We are a family of gamers, and our favourite franchise is Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda.

That’s why, at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto a couple weeks back, I jumped at the opportunity to chat with Victor Lucas, host of the Canadian video game TV and web show Electric Playground.

I’ve been a fan of Electric Playground — which covers everything from video game news and reviews to gadgets, TV shows and movies — for more than 20 years. I love the show for Lucas’s sharp wit and positivity, along with his insightful behind-the-scenes interviews and hopefulness for the video game industry.

So I picked Lucas’s brain on his favourite Legend of Zelda games.

“I’m a Legend of Zelda fanatic, and I think Breath of the Wild is my favourite game of all time,” he said. “And it’s not so much that it adheres to the core tenets of what Zelda games have done in the past, it’s that it totally shakes all of that up, and goes beyond and around your expectations and delivers something that just feels so remarkable. There is so much agency to just experiment, and it’s a profound accomplishment.”

Like with the Lord of the Rings movies, just watching my family play Breath of the Wild gives me goosebumps, with its hauntingly atmospheric music, breathtaking landscapes, and strange characters from other worlds. Lucas agreed, saying that the game “lifted the bar so incredibly high” for game development.

“It’s so amazing how much procedural and endemically beautifully designed gameplay there is in Breath of the Wild, and it is emergent play where every corner you turn there’s a new experience to be had; even after you beat it, you’re asking what else is there to find.”

I told Lucas how the sweeping vistas, deserts, dungeons, villages and mysterious paths in Breath of the Wild remind me of other Legend of Zelda masterpieces like A Link Between Worlds, Majora’s Mask, and A Link to the Past.

A Link to the Past for the Super Nintendo is probably my second-favourite Zelda game, as there’s a lot of great missions and great characters in a world that is so large and expansive,” said Lucas.

“Then there’s Ocarina of Time for the N64, which I think would be my third-favourite, with its incredibly ornate and intricately designed world, with great puzzles and challenges and an amazing story.”

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