11/29/2011

HBM Reviews: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

"This is a tale that you humans have told for many ages,
generation to generation..."
Okay, before I begin, let me just say that this is the best fucking game that's come out all year! At least, the best game I got that came out this year, but still! Skyward Sword, definitely a must have!

Funny story, even if I had internet last week, I still wouldn't have been able to recap the newest episode f of Bleach, thanks to the awesomeness that is this game! And now I start the review!

Plot:
The plot, like all the Zelda games, is fairly complicated. This is the first chronological Zelda game, and in this one, Link and Zelda are childhood friends who live on in island that floats in the sky named Skyloft. On day, a huge tornado shows up and takes Zelda away, and Link learns that he is the chosen hero to go down to the surface world and defeat the evils that live down there. During the journey, Link runs into the conjurer of the tornado, Demon Lord Ghirahim, and gradually learns of the secrets of the surface world. Overall, pretty solid plot, and befitting of a Zelda game of this magnitude.

Rating: 9.6/10

Characters:
Best. First Boss. Ever.
Obviously, considering that this is a Zelda game, there is a crapload of characters, therefore I will only list the main characters here. Of course, there are Link and Zelda, whose designs are some of the best they've ever had. There's also Zelda's father, Headmaster Gaepora, a huge living reference to that dick owl from Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Groose, the bully from Link's school with the best hairdo in the series. The main villain (shown in the screenshot) is Demon Lord Ghirahim, who's trying to use Zelda to resurrect his master, who shows up as a monster you constantly have to seal away known as The Imprisoned. One of the smaller casts in a Zelda game, but, quality over quantity, you know.

Rating: 8.7/10

Gameplay:
This game has some of the best controls of all the Wii games I've ever played. It doesn't use the Infrared sensor like the other Wii Games; it uses full on Motion Controls. Every movement you make with your Wii Remote, Link makes with his sword. The sword strikes are extremely accurate, though occasionally, they might mess up a little. Thankfully, you can recenter your Wii Remote's accuracy, but it's probably gonna happen frequently. You can use your shield by shaking the Nunchuk quickly, and Shield-Bash by doing it while the shield is out.

The different items also have different controls. You point the Wii Remote at the screen to aim items that need aiming, and you can roll bombs and pots and stuff. Also, the A button doesn't make you roll anymore, it makes you dash. Dashing, along with rolling (swinging the Nunchuk while dashing) and spin attacking, take away from your Stamina meter, which, when fully depleted, leaves you unable to do anything but slowly walk for about 3 seconds. Also, the shield now has a damage meter. The more attacks you block, the more damage your shield takes, and when it's damage meter is depleted, the shield breaks. You can repair or improve it at the Bazaar in Skyloft. Overall, the controls are amazing, though it gets annoying having to recenter them every time I pull out my bow.

Rating: 9.8/10

Music:
The music in this game is absolutely beautiful. It's all orchestrated, kinda like Mario Galaxy. No matter what the music fits the situation, from Groose being an ass, to trotting through the forest, to that epic cutscene where Ghirahim is after Impa and Zelda. Probably one of the best video game soundtracks ever.

Rating: 10/10

Extras:
Obviously, there are quite a few extras in this game. There are some minigames available on some of the islands in the sky, and there's a sidequest on Skyloft involving multiple sidequests. There are Heart Pieces and the upgradable equipment, and once you get to a certain point, you can replay boss battles and Silent Realm missions (but why would you?). It may not be as much as other Zelda games, but it's enough.

Rating: 8.1/10

Overall:
LOL SPOILER
Like I said, Skyward Sword is pretty much the best game of the year. I'd even say that it's the best Zelda game ever, but that's my opinion. Either way, you NEED to at least rent/borrow this game. Then never return it because it's too awesome.

Overall Rating: 9.2/10

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