Let’s Play of the Week – 05/31/2013

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Well, here we are again. I still have faith in this series of mine, but I haven’t really seen any Let’s Plays this week — none I am willing to consider as worthy contenders for the incredible (and incredibly made up) honor of being this week’s Best Let’s Play.

So, rather than give into frustration and sob behind a curtain or miss a week, I’ll just show off some of my favorite Let’s Plays of all time. That was the point of this series anyway, right?

Unlike last week’s winner, this playlist covers a game I hold very dear to my heart:

Atma01 Plays Zelda: The Wind Waker

Yo-ho, yo-ho, a hero's life for me . . .

Obviously, I hold said game so dear to my heart because it’s a Zelda game. I hold every Zelda game dear to my heart. We’ve probably gone over this before.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is known for displaying an overly-cheerful and cartoony surface with cryptic, often harsh undertones. Most Zelda titles do this, but none of them reach so far as this one. After all, just look at that poster up there. It’s so colorful and fun. Would you believe me if I told you the game takes place during a post-apocalypse?

Anyway, Atma01 delivers an easy-going, sometimes funny, sometimes crude and sometimes strangely mystical Let’s Play of this beloved game. He goes into it blind, armed only with his extensive knowledge and love of the other games in the series, and he leaves with a deeper understanding of his own psyche. Not a whole lot deeper, but I’d be lying if I said he didn’t learn something about himself playing this game. He occasionally brings in guest commentators too, all of them accomplished Let’s Players (such as the wonderfully foul-mouthed Lucahjin).

He also gets excited very easily, and when he’s excited he’s very, very loud. Like, jump-scare loud. This isn’t helped by his less-than-decent microphone, which often garbles his voice. Beware.

Also beware the sheer amount of content here: his playlist includes 115 videos varying in length from 15 to 60 minutes. Many of the videos cover aimless exploring and scattered treasure hunting — these I either skimmed through or skipped completely.

Still, all told, this is a masterclass playthrough — it stands apart as a Blind Let’s Play, as a Wind Waker Let’s Play and as a Zelda Let’s Play. I’ll cap off this post by sharing one of his early videos. (15 minutes 19 seconds.)

Thanks for reading, and happy gaming.

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