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The overall presentation of the game is not the best to offer, as the story is not very complex, but the connection between the story and the environments throughout the adventure certainly makes the game one to remember. The story begins to unravel after a few hours of game-play, however players will find themselves immersing in a captivating fifty hour journey that will spell tons of trials and tribulations for those who endure it. You find yourself playing as Link, a boy from Skyloft, a village in the sky, isolated from the rest of the world. Link gains a close relationship with a girl in the village named Zelda. She falls out of the sky to The Surface below the clouds, when Link is then appointed by her father to rescue her. Three main environments, many temples, dungeons, and terrains are traversed to find and rescue Zelda. As the adventure progresses, Link finds himself a part of a sacred passed down story, with Zelda a key aspect of it as well. The interesting story keeps the gamer tuned in, as several items must be collected to progress onward in the story.
The graphics are nothing special, as the platform would suggest. In comparison to games of other consoles in this generation, the visuals are surely lacking. However, the game runs smoothly throughout, and the vibrant world is appealing to the average gamer. The feel is sort of a blend of Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess. Deserts, forests, volcanoes, and dungeons are colorful in tone, but aren't excessively detailed in terms of graphics and visuals. This doesn't affect the game-play negatively in any way.
The sound of this game is superb, as the soundtrack produces many memorable tunes that are suitable to the settings that they're played in. Voice acting is unfortunately still restricted, but like the graphics, it doesn't take a toll on the overall experience. Essentially, the eclectic environments are accompanied by suitable scores that will keep the gamer whistling in their seat. The music greatly adds to the wonderful experience.
Furthermore, the game-play is also excellent, with many elaborate dungeons and temples to scour through, and a continuous flow of activity, utilizing the 1:1 motion sensing of the Wii Motion Plus. While the Wii controls can get a little sloppy and annoying at times, you get used to it, and they essentially don't hinder the game-play all too much. The puzzles are just as thought provoking and original as those of previous installments. Side-quests add to the experience, providing players with something to complete, aside from the main story. Don't expect an endless amount of side-quests to tackle on like a game such as Skyrim. Though this can pretty much be said about any LoZ game.
Ultimately, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword creates a long lasting appeal that will remain in the hearts of fans, comparable to that of previous installments. While the familiar dungeon crawling scheme may be excessive and overused in the franchise, it still feels fresh, with tons of engaging puzzles to undergo, and several elaborate temples to keep the gamer interested throughout the whole story.