Is Link the best silent protagonist in video game history?

Legend of Zelda majora's mask

When we think about some of greatest video game characters of all time Link from the Legend of Zelda series is one of the first names that comes to mind.  Link has been around since the 1980’s and is considered to be one of the most popular video game protagonists of all time.  One of the things about Link that is special is the fact that he managed retain his popularity for over three decades as one of the key figures in Nintendo along with Mario.   But unlike Mario the role that Link plays in the Legend of Zelda is that of a silent protagonist.  Now when many people think about old school games that feature silent protagonists some titles that comes to mind are Chrono Trigger, Grand Theft Auto III, Bioshock and Halo 3.

Zelda Skyward Sword (2)

Even though, many people may have different opinions on which game has the best silent protagonist many people can acknowledge the fact that Link has to included in the top ten.   When we look at games like The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword people cannot help but to be impressed by what they see in terms gameplay and storytelling.  One of the most impressive things about the Legend of Zelda series is the overall theme.   The theme about a  kid who grows up to become a legendary hero is something that seemed more common in 80’s and 90’s then what people would see nowadays.   The fact that Nintendo could make the legendary hero theme work in the 10’s and still remain very popular is something that is very impressive.  In fact, if another video game company tried to do the same thing in this day and age with the legendary hero concept it probably would not work since people prefer relatable and edge characters in today’s video games.

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