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Expert Score
9.3

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Review

Finally getting motion controls right, the franchise’s gripping origin story is at last told.

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Conclusion

Link, Zelda, and the lands they inhabit have all grown and changed for over five generations of video game consoles, and the leaps and bounds taken with almost every game are impressive. With a story line that offers many hours of engaging gameplay, Skyward Sword can be enjoyed both by narrative-driven gamers and completionists that typically go for larger games such as Skyrim.

This game is humorous, challenging, thought-provoking, awe-inspiring...and no, we're not being hyperbolic. Lifting the Master Sword using excellent motion controls for the first time reinvigorates even the most seasoned fan of the franchise. With all the praise we can muster, though, we just can't quite call it a perfect game. It has some issues with the motion controls in the more gimmicky sections. Some minigames are more frustrating than fun. The art and story manage to strike a balance between the cell-shaded Wind Waker and the realistic Twilight Princess, but loses something along the way; it doesn't quite grasp the child-like visual joy of the former, nor does it hit the dark tonal qualities of the latter.

If you can look past the small negative points —and they are small—_The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword_ offers an experience that veteran and new gamers alike will remember with great fondness, and it's a joy sharing it both with other gamers who have journeyed with Link over the years, and for new members of the fold. The shortcomings of the game leave room for yet more improvement, and we look forward to seeing what Nintendo will come up with next.

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