Flying high with Zelda and Link
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD
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.