The authors of DKC Gaming were able to get their hands on codes for The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes Demo, and we all had a chance to give the game a try for a few sessions.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS exclusive title in which players will form a trio of legends whom will take down enemies in the dungeons, solving puzzles and overcoming trials together as a team. Our team of authors will all agree that, based on demo gameplay, Tri Force Heroes is much better when you have a cohesive and competent team. And without further ado, our first “Triple Review” for a game so fitting to have a three-person analysis:
Dr.Kendo’s Review – “The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes was a strange combination of wonderful and terrible. On one hand, I enjoyed myself to pieces when I got with great allies (or at least allies who were semi-competent), but on the other hand, I cried myself to pieces when I got even *one* ally who was awful. The sad thing is, the one awful ally that I had WAS actually trying, but he or she was just so terrible that it was really quite sad we shared the same hearts (life meter). But I was able to randomly get into one game with a fellow DKC Gaming author, and we actually had a very fun time playing with the decently good ally. While communication is quite hard and limited to the touch commands on the bottom screen of your 3DS, I actually found clever ways I could communicate. When I wanted our “Unknown ally” to throw a bomb onto my ledge, I touched “Over Here!” then “Throw” then “Item” in rapid succession. The competent ally knew pretty quickly what I meant, and it was very rewarding to be able to successfully communicate without words to a complete stranger.
Ultimately I think the game would be fun during its first play-through, and only if you’ve got decent allies. Once you’ve played through the game one time, I imagine the replay value is quite minimal, as players will probably get a chance to use all of the items by the time they’ve ended the entire game and more importantly, they will know what to do for every single puzzle. This is why I personally am not sure I’d want to buy the game, but I certainly encourage others to try and play a demo or play with their friends before making the purchase so they can see for themselves whether they’d like to spend the time and money for a Tri Force Heroes adventure.”
StephOfAnime’s Review – “Nintendo’s newest Zelda game for the 3DS, Legend Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, definitely had me intrigued from the beginning. Hyrule’s hero hadn’t seen a true Co-Op adventure since Four Swords, so I was pretty excited to see how Nintendo would enhance the multiplayer features of a Zelda game while still keeping the atmosphere of the beloved franchise that gamers old and new love. I’m happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed the demo of Tri Force Heroes, but it is not without it’s faults.
Let’s start with the good: the gameplay was fluid, the graphics up to standard, and there were interesting puzzles on each level. I also really enjoyed the taunt-like touch icons on the bottom screen of the 3DS. The icons added a cute aspect of interaction when players completed an action or made a mistake. That being said, however, the game has a lack of overall communication with the other players. In this game, communication is key. If one person isn’t on the same page with the rest of the team, it is impossible to complete the level. Aside from the touch icons, there is no other way to communicate with the other players unless you are playing locally or with online friends via skype or some other platform. The whole concept of Tri Force Heroes is player-player interaction, so it was a bit disheartening to see such a lack of online communication. Despite this setback, it does not mean this game cannot be enjoyable online with strangers. I was able to play on teams where each person knew their role and was paying close enough attention to the puzzles that I truly had fun playing. In those instances, I felt that this game would be a great addition to my collection of Nintendo games. Unfortunately, there were also times I was stuck playing with those who were out of sync with the team or not helping in completing the puzzle. It was these moments that led me to question the validity of Tri Force Heroes. Playing online is a 50/50 risk: it all depends on the people you are paired up with. If that risk is not a bother, then this game is for you! Overall, I think Tri Force Heroes is filled with potential, and I recommend everyone at least give the demo a try. With some DLC and better forms of communication, this game has a chance for true greatness!”
JoMoDo’s Review – “A multiplayer Zelda game, you say? From that alone, I was pretty much sold from the start. Then getting a chance to play the demo (with friends and strangers alike), I definitely know one day I’ll be adding this to my collection. But that’s not to say that the game will be pefect, let alone for everyone to enjoy. Zelda: Triforce Heroes is a cute, fun game where communication is key. It’s the only way that you’ll be able to get through the puzzles (which were pleasing both in visuals and engagement aspects – everyone has a role to play). And when pairing up with strangers online, that need to get the message across becomes part of the puzzle itself. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and get great teammates that work with you and really try hard to communicate using the touch icons on the lower screen. Then there are others who don’t really want to be a team player, who goes off on their own and ignores all messages going through, which is costly to the team. That can very very frustrating for many people. But for me, even in that case, I truly had fun trying to get my thoughts across and trying to figure out what the others were saying while trying to solve the puzzle at the same time. I laughed, I cried out in frustration, I hid my face in shame for being the incompetent one. And I look forward to doing all that again when I get the game in the near future.”
The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes Demo was fun, but it looks like future legends will have to make a choice when the game comes out on October 23rd in North America and Europe (22nd in Japan, 24th in Australia).