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And I Think to Myself, “What a Wonderful Overworld”: Thoughts on the World of Skyward Sword

Zelda Informer: "It’s no secret to anybody that Skyward Sword is considered one of the weakest 3D entries in the Zelda series, due to many reasons. For most people, it was the switch to motion controls, considered gimmicky by some and inaccurate by others; the game’s difficulty has also been questioned by many - especially due to the heavy handholding, a factor that not only ruined the gameplay, but also affected the story, as it was delivered by Fi, a main character and also the resident exposition fairy—er, sword.

Most of the previous statements have been contested; some say the control scheme adds realism, other praise the dungeons’ design over their hand-holding nature. However, there is one characteristic on which everybody in the Zelda community and their grandmother agree: the overworld was simply screwed up. No matter how many things have changed throughout the series’ history, if anything has always remained the same, that’s the overworld: be it Hyrule, Koholint Island, or Termina, it is always a large, unified mass where every location is connected to the central field, bringing the sense of exploration and adventure that the series is known for. Even Spirit Tracks’ overworld is connected, despite the train routes reducing the exploration."

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Xof1180d ago

Skyward Sword didn't have an overworld. It had a hub world. That is quite literally the only (legitimate) complaint about the game.

deadeyes1180d ago

l finished the game but it felt like it was just thrown together...l hated the motion controls in boss fights which felt sloppy to me. lt seemed like a small world. The graphics where pretty but never interested me. l would have prefered a Twlight Princess style look. l hope Nintendo listens to us on Zelda U..We want realistic graphics ! Wind Waker was cute but lets be honest....It turned a lot of people off a good game. Just imagine that game had they put in real life style graphics ! I have been a Nintendo only gamer for life. l got a wii u now, but please Nintendo, release some grown up material for your long time fans ! We built you !

herbs1180d ago

Motion controls certainly aren't for everyone but they worked flawlessly in Skyward Sword and I honestly think it was the best controlling game that I have ever played. I have come to the conclusion that anyone who complains about motion controls in regards to this game is just strait up too uncoordinated to appreciate it.

deadeyes1180d ago

l think they have their place, but it would be nice to at least make a standard controller option in games. I have a rather physical job and the last thing l want to do is wave my arms around when l game to relax...