Posted on November 30 2014 by Fernando Trejos
To cap off this year’s Zelda Month, PeanutButterGamer has taken a very in-depth and serious analysis of the latest 3D Zelda game, Skyward Sword. With his YouTuber friend YungTown, he looks at all the positive aspects in the story, gameplay, and visuals of the game, to try and combat the general negative reception that surrounds the title, and surprisingly enough, they actually raise some amazing points on every area.
One of the main points of the video is to discuss a theme they believe is present throughout the game, “awakening”. Looking at the character arcs of every person in the game, as well as the significance that Skyward Sword has on the rest of the Zelda sage (starting off the series, awakening the legend, etc.), they make a very convincing argument that this the biggest subject present in the story, and though I’d never considered it before, I have to agree completely. Skyward Sword‘s use of language, the messages in its story and characters, and its spot on the Zelda timeline all allude to this being what the developers had in mind when making the game, and I’ve never seen someone point it out so explicitly.
Among other things, he even makes a point to talk about the significance of the romance of Link and Zelda in this game, which I’ve always though was one of the greatest aspects Skyward Sword had to offer (I actually wrote an article about it last February. Self promo!). As they say in the video, the love story that Skyward Sword tells, which many saw as childish and cheesy, works as one of the greatest driving forces in the series, and makes both characters reach a depth that they had never had.
Zelda Month is an event started by PBG back in 2011, inspired by the release of Skyward Sword, where, across the month of November, he makes tons of videos about the series. This is the fifth and final video this year; so far, he’s made a video where he hacks Ocarina of Time, another where he looks at the famously awful Zelda cartoon from the 80’s, one where he plays and reviews Hyrule Warriors, and most recently a video about Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon for the Phillips CD-i console, one of the worst games ever made. You can check out his channel here, and you can go visit Yungtown, the guy who collaborated with him in this video, here.
The video itself is much more serious than anything PBG has done before, so you can enjoy it even if you’re not usually interested in his ridiculous antics. It’s structured like a professional look at the game, and I’m honestly very impressed; I hope he chooses to take a more serious look at games like this again, and I can’t wait for next year’s Zelda Month!
What do you guys think? Do you agree with the points made in this video about the romance of Link and Zelda, and the theme of awakening? Do you still hate Skyward Sword for reasons other than the controls? Let us know in the comments!