I don’t quite remember when, but I learned of Hyrule Warriors long before its game footage was released in Japan. It looked like the Zelda game of my dreams. Hyrule Warriors is a hack-and-slash game (where you run around and kill lots of stuff) that is a spin-off of the popular Dynasty Warriors series. There is a 3DS version of the game called Hyrule Warriors Legends that has two extra story lines, but less quality.
The first good thing about the game is that it does not start slow; it throws you straight into the action. This shows the player that this is no ordinary Zelda game. The story mode itself is very complex, yet short. Hyrule Warriors is one of those games that can be completed in a day or two (it took me around three). As the story progress, you obtain new weapons and characters from the Zelda series to keep things fun and exciting. But fear not, for there is also Adventure Mode. Adventure Mode is like a treasure hunt. Each panel (based off of the original Zelda game) has a challenge that must be completed to get the prize, which includes new characters, weapons, Heart Pieces (health increasers), and costumes. Some challenges must first be unlocked and even have character restrictions.
Speaking of characters, the game currently has 29 playable characters, 13 of which are Downloadable Content (DLC). With so many characters, how could one not find a favorite? The game also includes a two-player Multiplayer mode that lets the two people use the Gamepad and TV screen for viewing. Like all Zelda spin-offs, there are original characters made for only this game, named Lana and Cia. The DLC comes in many different packages, but to get everything the lowest cost would be around $35. This includes new game modes, characters, costumes, and weapons. Players can level up their characters and give them “badges” that improve character performance offensively and defensively using “rupees,” the in-game currency, and materials from enemies. With a spin-off game, beautiful graphics, fun gameplay, and old time Zelda throwback, this game is the real anniversary game.
Now here comes the critique. The game is $64.94 full price, which is fair, until the DLC comes in and has half the content the original game has as an add-on. Not to mention the best characters in the game are DLC and costumes are scarce without it. The DLC is in no way overpriced, it just grasps the customer very well, to the point where the person might buy it without knowing what is in it. The multi-player mode is laggy; not enough to ruin the performance, but enough to make the game visually worse. Speaking of DLC, as mentioned, the game has 29 characters in all. To complete the game, every character has to be used. This means that all the 29 or even 16 characters must be decently leveled up, meaning one cannot just use their favorite. This can take a large amount of one’s time and ruin one’s enjoyment of the game. Along with that, using just one character can get just as dull. Since it’s a hack-and-slash game, the game can get very tedious when the player is pressing the same buttons for 8 levels. Using different characters can solve this problem, but again, they have to be on somewhat equal ground. The game is very action-focused, meaning that most of the time you will be killing enemies left and right. Therefore, the fun of the game depends on two things: Do you like to kill waves of enemies? And do you like to spend days on one video game? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this is the game for you.