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It's my firm belief that The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask is the most underrated title in the Zelda franchise. As a direct sequel to the juggernaut that is Ocarina Of Time, I can't help but feel some gamers ended up dismissing it out of hand.
It was, to be fair, radically different from its predecessor. Weirder, darker, and altogether more alien, the Zelda fans that fell for Majora's Mask are almost certainly the same ones who ended up embracing emo culture as teenagers. I should know, I was 100% one of them.
While the game has since been re-released and enhanced for the Nintendo 3DS, it's unlikely that we'll ever see it given a full remake for Nintendo Switch. As much as that's a genuine shame for those that might have never experienced the game before... we can at least dream about what a fully HD Majora's Mask remake might look like thanks to the stunning work of senior environment artist Cordell Felix.
As spotted by DSO Gaming, Felix made use of Quixel's Megascans to produce high-quality environments running in real-time in Unreal Engine 4. Take a look at it for yourself in the video below, or via this link.
"With this environment, I practiced and learned world building, lighting, rendering, sequencer in UE4, Video editing, sound editing, and a few other things," Felix explained. "This story is my take on what happens to Majora's Mask hundreds of years later when the Happy Mask Salesman is no longer here to keep it safe."
The eerie vibe from the short video manages to absolutely nail that ethereal, otherworldly quality that made the original Majora's Mask feel so unique. Sitting through the entire five minutes is genuinely uncomfortable, and has me convinced that if Nintendo were to ever work on a direct sequel or HD remake, they'd need to give Felix a call first. The dude just gets what makes Majora's Mask so different from the other Zelda games. I can't quite put my finger on it, but he clearly can.
Now if you'll excuse me, I suddenly have an overwhelming urge to play through Majora's Mask again. I can't think why.
Featured Image Credit: Cordell Felix/CryZENx
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