Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Games
  3. Consoles

Review: 'The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest' astounds

See also

"The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest"

Rating:
Star5
Star
Star
Star
Star

Last year "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” concert series helped celebrate the 26th anniversary of one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time. This year's tour, appropriately subtitled "Second Quest," somehow manages to surpass expectations, delivering a masterful journey of sight and sound through the rich 27 year history of "Zelda" games.

More Photos

The orchestra led with the main overture and theme song to "The Legend of Zelda," with visuals from throughout the entire series. It was followed by a diverse selection from the original Game Boy favorite "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening." There was more than just music playing though: Viewers were guided through an optical journey too, with an overhead screen showing video starting from Link's shipwreck on a mysterious deserted beach to his "awakening." This was the case for other movements too, taking attendees into the adventures of the games.

While the Nintendo DS title "The Legend of Zelda: Spirit tracks" may receive some flack (it's certainly one of the more unique games in the franchise), the music surprises (It's the one "Zelda" game this author never managed to play). Many members of the audience were captivated by "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" movement, and laughter riveted throughout the crowd at many of the memorable moments in the game which were accompanied by the "fun" music from that particular installment. "The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker" then proceeded, with its cell-shaded animation coming from the newly remastered HD version now available on the Nintendo Wii U.

During the short intermission the franchise's affect on gaming culture couldn't be missed: Many of the attendees were debating their favorite installments and some were even dressed in varied cosplay outfits. The usual suspects were there (Link and Zelda), in addition to a few surprises such as Gerudo guards and the mailman. Aside from major video game conventions like PAX, this author has never seen as many Nintendo 3DS devices gathered in one place before. There were countless Street Pass notifications for everyone.

After the break the concert picked right back up with the "Gerudo Valley" theme, followed by the dark and ominous tones from "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess." Perhaps the most anticipated part of the program for this author was "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past," after which the orchestra made not one or two but an amazing three encores to the cheering crowd's delight. A selection from "The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask," was played, along with the "Dragon Roost Island" theme from "The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker." The orchestra went out with a bang, performing the "Ballad of the Goddess" from "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword."

It may be hard for some to believe that music from a video game can elicit tears from a grown man, however this author isn't ashamed to admit it. For "Zelda" and classical music fans alike, this is one astounding concert series you don't want to miss.

We're looking forward to next year's tour, and the incorporation of the new music from "The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds."

For another review of the concert from an artist's perspective, check out this companion piece by Marjorie LaPrade.

Positives:

  • An amazing musical and visual journey through "The Legend of Zelda" franchise.
  • Witty comments and explanations of the show by the symphony's producer and lead creative Jeron Moore.
  • The concert and nostalgia can create an overwhelming emotional response that'll send chills down your spine.

Negatives:

  • The performance was so engrossing that it seemed "short," despite multiple encores.
  • The live video of the orchestra was slightly pixilated and really oversaturated with color from the stage lights. This fault may lay with the specific venue's equipment rather than the production itself.
  • You may cry in public.

There's plenty of other tour dates, and you can sign up for updates at www.zelda-symphony.com. For more information about the game, visit www.zelda.com.

Please note this review was based off a free press pass.

Did you enjoy this article?
Subscribe for email alerts of new articles and follow me on Twitter @David_Leavitt, like my Facebook fan page, and add me on Google+.

For all of our latest exclusives, previews, reviews and features, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Game On.

Advertisement

Don't Miss

  • Massive
    Ubisoft Massive exclusive: 'The Division', PS4 & Xbox One, Activision to Ubisoft & more
    Camera
    Games Exclusive
  • iPhone
    Get your wallet ready: The next iPhone could cost $100 more than your last one
    Video
    Tech Buzz
  • Civ
    Need to catch up on 'Sid Meier's Civilization'? Here is everything you need to know
    Camera
    Games Feature
  • Google Glass
    See how Google Glass is letting sick kids go to the zoo without leaving the hospital
    Tech News
  • Upcoming
    These are 2014's biggest PS4, Xbox One and Wii U games
    Camera
    Games Feature
  • Google
    Google has filed for a patent to develop contact lenses capable of taking photos
    Video
    Headlines

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!