The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes comes off as a drastic approach as it departs from the tradition of controlling one character (which is Link for the most part). There are many times throughout the course of the game wherein gameplay and story show real potential. It has a clever design and it can even be told that it can rival the best games found in the Legend of Zelda series. However, those moments are only quite often and the rest is just a shallow game that aims to let players try a slew of new things, but will only accomplish few.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Tries to Break Away From the Series’ Tradition
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is the second title of the Zelda franchise on the 3DS after 2013’s A Link Between Worlds. This new addition to the series is structured with a gameplay made to be played with friends. The multiplayer system allows players, along with 2 others, to loot, go gear crafting, and even cooperate with one another to clear dungeons.
This time, the story opens up in Hytopia, a realm wherein a witch has bewitched Princess Styla with a curse to wear a brown, form-fitting body suit. The princess, as well as the King, are appalled by her new fashion. The King then sets out to call for adventurers across the land to life the curse with a grand ballroom dress. From this point, players will wade through a series of dungeons and other places riddled with puzzles, just like any other Zelda game.
Nintendo has made farfetched titles in their Zelda franchise before, but Tri Force Heroes pushes the boundaries a bit further. If you’re a long-time Zelda fan, then most of the stories revolve around either saving Princess Zelda, or returning peace to the land, or even both. In this 3DS game, it tells a story of fashion gurus and designer dresses. This is complete with fashion tips and eccentric personalities. Those who had just recently started the game will find the whimsical attitude of the characters to be quite alluring. However, as the game progresses, that excitement will soon fade as the story, and personality of the characters, sound and feel repetitive.
In order to progress throughout The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, players need the assistance of other players using online or ad-hoc connectivity. If they want to go through the dungeons by themselves, the other two “Links” can be controlled one at a time. If one Link is not being controlled, the AI will take over. This game is built on heavy multiplayer gaming with Nintendo’s hopes of letting other people play games with other people instead of playing alone all the time. While this is a grand dream, this 3DS Zelda game falls short of being a great game altogether.