If there’s one factor that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild proved, it’s that the Zelda sequence can assist concepts and design far past that which the sequence initially turned well-known for. Even in gentle of that Hyrule Warriors nonetheless appears no much less a loopy thought than it did in 2014, nonetheless.
Zelda video games are sometimes action-packed but additionally pretty contemplative. Positive, Hyperlink could be saving the world, however he does so with just a little lateral considering, with swordplay often second to puzzles. Hyrule Warriors is the alternative, transposing the setting, trappings and characters of the Zelda sequence into the over-the-top, crowd-stomping hack-and-slash motion popularized by the Dynasty Warriors sequence. Surprisingly, it’s sensible.
That’s the enjoyment of Hyrule Warriors: On paper all of it feels just a little prefer it shouldn’t work in any respect, however in observe it turns into one thing actually relatively particular.
“It’s one of the best model of this recreation, and this recreation can also be one of the best within the Warriors sequence.”
The everyday Warriors (or Musou, relying in your terminology choice) motion of sunshine, heavy and particular assaults used to take down scores of enemies is in fact current. So too are the retains and reinforcement factors dotted across the map that you just’re tasked with capturing. Zelda tropes are then sprinkled atop this acquainted setup with glee – acquainted bosses present up, and iconic objects are utilized in fight or to traverse the battlefield, including a way of selection probably not current in different warriors video games.
You in the end nonetheless have to know precisely what you’re letting your self in for earlier than you soar in. That is nonetheless a Warriors recreation, and it comes with all of the padding, fluff and repetition you’d anticipate from the sequence. Its story mode is made extra fascinating by hefty helpings of Zelda sequence fan service, however the battles will nonetheless comply with the identical well-trodden beats. The Journey Mode affords a distinct context to the motion, however the battles play out a lot the identical no matter your chosen mode. Developer Omega Drive has honed making video games of this model all the way down to a tremendous artwork, nonetheless, and all of it flows nicely.
Nintendo’s affect is felt elsewhere, nonetheless. Characters really feel extra distinctive and differentiated right here than in every other Warriors recreation, and it’s by far probably the most steady, bug-free one I’ve seen apart from the additionally Nintendo-produced Fireplace Emblem Warriors. Hyrule nonetheless has the sting there, nonetheless, since whereas Fireplace Emblem’s world feels extra instantly becoming for this army-based motion, it’s how the conventions of Zelda are twisted to suit this format that makes the sport so pleasurable.
The motion is straightforward, however there’s a divine type of pleasure to that simplicity: upgrading characters, studying prolonged combos, then optimizing these out on the battlefield as you juggle the calls for of mission goals and chocolate teapot AI compatriots. The components for frustration are there, however it by no means emerges. The design is such that I comfortably performed this recreation for 5 hours straight on a flight – and the time flew by.
Portability is in fact the first good thing about Hyrule Warriors coming to the Nintendo Change as Hyrule Warriors Definitive Version, however there’s some normal enhancements to the sport too. It runs at 60 frames-per-second and 1080p decision in docked mode, boasts first rate efficiency in handheld mode and consists of the entire DLC, patches and additions ever launched, bringing collectively all of the content material from each the 3DS and Wii variations of the unique recreation. Notably the entire high quality of life enhancements from the 3DS model are current, eventually making them obtainable at a body fee that doesn’t flip the abdomen.
New content material is skinny on the bottom right here – it’s all in regards to the technical enhancements – however there are additionally some Breath of the Wild themed costumes included for Hyperlink and Zelda. New content material is hardly wanted, nonetheless – there was lots to this recreation initially, and with the DLC it’s a big package deal.
So there you’ve gotten it. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Version lives as much as its identify: it’s one of the best model of this recreation, and this recreation can also be one of the best within the Warriors sequence. Zelda followers ought to concentrate on what they’re stepping into, as those that anticipate the nuance of standard Zelda shall be sorely upset. If you wish to hack, slash and expertise an thrilling, fan service assisted energy journey, nonetheless, Hyrule Warriors will match the invoice properly.