|Release: November 20, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p||Fantasy Violence|
This will happen quite often, actually. Since Skyloft is where the Bazaar is, and since you will need to go there to purchase shield bombs, potions, and the like, traveling via bird might bring to mind The Wind Waker's sailboat scenes. The other place you will frequent in the Bazaar if the Scrap Shop. Here you can upgrade you equipment or have it repaired. For example, you start out with a wooden shield, but if you have the rupees and the right special items, the "blacksmith" will upgrade it to a bounded wooden shield, thus increasing its durability. It's these little additional RPG elements that increase the play value of Skyward Sword to a level not even attempted by its predecessors. And while I have not touched on them all, the surprises will be both refreshing and welcome.
The graphics of Skyward Sword are a treat as well. In the game's early stages, when not a whole lot was revealed about the game besides a few initial screenshots, I thought the color pallet of Skyward Sword was a bit off. It was muted and felt like there was little to no effort in the graphical presentation. Now that the adventure is actually here and I've spent so much time in this world, I would hate to see the color scheme changed to anything else. While it is still seems a bit muted, it's the way the color flows that makes it all work.
The audio is a similar tale. While those familiar with previous Zelda games will feel right at home with the sounds effects and voices, there are a few places where it seems the voice work just doesn't mesh well. The soundtrack, however, makes it so blatantly obvious why so many gamers love the world of Hyrule. Never missing a beat, Skyward Sword ranks high—if not taking the top spot—on the list of the best Zelda scores ever composed.
Skyward Sword is a game that delivers on the promises made before its release, but it also makes good on several promises five years old. Simply put, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is why you bought a Wii in the first place. So if you hid away your Wii, sold it, or whatever, it's time to reclaim it and prepare yourself for an adventure in Hyrule unlike any you have experienced before.