Last week, I was writing End of Day thoughts while staring out at the ocean/beach. This week I'm back in my living room. This world can be a cruel one, especially when it comes to vacation time! Oh well, at least the internet here works better! See you in a few, short hours.
From the very first day we found out that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was going to use motion controls, we've had people say that it would be the downfall of the series. That debate continued on right up to launch, where I predicted that multiple reviews would knock the game down a peg or two due to motion controls. That was indeed the case, with multiple reviewers claiming the controls were cumbersome or simply didn't work as intended. I just didn't expect that debate to rage on years later.
Earlier today we posted up a GameTrailers feature that once again brings up talk of Skyward Sword's controls. There's a debate of how well they worked, how much they hindered the game and how they compare to that of motion controls in Twilight Princess. The conversation definitely hits upon the subject of missed inputs and unwieldy controls, all in the name of figuring out what Zelda Wii U will do when it comes to controls.
Earlier today on Twitter, I was saying that I was getting really close to replaying Skyward Sword simply because I enjoyed it so much. Controls were actually a highlight of the experience for me. When I wrote my review, I made a point of stressing just how spot-on the controls were for me. I honestly did not have any issues with controls and never felt the game wasn't doing what I was aiming to do. No recalibrations by pressing down on the d-pad...no waggling to get through fights.
All this time later, I am still desperately trying to figure out why some people seemed to have such a hard time with the controls in Skyward Sword. Just what were they doing that wasn't working? Was this a case of people not learning the controls appropriately? Was there an issue with the setup that was causing control errors? Were there legimate issues that I never hit on? Just how on earth could some seasoned game reviewers come away with such a different experience than the one I had?
Unfortunately, I've had a lot of common complaints thrown my way. People said I had no issue with controls because I'm a Nintendo apologist. I'm a fanboy, so I'll never fault them. I'd like to think that longtime readers of the site know that that's not the case and never has been. I'm always 100% honest with you guys when it comes to reviews, previews and anything else you see of me. I said I had no issues with Skyward Sword controls because I honestly didn't.
Did you guys struggle with Skyward Sword when it came to controls? What issues cropped up while you were playing? Did these issues kill the game for you? What would you do if Zelda Wii U used a similar control scheme? Leave a comment and let us know!