Posted Sun Jun 28, 2015 at 12:49 PM PDT by Connor Sears
It takes two to tango, but it takes three to go dungeon diving, apparently.
'The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes' debuted at E3 this year as an upcoming 3DS title. The game focuses on three-player co-op, introducing a new ability called the Totem that allows the three Links to stack on top of each other to reach higher places. Fortunately for all of those who have been wondering about what this kind of gameplay looks like in practice, a 15-minute gameplay video published on YouTube by Polygon shows off two of the game's levels and the first half of two boss battles.
One interesting gameplay mechanic this game displays is the weapon choosing section at the beginning of the level. As soon as the three Links spawn into the dungeon, they come across three pedastals, each with its own weapon that one player can pick up. The first level in the video lets one Link pick up a bow and gives bombs to the other two. This creates an interesting dynamic where each Link may have a specific part to play in any given puzzle. For example, when the three Links come across a brazier that's three units high and needs to be lit by an arrow, the Links must form up a Totem with the archery Link on top. The bomb Links then come more into play once they reach the boss at the end of the level.
There does seem to be a fair bit of chaos inherent in the design, especially when all players aren't on the same page. This is compounded by the fact that the game doesn't support voice chat, forcing the players to communicate during a puzzle via a combination of frantic miming and emoticons that pop up on-screen. This may be one of the reasons why many who have played the game prefer to do it solo. But you can judge how fun the experience looks for yourself by watching the gameplay footage below.
'The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes' is set to launch for the 3DS later this year.
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