The average score of SS was 8.5-9, Worldwide. So your saying everyone else is wrong in their scores?
We go questing with Link in advance of our full review.
Believe me, I know how you must feel. The gag that kept me from extolling the virtues (and lamenting the missteps) in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been removed, and yet I don't have a full critique ready to go, complete with numerical ranking. The review embargo was lifted earlier today, and I had planned to have my analysis up by now, but there's still more ground for me to cover in this lengthy adventure before I can offer up my last word. I'm sure you're just as disappointed as I am with this development, and possibly much more so, given many individuals' insatiable love for prerelease information, but it's a situation that cannot be avoided.
As of this writing, I am just a shade under 37 hours into my sky-faring quest, and I'm currently trying to figure out how to open the door to the sixth dungeon. As a rule, a frog's thirst can't be quenched with a small amount of water, and wouldnt you know it, a thirsty amphibian is guarding my path onward. If only there were a bright gold doorknob, maybe with a triforce insignia etched in the surface, to guide me to my next objective. But things are rarely that obvious in Zelda games. As soon as I wrap up this blog post, I'll once again dive into Link's latest adventure and hopefully grab hold of the elusive solution that has momentarily halted my progress, but I thought I'd give you a few of my thoughts before getting back to business.
I've been playing Zelda games for almost 24 years, but I don't remember ever laughing quite so hard in any of my previous experiences. There's some deceptively good writing in Skyward Sword, with subtle jokes often layered into dialogue that hits me a minute or two after the fact. My favorite of these is as much of a visual gag as it is a written one and is quite juvenile, but that doesn't diminish its comedic value one bit. I won't spoil too much of the surprise; just know there is more than one use for a love letter, and some of it can be rather foul.
As good as the writing is, no one plays Zelda games solely for their stories. It's the sense of adventure that is the biggest draw, and it's the secret-filled world that is primarily to blame for my not having finished the game just yet. There is always a new distraction luring me away from the main plot in Skyward Sword, and it's that urge to discover every hidden aspect that makes it so difficult to resist. During my exploits yesterday, I spent a good half hour trying to make my way into an oversized bird's nest to procure a baby's rattle. It may sound like a fool's errand, but I was nicely rewarded for my derring-do.
However, you don't come across side missions quite as organically as in many of the previous games. The fractured overworld lacks a sense of cohesiveness, and most of the floating islands are decidedly barren except for a lone treasure chest sitting in an open field. You usually learn about quests by tromping around the main city, Skyloft, and talking to citizens that have thought bubbles over their heads. There isn't the same sense of discovery you might find in Twilight Princess or Ocarina of Time, for instance, where just riding through the countryside could lead you to a hidden cave, mysterious lake, or some other natural wonder.
The overworld is closer to that of Spirit Tracks than previous console games, though you thankfully have much more freedom to move around than those confining rails allowed. Despite the more restrictive nature, there is still a strong push to try your hand at every optional mission because you never quite know what task you'll be handed. Some of them, such as carrying pumpkins, are quite lame, whereas others, such as a baffling one in which you essentially deal steroids to an out-of-shape friend, are intriguing enough that you'll be hanging on every word. Roughly half of the game seems to be made up of these side projects, and they're interesting enough to make ignoring the main quest line for hours at a time fun while you suss out the secrets of this crazy land.
I fear I'm getting a little too specific for my own good now. I don't want to commit to an overly strong position before I wrap up this game, so I must cut off this blog post and get back to adventuring. Look for a full review sometime next week, complete with a breakdown on how well the controls function, the complexity of the dungeons, and whether the bosses are giant pushovers or worthy foes. I can tell you that I am thoroughly enjoying my time with the game. Now proceed to dissect my words to parse out exactly what score I will give and hope time flies by until you can get your own hands on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Though it is shocking that the new Zelda game got such a low score, there is no point comparing it to the new Modern Warfare's review. Zelda and Modern Warfare are categorized under two completely different genres. The games are appealing in different ways. Comparing the two games is like comparing apples and oranges. Also, people keep complaining that GameSpot reviewers are biased and give Call of Duty games an automatic good score. But, the latest Call of Duty scored fairly low for a game of the series. In fact, GameSpot gave Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 a fairly low score in in comparison to other critics... ...to be honest I feel like Skyrim has made all other games obsolete! I am in love with that game! lol
Just because "Gamespot" gave Modern Warfare 3 an 8.5, it doesn't mean Tom McShea would have given it such a score... You need to realise that this is one person's opinion, and I think it was very well backed up.
7.5 huh...yeah I think it's pretty obvious by now that any game that's Nintendo related will be underscored by Gamespot by default.However, that's just obvious BS on every level.Yeah Zelda is predictable, and games like CoD and Uncharted aren't massively predictable?And those games have added NOTHING to their formula in recent iterations, either, not a SINGLE, FREAKING, THING, unlike this Zelda that's obviously adding tons of new stuff, just like every Zelda game does.Also you're blaming the game because you can't handle the controls?Riiiight...I'd venture to say that's a pretty unreliable score, to say the least. It's funny though, it seems a game has to be massively by the numbers and unoriginal to be universally lauded by game critics these days, otherwise somebody, somewhere, is going to have a problem with the game.One of the many, many things wrong with the modern gaming industry.
Message to the past: are you shure the game you are playing is The legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword? Because in the future you gave it a 7.5 score, simply incoherent, and the cause that started it all... Gamespot became progressively a blog of CoD lovers, and finally... when they got bored of shooting people in a very realistic way, it was too late to find other kind of games...
Bloody hell how pathetic is this your moaning at a review,, the best reviewer is your self if you like and think its awesome unique and great score top mark if you think it was awesome give like a 9 but stop arguing over bloody reviews when they are just painfully shadowing your own review on the game i only sign in to rant at ppl cuz it seems like there 3 year old squabbling here but people are making valid points but always squaring off back to the reviews agen REVIEW it Yourself End off!
@Shielder7 I stop respecting you as soon as you started accusing that I am a Fanboy. Anyway, you say those arguments are valid, yet you never played the game, you're really good man.
@RPG_Fan_I_Am Yes good sir, I am a Nintendo Fan at heart but that doesnt mean I cant play other systems, I enjoy my 360 just as much as everyone else and play games for variety and not locked to a few things.
@ MadFelps "Who the hell said that the other sites' thoughts were valid?" I did. If you want to go on raving that all the criticism for this game from well established sites are false and all the 8-9/10 scores are invalid and false because they never gave it a 10/10 you go right a head it only proves you're logic is completely Fanboyish and there's no logic like Blind Fanboy logic. GG try again.
@hotdiddykong Ahh good, makes me feel like my re-post ended our slight circled confusion we seemed to have been doing. lol. And I agree, Fanboyism needs to end. I'm a gamer, I play games, It's what I do lol. I assume the same can be said for you as well.
@RPG_Fan_I_Am Yes, I highly agree with you. We can both relate and respect each other. I dont hate Realistic, I love it aswell, and other artstyles. Regarding Zelda, yeah you make a point, You want a cool looking realistic zelda, A true zelda fan doesnt care how the games look because we know Zelda is about Unique art designs and Gameplay. As I stated earlier, the best thing to happen is if Nintendo made the Wii U zelda, Both Realistic and Unique, that would please everyone. I rather enjoyed our conversation, as gentlemen without any fanboying arguments, ill be sure to watch you.
@lordxave98 first off, graphics do not make a good, or a bad game. aesthetics are way more important and different. you should really look into those topics to truly understand the flaws in your statement. now if your preference is something different then this game, that does not make you reasoning to poor graphics legitimate. second, voice acting? really? is reading really that hard? and silence is a characteristic that builds into the character you play. It makes it easier to develop your own view of the character. look at metorid other M, gave her a voice, and everyone hated it, why? because everyone had a different idea of who she was, and the voice crushed 99% of those views. my opinion is that people who generally make the comments that you have, generally regard the games they play as a visual definition to the maturity level of the player, that does not accurately depict artistic views or aesthetics games in general.
@hotdiddykong I feel like were going in circles here... So I will rephrase my statement. Starting over. I mean we each have our opinions, which was why I was saying you was right, and again that I agree with you, Skyward Sword needs these cartoonish style graphics. The wii couldn't handle a realistic looking Zelda, massive world, and Wii motion plus. while maintaining a stable frame rate. Which is why, I am ok with the graphics. It allows a beautiful world, amazing art style, awesome gameplay, and still run smoothly. But on the Wii U, I would be disappointed by a Zelda game being made like this. I prefer them to look realistic. And the Wii U should be able to handle motion controls like this game, realistic graphics, and run smoothly. all while being packed with content and amazing looking scenery for me to enjoy. What I would hate would be if they did like they did in Wind Waker. Promise an amazing looking game that pushes the Game Cube to it's limits, then gives us that. I felt as though it was made more for children then teenagers to adults. I stilled enjoyed playing it, but it was highly disappointing to me. So to recap, This game deserves a 10, it looks absolutely beautiful. It pushes the wii to it's limits, runs smoothly, has hours of gameplay and content, and amazing story. Just wanted to say don't hate on us realistic looking Zelda enjoyers, We just like things better realistically. :)
@RPG_Fan_I_Am Ill be honest, Most Wii game's Frames are clear, but thats if your watching them on the wii itself, videos and pics cant justify how great they look. Stay true to what you want but understand that its not nessasary, Ive heard Skyward Sword, among others, has no problems with Frame rate as Nintendo's using their Wii's Limitations to the best and pushing for the best quality(Unlike other morons). Ill leave you to your opinion, i respect it but i want to see a Unique style that's realistic and not just a realisiticly stamped Zelda, that would be horrible.
It is funny, because I if you see Gamerankings, there is just one review missing to reach the 20 (Gamerankings shows a game on their All time best list just when it reaches 20 reviews), and all the big videogame websites have made their reviews, except for Gamespot. I have always trusted Gamespot with their reviews, it is not easy to get a 10 from them, but a real masterpiece can get it (Just like GTA IV or Super Mario Galaxy 2). So, if Skyward sword gets a 10 from them, we could really tell if it deserves to be called a masterpiece or not. Iīm really happy that the last word is in Gamespotīs mouth, they will decide the position of Skyward sword in the All time best list. Will this game match Ocarina of Time? Gamespot decides.
WTF!!!! CīMON GAMESPOT!!!! PUT THE REVIEW!!!!! I CANīT LIVE SEEING EVERY FIVE MINUTES YOUR HOME PAGE TO SEE IF YOU HAVE FINISHED THE FORSAKEN REVIEW !!!!!!
Skyward Sword: The one game that can make me put down Skyrim and forget I had ever even heard of it.
Gamespot has delayed the review just for THIS. They're the last major site with score pending. They're afraid about being honest before reading a thread with less than 300 comments for not dissapointing suscribers. Come'on people! Comment more and we'll get the review! All we get what we want: haters show their hate, lovers their love, and gamespot gets visits. And at the end they give Skywardsword a 10 and shut all you up. Anyone?
@lordxave98 : to be quite honest..if I wanted to play a game like ''the competition's'' I would do so..I would go and buy ''the competition's'' game.But I think we want a Zelda game..not the competition's version of a Zelda game..it has been succeeding since before most of ''the competition'' was even thought of and is still doing so.
@Shielder7 I also forgot. When you talked about what you thought about IGN's review you said ""why did a bunch of other sites make vaild points for just the opposite?" Who the hell said that the other sites' thoughts were valid? Remember man, more than half the reviewers gave this game a 98-100 score, it's more likely IGN's is valid.
And about the GOTY, this is also another thing that's biased as crap. Last year SMG2 recieved a 10 of more than 30 critics while RDR recieved mostly 95's. But still, it was RDR that won GOTY in almost everywhere.It's about time they cut with the crap and give Nintendo the GOTY title.
@Shielder7 Ok so there are a total of 28 reviews being 12 of them giving a 10 (if you do the math that's only 2 away from half of the reviews) 3 of them gave it a 98 so if you take all these reviews the average = 9.96 So with more than half you get a number that is practicably 10. There are only 4 reviews below 90, 3 of them are biased and the other rates the games like they were in highschool. If you read the Giant Bomb review you will se they take points for ridiculous things such as non-customizable weapons. God dammit just cause zelda introduced weapon levelup it doesn't mean they're transforming it into an RPG.
@Shielder7: Oh I agree witht that, I wasn't trying to knock you or anything. It's just the way you wrote your comment sounded to me like you 'thought' all the 10 reviews were fanboy reviews. I was trying to see if that was your actual views that's all
Kinda silly that people are arguing over review scores; the difference between an 8.0-10.0 doesn't really mater for a Zelda game because if you own a Wii and are interested in Zelda then you will buy the game regardless. Also, for reference, for those who believe otherwise; there is NO universally 'credible' review site out there. Reviewers are all biased in their own ways and assign rather arbitrary numerical scores that, in the long run, don't mean a whole lot. So the whole IGN vs. Gamespot vs. Gametrailers credibility thing is stupid; read what they have to say and determine if you want the game or not. As for GOTY talk, this is a TERRIBLE year for it; been way too many AAA, amazing titles recently (Arkham City, Skyrim, Uncharted 3, Skyward Sword) so I don't think anyone can really single out a particular title as being the 'best'.
@ SonPan I didn't ignore it I just don't agree with it. - He stated that it had Subpar combat - Bland point A to point B gameplay - Uninteresting and almost confusing dungeon design To mention a few flaws that were brought up. This is not a 10/10 game. The review was fine problem is with fanboys can't take constructive criticism.
I can think of at least a couple very good reasons this game doesn't deserve a 10. 1 - Graphics compared to competition - not going to compare on the Wii. 2 - Story games like this should have voice acting. Again, look at the competition. I am apalled that they still do not really talk!
@Shielder7 You completely ignored my point about GT's review... *sigh* I'm not even going to try to explain the obvious flaws of that review to you a second time.
@ SonPan yes I did read Gametrailers review and just because he's able to point out flaws for a game you like doesn't make it poorly written or non-coherent. IGNs Review was horrible it was basically Oh My God Zelda Game "fap fap fap" Acting like the games "blank" don't stink. That's not a review. 1 Up we both agree was a good review and their grading system isn't that hard to figure out once you get used to it it can still be translated into a %
Ya flimmin flammin teaser! I am really looking forward to getting this and can't wait to get back to my single-player gaming roots.
@Shielder7 Have you even READ GameTrailer's review (I'm not talking about watching the video review because that's never a full review only a summary). GT's review for Skyward sword was the most contradictory review I have EVER read. It was actually very poorly written and it felt like it was written by two reviewers who had opposite opinions. For example, at one point he'd say that the dungeons are stale and boring, and at another point he'd call them innovative and interesting... srsly what? He's penalizing the game for the console's limitation (not HD) and for no voice acting (it's like a staple for LOZ now). IGN's review is a lot better written and coherent, and you could tell that he really enjoyed the game (unlike GT's where I can't tell where he enjoyed the game and where he didn't) 1UP I agree was a lot better but they're grading system sucks.
@ widdowson91 Well of course, you can't spell Ignorant without IGN, but are you telling me all the reviews that gave it less than 10 are biased haters? I don't think so either and they're a lot of creditable big review sites not giving it a 10/10 and in the 8 or 9/10 range, Take a look at Gametrailers review it gave it a high score, but it also didn't overlook it's major flaws.
@ MadFelps count how many didn't give it a 10 than - all the non-creditable sites and you get a better picture. IGN's review was total Fanboy the things he was praising I was like "Wait a minute that's a good thing? " or "why did a bunch of other sites make vaild points for just the opposite?" And yes I probably will assume it will be a Fanboy review if GS gives it a 10/10 based on what I've seen, but that doesn't necessarily make my assumption false now does it!
@Shielder7: I agree that the IGN review for Skyward Sword was crap, but are you honestly telling me that ALL the reviews that have given the game a 10 are 'fanboy' reviews? I don't think so. Take Edge's review as an example. Edge have been critical to all the Zelda games since Ocarin of Time, yet even they prayed Skywad Sword to the hills. All I know is I'll reserve my judgements until I've played the game myself.
@DrMatta: Innovation isn't necessarily something new that hasn't been done before. Most of the time innovation comes from taking an older idea and growing it into something better with some neat thinking. An example of this is Nintendogs. There were a lot of pet simulators before that game, but Nintendogs took those ideas and expanded them in to something bigger and better thanks to some cleaver ideas. Now an idea that is 'revolutionary' is something that hasn't been done before. I think you should get a better understanding between 'innovation' and 'revolution' before you comment on the subject.
@Shielder7 I never said it was a low score, I just said it was one of the lowest. Seriously man go to metacritic and count how many 10's there are, plus I read IGN's entire review and there was nothing that showed fanboyness. IGN even pointed out some flaws that were so small they weren't worth taking some points off. If GS gives a 10, you'll say the same thing, that they're fanboys.
@ MadFelps yes Game trailers gave such a low score of a 9.1 /eye roll I watched about 7 reviews and it's not a 10/10 game dude at least not from what I've seen.
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