GamePro Germany got their hands on a copy of Skyward Sword, and recently posted their review online. It gives individual ratings for both graphics and sound, but the real soul of their preview is the massive list of spoilers, some major, others less so. You can read them all after the jump, as well as see their review.
Beware of spoilers!
- Skyward Sword taking place before Ocarina of Time is confirmed late in the game.
- Link wakes up after hearing a strange voice say, “The time has come for you, the chosen one. Awaken!”
- The receiving of the Skyward Sword is mimicked exactly through the player’s movements.
- Skyloft and the Earth Realm are separated through a holy seal that you and your loftwing can’t break.
- The goddess creates a portal, a green glowing pillar of light to link the two worlds.
- The first place you travel to below the clouds is the Sealed Grove.
- Link can carry a back-up shield incase one breaks.
- Link also keeps an item stash in Skyloft.
- The blacksmith will repair your shield for 10 rupees.
- In this German review, locations like the Cave Sanctuary and Vulcan Temple are mentioned, but these may just be different names for temples we know of.
- The beetle can be upgraded with a grappling arm that allows you to use the “Thorn plant” (bomb).
- You can drop thorn plant bombs onto enemies or into cups to activate mechinisms.
- The Earth Realm is divided into three main parts. These are not connected areas, but separate parts of the map.
- Visit Bamboo Island to break the record in bamboo slashing.
- Deliver hot soup to a swordmaster in a race against the clock.
- Travel across the whole world looking for “Jewels of Compassion” (crystallized human gratitude) to help a demon with his transformation into a human.
- After about 15 hours, all three areas should be cleared.
- That’s when the plot takes a serious twist that isn’t revealed.
- The second half of the game has you looking for three “Divine Flames” to forge your sword.
- Explore a second, previously unreachable area in each of the three main areas, thanks to the harp.
- This also gives you access to a test in each of the areas.
- Sneak through a location like in Phantom Hourglass.
- Collect tears in the soul jar.
- Complete the test to grab a scale of the water dragon, which gives you access to the new part of the area.
- This allows you to visit Lake Floria in the Faron Woods.
- These tests mean retracting steps through several dungeons.
- The divine water dragon Faron will give you access to the fourth temple if you give him a bottle of holy water first.
- This involves another trip to the Skyview Temple, where different puzzles and new enemies are waiting for you.
- Dialog options don’t seem to really change what happens in the story.
- Spot pedestrians in Skyloft or the creatures of the Earth Realm (like the wood dwellers known as the Kikwi) that have information relevant to the plot by the thought bubbles over their heads.
- The Tower of Light at Skyloft lets you view the whole town
- The reviewer finished up in about 40 hours
+ quirky, fitting comic style
+ impressive cutscenes
– flickering edges
– textures with few details
+ offers everything from melancholic melodies to powerful sounds
+ familiar Zelda jingles
– samples instead of voice acting
Pros & Cons:
+ epic story
+ a lot of successful changes
+ userfriendly menus
+ brilliant controls
+ typical Zelda flair
+ huge areas
– no overworld map
– outdated technics
Unique Zelda-Magic! Link’s skybound adventure is a more than dignified good-bye present for the Nintendo Wii.
Final score: 93%.
There you have it. Some of this information isn’t new, such as the lack of voice acting or the upgrade system. However, there are several new and interesting developments, such as characters’ having thought bubbles and the receiving of the Skyward Sword mimicking the player’s movements (a big step-up for the Zelda series, if this happens cinematically). One negative that wasn’t really confirmed until recently is that dialogue options don’t really affect the story, although that’s nothing new for the Zelda series. Overall, GamePro gave us a ton of new information. Which of these spoilers are you most excited about?