Released in 2011 for the Nintendo Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was the game that marked the 25th anniversary of the Zelda franchise. And it definitely lives up to the series’ standards. Skyward Sword is my favorite Zelda game and one of my favorite video games of all time, for its unique gameplay, beautiful art style and music, and an incredibly engaging story.
Skyward Sword has a unique style of swordplay, utilizing the Wii Motion Plus accessory. The Motion Plus let you swing your sword in any of eight directions, with the direction you swing the Wii remote registering as the direction the sword is swung. It truly feels good to swing your Wii remote and see Link mirror your movements. Most of the gameplay in the game is based around the motion controls of the Wii. You can aim with the pointer of the remote and throw items like bombs by swing the remote. There has been complaints about the motion controls being unresponsive, however, I have never had a problem with the motion controls.
The dungeons in Skyward Sword are all pretty good. Like all other Zelda games, they each have a unique style and gimmick that make them interesting. My personal favorite in the Ancient Cistern. It starts off as a beautiful temple, with bright colors, but you descend deeper into the temple and find a graveyard with zombies. It is a very stark contrast that makes the dungeon unique and stand out.
The art style of Skyward Sword is very beautiful. The designers chose to make the game look like a water color painting, and it makes the game very calming to look at. Also, Skyward Sword has some of the best music in the series, with standouts like Ballad of the Goddess and Groose’s theme.
The best part of Skyward Sword in my opinion is the story (spoiler alert!). First, Zelda in this game is the best version of Zelda in any game. Instead of being a boring princess that Link just runs into, she is Link’s best friend and a very sweet character. In most Zelda games, Zelda just tells Link what he needs to get to save Hyrule, however in Skyward Sword, Link travels the world just to be able to find his best friend. Second, Link is also a better character. As said before, his journey is just about helping Zelda, he overcomes all of the obstacles just to find Zelda. There is a scene near the end of the game where Link finally finds Zelda by traveling back in time, (it’s complicated, but in context it makes sense) however she tells Link that she must seal herself away for thousands of years in order to keep the great evil from releasing. There is this incredibly emotional moment where Link runs up to the crystal Zelda seals herself in and starts banging on it, trying to break it. Link finally found Zelda, but she had to sacrifice herself in order to save the world. Link and Zelda are not the only amazing characters in the game, the side characters also stand out as being great characters. First, we have Groose. I love Groose. He starts as the typical bully but at the middle point, he joins Link. And by the end of the game, he is helping Link save Zelda and builds a device to help Link fend off some monsters. Another great side character is Ghirahim. He is a demon lord that is the primary antagonist for most of the game. His main goal is to revive his master Demise. He is incredibly flamboyant and whenever he comes on screen the game gets much better. A third great character is Fi. She is the spirit of Link’s sword. She starts as this robot like character, just spurting out data, but as the game progresses, she begins to show real emotions. At the end when Link leaves the Master Sword, Fi must stay with it and it is actually a very emotional moment of Fi saying that she will always remember the adventure that her and Link shared.
Overall, Skyward Sword is a brilliant game that will always have a special place in my heart. The fun and innovative gameplay, the beautiful presentation and the perfect story makes this, in my opinion, the best Zelda game of all time.
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