Michael Fahey has now played Skyrim for more than 60 hours. Stephen Totilo has now played The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for more than 40. Surely, these two have something to say about how these two games compare.
They do. They have discussed these two titanic games, tried to find common ground, took unwarranted shots at each other and, well, they forgot to make any Skylanders jokes.
What do Skyrim and Skyward Sword players have to say to each other? This:
Mr. Stephen Totilo, Kotaku deputy editor, irrepressible booster of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: I've played a ton of Skyward Sword. You've played a ton of Skyrim. We should compare notes!
Mr. Michael Fahey, Kotaku workhorse, lover of role-playing games: Notes? Like how none of my Skyrim characters are wearing funny green hats?
Stephen: There you go taking a shot at Zelda right away. Or at Link, specifically. I've been hip-deep in Zelda for the last couple of weeks (also in Asssassin's Creed, somehow), so it's been weird for me to see people losing their minds over Skyrim and calling it one of the best games of all time. I liked what I've played of it a lot, but I feel like I'm in some other universe where I might be playing the best RPG of November.
Mike: Another universe. That's an apt description. It's almost like you're playing the cartoon version of the epic live-action fantasy movie I've been exploring for the past few weeks (with a side trip to Middle-Earth).
Stephen: I must say that Skyward Sword is really pretty. I love the art direction and don't mind that it's not HD.
Mike: It certainly makes things easier. It's the difference between World of Warcraft and, say, EverQuest II. When you strive for realism you're more open for criticism. I think I prefer Skyrim because the places I go feel like actual spots I could visit. You can almost smell them.
Stephen: What do dragons smell like?
Mike: The back of a Petland, I'd imagine.
Mike: "I think I prefer [the graphics] in Skyrim because the places I go feel like actual spots I could visit. You can almost smell them."
Stephen: I hear your game has bad combat. Mine doesn't. The motion controls work well. The swordplay is good. Imagine, if you will, Skyrim played with a Wii Remote. It could be better, yes?
Mike: That is a dream of mine, Stephen. I mentioned it in my Disappointments post last week. Skyrim played with a Wii remote or the PlayStation Move would be a sublime experience. Though...