42 hours in 2.5 days: Done. 🙂
I still have 5 Heart Pieces to get and 25 or so Gratitude Crystals to collect, but I was trying to get through the game as quickly as possible so I can get back to blogging. I’m tempted to go through the second playthrough on Hero Mode though. I love challenges.
The resounding impression I have of Skyward Sword is that it has excellent story, unique gameplay, and world/temple design. The adventure is very story-driven, reminding me of the epicness in Wind Waker, and the world map is reused in clever ways so that the entire game feels like a dungeon — not just the temples. There’s a lot of debate over an official series timeline but Skyward Sword clearly comes before Ocarina of Time, as it depicts the origins of both the Master Sword and “The Legend of Zelda”. Very very cool.
I’ll probably update this post with more impressions in the upcoming days (and bump it), but for anyone who’s played/playing it, feel free to discuss. Please put spoilers in tags as usual.
Note: In case anyone’s wondering for the sake of discussion, The Legend of Zelda titles I’ve played/beaten are:
Also, I wasn’t using a walkthrough (I find they ruin the experience), but I did refer to one during the late stages of the game for the Gratitude Crystal side quests.