OK! Before I explain to you why I think it was an insult to the franchise let me explain that I really enjoyed this game and that it was probably the most fun i've had in awhile with a game! The legend of Zelda is also my favorite game franchise and that will never EVER change.(knock on wood :P)
But now let me explain to you why I think that this game was "bad" as a Zelda game.
And there is only ONE reason for this, but its such a huge thing that it messes up what Zelda is supposed to be.
The games world is structured like a 3D Mario game. Let me compare and show you why.
In Super Mario Galaxy you have the main space station from where you can access all the levels from, and not all of them are accessable right away. In Skyward Sword, Skyloft acts as the HUB in many of the same ways that Galaxies space station does.
Now the three main areas in Skyward Sword consist of the Forest, the Desert, and the Volcano Death mountain type area. All of these areas are much bigger then what you would get in a level in galaxy but also much smaller then what you would find in the areas in previous Zelda games. Not only that but you progress through these levels in a very linear way and they are not interconnected.
Exploration and adventure is such a huge part of what Zelda is and the way this game is structured just completely takes away from what Zelda is supposed to be. Add to the fact that Fi pretty much tells you exactly what to do every time and you can even "douse" for items which takes even more away from the Zelda experience which is figuring out puzzles, problems and where to go next ON YOUR OWN! Oh ya and not to mention all that "filler" where your just running around collecting those relic's in the same three areas.And when the forest level fills up with water and you have to collect music notes? I MEAN COMMON!
Skyloft is pretty much vacant, the only thing there for the most part is the main village. Compared to Wind Wakers oceans which had many islands. Or the world of A Link to the Past which had many secrets that you had to find on your own. Skyward Sword can't even compare its world to the old games.
It was still a great game and I really liked the artstyle and the story was better then in previous games, but as a Zelda game as a whole it was a disapointment.
Whats your Opinions? I'm really excited for the possibilties for Zelda on Wii U but they HAVE to back to the old way. I want to figure things out on my own, I want to find secrets on my own and I want that real Zelda world to explore not some 3D Mario structured game.