The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD launches for Nintendo Switch this Friday, adding a shiny coat of paint to a Wii classic. Although loved by many, the original game had quite a few flaws that put a huge number of players off the first time around – so is this remaster worth the money?
Reviews for the game have now been released, including our own. Below, we’ve put together a selection of quotes and review notes from a number of different outlets to see how well received the title was in the media ahead of its launch.
Before we dive in, we would naturally encourage you to check out our own review:
Okay, now that you’ve read our final verdict, let’s see what the other reviewers had to say.
We’ll start with VGC, which gave the game a perfect 5/5:
Skyward Sword HD is a superb remaster of the ten year old Wii game that not only gives it a much needed visual upgrade, but also brings so many quality of life improvements (including a free camera) that it does immediately the original obsolete version. “
Gamespot gave the game a 7/10, saying the Switch version is “nicer” than the original:
“The various quality-of-life tweaks Nintendo has made here, welcome as they are, don’t solve Skyward Sword’s biggest issues, and it remains the most patchy 3D entry in the Zelda series. That, the improvements in this Switch remaster make the overall experience more enjoyable, and Zelda’s signature magic ultimately outweighs the game’s flaws. “
In an ongoing review, IGN claims Skyward Sword remains “as charming as ever”:
“I still have a ways to go before I’m done, but so far Skyward Sword remains as charming as ever, though it’s also still dominated by clunky controls and weird gadgets that are exactly as weird. as you can remember. Unresolved Control Issues Aside from, this airborne adventure is everything you could expect from it, for better or for worse. “
The Guardian rated the game 4 out of 5 stars:
“This remastered game from the Wii era remains a wildly imaginative and magical experience created by Nintendo’s smartest puzzle architects.”
GamesRadar also got a score of 4/5, calling it an “underrated gem”:
“Skyward Sword HD gives one of the most misunderstood Legend of Zelda games a second chance. It’s an underrated gem, which finds the space to really breathe with a more reliable and relaxing method of control built in. “
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 crammed with unnecessary junk. Despite all the ways Nintendo has updated this package, Skyward Sword remains far from my favorite entry in the game. series, but that’s clearly the best way to play this stained gem.
Zelda: Skyward Sword HD launches July 16 and is available for purchase either digitally on the Switch eShop or physically at retail. Are you looking forward to playing the game this Friday? Let us know in the comments.
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