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Texas A&M gamer expectations surpassed with 25th anniversary 'Legend of Zelda'

'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword' introduction preview

Published: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 19:07

 

There has been a lot of anticipation building up for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. And so far it has not only lived up to my expectations, but has surpassed them.

In the beginning

As with any Zelda game, you start off with a permeation or old story to provide background. This time we are dealing with the Goddess who created the land, and the war on that land, which gives the series an official origin. After a nightmare and a rude awaking, you get to take your first steps as the silent protagonist — Link.

The land above the sky

Welcome to the floating world of Skyloft, a colorful place blessed by the Goddess herself where the citizens live in a perfect society, for the most part, and each is bonded to their giant bird companions called Loftwings. Our hero, a carefree student of the Knight Academy, calls it home.

Today is a special day in Skyloft as it is the 25th annual Wing Ceremony (what a coincidence). If Link wins the event that is part of the Ceremony he will be promoted to the senior class and be given a knight uniform. Here he is able to take part in the ceremonial ritual with his lifelong best friend, Zelda, who happens to be playing the role of the Goddess this year.  

After meeting more interesting characters and having a moment with Zelda, things pick up in a way that starts an epic journey …

The game play 

You can throw any worries you have about controls out of the window because they work and they work well. When you get your sword, you have the ability to slice and slash with eight directional slices on an axis along with a thrust. There is a small learning curve to slice with precision, but once over that hump there will be no wasted motion when you're swinging the Wiimote as you run and cut ropes on your way through town.

Also, Link now has a stamina bar, which depletes when you run, climb, swim and — for the first time — a mini wall run. You will learn to master your stamina to be successful. Every item you obtain uses the MotionPlus technology in a unique way, giving the items you use variety while keeping them fresh.

The very start of The Legend

The ceremony ends in disaster when Zelda is sucked through the clouds below and Link is injured. Upon awakening, he learns of his destiny and the role he must play in order to bring Zelda back, which this lazy golden-haired boy accepts without a second thought. Gifted with a sword from the Goddess and a Knight's uniform (that just happens to be dark green this year), Link hops on his trusted crimson Loftwing and descends to the surface below.

Review 11/21/11

Look forward to a full game review in a special edition of The Battalion Monday to hear my final verdict of 2011's game of the year contender. 

O'Dell Harmon is a senior agricultural communication & journalism major, but don't let the agriculture in his major name fool you. He is an avid gamer who knows the ins and outs of all things electronic.

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