Since I picked up the newest console gaming system the Wii U last winter I have made a commitment to playing more console games. The first game on my long list of console games I want to play through was The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. I haven’t had much luck completing console games for quite a while. Pretty much ever since I started playing MMO’s and World of Warcraft in particular I have just not been able to get into the flow of playing a console game and being invested enough to play all the way through. MMO’s don’t really have and ending you can pretty much play them forever and there an almost endless list of things you can do every time that you log into them. I have over 100 days played on just one character in World of Warcraft, and yes that is 24 hour days. That is one of the main reasons I stopped playing them, they take up a bunch of time and there are other things I want to do besides immediately get home and sit down on my PC, after I have been on my PC all day at work. I would also ignore my wife, dogs, and whatever other plans I may have had such as watching a certain TV program, going for a run, or sitting down and doing some reading or homework. So far I am enjoying focusing on the Wii U and spending more time not sitting in front of my PC for the majority of the day. So onto my review of Skyward Sword
I bought this game as soon as it was released, just as I have with pretty much every single Zelda game in the series, and dabbled with it a bit but didn’t get into it the first time I tried to play it. I have always been a huge Legend of Zelda fan, I have played and finished almost every single one of them, save some of them that came out on Nintendo’s portable devices. Some of my earliest gaming memories are of playing the original Legend of Zelda on the original Nintendo. I still remember the triumphant feeling I had after defeating the evil Ganon, saving the princess, and getting my hands on the Triforce. This obsession with Zelda has continued all throughout my life, in high school I wore my Zelda shirt, that I got for pre-ordering Ocarina of Time, so much that it had to be thrown away shortly after the game was released. I remember just sitting in class being bored and doodling the Triforce and Zelda logo and day dreaming about playing the game. Ocarina of time did not disappoint and I still consider it my favorite of the series. The old top down Super Nintendo Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was my 2nd favorite until I finally sat down and played Skyward Sword all the way through.
Skyward Sword took me a little over 60 hours to complete and it was a great experience pretty much the whole time. There was some tedious parts, like most every single game ever made have, but Skyward Sword is honestly one of the most fun games I have ever played and I am inching ever closer to 3 decades of gaming experience. The dungeons are exciting and only one of them is super long, the puzzles are challenging but not impossible (though one involving the sky temple was completely ridiculous), and the gameplay and story are superb. Some of my favorite moments and experiences in the game were flying, time-shift stones, the pirate ship dungeon, dragons, claw shot, finding all the goddess cubes, most the boss fights, the beetle, and the mini-games. Some of the more tedious aspects were having to use the Wii mote to perform specific swipes of the sword, the gratitude crystal quests, collecting the notes for the dragon song in the forest, and going into the spirit realm and not being able to be touched or you have to start over. If you haven’t played Skyward Sword yet and you are a fan of the Zelda series then I would recommend that you take the time and give it a play through. You will not be disappointed, it is a Zelda game through and through and one of the best in the series.
At some point I plan to play through all of the Zelda games, in the order they were released, and blog the experience similar to what I am doing with Michael Crichton right now. I look forward to that experience but until then I will be reading my copy of Hyrule Historia that my wife got me for V-day and learning more about the Zelda franchise. If you get a chance I also recommend picking up Hyrule Historia, I have just started to read it but so far I am impressed with the quality and content of the book. One of the more interesting things I have learned so far is that Skyward Sword is considered the first Zelda story in the timeline and all other Zelda games that have been released come after. It made me pay more attention to the story as I was playing and there was about 20 minutes of cut scenes after you defeat the final boss that help establish Skyward Sword’s place in the Legend of Zelda history. Pay special attention to the final bosses speech after you defeat him. That’s all I have for now, remember to Keep Calm and Game On!