Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Skyward Sword: First Impressions

On Sunday evening I, along with millions of others the world over, picked up my copy (limited edition bundle pictured below) of the latest installment in the Legend of Zelda franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. I didn't get a chance to play until yesterday evening, and only for about 2 1/2 hours or so, but thus far I have to say I am most pleasantly surprised.

Limited Edition Bundle w/Soundtrack and Gold Wiimote

Now when I say "pleasantly surprised", I remind you that I have been a huge fan of the series for over a decade; but I've said it once and I'll say it again, I did not care for Twilight Princess. It was lacking something, I still can't say quite what, but it just didn't feel like I was playing a Legend of Zelda game. It can't have been the darker tone of the game, because Majora's Mask was honestly one of my absolute favorites.

I digress, back to the game at hand. As I mentioned I got in about 2, maybe 2 1/2 hours of playtime, enough to get past the first hump of the game- just before entering the very first dungeon.

The overall feel of the game, the world of Skyloft, it's inhabitants, and the music are all very fresh; new, yet still familiar. The music for the game is perfect, it's the same songs as in the iconic Ocarina of Time, but re-done to sound just different enough. The character's dialogue is also reminiscent of its predecessors, while the character models are unique to this game.

The graphics were not what I was expecting, being comparable to PS2 graphics, although I haven't played my Wii since moving and may just need to re-adjust my graphics settings.

My brief introduction to Link's newest companion, Fi, was also very positive... what can I say I like cold, analyzing characters that talk like robots.

The main thing to take away from this, I'm excited to continue playing it and would much rather be doing that than working right now.

Also where the Hell is my fucking Loftwing?


  1. :: drools uncontrollably over gold wiimote::

    Spot on, spot on. I had the same feeling about Twilight Princess, and you're right, it wasn't the dark tone that set it off, I think it was the fact that it was one of the most linear Zelda games to date, point a to point b and you're done. I still play it from time to time though.

    Ahh Skyward.. my new love affair, lol. I'm so impressed with this game, that I prolly shoot glitter out of my eyes when I sit down to play this epic game, haha. I also love Fi, she's cool, and actually pretty helpful for a companion this time around. Can't wait to see where this one goes.

    (Loftwing missing?! Talk to Gaston.. oops, I mean Groose, lol.)

  2. I meant where is MY loftwing, one for Sarah! They said everyone gets one and I want one, gorram it!

  3. Hahaha! Nice. Saw something online that stuck out.. Zelda rides the blue Loftwing.. connection to Roc's Feather, perhaps?

  4. OH! Also, the bird on the Hyrule shield now makes sense.