, the Master Sword and the series villain Ganon. Game play definitely takes centre stage, but the narrative is engaging and the characters are genuinely interesting. Zelda is given more personality than previous instalments and the antagonist Ghirahim is menacing and memorable. Voice acting is not present in the game, but the silent protagonist is still a great “Link” between players and this magical adventure.

Game play is the main focus of Skyward Sword and the implementation of motion control takes combat to another level. Using the Wii remote the player has full control over Link’s sword. Many enemies will block your attacks, unless you strike them from different directions and later in the game the AI is no push over. Sword combat is fun, but motion control is also utilised to aim the slingshot, throw bombs, crack whips, guide the remote beetle, shoot arrows and guard attacks with your shield. Bosses take it up another notch requiring thoughtful strategy and precise attacks. Once you have mastered the control scheme it really feels like you have complete control over your arsenal of weapons. Skyward sword also features some of the best designed dungeons in the series including imaginative enemies, though provoking puzzles and great locations.

Another first for the series is a fully orchestrated soundtrack. The music is melodic and epic, featuring brilliant new compositions and enhancing some old favourites. “Ballad of the Goddess” is an energetic main theme, while quieter pieces such as “Isle of Songs” and “Zelda’s Lullaby” are beautiful. The music complements the art style and world adding some extra emotion to the game.

Skyward Sword is the reason we play RPGs, to participate in an adventure through imaginative worlds. If you wish to play an RPG that puts you in control of a hero unlike any other game, then you should play The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

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6 responses to “Review: Why You Should Play The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

  1. Great review. I just played through this last summer. Absolutely fantastic!

  2. Thanks, I hadn’t played a Zelda game since Ocarina of Time years ago, but I found myself immersed in Skyward Sword. Great game.

  3. This was one of the greatest games I’ve ever played. I think it’s in my top 5, and it certainly has the best controls of any game so far. I was amazed at how much control you have over Link’s sword. His arm actually followed mine! It was just unbelievable. The controls played a huge part in making the game fun. I also enjoyed the story quite a bit, and Ghirahim was a very fun villain. And the music was amazing, as well. I hope Nintendo can make another “Zelda” to compete with this one, or else all future games may feel disappointing after “Skyward Sword”.

    • As someone who initially thought motion controls would be problematic, I was amazed at how much they added to the experience. Controlling sword swings, aiming the slingshot, throwing bombs really immersed me in the game. Thanks

  4. For me, it combines enough elements of past Zeldas while breaking out with its own uniqueness.
    I feel like I’m in a movie everytime I take to the sky
    The formula of zelda is simple, but its execution is what makes the game what it is.
    Hack and slash, finding items to use in the dungeon, and buying upgrades is a fun way to play.
    I’ve had it for a year and I still haven’t beat it, but everytime i get to play it, it takes me back to the Zelda escapist fantasy.

    • The game totally hooked me, and I loved the combination of the series traditions mixed with the new features. I can easily jump back into the game and explore the world again and again. Thanks for your comment!

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