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Oh, that killer of a word: “disappointment.”
Day 20: What sequel disappointed you the most?
At first, I thought I’d be talking about Dragon Age II again, even though it did have some solid moments and I did like the overarching story, and even though it felt rushed and, at times, sloppily done.
But I don’t think a game has disappointed me the way The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword disappointed me. Part of it was the terrible 1:1 movement controls that were most certainly not 1:1, and part of it was the fact that Fi is one of the most irritating characters I’ve ever come across. Part of it was always having to listen to an explanation of what amber, monster claws, and whatever else I picked up were, even though I had sat through the explanation a million times before. Part of it was, I’m not going to lie, the cartoony graphics – coming off of Twilight Princess, I just wanted to see that art style continue.
A big part of it was that I wanted to like it so badly. The dungeons and puzzles were fascinating, especially the one where you have to move the actual rooms in the dungeon to get to the end. The final boss battle with
Ganon Demise was fantastic, since it really made you utilize all the sword and shield skills you had learned throughout the game. I jumped out of my chair in excitement when my suspicions about the old lady’s identity were confirmed. I wanted to like it so badly. But it’s the Zelda game I’ve played the least, and is the one that has felt most like a chore to me.
To be completely frank, it’s one of the reservations I had about Breath of the Wild before it was released. I saw that cartoonish look again and cringed… not more Skyward Sword, for the love of Nayru…. Thankfully, no on has panned Breath of the Wild the way Skyward Sword was criticized, so that’s always a good sign. But that was how disappointed I was – I was excited for Dragon Age: Inquisition after the slight disappointment of Dragon Age II, but was actually wary of picking up another Zelda game after Skyward Sword.
So there you have it. My disappointment in a video game. I’m looking forward to Breath of the Wild now, of course, but I wonder… have I been too harsh on Skyward Sword?
What about you? What sequel has most disappointed you? Has it turned you off to a series? Did you ever give it another chance? Let me know in the comments!
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