- Written by Brandon Perton
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was released November, 2011, and fans of the video game are sure to recognize the common theme and quest behavior offered during the Zelda adventures. For anyone who first plays this game after the beloved Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, getting used to the controls is a bit of a challenge. As with any game, the new Zelda has its pros and cons. One important factor to point out before purchasing the game is that you must have the Wii MotionPlus sensor attached to the controller, so older Wii owners must upgrade the controller before playing the game.
Without giving away too much of the game’s story, Skyward Sword focuses on the usual problem: Link and Zelda have an event to attend, but instead of the day’s events working out smoothly, Zelda goes missing. The beginning of the game starts in a city named Skyloft, which is a city in the sky. Link must fly between quests and boards using a bird called Loftwing. Jumping off the edge of Skyloft and calling your bird is a fun part of the game, but flying to different areas is aggravating. Once you fly to an area, you use the save points to jump to different boards quickly, but you still must use Loftwing to move between areas.
After Zelda goes missing, Link is sent out by Zelda’s father to find her. Link later finds out that Zelda is part of a prophecy to save the world, and Link must join her on the mission. In addition to Link searching for Zelda, a demon lord is also searching for her, and Link must defend Zelda against the demons.
Pros: More Active Movements and Graphics
When you first start playing Zelda, the controls and movements are more advanced than older Zelda games. Each slash, jab and push is controlled by the Wii nunchuck and motion controller. For people who are not used to playing a new Wii, you start the game wondering where the good old days of normal controllers went to. After some clunking around with the new controls, you quickly learn to love the gaming environment. With bosses, you often need to stand up to apply the appropriate moves. This means Skyward Sword is not a game for relaxing on the couch. You may even break a sweat during boss fights.
The graphics are better than older games, but Legend of Zelda stays true to the cartoon-like look of the characters. Cinematography and graphics are similar to older games, but just like any new video game, Skyward Sword has better graphics than its predecessors.
Cons: Controller Requirements, Aiming and Flight Control
Because you must use the MotionPlus sensor, you must purchase the Wii accessory, and the game does not let you play without it. If you have a new controller, you probably have the necessary equipment. You can purchase the MotionPlus as an accessory, but it is difficult to take off and on, so it is more convenient to purchase the special Zelda controller with the sensor built in. Some gaming stores sell the specialty controller with the game for a small, additional cost.
Flying Loftwing is difficult, and some activities require you to be precise in your movements. This can be a frustrating part of the game, and it’s more difficult sitting down. Before playing the game, make sure you read the instructions on the screen to sync the MotionPlus with the game to get the best precision for your movements.
Overall, this game is fun and exciting to play, especially for Zelda enthusiasts who love the Legend of Zelda stories. The game’s dungeons are not too difficult, but the guide book is helpful when you get stuck in sections of the dungeon. However, a quick Google search gets you out of any section that gets too difficult.
The Score: 7.0 Out Of 10
Section: Video Game Review