24 Games until Xmas is our special feature to build up to the end of the year, however that is not all.
Each member of staff was asked to provide their top twenty four games of the year; we have taken this list and will reveal a game each day until December 24, at which point we will unveil our number one game of the year.
There are some fantastic titles on the way and when the final game is revealed, that’s where you come in.
Once the number one game has been revealed we will then create a poll with all 24 games and ask you to vote on your own personal game of the year, this poll will run from December 24 until January 2nd, at which point we will announce the ShopToNews readers Game of The Year 2011.
We hope you are enjoying counting down our best 24 games of the year with us and if you have just joined us then make sure you check out the other games in the list.
Here’s the next…
10 games until Xmas – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Quite a recent release and an easy contender for game of the year is Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, giving many an excuse to turn off Call of Duty and try the Wii one final time. Designed specifically for the MotionPlus controller the integration with Links world alone is something other games only dream of.
Compared to Zelda games of the past, Skyward Sword feels like the most modern and enjoyable Zelda game for some time. With so many changes to a very familiar formula many of us can to expect a bit of a shock initially, but all for the better. Links stamina and upgrading of items makes this more of an RPG than ever before but the cream on the cake was the sword itself. With every movement mimicked perfectly onscreen, allowing for a huge range of attacks from thrusts, spins, uppercuts to parrying with your shield, fighting was never this good.
With plenty of dungeons and weird lands to venture through and an interesting cast to meet, Zelda is a wonderful tale that will grip you from the very beginning, with hardened gamers getting plenty of action and the more casual gamer being offered assistance at vital points of the game, keeping the story flowing to its conclusion.
Having only recently replayed the classic Ocarina on the 3DS, Skyward Sword has so much going for it that this should be the new benchmark for future Zelda games and the perfect swansong for the Wii.
To see a more in-depth analysis of the game, and our thoughts on it, click here to read our review. You can order your copy of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii here.
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