It's the perfect time to play another dark Zelda game

It's the perfect time to play another dark Zelda game

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One of the many things I love about the Zelda series is that each game has its own distinct appeal from Wind Waker''s cartoony fuzziness to the spooky atmosphere of Majoras Mask. Of course, the upcoming Breath of the Wild sequel, which we now know is called Tears of the Kingdom, will tweak gameplay modifications from its predecessor, but it''s also exciting to see how the story of the world has changed since we last met the Hylian hero.

People are often confused to hear that I include Breath of the Wild on the list. However, the game offers minimal storytelling aside from the optional memories you can go around and find. What I think it does better than other games, however, is creating a world that is not only lived-in, but also rich history.

Youre constantly discovering these ruins and wondering exactly what happened, usually left without definitive answers. Even more importantly, though, youre seeing the world after all of the exciting stuff has already happened Ganon has already won, and the residents of Hyrule are surviving, not flourishing. Its an idea that was likely to be risky during early development, but it was complemented with some of the most famous and well-known game designs in recent memory.

From the start, enter Tears of the Kingdom, and it''s easy to see how the game will be using the same art style and building upon the same mechanics. However, the tone has significantly decreased, and rather than seeing the world through an innocent incarnation of Link, our hero looks like he''s been through a lot based on his left arm alone.

The prospect of repurposing any significant story from the limited details we have found so far would be a waste of time, but I think it''s fair to say that Tears of the Kingdom will return to a darker feel even from the title alone. Id wager to say that this is the perfect time for some edgier content, considering that we haven''t seen a mainline entry since Twilight Princess back in 2006.

The world has changed a lot since 2017, which is like the understatement of the century. Everything is worse today on the whole, and by saying anything other, we would be completely lying to ourselves.

Link and Zelda come back often, but this time, seeing them face darkness in a visceral, immediate way. It''s a pleasure to see them at the same time, as if I took one too many college-level English courses, but it''s a very meaningful experience. They are being altered beyond recognition, and having to do everything they can to survive with the remaining pieces.

Undoubtedly, I am convinced that every moment of my life can be filled with narratives of overcoming darkness against impossible odds. This week''s tears of the Kingdoms release is anticipated for so many reasons: gameplay innovation, beautiful worldbuilding, and a return to traditional characters we know and love, but here''s what I am looking most forward to: its story reveals the darkness that always appears to be looming over our heads.

Part of me wonders how much the Tears of the Kingdoms story and aesthetics were already planned years in advance, or if they''re a more immediate response to what we''ve been facing. Either way, I have nothing but absolute belief that Nintendo will knock this one out of the park, and the anticipation of its release on May 5, 2023 will be what keeps me going until then.

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