Posted on November 05 2020 by Ryan Jensen
Whether it’s the use of an orchestrated score to elevate emotional moments in Skyward Sword or the overall off-putting look of the people and monsters in Twilight Princess, the Zelda series frequently uses aesthetics in an attempt to elicit a particular response from the player. Even to this day, I still vividly remember the first time I stumbled upon the Flute Boy in A Link to the Past and how I was struck with the scene of the beautiful flute playing as the animals gathered around him to listen. I attempted to get closer and accidentally scattered the animals, causing the Flute Boy to disappear, bringing his song to an abrupt end.
In one of his more recent videos, YouTube creator HeavyEyed, along with several guest creators collaborating with him, examines how the world design, art style, and music, among other things, of Zelda games create an elevated experience that other mediums can’t copy. HeavyEyed also uses the other creators’ experiences with Zelda to show how each person is affected differently, although they are fundamentally experiencing the same thing.
If you liked this video, HeavyEyed has more videos on his channel analyzing and defining the uniqueness of video games as a storytelling medium.
What do you think of when someone mentions the aesthetics of the Zelda series? What moment comes to mind when you think of how music or visuals enhanced the experience of a Zelda game for you? Let us know in the comments below!