Ah, Breath of The Wild. One of my favorite Zelda games now and definitely
one of my now all time favourite video games. This game amazes me so damn much, I’m still
learning new things about the game over 2 years after its release, still discovering
new areas and still figuring out why I love the game so much and recently something hit
me that has actually been there within the game this whole time but I hadn’t really
made much of it and that thing is the music and sound design of the game. Thinking about now, it was so amazing and
fitting for the game that I didn’t really pick up on. It emesred me into the game so much that it
just felt natural to me but I took a step back and took a look, well a listen of the
music and sound design of the game and it has to be one of the greatest musical works
I have ever seen. [Cough, Heard] I might even go as far to say
that the soundtrack of Breath of The Wild is better than the god tier soundtracks that
are Super Mario Galaxies, The Wind Wakers, Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time, Hello
Kitty Racers and so many other huge games that get great recognition for their music
but Breath of The Wild takes all of that to a whole other level and today I wanted to
talk about my thoughts on Breaths sound design, music and everything that that immerses me
into the world. I’ve noticed a lot of fans disliked Breaths
music and a lot loved it, along with some who were in the middle and that inspired me
to want to talk about my take of how they went about the music and sound design for
the game. So I asked myself the question, is Breath
of The Wild’s music and sound design one of if not the best video game musical score
and sound design ever. Yeah that sounds cool, let’s discuss that. To begin this discussion, let’s talk about
the obvious things, well the stuff that you’d assume is obvious. Firstly, the simplicity and fitting nature
of the music. 4 words. I . adore . Breath’s . Music. It’s honestly indescribable at times, one
moment it can seem all peaceful and elegant then a mechanical menus known as a Guardian
comes round the corner and that one piano note plays and UGHHH it’s so good and I
haven’t even got into the secret references of the music yet. [Breathe] I’ve been way too excited for
this video guys. As I was saying it’s indescribable at times
and I mean in the sense that the team behind the games choice of notes and styles of music
are perfect picks. No matter where you go in the game every area
and location has music fitted to it and it’s very subtle at times. The higher up you go the more soft and peaceful
music gets as it’s a lot more peaceful up there with not much going on then when you
are in areas like fields or hilly areas it’s a little less subtle but very relaxing. Putting your mind at ease, relaxing you if
you like and the game does that on purpose. It does this so once you feel like you are
actually in the area, immersed into the game if you like so that when a threat arrives,
the music can have a sudden change fit to the level of threat. A good example of this is the difference between
running into a bokoblin and guardians. Bokoblins aren’t the biggest threat in the
world and relatively easy to deal with so the music on pick up ever so slightly but
with guardians the music drops. One heavy note hits and rings all around you
and then the music rapidly picks up and your in battle. That change from peaceful slow music that
blends in with the sounds of nature to the sharp and hard hitting guadian note that gives
you that feeling of urgency and awareness of danger is a phenomenal effect. In my opinion some past Zelda games couldn’t
do this as a lot of enemy battle themes were the same for all overworld enemies or fairly
similar and the overworld themes were not as relaxed as Breaths so whilst you know a
battle was about to take place, the urgency and fear factor just wasn’t as a present
for me. So as far as the simplicity and fitting nature
of it goes, Breath of The Wilds outdoes any game in my opinion. I’ve never played a game that hooked me
so well to the point where I hardly notice the music as music since it just fits so well
with the area I am in, but there is also the nature and wildlife aspect of things to discuss
as they play a really huge role believe or not. The sound design of nature in Breath if the
perfect blend to go with the music and believe or it not the sounds like the tree branches
and leaves rustling against each other, the wind gently blowing through the grass and
even links footsteps are in real time. With every step Link takes the foot step sound
plays as he step. In any kind of games over the years details
as fine as this were never included and I personally love that. Even smaller and somewhat unnoticeable things
like the sound shields and swords make when clanging against each other changes slightly
based on what they are made of and their size, that’s an insane detail to add and I love
it. Almost everything in this game is timed to
perfect sound wise and I admire that attention to the sound design as many games easily get
away without and yeah Breath of The Wild probably could have but no, they decided to put an
insane amount of attention towards the sound design and music. To add to that, as I mentioned earlier there
is also little references within the music. Many tracks sped up are actually songs from
past games. Notable examples are Selmies Home atop the
Hebra Mountains, there is actually some of the classic Zelda home theme in there, the
temple of time on the great plateau has the song of time there and within Hyrule Field
Zelda’s lullaby can heard too. The point is the amount of small details added
into Breath is impeccable and in my eyes, beats any game out there and that’s tough
for me to say. I love video game music, I even listen to
soundtracks to write and edit my videos, as I wrote this script I was listening to Harvest
Moon 64s soundtrack but no matter what game I look at from my years of gaming, Breath
still outdoes them all. Now there have been arguments made from some
fans to say that it’s not really Zelda music as past Zelda games have tended to have music
like this [Plays Twilight Princess Hyrule Field] or this [Plays Majora’s Mask Clock
Town] Big and bold themes full of life, keywords being “full of life” which is something
Breath of The Wild isn’t. I mean come on, picture yourself racing through
Hyrule field on a horse and then a Hyrule Field theme like this plays. [Plays Twilight Princess Hyrule Field] Ew. Twilight Princess is my all time favorite
game but even I can admit, music like that would never fit for Breath of The Wild. It would break the immersion Breath offers
as it doesn’t match with the world you’re within. Bold and loud themes like that belong in a
game full of life, like Twilight Princess. I suppose it can be somewhat hard to adjust
to such a new take on the music when you’re used to big adventures themes and even the
quiet and elegant tracks for older games are bold in comparison to Breath of The Wild. Now of course it’s perfectly okay if you
genuinely dislike the music from Breath of The Wild but something I believe happens with
many players and hell call this a theory or conspiracy if you like but I believe one of
the reasons many fans say they dislike the soundtrack is due to how impressed they can
become. This happened with me magical music and sound
design made me feel like I was in Hyrule, the birds chirping, the leaves from trees
rustling together and the soft piano keys periodically ringing with the wind of the
wild paired with music that fits for every single area from the friendly giant like feels
you get from Goron City to the heaviling theme of Zora’s Domain, the games music sometimes
fits so well that it goes unnoticed. But hey that’s just me. To sort of round off everything I feel like
if you still feel Breath of The Wilds music isn’t too great or even if you do, go back
on the game and try not to focus so much on doing the quests or activities so much and
take a few moments to really listen and check some of those smaller details like the way
items clash against each other or the how every little sound is unique, maybe I’m
just a bit of geek here but I admire and love Breath of The Wilds music, sound design and
immersion so so much. [So I asked myself the question, is Breath
of The Wild’s music and sound design one of if not the best video game musical score
and sound design ever.] Oh yeah that was, uh, what the whole video
was about. Yeah, I think it’s very fair to say that
the soundtrack and sound design of Breath of The Wild is the best or at least one of
the best scores in video game history. What do you guys think, would you agree that
with the attention to detail and fitting music could make Breath of The Wild one of the best
games in the sound depearant? As always here is the people who managed to
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57 thoughts on “My Opinion on Breath of The Wild’s Music/Sound Design

  • August 28, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Been subscribed for atleast a year and a half now minimum. You're growing man. You still talk w hexovian? or no?

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    What the f*ck is hello kitty racers?

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    I would have to say my favorite pieces in this game are hyrule castle, attack on vah medoh, and Miphas theme
    Great video as always.. Hope you have a great day and keep up the good work. Can't wait for Fridays video!!! Twilight princess is my favorite too as well. It was my first zelda game and I hold it very dear to my heart lol. It has my favorite zelda soundtrack.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    My fave is gerudo valley. It's great. Its just so upbeat and I love it!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:14 pm
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    I hate it if someone says "Botw has no music", "Why can't they make iconic music like in oot", and those kind of stuff. Botw is completely different from other Zelda games and that makes the music special. Imo I don't want that loud hyrule field music when I'm on a field. It wouldn't fit. And Hyrule is in ruins so it wouldn't make much sense.
    Botw has amazing music on it's own way.
    I always listen to botw music when I study because I can concentrate on it. It has something so calm but also something "full of energy". And I never get bored.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    I definitely think that BOTW has the best soundtrack. I loved the music when the dragons appear. It's just so relaxing and calming. Great video btw 😀. Also what do you record with?

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    What?! TP is your favorite Zelda game? Mine too!
    While i agree that botw's music isnt bad, it isnt my favorite. Nice video!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    Yes, I was the same way..on my first play through of Botw, i didn’t notice the music once. Then I went to the games soundtrack and listened to each individual song, and I couldn’t stop listening to them for weeks. Now, when I do play the game, I go to certain places just to hear the music, and I get chills when Zelda’s lullaby starts to play while your horse riding or when I enter Hyrule castle.. It really is beautiful. Great video!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    Roast beef

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    I fucking adore botw's music
    The music is wayy different to other Zelda games, it's more simple and silent which gives a big impact when you run into trouble (like you said).
    I just love how the music fades in when you walk closer to a village or significant area.
    I think the main reason why botw's music is so quiet is because it's set after all the destruction has occurred (so post apocalyptic), where people have been killed and everything is just empty.
    Also fun fact about the walking sounds, the sounds actually change depending on what surface you're walking on which shows how much detail there is in the sound design
    10/10 video would watch 100 times again

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    YAS! I got it! Haha!

    Also, while of course I adore all of the amazing and huge themes of past Zelda games, I cannot deny that such a vibe would have been severely out of place in botw. Thus, I believe what they did with the music and sound design in botw was not just fitting, but excellent and well executed! I'm so glad the Hyrule field theme(s) were low-key. Given how expansive travel can be, listening to a big bolstering theme would get exhausting and annoying. xD

    Great video as always, dude!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm
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    Conclussion is very opinion based though 🙂 good video

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:39 pm
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    I love Breath of the Wild on the level of Shadow of the Colossus when it comes to the game in general. Shadow feels more dark but Breath in my opinion is even more dark, the light hearted look and music covers up what's beneath. The ruins and lost temples forgotten by time, the history and everything about it. Despite everything being discovered, the game makes me feel there are hidden mysteries waiting to be found.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:41 pm
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    I'm gona say it again.

    this game is art

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:41 pm
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    BOTW has the best sound track? Obviously you have never played burnout III on ps2… but seriously the sound design is pretty spot on in BOTW

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    granted, i'm only 2 minutes in and i love BoTW but no, it is not the best sound design in the series, nor is it the best of all time. look at W3 and that soundtrack blows Breath's out of the water.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    100% agree with you this game is a masterpiece

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  • August 28, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    Music rocks!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    I was offended when you didn't mention Skyward Sword as one of the best soundtrack in video games

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  • August 28, 2019 at 7:24 pm
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    Ok but now I need to listen to the hello kitty soundtrack

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  • August 28, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    I gotta pay attention to the YouTube posts more often.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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    The story this game tells is supported very well by its soundtrack. It’s subtle, and perfectly timed. It had a solemn feeling to it. As if telling a story of what now is, from what was. Reminiscing of the grandness from the past, in a more delicate toned somewhat melancholic retelling in the present. I do agree it’s one of the best, but the best is very subjective of how the soundtrack pairs with telling the story of the game, as well as the environment, which this one does tremendously.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 7:51 pm
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    I agree. Simply marvellous.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 8:22 pm
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    I enjoyed the teaser you gave. It was not too hard, I think it’s difficulty was good. I’d even make it a bit harder. Also I love BoTW and I bought the sound track so, yeah, I like the music a little.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Wow I totally agree

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  • August 28, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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    This video is awesome!!! Thank you, HG!!! God bless, brother!!!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    The soundtrack is one of my favorite video game soundtracks ever along with Skyrim and Red Dead Redemption 2

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  • August 28, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Attack on vah Medoh soundtrack: *exists
    Attack on vah Ruta soundtrack: exists*
    Inside vah Rudania soundtrack: exists*
    Monk man koshia fight soundtrack: exists*
    Calamity Ganon fight soundtrack:exists*
    Dark Beast Ganon fight:exists*
    Epilogue soundtrack exists*
    Vah naboris fight soundtrack: exists*
    Korok forest soundtrack:exists*
    Rito village soundtrack:exists*

    Literally everyone on the internet: I’m gonna pretend I didn’t hear that

    Come what the hell I hate when people say Breath of the Wild doesn’t have a dramatic powerful epic music. I my opinion it has the most powerful soundtrack out of all games I’ve played. Just take the time to search up these themes on YouTube (before they get taken down).

    Ps: I get offended when people say that Breath of the Wild soundtrack is just quiet.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    Okay, my favorite track from botw is the night riding theme, the track that comes when riding ur horse at night. The reason I love it so much is because it has an subtle story also incorporated into it if you listen closely. Allow me to explain.

    Btw I’m not in Any way familiar with music terms and vocabulary so I’m sorry if I’m using the wrong terms or if it not very clear

    If you listen closely it sorta tells the story of when the calamity appeared. The music first begins with the piano synchronized with the gallop of the horse with a low pitched piano note at the end of every horse gallop. The synchronized piano gallop would be link riding through hyrule and the low pitched note you hear after every gallop would be signifying a monster, guardian, or something dangerous nearby. Then after a while of this you hear a couple of high notes showing us that the hero has at last arrived giving the people of hyrule some hope. Then after a couple of seconds the hero’s theme chimes in depicting the scene of link defeating a bunch of enemies, but if you listen closely, the theme does not finish to the mend, it actually stops in the middle of the hero’s theme. There is a slight pause with just the synchronized piano gallop and the occasional low pitched note at the end. Then you hear a couple of very low notes bunched together for about a second (don’t know the musical terms) signifying the hero has fell, some guardian has shot him and the hero is now down. The theme returns to how it sounded in the beginning with just the synchronized piano gallop and the occasional low pitched note, signifying that hyrule is now infested with monsters and danger and there is no hero to save them.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    "Its genraly okay if you dislike music from breath of the wild," says Hyrule Gamer. LUCK, what do you think about that? crowds gasping BOTW's soundtrack is the second best I have heard!!!!!!!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    I LOVE botws music soo much! My favorite themes are Devine beat bah Ruta (inside) and hyrule castles theme (outside)

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  • August 28, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    "Epic musics" (like they are saying it) are the musics in the villages… Just listen at Gerudo's or Hateno's music and you will understand. It's not THAT epic, but a little less slow than the others… and I found this game like that just SO PERFECT, like your videos (keep up the good work bro ^^)

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  • August 28, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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    I find BOTW's good, but I prefer the classical Zelda music.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    The music in this game is 👌

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  • August 28, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    Dude! You are a mad lad. Straight cranking them out 👊 Get it brotha. Coverage of for BOTW 2 is going to be epic with you among the ranks.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    I was playing a couple days ago and I heard birds chirping and I jumped up because I thought they were real

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  • August 29, 2019 at 12:05 am
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    I completely agree. BOTW music is the best. Hits all feels. Just like the game ☝️☝️

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  • August 29, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    If you really want more info on Breath of the Wild's sound/music design you should watch this video. Highly recommend this! It's such an amazing video just watch it!

    https://youtu.be/Vgev9Gzybk8

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    Yes

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:51 am
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    The soundtrack is amazing. And each theme fits properly with when they play.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    I love listening to the botw soundtrack while studying 💛

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  • August 29, 2019 at 2:06 am
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    One of my favorite things about BOTW's soundtrack is the contrast – I watched a video recently on the music of Metroid, and there was a quote from the first game's composer about how he specifically held the heroic music until you were approaching Mother Brain. Up until then the music was kept eerie and tense so that the player didn't get that sense of heroic catharsis until near the final boss. BOTW does this even better, in my opinion, that with the calm and peaceful music of the field, or even the intensity of a Guardian fight are in stark contrast to when that Zelda main theme finally kicks in when you breach the castle. It really helps to sell the fantasy and journey of Link becoming the Hero. If we got that heroic theme all the time while running around Hyrule field, the castle would feel flat by comparison.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 3:07 am
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    I think the music/sound design is cool and very fitting for BOTW but I think we all know what we really want in it..

    BEING ABLE TO PET THE CUTE DOGGOS 😀

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  • August 29, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    In my opinion the a link to the past to wind waker "era" was the pinnacle of Zelda music, but the botw soundtrack was still great though

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  • August 29, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    I was soooo close on the title!!

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  • August 29, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    The music is perfect for the game. I wouldn't wish it any differently. I love how immersive it is, because I could swear to you I have walked through hyrule with my own feet thanks to that! Amazing video HG, keep it up 🥰

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  • August 29, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    Aha! Just listen to that amazing breath of the wild soundtrack!

    distorted piano sounds
    Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love breath of the wild's music, and I think your video makes a nice point.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 12:37 pm
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    The lost woods theme is awesome…it's all creepy, I might use it in a D&D game

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    I think the music and sound fits the game perfectly but I must say, I dont find most of it as all that memorable (except the terror inducing guardian theme). I just mean I dont find myself humming it later on like I did with previous zelda games. Maybe it just isnt my style but it definitely isnt my favourite soundtrack of the series.

    Still a great video though!! 😀

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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    Ayyy harvest moon 64 music reference! 😀

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    I spat out my cereal when you said my name xD

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:33 pm
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    I love the music of this game! The first time I heard the castle music I got chills. And I still get the shivers when I hear the dragons’ music ❤️ thanks for the shoutout! One of these days you might pronounce my name right lel

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  • August 29, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    Definitely the best!

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  • August 29, 2019 at 3:35 pm
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    They put so much detail into every song and sound they make I don’t even understand how people say they don’t like it! Like especially the divine beasts music, there is a hidden SOS call in them!

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  • August 29, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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    I LOVE BOTW’s music. So. Much! The ending credits gave me goosebumps and gave me all sorts of feels! I also really like that they took the time to get the rhythm on the horses movement down correctly – I.e the beats in a walk, trot, canter. Such attention to detail.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    I love these types of vids

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  • August 29, 2019 at 11:05 pm
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    I think I’m a little obsessed by this game entirely . My first play through I was captivated by the music from the get go . The very moment I stepped into temple of time with the broken down melody there and thinking this is beautifully haunting ! Every village I entered I was enthralled by each of their songs . I was delighted hearing zoras domain theme but with a slight change and with the scenery just made me stay there a lot longer than I should have 😍 then I came across lurelin village !!! Wow . So there’s me ( link ) in total awe of this wee village totally mesmerised by it all and it starts raining !! I felt a pang of sadness . Why can’t this be real ! I want to be here in real life ! So I climb the huge ladder their and stand on the platform and look through the scope and I see it ! Those almost full circle symbols 😮 I’m thinking oh my god this looks like … ( I shout my teenage daughter ) what does this look like ? She goes oh my god it’s like the village you start at in wind Walker !! Where you’re standing is like the one your wee sister is on at the start . I’m gobsmacked she paid so much attention as she’s not much of a gamer but is probably now so sick of me playing and talking about botw and Zelda that she knows a thing or two. like I said universal really need to make a whole park dedicated to all the major areas of hyrule ! can you imagine walking through the park and stepping into zoras domain, gerudo town, rito village and Goron city 😮😮😮 with each of their themes playing and smells and sounds to each of the places !!! But then imagine the temple of time and hyrule castle !!! Oh my god ! Walking through hyrule castle !! told you …. totally obsessed !! Thankyou so much for your videos !! I get to continue to talk about my favourite game ever again ! and to answer .. yes it is the best music and sound in a game ❤️ I’m going to sleep with ambience videos on YouTube of lurelin at night in the rain 🥰

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