Just like James Bond, The Legend of Zelda is one of those
timeless series that can be iterated on at infinitum. Minus Skyfall, in the
James Bond universe, every movie prior dealt with a different James Bond. Many
theorize that James Bond is nothing more than a pseudonym given to various
double-o-sevens throughout the years. As one retires or goes rogue, another
steps up to take the mantle. It’s the same for The Legend of Zelda series.
Link’s a character that, for the most part, is a different link in the
subsequent game. In every game he’s the descendant of the hero from years
past, and it’s his bloodline that’s made to protect Hyrule.
For years, fans have speculated about the Zelda timeline – which game belongs where? Is this game truly a sequel to that other game? How are these two games supposed to tie in? And so on. Even after the release of Hyrule Historia, which details the official timeline of the series, fans still debate whether the words contained within the book are true to the games. Last week for example, in the comments section of my previous article I had a heated debate with someone who insisted that the book has no validity because of its many retcons.
But I’m not here to debate over the Zelda universe timeline. I’ll analyse the events leading to the current state of the timeline.
Setting aside jokes about what’s in or not in a person’s pants, size seems to be a relatively big discussion point these days in the game industry. Everything is getting bigger, specifically when it comes to the worlds in which we are entrenching ourselves in. Open worlds, where the mere mention of that aspect seems to automatically mean a world that can take 50+ hours just to explore all that it offers, let alone actually playing and completing the main story, are the worst culprit.
The Legend of Zelda is a series that many have been clamoring to be more open, to be more vast, to focus on creating the biggest Hyrule we have ever seen. We have our first all new HD Zelda title in the works, and right now seems like the perfect time to build the biggest Zelda world ever seen. I have one question however: Does size really matter in Zelda?
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