I finally finished Skyward Sword, it took just under 40 hours to complete.
I’d give it 10/10. It wasn’t perfect, as my first thoughts post pointed out, however even with those tiny flaws I still think it’s one of the best games ever.
All the 3d Zelda games are amazing, I think this one might be my favourite.
I played over 20 hours of the game with Holly by my side, she was the physical embodiment of Fi, keeping me company and offering helpful advice… much more helpful than the in game Fi.
So I don’t know if Holly’s company made the game enjoyable, but I still enjoyed the other 20 odd hours myself.
There was a good balance of puzzles, side quests, adventuring, fighting etc. The game felt a bit massive at times but you could always take break and go bug hunting or play some of the mini games.
The villains were quite cool (Ghirahim was entertaining as well as a good fight), and the whole story line is supposed to be a prequel to the whole series, with Ocarina of Time following on next.
Zelda herself is bloody annoying and all her cut scenes go on far too long, but it does give you time to sit down and rest, as some of the sword fighting can be tiring.
Another annoying part is some spirit quest things you do, the goddess trials I think they are. They’re fucking hard. I really hated them. So much. Really. I think you have to do 4 of them.
You basically have to run around a little area, and collect 15 balls, and you have no weapons or items and you’re being hunted by about 30 massive one hit kills enemies.
The combat is quite cool, you get a sword, a bow, bombs, all the usual bits.
I think I killed almost all of the bosses first time, and maybe only got stuck on 2 or 3 puzzles throughout. So you could either say it’s a kids game, or I is well good at Zelda. Maybe a bit of both.
However, there were a couple of bosses that pissed me right off.
There is a 4 armed skeleton that took me a while to beat, although he didn’t kill me, I just had to use 2 fairies to beat him – fairies bring you back to life just as you’re dying and give you a second chance… and a third if you have another one. Anyway from that point onwards I realised I needed to be a bit less manic with the sword and actually be careful and place each strike properly.
Most of the enemies you can just wave the Wiimote around like a feather duster and it works ok, but that skeleton guy made me fight properly.
After him there is a 6 armed boss which I killed first time.
Later on you have to fight this crazy cyborg guy on the prow of a ship. He killed me first time, I found him frustratingly difficult. He killed me and twice again after my fairies revived me.
There were some more easy bosses, then you get to the final temple, which is an enormous 8 tile sliding puzzle game that you run around inside. You have to fight cyborg man again in there… I died 3 times again (using 2 more fairies again), swore at the screen millions of times, and then finally beat him.
And then you get the best fight of all. You have to run down a slope and fight about 300 normal enemies. You just sprint along smacking each one down before they swarm you, they come in about waives of 20 at a time. I’ve never actually felt more like a ninja in my live than at that moment. It might be my favourite piece of gaming ever.
After the slog through the swarm of little buggers, you fight Ghirahim for the final time.
He killed me a number of times, I swore at the camp bastard quite a lot. Then I went back to the potion shop, stocked up on crazy potions that gave me more health and went in calmly and beat him very quickly.
He was incredibly frustrating and he’s only the sidekick to the main boss! So after killing him, the boss reveals himself, I stocked up on potions again and went into the final battle…
Which I won first time. He was about 25% as hard as Ghirahim, which was very relieving.
I had taken me 40 hours to finish, which spread out from the release date until the first weekend in January, so about 2 months to complete.
I think I got a bit attached to my character, and I’ll probably go back again and 100% the game (find all the side quest bits).
Playing Skyward Sword has made me want to play all the other Zeldas again, which I’m going to do.
I’ve never finished Majora’s Mask, so I’ll do that one next I think.
In summary though, Skyward Sword is very good, I like the story, there is a good mix of platforming, puzzles, adventure and action.
There are a few annoying bits, but they probably make up like an hour out of a total of 40, so that’s forgiveable.
If you’re a Zelda geek you need this game. If you’re not, then it’s the prequel so it’s a good place to start.