Heroes Of Ruin: 3DS' Most Ambitious Third Party Game
Four-person co-op? The ability to trade items with other players? Huge dungeons? Don't sleep on Square Enix's latest.
While flipping through the biggest portable games of the year, it's easy to overlook Heroes of Ruin. After all, this promising action RPG from Square Enix and n-Space doesn't star a popular Nintendo character, or serve as a big time sequel to a celebrated franchise. These facts, combined with a floating release date, have resulted in it flying under the radar.
Odd, considering it's one of the system's most important third party games of 2012.
No, it doesn't have the same pedigree as Resident Evil, Metal Gear and Kingdom Hearts, nor does it feature a recognizable hero. The four classes are more of a who's who of role-playing adventures. Players will have their favorites, but we don't expect to see these warriors standing alongside Chris Redfield and Solid Snake any time soon.
That said, innovative features will help Heroes of Ruin stand apart from the competition, features that players don't necessarily associate with Nintendo games, like drop-in, drop-out four person multiplayer, both locally and online.
Beyond that, you can expect daily challenges via SpotPass, new missions that should prevent the game from growing stale. In addition, users will be able to exchange thousands of items with others via StreetPass as part of a Traders Network.
You can tell Square Enix thinks highly of Heroes, because it seems n-Space has received the time necessary to polish its creation.
Fail, and it's business as usual for 3DS. Fans will look the other way, disregard another third party flop and stick with proven winners like Mario and Pokemon.
Succeed, and there will be a trickle down effect, where other developers will take detailed notes on what n-Space got right and seek to emulate/enhance those positives with games of their own.
To that end, we'll stop short of calling Heroes of Ruin the biggest online game in portable Nintendo system history, but there's no denying the impact it could have.
On that note, we wish the talented folks at n-Space the best of luck.