- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
My brother and I were introduced to the franchise with Ocarina of Time, but for a personal accomplishment, this was the first ever Zelda game I had completed myself, instead of just looking at the guide book in the back of the room. I had a strong connection with this game, maybe even because of the oceanic setting resonating with a kid who grew up on an oceanfront town. Everything about The Wind Waker was inspiring, and the lengthy boat rides on your small ship, the King of Red Lions, weren’t bothersome to me because I just so happened to have a sea chart for the game out of my Prima strategy guide.
Knowing the lore of games prior to playing The Wind Waker makes for an even better experiences, as well, as the drowned Kingdom of Hyrule, the death of its culture and the will of its King all present a sense of conclusion to the worlds seen in A Link to the Past and Ocarina of time, and shows the villain, Ganon at his most relatable, as he and the King equally desire their home to see the sunlight again, despite their differing actions upon that wish. If you have not played this game, the HD remake on the Wii U is only 20 dollars now, so you have no excuse. It is nothing but exceptional. – Evan Griffin