Category Archives: videogames

Zelda – Skyward Sword

Skyward Sword logo

Every time I try to write about a new Zelda’s game I find myself thinking about every game in the series that I’ve played before.  Zelda was born 25 five years ago, a long time in videogames history. Since the first game in the series, some elements that give every game that particular Zelda’s feeling were established; elements like dungeons, a great map to explore and a lot of items that Link can use in his quest are found in every Zelda’s game.

Zelda Skyward Sword is the consummation of all the previous game mechanics, the mix of every element presented in the previous games to establish a new level of game development in the series. Every little element has evolved to give us a feeling of novelty even in the most common and classic items. But I’m going too fast here, so it is time to analyze the game in its different aspects: Graphics, sound, and gameplay.

Graphics:

Some people loved Wind Waker graphic style, with its cartoonish look, some people prefer the more serious and dark look of Twilight Princess graphic style. Skyward Sword is in the middle of both styles, the graphics have a cell-shaded appearance but the models of Link, his friends and his enemies are designed with models similar to those in Twilight Princess. Personally, I think that this was the best possible choice since it makes possible to show some enemies and areas with a level of detail difficult to obtain with a more serious style given the lack of graphic power of the console. The selected graphic style allows the Wii to show some big scenery with a lot of details without suffering lag except in a couple of occasions (none that I remember as annoying).

The graphics are incredible

All I can say about my first impression of the graphics while playing this game is: awesome. The amount of detail in every little corner of the world is impressive (even though some textures look a little crappy). The enemies design is clever and imaginative, with special mention to some new final bosses. Every area is recognizable for its particular set of elements (forest, lava, water, desert, sky) and they are big. It’s a pleasure to see this game in movement, Link and his enemies have fluid movements and they all look natural. Sadly Wii can’t show games in full HD, it would be nice to see an edition of this game for Wii-U in full HD, dreaming is free.

Sound:

Finally Nintendo decided to use orchestral music in the game, and the election matches perfectly with the game. Even though not all the music tracks are especially memorable, there are some melodies that will keep stuck in your head for a long time (just wait to hear some of the last songs in the game). The music accomplishes its mission of giving emotion in the battles and accompanies you while traveling the world. However, it would have been nice to have some melodies as memorable as Gerudo’s song in Ocarina of Time or the melody of the Dark World in A Link to the past.

Zelda and Link

In this game you really care about Zelda

Gameplay:

It is the strongest and most revolutionary point in the game for me. The Zelda series won’t be the same again after this game. Twilight Princess used the wiimote in a standard way; you just had to shake the wiimote to attack your enemies. Skyward Sword gives a step forward; with the help of the wii motion plus, every movement of your hand will be reflected in the same direction on the screen. This opens a wide variety of possibilities that affect not just the combat but also the way most items are used. There is not a Zelda game in which you can shoot arrows, throw bombs, or move use your sword with so exact precision as in this game. The enemies will react to this new range of Link’s movements with its own attack patterns that will require you to practice and learn before engaging in a deadly combat. Every enemy has his particular weak point and in many cases they are only vulnerable in some determined moments, making every combat a little puzzle. You won’t get alive through the game just waving your wiimote around, especially in hero mode, where every heart is a treasure.

Traveling across the sky in your loftwing, the new level design that give us the feeling that the Hyrule is just one gigantic puzzle, and the imaginative dungeons and final bosses are only some of the features that make the gameplay diverse and entertaining

Overall:

This game is an absolutely  must have/must play for every fan of the franchise, and for those who haven’t played a Zelda game before it would be the perfect initiation given that it is not so difficult. Zelda hasn’t been known for being a difficult game but it can be challenging in some moments, especially if you play the hero mode after finishing the game for the first time (believe me, you will want to play it again).

This game is the strongest competitor to Ocarina of Time as the best Zelda ever created, and for me that is the best compliment this game could receive.

Score: 10/10

P.D: If you find the special edition of this game that includes a golden remote don’t think it twice and buy it.

Skyward Sword special edition

Skyward Sword special edition

Advertisements

Trailer Game of Thrones PC Game

And talking about Game of Thrones. The trailer for the PC game has just been released.

(please don’t create a horrible game of a great novel and TV series, please!)

Wii-U Nintendo innovating again

Wii-U, or how Nintendo is taking a new direction again. My feelings toward this new console are still unclear. I’m too shocked to give a verdict. It’s too soon and the presentation of Nintendo was only an introduction of the system’s capabilities  and its awesome new controller. Anyway, I’m going to wait until some real games be developed so we would have a better idea of the real power of this new system.

Controller and console

Controller and console

The Pros:

  • The controller: If the designers use it wisely, it can be a great addition to the game experience
  • Graphics: It seems that the graphics are going to be better than Xbox360/PS3
  • The games (ZELDA!!!), good third party games

Demo Zelda Wii U

The Questions:

  • Price: I don’t want to sell a kidney to buy one, how much is going to cost a controller alone?
  • Release date: 2012? It feels like an eternity
  • Games, we still haven’t seen a real game, but the announced list was

· The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
· LEGO City Stories
· Darksiders II
· Tekken
· Super Smash Bros
· DiRT
· Ghost Recon Online
· Assassin’s Creed
· Metro: Last Light
· Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
· Batman: Arkham City.

Technical Specifications:

* Graphical support for 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p y 480i. Compatibility with HDMI, S-Video components.

* AV Multi Out connector for audio and PCM or using HDMI.

* IBM microprocessor and multi-core

* Internal flash memory. Expandable using USB flash drives and external HD drives.

* Optical support for 12-centimeter high density discs and 12 centimeters Wii discs.

* Up to four controllers connected at the same time. The console supports Wii controller, classic controller Hasta cuatro mandos Wii Mote podrán conectarse al mismo tiempo. La consola soporta los mandos de Wii y los siguientes dispositivos: Nunchuck, Classic Controller, nunchuk and Wii balance board.

* Four USB ports and retro compatibility with Wii games.

My (Hi)story as a nintendoer :)

Today I entered to my room looking for an old magazine, I looked in my old magazine’s box and the first thing I saw was my collection of Club Nintendo magazines. Oh the old times, nowadays I read the news about video games and I watch press conferences about new releases on the internet. In some ways I miss the old times when you had to wait every month for the arrive of the magazine.

But I’m going too fast, I want to write about my history with Nintendo and the video games. Well, it all started with an old console, my dear Atari 2600.

Atari 2600

Atari 2600

I don’t remember the exact year my mom brought this to my house , maybe 1986, It was love at first sight. Its games were very simple, but everybody in my house wanted to play with that new machine, and Pacman was the favorite game of everybody.

A year later, a new console arrived to the town :). I discovered the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) in my cousin’s friend’s house. He had an uncle who traveled frequently to the U.S so he brought him a NES for his birthday. I don’t need to explain that all the kids in the block were surprised and amazed by this new system, and the couple of games that were included with the system, Mario Bros and Duck Hunt.

Tu run tun tu run tum (sing it with the tune of Mario Bros). Mario Bros, the starter of my long history with Nintendo. At that time, It was almost impossible to believe that such a thing could be happening in your TV.

Mario Bros

The first screen of a life with Nintendo

You just turned on your console, put a game cartridge in it, and you started to control a little man who jumped over little brown enemies, smashed turtles and took mushrooms to grow.  We used to have fiery arguments to decide our order to play, but I have a question for you Nintendo. Why it was possible to pause the game using the second controller? Whyyyyyyy? Do you imagine how many times somebody pressed start in the exact moment when you were jumping over a turtle or over a hole, or maybe trying to jump over Bowser?. I got my own NES a couple of years later, when my mother decided that it was time to buy me one as a Christmas present.

Mario Bros (1,2,3), The Legend of Zelda (1,2), Lolo (1,2,3), Battletoads,  Ninja Gaiden, Captain Tsubasa (in japanese), Tiny Toons, Nightmare on Elm Street,Double Dragon, Mission Impossible, and Terminator 2 are only a few games I remember having played. You did it great with this console Nintendo.

To be continued…