E3 is known partially for trailers. Lots and lots of them. For some reason, though, actual gameplay footage never seems to reach the limelight, despite being just as plentiful, if not moreso. Possibly it’s because while the gameplay is tailored to leave the maximum positive impression, it’s still for an unfinished game, so it often lacks the polish one might desire. However, sometimes a gameplay video comes along that’s just far better than any trailer. Last week, Polygon uploaded a 15-minute video of some ‘Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes’ gameplay, and it looks kind of incredible.
‘Tri Force Heroes’ is the latest game in the long-running Legend of ‘Zelda’ franchise. It looks to be focusing on dungeon crawling, with lots of puzzles to solve and enemies to slay. I’ve always found the dungeon crawling to be the best parts of the ‘Zelda’ franchise, and this video makes the game look like all dungeon crawling. I kind of like how co-op is pretty much mandatory, because while soloing a dungeon can be fun, doing it as a group almost always is, especially when there’s so much potential for so much comedy. I also liked the whole verticle “totem pole” aspect of the game. If you’ll excuse the pun, it adds a whole new dimention to what would otherwise be a 2D game.
‘Tri Force Heroes’ isn’t Link’s first foray into being split up into multiple selves. In the ‘Four Swords’ games, Link had been split up into four selves. These sorts of co-op games also have a certain amount of competition to them, which adds just a little bit of flavor, since you need to work with everyone else, even though you might stab each other in the back (maybe on accident, maybe on purpose) to grab some extra hearts or gems.
What do you think? Will ‘Tri Force Heroes’ be as good as other Zelda games? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is due out sometime later this year on the 3DS handheld system.