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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: 64 out of 236
  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. Jun 24, 2022
    10
    I always heard this game was literal garbage and ended up skipping it on the Wii, I'm glad I played it now though because this game isI always heard this game was literal garbage and ended up skipping it on the Wii, I'm glad I played it now though because this game is LITERALLY wind waker 2 and reuses countless characters and concepts meant for when it was still a GameCube game, but with some OoT thrown in so people on america don't reject it so hard this time.

    Amazing game and the controls are flawless. Don't listen to stupid game grumps, play this!

    The closest thing I have to a complaint is how amazingly optimized and dense the world's are to be able to fit a game of this scope on a DVD at the time, so you'll be discovering new places of individual worlds at time kind of like a metroidvania.

    Also, there's a game mechanic that is literally mole mania. Awesome stuff
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  3. Jul 18, 2021
    9
    I love this game. I loved it 10 years ago, and still love it now. That being said, is it worth the $60. YES! I played the Wii version lastI love this game. I loved it 10 years ago, and still love it now. That being said, is it worth the $60. YES! I played the Wii version last year and I’ve watched side by side comparisons and it looks better in handheld than the Wii… and absolutely phenomenal while docked. It’s amazing the polish they put into it. The bad reviews are ridiculous. 1.don’t rate a game poorly because of an amiibo
    2. Don’t rate a game poorly because your joycons drift
    3. Don’t be that curmudgeon

    Honest negatives. 1. It’s the same game. If you hated it then, you’re gonna hate it now. 2. The start is tedious. It’s almost 2 hours to get to the first dungeon and every time it starts to go, you’ll get pulled back into an explanation, story, or tutorial. 3. The controls are WAY better but still clunky and going to be divisive. This game has a great story and is an important part in the evolution of the legend of Zelda series. There are moments in this game that are just breathtaking and it sucks that the controls and the slow start of the game keep people from loving this game like I do. Anything above a 70 rating is fair. Anything below is petty and misdirected displeasure at joy cons, amiibos, and Nintendo.
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  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. Aug 21, 2021
    7
    In terms of story and character, Skyward Sword is one of the best. When it originally came out 10 years ago, I was blown away. The motionIn terms of story and character, Skyward Sword is one of the best. When it originally came out 10 years ago, I was blown away. The motion controls were immersive, the puzzles were challenging, and I thought the painted style was beautiful (and I loved how the further you were from things the more they appeared like broader daubs of paint). Granted, this was how I felt with my first playthrough. When I returned for the next playthrough, I found myself irked by so much of it.

    I went into Skyward Sword HD with high hopes, but even with all the quality of life changes, I found myself super irked by all of the little things that annoyed me before. Fi doesn't butt in as much as she used to, but she still butts in a lot. You can skip story cutscenes on your first playthrough now, but there's still a lot of really annoying, unskippable in-game cutscenes. Then there's The Imprisoned— arguably the worst boss in the series, and you have to fight it three times (upwards of six or more times if you want the Hylian Shield). The unskippable 'cutscenes' during the fight with The Imprisoned (and after you defeat it) are egregious.

    For some reason, in HD, the characters all have these sort of glassy eyes that make them look like they're really, really high. You get used to it after a while, but in the beginning it was driving me nuts. I don't remember the characters looking so high in the original release, but some friends of mine said they did, so I dunno. Another weird aspect, which I suppose makes sense with greater draw distances in HD, is that faraway aspects of the map no longer look like those appealing big daubs of paint. Instead, they retain their HD look and get smaller with distance.

    I played this entirely in handheld mode, and it took some getting used to. The non-motion control experience is nowhere near as immersive, but that's what I had to stick with. I might go back to trying the motion controls, but I'm just sort of lazy in setting it up, and, having just beaten it, I'm kinda Skyward Sworded out. I guess that's where other Zelda games shine. I can always go back to Breath of the Wild, or Ocarina of TIme, or, especially, Majora's Mask. In fact, with very few exceptions, I can dive back into just about any Zelda game after beating it. As for Skyward Sword, it's a game you take a break from. Maybe in a few years, I'll be in the mood to give it another go, but it just doesn't hold that much replayability for me.

    Still solid, though, I guess.
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  6. Jul 22, 2021
    4
    DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. The game nearly is unplayable. You need to reset the motion sensor every 10 seconds. The rope walks for example is pureDO NOT BUY THIS GAME. The game nearly is unplayable. You need to reset the motion sensor every 10 seconds. The rope walks for example is pure torture. Every time you try to aim you start by hitting the reset button to get the motion controls to work. You can disable those but then YOU CANNOT TURN THE CAMERA! That is because the sword is then controlled by the right thumb stick. This game is pure agony avoid at all costs. Nobody ever wanted these motion controls and this game should never have been ported. 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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