Hyrule Warriors – The Zelda game we weren’t looking for, but will take anyway

This week, I’ll be talking about a recent release that was anticipated for a very long time – Hyrule Warriors on the Nintendo Wii U!

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You may or may not be surprised to hear that this is, at its very core, a Dynasty Warriors game. For those of you that are unaware of that particular franchise, allow me to break it down for you.

You’re part of an army with about a dozen main story characters, up against literally thousands of enemies on any given scenario. Luckily, these enemies go down in a couple of hits, however there still remains that there are thousands of them. For those of you that enjoy racking up kills, this is definitely a series you would definitely enjoy. For this particular installment, you will most likely enjoy this game even if you may not have been a fan of the Dynasty Warriors games themselves, which are reminiscent of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms games from a long time ago.

I enjoy this game very much, and find it to be the Zelda game we weren’t looking for, but will take anyway. There are many playable characters in Hyrule Warriors; though I won’t go into how many there are, or even who they are (because I’m typically anti-spoiler) you’ll be happy with who you’ll see. Obviously, you’ll play as Link. I don’t think I had to give that one away.

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As you can tell, Hyrule Warriors is a gorgeous game. While gorgeous isn’t what draws people to playing games, typically, you’ll feel like you’re flowing through battles and effects that are made easily possible by the Wii U’s processing and graphic capabilities.

The combat in this game, supposing you haven’t played a Dynasty Warriors game before, is typically simple. All characters have combos with their weapons by entering button combinations, all characters have wide sweeping techniques to deal damage to more enemies at a time, (though with less power to make up for it) and you’ll charge up energy to unleash devastating attacks on a large portion of the field at once. In Hyrule Warriors, Link does make use of the popular subweapons you see in other installments, such as bombs and the Fire Rod. Other than that, though, it’s a pretty lather, rinse, and repeat style of gameplay, which can start to feel repetitive. However, as I mentioned earlier, if you’ve ever played a title in the Dynasty Warriors franchise before, none of this should come as a surprise.

Overall, I’m happy with Hyrule Warriors. While the gameplay is nothing new, it is still one of those rides through Hyrule that don’t seem to come up often anymore, and I’ll happily take it. As the story progresses, you do unlock additional characters to play as, as well as weapon and combo modifications that will, obviously, make your characters stronger. It’s a very fun game, and it’s probably worth playing anyway, even if you’ve never played a Dynasty Warriors game before.

Verdict – A very fun and beautiful game that does not require a steep learning curve, but can feel repetitive. 7/10.

Thank you for reading my entry this week! I’ll have another entry from my RPGem Files for my next entry, so you won’t want to miss it!

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