Posted on July 26 2017 by Brandon Schmitz
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
One of the most frequently discussed elements of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the presentation of its story. The narrative deviates from tradition in that it is told mostly through flashbacks — memories — that Link unlocks throughout his journey. Although piecing together elements of a larger puzzle through Link’s memories is an exciting prospect on paper, I have mixed feelings toward the memory system’s execution. There ultimately wasn’t much of a mystery to be solved, as most of the memories reinforced what many already assumed.
That said, a solid number of these sequences still resonated with me. For what the memory system lacks in unraveling a complicated narrative, it makes up for in characterizing the four Champions and Princess Zelda herself. We see multiple facets to the latter, especially — her frustration toward being unable to unlock Hylia’s sacred power, as well as the infectious enthusiasm she displays toward science and technology.
My favorite memory, though, has to be the one when Link, Urbosa, and a sleeping Zelda are inside of Divine Beast Vah Naboris. We’re given a picture of the stress the princess is feeling as she rests her head on the Gerudo Champion’s shoulder. The scene culminates in a lighthearted, human moment in which Urbosa summons a bolt of lightning to wake Zelda up. Urbosa’s laugh toward Zelda’s confused expression — it just brings a smile to my face every time.
Which memory stood out to you the most, though? Let us know in the comments below!