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  • Summary: Take to the skies, draw your sword, and experience the earliest story in the Legend of Zelda series. Join Link in his high-flying quest to save Zelda, a childhood friend who must confront her destiny. Soar between floating islands and descend to the treacherous surface world in this updatedTake to the skies, draw your sword, and experience the earliest story in the Legend of Zelda series. Join Link in his high-flying quest to save Zelda, a childhood friend who must confront her destiny. Soar between floating islands and descend to the treacherous surface world in this updated HD version of the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Master realistic swordplay that matches your movements. Swing your sword and angle your slashes to uncover and break through opponents’ defenses using intuitive motion controls. Link will match the angle of each strike you make with the Joy-Con controller, creating immersive swordplay that relies on strategy and accuracy. Movements feel smoother and more immediate thanks to the Nintendo Switch system’s increased processing power and HD graphics. Take advantage of the newly-added button only control scheme—perfect for playing in handheld mode or on the Nintendo Switch Lite system. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 106
  2. Negative: 1 out of 106
  1. Jul 18, 2021
    100
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD improves on the original in every conceivable way. The visual and performance upgrades make it feel like a new game, and the motion controls feel much more responsive, thanks to the Switch’s Joy-Cons. But the new button controls are the biggest improvement; instead of fighting against the motion controls, players can now savor the satisfying combat and genius level design. What was once the outcast of the 3D Zelda games now stands tall as one of the best in the series.
  2. Jul 21, 2021
    90
    For those who didn’t enjoy Skyward Sword because of the motion controls, it’s worth picking up to experience the title in a much more enjoyable control scheme. This isn’t even to mention the overall fantastic gameplay, characters and story that make it well worth getting for those reasons along. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is not only the best way to enjoy this title, but hopefully will be remembered more fondly thanks to welcome adjustments and improvements that make an already wonderful entry in the long-running series even more wonderful.
  3. Jul 21, 2021
    89
    An improved technical aspect, new features that make it easier to play, new contents and hours of fun are the main points to take into account to get a game that will please both fans of the saga and those who want to get started.
  4. Jul 14, 2021
    80
    I understand that $60 for a remaster of a 2011 game is a big ask. But this is the definitive version of a flawed yet fun adventure that should be part of any Zelda rotation.
  5. Jul 22, 2021
    80
    While not every design choice has aged as gracefully as its gorgeous art style and incredible dungeons, the implementation of a wide range of improvements ensures The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD remains a memorable adventure worth experiencing on the Nintendo Switch.
  6. Jul 14, 2021
    80
    Skyward Sword HD gives one of the most misunderstood Legend of Zelda games a second chance. It's an under-appreciated gem, one that finds the space to really breathe with a more reliable and relaxing method of control embedded within it. Skyward Sword has its fair share of problems, but it makes up for many of them in moments of true brilliance and defiance against established series conventions. Say what you will about Skyward Sword, but it's good to be out on an authored adventure with Link again – saving Hyrule one inventive dungeon and challenging boss battle at a time.
  7. Aug 13, 2021
    40
    No reviewer on earth enjoys scathing a Zelda-game. More often than not they are grand cru-games players are willing to wait years for. Ever since BOTW we’ve been given crumbs while waiting for the much awaited sequel through remasters and remakes. ‘Link’s Awakening’ scratched that itch. Skyward Sword HD does not. Spoler alert: in the year 2021 motion controls are still horrible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 227
  1. Jul 17, 2021
    10
    Unfortunately ports are a target for review bombing so the user score probably won't be that reliable as people who haven't played the gameUnfortunately ports are a target for review bombing so the user score probably won't be that reliable as people who haven't played the game will just give it a 0.

    I'm a few hours in and really enjoying the game though. The art style really holds up and this is such a great version of Zelda (the character I mean). I love her design and she's quite funny. The quality of life features make the experience noticeably better.

    I also really appreciate that I can use a gamepad. Joycon drift is a big headache so I just couldn't handle playing with joycons.

    Having tried the original version on wii just a few months ago I can definitely say this is hands down the best version of the game. Better control options, less annoying tutorials/pop up messages, visually it's far nicer (the old wii version looks awful on modern tvs), autosaves, camera controls etc. It really is a massive improvement.

    Is it better than breath of the wild? personally not at all. botw has a lot more to offer but skyward sword is full of charm and it's a fun adventure. I'd definitely recommend it.
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  2. Jul 24, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Fantastic game! Skyward sword is the beginning! Great story, development and puzzles! I love it. And they enhanced and improved the control system. Expand
  3. Jul 17, 2021
    9
    They fixed the most hand-holding dialogue and infuriating motion controls, delivering an undeniably amazing puzzle action game with some ofThey fixed the most hand-holding dialogue and infuriating motion controls, delivering an undeniably amazing puzzle action game with some of the best music in the business. Expand
  4. Feb 8, 2022
    8
    Excellent game, a good remaster of the game and some new classic controls that are very well done.

    Excelente juego, una buena
    Excellent game, a good remaster of the game and some new classic controls that are very well done.

    Excelente juego, una buena remasterización del juego y unos nuevos controles clásicos que están muy bien hechos.
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  5. Jul 20, 2021
    6
    As a preface, I've only played up to the second dungeon using the pro controller. In my opinion, the motion controls of Link's sword don't mapAs a preface, I've only played up to the second dungeon using the pro controller. In my opinion, the motion controls of Link's sword don't map well onto the analog stick and holding L+ right analog stick to move the camera doesn't feel very intuitive. Nintendo should have removed every component of Skyward Sword which was reliant on motion controls and remade the game catering a traditional button controller. In its current state, I wouldn't recommend it - not at full price anyway. Having said that, I love the story-driven, dungeon aspect of this game and one can only hope Nintendo strikes the right balance in the next iteration of the Zelda series. Hopefully, breath of the wild 2 will embrace its roots once again and combine it with the "open-air" vibe that a lot of people seem to like. Expand
  6. Sep 1, 2021
    4
    Worst entry in the series by far. Weak story and the motion control fighting system is the worst pathetic forced in garbage I have seen in aWorst entry in the series by far. Weak story and the motion control fighting system is the worst pathetic forced in garbage I have seen in a modern era video game. Besides that it's your typical OoT formula Zelda game and it does not exceed the other games in any significant way. If you want a good Zelda game on Switch buy Breath of the Wild or wait for the Sequel. DON'T buy Skyward Sword! Expand
  7. Jul 29, 2021
    0
    نفختم اسم اللعبه لحد ما صارت أضحوكة، القيم تحس انك تلعبها في جيل بلايستيشن ٢...

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