This year marks Zelda’s 25th anniversary, and with it was released orchestral rendering of the best themes of the series.
After finishing Skyward Sword, I can conclude that the series is still going strong, even despite my initial misgivings about the game.
Skyward Sword is the first game chronically in the Zelda timeline. Link starts on the peaceful floating island of Skyloft, isolated from the world underneath by a cloud barrier(much like FF13’s plot actually.) Overall, the game’s mood is bright and colorful, with a cartoony design for environments and enemies. In fact, my first impressions from the trailers reminded me of a colorful korean MMO or the like.
The gameplay is solid as always, with creative dungeons (especially the last one), and fun combat. The controls take a little bit of getting used to at first, with 1 to 1 movements from the Wii motionplus. With the exception of the thrust/balancing mechanic, they become fairly smooth over time, although I feel they could have been polished a little better.
The presentation of the game is utterly amazing, a notch above previous Zeldas. Although the plot isn’t the strongest, the way the scenes are are played out, and the acting in the game is excellent. Despite calls from fans to include voice acting, I feel that the way that Nintendo games are crafted makes it unnecessary.
While I wish there could be more to do sidequest-wise, the main game was pretty satisfying to play through, and I ended up spending 60 hours + on the game (with full completion). Overall, definitely worth a play, especially if you are a zelda fan and into the series lore.