The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword vs The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim- Battle of the “Sky”s

Posted By | On 31st, Oct. 2011 Under Feature | Follow This Author @Shubhankar2508

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November is looking like one of the best months ever in gaming history, with the likes of Modern Warfare 3, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Uncharted 3 and many more being released. But the two most notable releases of the month of to be Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, both of which are also two of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. And to be honest, both of them look like definite contenders for the GOTY title.

Contrary to what some of you might say, Skyrim and Skyward Sword are very similar to each other in more was than one, despite being in different genres (technically). Both of them are long, sprawling fantasy quests set in an open world setting, and both of them have been in comparisons against each other for some time now. But the ultimate questions is, which one is better? Or which one looks better till now?

We’ll have a look at four aspects each from both games and pit them against each other. Enjoy the article, and give us your feedback below.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Huge, open world

Elder Scrolls games have always been known for their sprawling, huge open world environments, especially in the past two games (Oblivion and Morrowind), and Skyrim seems to be upholding that tradition. In fact, it looks like the open world that Skyrim will be boasting of, with tons of different environments, and with the game’s superior visuals to boot. With such a huge game world under its belt, Skyrim will definitely provide with a hell lot of gameplay time, and will obviously be bang worth the buck.

Lots of stuff to do

Remember how most of us who played Oblivion, and Morrowind before that, and previous Elder Scrolls games before that clocked in over 50 hours of gameplay into the game? Remember how it sucked us in with just so much stuff to do, so many things to collect, so many places to explore, on top of the main story? Well, guess what- we’ll be sucked in again, and by the looks of it, we’ll be sucked in like never before. Skyrim seems to be offering twice as much content as Oblivion, and we’re sure that we’ll spend even more time playing the game than we ever have in the franchise.


What is the biggest draw of Skyrim? Frigging dragons. Tons of them, and not just as boss battles. In the world of Skyrim, dragons can swoop in on you and attack you anywhere, any time. And being dragonborn, you have the means to fight them. Just imagine, you’re making your way through the mountains, and you hear a sudden roar, and you turn around to see a large silhouette against the bacckdrop of peaks and clouds, and then the dragon swoops in on you, breathing a torrent of fire, as you evade narrowly and begin your battle. And this isn’t any scripted set piece event, or a boss battle. This is totally, freaking random.

Gorgeous visuals

Well, Skyrim may not be Crysis or Uncharted, but it looks absolutely stunning. The textures looks neat, the character models look sharp, the animations fluid, and most importantly, the art style is absolutely amazing. Never before have I gawked at the screen as much as I did when I looked at some of the screenshots from Skyrim, especially the one with the dragons and the mountains. And while the game definitely will have plenty of bugs, being such a huge game, I don’t think they’ll be severe enough to ruin the visual fidelity of the game.

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  • he your totally wrong i think i like Zelda alot but skyrim has 300 hours of gameplay hand drawn graphics your experyenss is different each time and you can be who you want to be

  • WTF are you talking about!!? Skyrim wins this HANDS DOWN! 50 hours of gameplay?? have you ever PLAYED a Bethesda games before?? Everyone I know who played Oblivion spent 120-300+ hours in it doing side quests, battling at the Arena, learing/creating spells… and even after beating it they STILL play it every once in a while. Plus… Skyward Sword’s an exclusive for nintendo WII… or WII U… or whatever it’s called. Skyrim’s on xbox 360, PC, and ps3.

  • Not only that, but zelda is a standard definition game while skyrim is hd and will have mods that will mKe it look even better and ageless. Zelda games wont ever get mods or expansions. Plus elder scrolls is just more grown up and with more adut oriented lore.

    • Exactly, the TES games are only playable with mods.

    • Zelda is better; It’s an origin story and the fact that zelda has been around for 25 years, and we have not once gotten the full story and creation of Hyrule and everything else I think it really makes it the game of the decade…more people play Zelda than Elder Scrolls and Nintendo never published a ‘bad’ first party game…

  • HAAAHAAA!! you Really think that?¡¡ SKYRIM has over 300 HOURS of gameplay!1 YOU CAN DO A lot MORE AND ON THE TOP

    HOW do you know it will have sooo much glitches??? did you make it or what¡?

    • They played it dumba$$
      Case closed

  • The people who posted the above comments need to grow up. You can just sense the teeming fanboy nerdrage teeming out of them, stemming from their high expectations of Skyrim no doubt. If you are a true gamer, you will know the quality and appreciate the magic that nintendo brings into every zelda game. Unlimited quests or HD graphics we have taken for granted over the years are nice, but cannot compete with the masterfully designed levels and imaginative, emotive story lines the Zelda series is known for. Furthermore, a glitch is almost unheard of with a nintendo game. Games like Ocarina of time make you realize why you started playing games in the first place. Sure, if you ask me which one has better technical graphics or which one has better voice acting etc, it will be Skyrim. But at the end of the day.. no game has that certain timeless quality that a Zelda game has. I’m buying Skyrim and will thoroughly enjoy it no doubt, but I wont say it is a better “quality” game than Wind Waker, or OOT, those have a special place for me. If this Zelda has a better story than OOT, and better gameplay, I’m sure it will win GOTY. And this win will be fair, quality over quantity.

  • Skyward Sword is going to be a masterpiece.

  • Skyward Sword is a masterpiece amoung gaming.

  • Honestly, did a fourth-grader write this article for English class?

  • Usually it’s quality over quantity, but Skyrim offers so much content that it’s really difficult to compete with the game. Another thing about skyrim is flexibility: you can be anyone you want, however you want to do it. Sure, it has glitches and sure it’s combat system isn’t the smartest out there, but the thing with skyrim is the sheer amount if stuff you can do and the fact that the game let’s you do whatever you want how ever you want to. “Oh so you give menthes quest to retrieve an ancient artifact, but can I sell the artifact on the market instead of giving it back to you? Sure shy not.” “So you want me to assassinate an important person. Well what if i don’t want to? Then don’t. It won’t prevent you from moving on with the story.” This is what makes Skyrim a real masterpiece of a video game. The player has the power to create his own world, instead of having to follow a linear world that has already been set for you. And the fact that there are mods for the pc users. This isn’t some fanboy talking, this is just someone with an opinion and happens to enjoy one type of video game over another

  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword wins hands down. The ‘defenders’ of Skyrim in this comment box are obviously immature and are not real gamers. You must have played both games to understand and fully compare. I have played them both, and Skyward Sword wins.
    Skyrim has amazing graphics and good content.
    Skyward Sword has great graphics and has a great mix, not to mention a story that defeats Skyrim! Skyward Sword isn’t limited to ‘adults’, it’s for all ages and for people that understand that graphics aren’t what makes a game a good game: It’s the gameplay and story as well.

  • The clear winner is Skyrim. 300+ hours to complete the story (never ending side quests), huge and detailed environments (much better graphics than Skyward sword), dragons! and much much much more!!!

    And it won the award for game of the year!

  • Skyrim has…
    Amazing graphics
    Open and detailed environments
    Open gameplay(do whatever you want)
    Endless types of weapons, armor, spells and shouts
    Skyrim won the award for best game of the year!!!!!!!


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