Release Date: September 23, 2014
Developer: Omega Force, Team Ninja
Publisher: Koei Tecmo, Nintendo
Platform: [Reviewed: Nintendo Wii U]
Rating: T for teen
Link is back! Team Ninja, the team who developed Ninja Gaiden and Dead or alive, brings Link and other characters to life in a whole new light Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors fans will surely love.
While Hyrule Warriors does not fit into the Legend of Zelda timeline, fans will still be captivated by the story line. The game starts off with Princess Zelda peacefully playing her instrument. The sky darkens and she looks up to see a massive army of monsters moving towards her kingdom! While this army is advancing, young Link is in training to become a solider and practicing with his fellow trainees. Zelda orders that all training soldiers should take cover. Link, being the rebel he is, takes off to join the fight and this is where the game really begins.
Play as and alongside your favorite characters as you battle hordes of monsters across stages straight out of the beloved Legend of Zelda games to defeat the evil sorceress Cia and Ganondorf; because it wouldn’t be a Legend of Zelda spin without Ganandorf. Ganandorf’s soul was split into 4 pieces. 3 of those pieces have been sealed throughout the eras and the final piece is protected by the famous master sword. Using Cia to open the Gate of Souls, Ganandorf brings rage, destruction and despair to Hyrule.
Each character has their own campaign and strategies to take down Cia and her army. Players can also see some familiar faces while playing. See King Darunia and Princess Ruto from Ocarina of Time, as well as Midna from Twilight Princess. Use their help, as well as the hero’s combined strength to defeat Cia and Ganandorf’s diabolical plans.
Players have the option to use either the game pad or a pro controller to navigate through the game. Like, all Legend of Zelda games, players will have to obtain items through chests. All of the items are back and will need to be used, like the bombs, bow and arrow, and the boomerang. And yes- the chest opening is the same. Each character has their own special attack which can be used after filling up the Special Attack gauge. Players are also given a basic attack and strong attack and variety of combos can be made bashing a few buttons, producing some high damage results. With all that action, one might forget what the main objective is! But never fear, your objections will flash across the screen and if you still forget all one has to do is look down at the Wii U touch pad and you current objective will be displayed in a very handy list.
The game is very fast paced and the map can be a little confusing. If players have never played a Dynasty Warriors game, prepare for a little bit of frustration. Making sure that the Allied Base stays standing is a must but as a side mission, players can go and take over all the keeps, if time and skill allows it. Players will love how all of their favorite characters are brought to life and given new personalities. It’s all about strategies and the best way to execute them so for the players who like quick thinking, this would be perfect for them.
Overall, Hyrule Warriors was not disappointing. I was immediately drawn into this game from the very beginning. With a strong storyline and good graphics, this will easily be a fan favorite. The only real difficulty was getting accustomed to the map and the fast paced controls…its all action all the time! Getting to play as different characters with a different set of moves and skills was refreshing and the Legend of Zelda sound board was carried over, guaranteeing hundreds of other fans tear up with happiness. Hyrule Warriors has a high replay value because you can play with different characters and their unique abilities.
Overall Rating: 4/5