The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD launches on Nintendo Switch this Friday, adding a coat of glossy paint to a Wii classic. While loved by many, the original game had a fair amount of flaws that put a considerable number of players out of the first round – so is this remaster worth the money?
Reviews for the game have now been published, including our own. Below, we’ve compiled a selection of quotes and review scores from a number of different outlets to see how the title went with the media prior to its launch.
Before diving, we would naturally encourage you to check out our review:
Right, now that you’ve read our final verdict, let’s see what the other critics had to say.
We’re going to get things started with VGC, which gave the game a perfect 5/5:
“Skyward Sword HD is a superb remake of the ten-year-old Wii game that not only gives it a much-needed visual upgrade, but also gives it so many quality of life improvements (no less than a free camera) that it does immediately the original version became obsolete. “
Gamespot gave the game a 7/10, saying the Switch version is “nicer” than the original:
“The various quality of life changes that Nintendo has implemented here, welcome as they are, do not solve the biggest problems of Skyward Sword, and remains the most uneven 3D entry in the Zelda series. Even so, the improvements in this Switch the remaster makes the overall experience more enjoyable, and Zelda’s characteristic magic ultimately overcomes the game’s flaws. “
In a current magazine, IGN says Skyward Sword remains “as fascinating as ever”:
“I still have a way to go before I’m done, but so far Skyward Sword remains as fascinating as ever, even if it’s still dominated by awkward controls and weird tricks that are exactly weird as you tell them. remember. Unresolved control issues aside, this aerial adventure is all you can expect it to be, for better or for worse. ”
The Guardian gave the game 4 stars out of 5:
“This remastered game from the Wii era remains an imaginative and magical wild experience created by Nintendo’s best puzzle architects.”
GamesRadar it also went with a 4/5 score, called “an underrated gem”:
“Skyward Sword HD gives one of the most misunderstood Legend of Zelda games a second chance. It’s an underrated gem, one that finds room to breathe really well with a more reliable and relaxing control method embedded in it.”
And finally, Game Informer gave the game an 8/10, describing it as “a game of dramatic peaks and valleys”:
“In some ways, Skyward Sword perfects the Ocarina model, but this formula also feels well-worn and mixed with useless trash. Despite all the ways Nintendo has updated this package, Skyward Sword remains far from my favorite entry in the series. , but this is clearly the best way to play this spotted gem.
Zelda: Skyward Sword HD launches on July 16 and is available for purchase both digitally from the eShop Switch, and physically on sale. Expect to play on Friday? Let me know in the comments.
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