A wonderful game, old style Zelda, the way it should be. Fun game with the right amount of Zelda style puzzle solving. The only problem is that you don't actually acquire items and keep them in your inventory, you find them in each level and you can only carry one at a time. But yet and still, another great addition to the Legend of Zelda legacy.
I didn't think much of this game when I first rented it on Gamefly. I own all other Zelda games. I was expecting a game where it was all multiplayer, along with a short little one player game... NOT SO!
The one player game is a fantastic, well done game. Although it does stray slightly from the formula of other Zelda games in some areas, It keeps all the flair that previous 3/4 view Zelda games have; namely in the gameplay, sounds, and especially the MUSIC! Coming straight out of A Link to the Past (the greatest game of the 32 bit era, in my humble opinion), it includes music from the Light and Dark worlds, the dungeon music, and every sound effect that you know and love. The visual effect are from The Wind Waker series, a highly underated Zelda game.
OH, and the gameplay is pretty cool too. You control four links (if you are doing the single player like I am, no GBA for me). You can set them in different formations, and solve puzzles using all four of them, either working together to push/pull blocks, step on switches, or thwart Ganon's underlings.
Overall I had a great time with this game, maybe mostly because I thought so lowly of it to begin with. But at certain points in the game you feel like you are in a nicer version of A Link to the Past. Great game, I would recommend renting if you are any type of Zelda fan.
I thought that the old-school top down view of Four Swords was a refreshing experience of Zelda games in the past, but also a new adventure in terms of the unique places to go and the graphical presentation, which is a lot like that of the Wind Waker for the Gamecube. There are stages in this game, instead of just flat out free-roaming, but it is easy to get into that sort of gameplay quickly because you will be able to start afresh with collecting items that you didn't have a chance to collect in a previous stage. You'll feel a little better about not getting every single thing in a certain stage. I really liked the four player Link action, with or without multiplayer, because it adds a lot more stragety into the many puzzles you'll encounter through-out the game. Four Links(main characters)allow for more enemies and many more explosive battles, that ultimately leave you with a sense of accomplishment and bursts of beautiful color to your pupils.(that's awesome)If you have very sensitive eyes, I wouldn't recommend playing it because of it's frequent intense coloring. Not that easy on the eyes.