Review The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom (preview)

What parents need to know

Play as Link again in his new adventure, which is the direct sequel to the cult game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Link will be able to explore the world of Hyrule that was in the previous opus, in addition to being able to explore the sky and the floating islands that are there. He will also wield new weapons and have access to new skills.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Boxart Shared Screen


Release date: 12 May 2023

Developed by: Nintendo
Published by: Nintendo
Available on: Nintendo Switch

Game Type: Adventure and exploration
Average duration of a game: to come

Estimate of the total duration of the game:
Coming

Themes: Combat, history, exploration.

Business model: Need to buy the game once.

Number of players:
1 player

Available in physical (cartridge) or digital format (download on the console)

Players3+ 7+ 12+16+18+
Neophytes
Intermediate
Experienced
Violence, fear, nudity?
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Link fights monsters with swords, spears, axes, etc. There is no blood. When Link is hit or defeated, he screams in pain. When the enemies are defeated, they disappear into a cloud of smoke. Some enemies, especially the bosses of the game, could scare younger children because of their rather scary and creepy appearance.

The developers have announced that the game will be scarier than the previous opus. However, we do not have further details on this information.

Minimum reading level required
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There are a few tutorials that need to be read. Most mechanics are learned by experimenting in Link’s physical environment.

Language level used
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All the language of combat, destruction, provocation, friendship, courage.

Positive message
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The game emphasizes the values of caring, courage and determination. The game focuses more on Link’s quest and exploration, however, based on the trailers, Zelda still seems to be the damsel in distress that Link must save.

Difficulty

To come. Usually, the games in The Legend of Zelda series are well balanced in terms of difficulty.

Minimum level of execution on the controller required

We control Link with the left joystick and we control the camera with the right joystick. Having to orient the camera with the right stick constantly can be confusing for people not used to 3D games.

Although the game shows the mechanics of the game quite gradually, it will be necessary to use all the buttons of the controller in order to perform.

Regarding motion capture: coming soon.

Additional costs ?
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None announced at the moment

Principle of the game

The game seems to be very similar to the previous game : the player embodies Link, who seems to be able to explore the open world of Hyrule at will. The difference is that Link now has access to islands that float above Hyrule. These islands contain ruins that Link will have to explore in order to complete his quest.

The trailers show that Ganondorf, the main antagonist of the series, is back. Link will have to save Princess Zelda again.

Link has access to new weapons, as well as new abilities. Link can reverse the time for some objects. For example, we can see in the trailer a ball rolling down a hill. Link is able to make the ball go up the said hill by reversing time. Link also has a new ability that allows him to get through walls. It is possible that other abilities will be revealed between now and the release of the game.

Little information is available about the game at the moment. This article will be updated once new information becomes available.

Local game mode

At the moment, no particular game mode is announced apart from the main story.

No online game mode announced

Trailers

More information about the game: Official page on Nintendo’s website

About François Néron

Étudiant à la maitrise en orientation professionnelle, François a un intérêt pour tout ce qui concerne le développement de la carrière et l'emploi. Il a une passion marquée pour les jeux vidéo, mais aussi pour la psychologie qui les entoure.

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