Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for Nintendo Switch
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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Nov 20, 2020
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About this game

Developer: Koei Tecmo
Content Rating: Teen

Summary

Join the struggle that brought Hyrule to its knees. Learn more about Zelda, the four Champions, the King of Hyrule and more through dramatic cutscenes as they try to save the kingdom from Calamity. The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity game is the only way to firsthand see what happened 100 years ago. - Battle hordes of Hyrule’s most formidable foes - From barbaric Bokoblins to towering Lynels, Ganon’s troops have emerged in droves. Playable heroes like Link, Zelda and more must use their distinct abilities to carve through hundreds of enemies to save Hyrule from the impending Calamity.

Gamer Reviews

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Jun 1, 2021

This game has been so much fun! I loved getting more into the BOTW universe. By far the best release of 2020. The gameplay can feel slightly repetitive but the story drives it in its entirety. The story is my favorite part of the game and is so outstanding. How the game ends makes you want to continue playing more and more.

Apr 25, 2021

I actually took it just for the Zelda content and, as a non fan of Musou games, I quite enjoyed it. Not one of my favourite games but I still recommend it if you like the genre or Zelda.

Mar 12, 2021

Pros:

  • The story of the game is really innovative and familiar at the same time.
  • It welcomes players from the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Dynasty Warriors, but also welcomes newer faces too.
  • There is not much of a learning curve.
  • Aside from the main story, the game has a lot of side content to satisfy the player's needs, containing 2 characters only unlockable by completing side-missions.
  • The post-game content is enormous too, as compared to other games. It offers players a lot to do and many new things to unlock for the advanced, including 2 characters exclusive post-game.
  • The cutscene graphics are amazing and really improves upon the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It fits well with this version of Hyrule.
  • Re-playability is amazing

Cons:

  • (SPOILERS) The game was marketed wrongly. It was portrayed as a prequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, this is not the case. Only the first introductory cutscene takes place in that game's world, and the rest of the game takes place in a seperate world, independent of that game. There are a few similarities and parallels in the beginning, but the ending of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is completely different than that of Breath of the Wild.
  • The game has severe issues with the frame rate. The visuals are stunning , but when the frame rate slows down during the cutscenes and combat, it takes away from the overall experience.
  • The side content, mainly the Divine Beast missions feel extremely repetitive and mundane. There is nothing that intrigues the player and make them want to complete certain missions which feel like repeats of some story quests.

There is more paid DLC awaiting; not yet released when this review is being written, so hopefully, that will fix some of the game's glaring issues for those who purchase it.

The game offers and in-depth world and great combat. Players from Breath of the Wild and from previous 'musou' or 'warriors' games must play this game as it is a stepping stone and entry point for people new to that genre.

Critic Reviews

63 Reviews
7.93
Todd RigneyDec 03, 2020
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity delivers a very top-notch musou experience, one that takes both franchises very seriously. However, Zelda fans expecting something along the lines of Breath of the Wild are in for a very rude awakening.
James PaleyNov 18, 2020
For me, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity succeeds on two separate fronts. This is a prequel with the narrative heft required for a game in the Zelda franchise. But, this is also a Musou/Warriors game that twists that formula into something unique and engaging. What emerges from this strange union is an experience unlike either set of source material.
Gavin LaneNov 18, 2020
In a particularly calamitous year, Animal Crossing's calming alternative life was all well and good for a time, but there's definite catharsis in grabbing the Master Sword, sprinting out there and giving all the prowling nasties a sound thrashing. It's a story of old friends and enemies coming together to triumph over incredible adversity; yep, we'll take one of those now, please.