Behind the Notes: Lorule Field ~ Dark World Version 2.0

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is hands down the best top-down Zelda game. This may be up for debate, but I personally think that it surpasses not just games like the original Legend of Zelda or Link’s Awakening, but even it’s predecessor, A Link to the Past. It is very rare that I get a game on release, but I made sure I got my hands on this adventure, and once I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it down.

I wasn’t sure what game to choose my song from for this week’s Behind the Notes, so when one of our writers, Trace, mentioned A Link Between Worlds, I knew exactly what song to choose. There are many beautiful pieces in A Link Between Worlds to choose from. The game features such an in-depth and diverse soundtrack that choosing one song would be a challenge, but to me there was one song that I knew I could easy write a piece about.

The song we will be analyzing today is none other than the Lorule Field theme. The video maker, BrawlBRSTMs3, had extended the song for just a little over 15 minutes, so hit play, and let’s go to another dimension.

Lorule is personified as a very rough place, enemies roaming everywhere, homes in pieces, people in need, all surrounded by a very dry feel. Usage of the quick drums, and violin give this place a very populated yet poor feel. Usage of the original Dark World theme from A Link to the Past serves to main purposes. One of them is to serve as a shout-out to the Dark World, and how history is almost repeating itself.  The second is showing how Lorule is like the Dark World, a parallel version of Hyrule just going through dark times.

Lorule holds a very heavy culture. Conspiracies everywhere, a desperate government, and no assurance of what is going to happen next. Link on the other hand lives in a place quite the opposite. Hyrule is filled with people sure that nothing will go wrong, the royal family is strong and powerful, and as far as everyone is aware, things are set to go north. Hundreds of years have gone by since anything too bad has happened, but that time of piece is over. Link has only heard stories of the hero from the past, and now he is reliving what that hero had to live. The legacy of that hero lives inside Link, and from this, the legacy of the Dark World live in Lorule.

That is all for this week’s Behind the Notes! Let us know in the comments below what you thought of this issue and what you would like next week’s song to be!

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Editor/Game Reviewer

He is a Hylian who has a knack for Nintendo. When he is taking a break from exploring Hyrule he can be found honing his tennis skills, taking part in musical theatre, or surfing the internet.