Skyward Sword

Skyward Sword, more than anything else, has just made me realize how much I hate motion controls.  They were a gimmick I didn't like in the first place and they've aged horribly.

Out of all the games in my playthrough this is the only one I hadn't tried at least once.  I was coming to this game completely fresh and it immediately put me off with the motion controls.  And these are even the "improved" motion controls with the Wii Remote Plus.  It tries to be 1 to 1 with Link's hand but it isn't... instead it just makes him look dumb when he's running with his sword out.

I tried to get into this game, I really did.  I played something like five hours of it before finally throwing in the towel.  The structure and the content of the game seemed fine.  The story and world were perfectly serviceable.  I probably would have played the whole thing if it weren't for the motion controls.

Now I'm glad I skipped this game when it came out and never had to pay full price for it, that would have been an even bigger disappointment.

Honestly, besides the motion controls I don't have many other thoughts on the game.  It felt like a run of the mill 3D Zelda entry.  Nothing amazing or groundbreaking.  One minor gripe I have is that it's starting to feel weird to have these big budget 3D Zelda productions with a ton of dialogue and text but not actually have any real voice acting.  I hope they fix that with Breath of the Wild, but it's a minor complaint compared to the controls.

Needless to say, I didn't like this game.  It's going in the bottom half of the list for sure.  It's not Zelda II bad since I'm pretty sure that will be the lowest benchmark forever.  But Skyward Sword goes right in that section of the games with gimmicky controls that don't hold up anymore.  I'm going to call it slightly better than the DS touch control games, but only barely.
  1. A Link to the Past (1991) 
  2.  The Wind Waker (2002)
  3.  Oracle of Seasons (2001)
  4.  Oracle of Ages (2001)
  5.  Majora's Mask (2000)
  6.  Ocarina of Time (1998)
  7.  The Legend of Zelda (1987)
  8.  Twilight Princess (2006)
  9.  Link's Awakening (1993)
  10.  The Minish Cap (2004)
  11.  Skyward Sword (2011)
  12.  Spirit Tracks (2009)
  13.  Phantom Hourglass (2007)
  14.  Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1988)


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