The Legend of Zelda series is one of the most highly acclaimed series of all time. Stretching from 1986 to today, nearly every installment of the game has been well received, with some reaching the lofty heights of being considered among the best games of all time. Loved by a wide variety of people for a wide variety of reasons, it can be easy for one to ask, “Why is this series so beloved?” To the outsider who has maybe only played a little or only watched the game being played, Zelda may look similar to most other high fantasy adventure games like Skyrim, but many things separate the Zelda series from its peers. It is in these areas that we find what makes The Legend of Zelda series great as opposed to just good.
Many Zelda games are similar to each other, even as the series transitioned from 2D to 3D. They all have swordplay, similar over world formats, and feature many different dungeons. In each of these dungeons, there usually exists a new item for the player to acquire and a final boss to defeat before the player can move along the plot. The main characters Link, Zelda, and Ganon generally remain the same and even the items that the player acquires are similar from game to game. Despite the games featuring similar formulas, the series refuses to grow stale over time and each game adds or subtracts from the formula to create a new experience for the player, making nearly all Zelda games feel fresh.