The Legend of Zelda Upward Sword HD

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD has a tough job ahead of it. For many, this will be the first time gamers will experience the joys of Skyloft, and for others, it will be a way to relive the good old Wii days, hopefully without the frustrating wobble of the Wiimote due to its improved motion controls. Fortunately, Nintendo has done an admirable job of implementing improvements throughout the game that help eliminate some, but not all, of its shortcomings. Somehow, thanks to Breath of the Wild, the work of Skyward Sword HD becomes even more difficult. The game’s truly open-world formula breathed new life into the Zelda franchise and prioritized it from now on. For fans accustomed to this new format, it’s important to note that although Skyward Sword tries its best to be an open world, it never reaches the aerial heights of true greatness due to the Wii’s hardware limitations. Here it is better to consider the game as a piece of the past, albeit with a new coat of paint.

Of course, this does not mean that Skyward Sword HD is a bad game, it is far from the event. Of course, the title shows its age from the moment Link wakes up in Skyloft, but it’s largely an enjoyable experience, running like an absolute dream on the Switch hardware in docked and disassembled mode. However, the muddy textures and sharp edges stick out like a sore thumb, even more so when displayed on a 48-inch screen, making it hard to ignore. Fortunately, the action is fixed quite accurately at 60 fps and the sliding distance has also been noticeably improved. Being able to see more clearly has made the Overworld much more expansive and fluid. However, there have been occasional intrusions into the frames, especially in a particular overflow area. But aside from a few hiccups, my 30-hour game was filled with smooth gameplay, flowing actions, and cutscenes brimming with vibrant watercolor splendor.

For those who don’t know Skyward Sword, the game takes place in the Skyloft. This area serves as the main hub and houses a collection of eccentric characters, in which Link quickly learns that he must embark on a wild quest to save Zelda and overthrow Doom, the main antagonist of the game, while browbeatening the future of humanity. When the peace and tranquility of Skyloft is interrupted by Zelda, who is thrown from her roof wing to hurriedly sink to the ground under the clouds, Link quickly rushes after her. To save Zelda, she is entrusted with Fi, an intelligent humanoid spirit residing in the sword she receives, who becomes her sardonic (rather unintentional) guide for the upcoming journey.

For the veterans of the franchise, you will be glad to know that the intrusive and non-deactivatable Fi tutorials are now optional. It always indicates the probability of passed away and peril as a percentage, but this time it is much faster. And fortunately, not once have I heard the famous phrase: “Teacher, your batteries are low.” There is also a new auto-save feature. True, we never found a shortage of bird statues to save the game, but it was useful to know that our progress was protected throughout the adventure. And as for the user interface, there is a convenient reminder of the commands when you need them, at your fingertips.

In addition, you will remember that Skyward Sword HD stands out for highlighting the softer and warmer side of Link and Zelda’s relationship, something that is often not fully shown in the franchise. And, of course, Ghirahim occupies a central place, who, in our opinion, is one of the best villains of the series.

Most of the adventure consists of puzzles to solve-and players new to the Zelda series, or more accustomed to shrines or divine beasts, will have the joy of exploring old-fashioned dungeons. The return to the game’s conventional dungeon layouts via bite-sized shrines was undoubtedly a surprise to the system. Finding the dungeon map, finding the compass and the Weapon or the special object regularly aroused extreme nostalgia. It was too easy to forget how linear things were, but Skyward Sword HD offers fantastic ways to test your puzzle-solving skills, and the variety offered by each location is different enough to keep you interested until the triumphant conclusion.

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