Fly­ing high with Zelda and Link

THE LEG­END OF ZELDA: SKY­WARD SWORD

Ottawa Citizen - - LIFE -

Rat­ing: ★★★★★ Avail­able on: Nin­tendo Wii Rated: E10+

With The Leg­end of Zelda: Sky­ward Sword, Nin­tendo has raised the bar for nar­ra­tive sto­ry­telling in video games and re­leased a ti­tle that is truly a musthave for Wii own­ers.

The game is smart and fun. It fea­tures the best mo­tion con­trols ever seen on the Wii sys­tem. Most im­por­tantly, its en­gag­ing plot an­swers 25-year-old ques­tions about where the Zelda and Link sto­ry­line came from.

The game is also filled with lots of face-smash­ing ac­tion, dar­ing ad­ven­ture, high-fly­ing an­tics and mind­bend­ing puz­zles. It is the best Zelda game to date.

The game be­gins in a city lo­cated in the clouds. The city was cre­ated by a pow­er­ful sor­cer­ess to pro­tect the le­gendary Sky­ward Sword, which later be­comes the “Mas­ter Sword” for Zelda afi­ciona­dos. Zelda and Link grew up in the air­borne city as friends. Zelda dis­ap­pears and is brought down to Earth. Link, with the Sky­ward Sword in hand, sets off to save her. On his ad­ven­ture, we learn why the land is threat­ened by evil forces and where the an­tag­o­nist “Gan­non­dorf” comes from. We also ex­plore the ori­gins of the king­dom of Hyrule, which is where the re­main­der of the fran­chise takes place.

While the story is epic, the game con­trols are equally as im­pres­sive. The game takes full ad­van­tage of the Wii’s Mo­tion­plus con­trol scheme. As a re­sult, play­ers not only slash their Wi­imote like a sword. They can also tilt, ro­tate and stab it as if they were re­ally fenc­ing. Mas­ter­ing Link’s sword­play takes time and adds a new di­men­sion to the game that re­quires the player to do more than just madly flail their arms.

Link spends plenty of time in dun­geons try­ing to make his way through un­der­ground pas­sages.

Nin­tendo has opted for an art style that re­sem­bles a wa­ter­colour paint­ing. Vi­brant colours bleed to­gether on the screen, cre­at­ing a colour­ful an­i­mated mo­saic that suits the fan­tasy-style nar­ra­tive.

It took five years for Nin­tendo to de­velop the game and it was worth the ef­fort. If you own a Wii, you need to get this game.

Link faces his en­e­mies with the Sky­ward Sword in hand.

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