Wii U

Hyrule Warriors

48 critics
7.50
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Score Distribution

9.00 to 10.0
1
8.00 to 8.99
25
6.00 to 7.99
20
4.00 to 5.99
2
0 to 3.99
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Chris CarterSep 16, 2014
...over the course of the review, a new challenge mode was even added as an update that essentially delivers more story-like missions. ...Hyrule Warriors can fall into the same trappings as any hack and slash, but the amount of effort that went into making it enjoyable for Zelda fans is staggering. This is one of the best couch co-op games I've ever played, warts and all.
Jon LedfordOct 13, 2014
We applaud Nintendo for willing to experiment by giving one of its biggest franchises to a third party in order to give the fans what they want: more Link. While Hyrule Warriors’ gameplay is fun in short bursts, it does become stale when played en masse, which its Story Mode forces you to do, making its shortcomings all too noticeable.
Alexa Ray CorrieaSep 17, 2014
It's exciting to play as beloved characters that up until now were just supporting cast members. But Hyrule Warriors' novelty wears off as the game trips over its setup, story and shallow systems. Team Ninja and Omega Force have forced Zelda's universe into the confines of a beat-em-up, but much of the charm and appeal was strained out in the process.
Dermot CreeganSep 17, 2014
Whether it’s an obscure cameo, a cucco counter attack, or even just an awesome finishing move, the game is rife with glorious slices of Zelda goodness. It doesn’t solve the fundamental flaws of its repetitive gameplay, but it’s just charming enough to make you look the other way. It’s a fun, attractive and surprisingly deep experience, therefore unable to be regarded as anything less than an emphatic success.
Daniel PerezSep 17, 2014
Hyrule Warriors offers an intriguing blend of both the Zelda and Dynasty Warriors series, making for an experience that fans of either series can thoroughly enjoy. It stays true to the Zelda series’ lore, sights and sounds, and combines it with the fast-paced, button-mashing action the Dynasty Warriors series is so well-known for.
8.00
Blair InglisSep 17, 2014
This might not be The Legend of Zelda we know, but it’s a faithful marriage between the Zelda series and the incredibly fun gameplay of the Warriors series. ...It’s a hell of a lot more niche – only really appealing to Zelda fans who don’t mind a big change in the gameplay style – but Hyrule Warriors is to Zelda what Mario Kart is to the Super Mario series, and that’s brilliant news for dedicated fans.
Mike MinottiSep 17, 2014
Hyrule Warriors has little in common with a traditional Zelda game. You don’t solve any puzzles, you don’t explore any dungeons, and you certainly don’t break into anyone’s house and destroy all of their pottery. Still, it definitely works as a spin-off that focuses almost entirely on action.
Michael DamianiSep 17, 2014
When played in short sessions, Hyrule Warriors is mindless fun that celebrates the rich history of the Zelda series. However, your long term enjoyment of this game boils down to how much you like Dynasty Warriors, or hack-and-slash games in general, and whether or not you care about exuberant amounts of Zelda fan service. It more than delivers on both these points, but if either one of these is a turn off, this likely isn’t the experience for you.
Lorenzo VeloriaSep 17, 2014
If you're an enthusiastic Zelda fan that is somehow immune to the boredom of endless button mashing, Hyrule Warriors might be an enjoyable experience. Otherwise, you're better off skipping this one.
Sean EngemannSep 18, 2014
If you're a fan of the Dynasty Warriors gameplay and the lore of The Legend of Zelda series, you will absolutely fall in love with Hyrule Warriors and enjoy the extensive list of replayable modes. For those of you who feel this is a taint on the Zelda brand, I can assure you that nothing but care and dedication has been given to the mythos of the franchise. That said, the gameplay itself can become quickly repetitive without a difficulty challenge besides beating the enemy to the punch.
Kyle HilliardSep 17, 2014
The repetition of Dynasty Warriors pervades throughout Hyrule Warriors, but this unexpected crossover with the Zelda universe works. It might not be the Zelda game we expected for Link’s first original Wii U debut, but it will happily hold us over while we wait for the console’s first true Legend of Zelda experience.
Kyle HansonSep 17, 2014
Fans of either Dyansty Warriors or The Legend of Zelda will find Hyrule Warriors to be a must-play. While the gameplay can be repetitive it is bolstered by the variety offered up from the Zelda universe. The creativity of the story and the small touches placed in the game for fans to pick up on will surely entertain. And there are enough unlockables and game modes to keep your interest for a long time, even after the final credits roll.
ProJaredSep 17, 2014
Earnest CavalliSep 17, 2014
Like another delicious mashup, the Cadbury Creme Egg, Hyrule Warriors is superficially dead simple, but for those willing to unwrap its foil lining and bite through the chocolate shell, there lies a wealth of cleverly designed gameplay mechanics, charming references to fan-favorite characters and locations and a whole lot of tasty, sugary goo.
7.00
Jose OteroSep 17, 2014
Character customization adds unique flavor to the simple combat, and the satisfying weapons, rewards, and story make it a fun alternative to the typically serious Zelda games. It’s just a shame you can’t share the action with a friend without significant slowdown.
Damien McFerranSep 17, 2014
For those that come in expecting a classic Legend of Zelda adventure this could potentially be an underwhelming experience; yet as a fun action game with plenty of content is delivers well. Once the problem of perception — courtesy of the iconic characters at play — is resolved, this is an entertaining addition for action fans.
Colin MaloneOct 01, 2014
All in all, I recommend this game for all fans of either Zelda, Dynasty Warriors or just action fans in general. It’s a fun and exciting action game and while it did have flaws I found the game’s good aspects made up for them. Hyrule Warriors is fun and enjoyable, and provides an interesting take on the Zelda mythos and a wonderful celebration for the series.
Dan RyckertSep 18, 2014
Hyrule Warriors is an odd move for Nintendo, but it’s one that will make a specific audience of the gaming world very happy. ...This quirky offshoot is better than any Dynasty Warriors game I’ve played, while simultaneously being the worst Zelda game I’ve ever played.
Tom OrrySep 17, 2014
As a spin-off from the Zelda franchise Hyrule Warriors does the job. It’s fun, pays decent fan service, and uses the Dynasty Warriors template well. It’s not as in-depth as Koei Tecmo fans might expect, though, and neither is it close enough to the Zelda formula to easily win over stalwarts. A solid Wii U exclusive, but very unlikely to be a memorable one.
James GalizioOct 03, 2014
The game definitely still has it’s issues – the story, while enjoyable, is also a bit bland; and the gameplay is still Dynasty Warriors – but for the most part, Koei has succeeded in a collaboration that does both of the series in question, right. For Zelda fans that haven’t given the Dynasty Warriors series a chance, I fully recommend that you give this game a shot.
Jim SterlingSep 17, 2014
Omega Force superbly balances the beat 'em all combat of Dynasty Warriors with the enchanting world of The Legend of Zelda. With a meaty combat system and tons of stuff to uncover, Hyrule Warriors is a mad idea that should logically get old after an hour, but never does. It's a novelty that can't quit being novel, and I love it to death.
Daniel BischoffSep 18, 2014
Even if the graphics and gameplay feel like a generation late and a few stellar dungeon designs short, I’d like more third-party developers to pitch projects like this as each leaves me more hopeful that Nintendo consoles won’t have rely on strictly first-party wares.
8.00
Joe SkrebelsSep 17, 2014
And that final point is perhaps the most important, a true reasoning behind matching these two seemingly opposed series. Warriors has taken Zelda and turned it into all-out war, without compromising its core ideals. Zelda has taken Warriors and helped address its pervasive, superficial issues, while still drawing out the essence of the long-running series.
Jeremy ParishSep 17, 2014
Hyrule Warriors is basically a one-note experience, but it hits that note with perfect pitch. The Zelda universe works better as a musou button-masher than you might expect, and much of that success is down to Tecmo's obvious love for the subject matter. This isn't a patch on what we've seen of the next "true" Zelda, but it should tide fans over quite nicely until that one arrives.
Royce DeanSep 26, 2014
Hyrule Warriors surprised me in the best way it possibly could as I expected a decent and enjoyable, but not overly spectacular game, but what I got was the most fun I’ve had in a game in quite some time. It’s clever use of familiar faces and settings with the most satisfying style of over the top fun to watch combat is flawless. It isn’t without its short comings, but has more than enough strengths to make them seem un-noteworthy.
Miguel ConcepcionSep 17, 2014
The flow of time is bittersweet. You wake up one day and you realize that there are more Dynasty Warriors spin-offs and crossovers than there are mainline Dynasty Warriors games. ...If the Warriors franchise has proven anything, it’s that most every entertainment property is fair game. And that prospect is both exciting and a bit scary.
8.50
Ken McKownSep 24, 2014
I kept coming back wanting to play more, even after unlocking almost everything the game had to offer. That is the ultimate compliment I can pay to the latest exclusive title on the Wii U. Fans of Zelda and musou games, this is a no-brainer, but for anyone else on the fence, it is definitely a game worth checking out.
Simon ParkinSep 17, 2014
Hyrule Warriors, like every Musou game, is an acquired taste. But here, dressed in Zelda's pea-green livery, with the series' attendant tinkling melodies, idiosyncratic characters and memorable locations, it's unusually friendly and engaging. ...The marriage of Zelda and Musou is an unexpected success, then - a game that recounts the Zelda myth not just in a new way, but in a whole new language.
Martin EiserSep 17, 2014
But whatever mode, and whether you play solo or co-op, this title has a relatively compact concept, which, despite the simple structure, manages to keep us going. For Legend of Zelda fans, Hyrule Warriors is a real boon, as it offers a fresh and action-oriented approach for the series. Hopefully Nintendo and Omega Force can continue this collaboration.
James BowdenSep 17, 2014
Hyrule Warriors is a success. It enables Nintendo to explore the Zelda cast and world in large scale conflicts, while also offering fans an avenue for rampant nostalgia. The game only falls down due to the documented trappings of the Warriors franchise and the fault of being the first of its line, even though it does make some brave attempts to improve on the template with this. If you have a penchant for the world of Nintendo’s Hylian hero, and don’t mind the repetition of its design, then Hyrule Warriors undeniably offers an entertaining and satisfying way to engage in large scale quasi-tactical Hyrulian combat.
Phil BrownOct 07, 2014
The game is exactly what you’d expect. However, if you’re a hungry Zelda fan excited by the possibility of epic action fun with your favorite characters, then grab it immediately because the game is also exactly what you’d expect. Hyrule Warriors is no masterpiece, but it’s a blast that shows off just what the Wii U can do. There really aren’t enough titles in the tiny Wii U library that do that yet, so this sucker is more than welcome for starved Nintendo fans.
Alan BellNov 12, 2014
It looks like Zelda and plays like Dynasty Warriors. Yep, it does pretty much what it says on the tin. That same ol' Dynasty Warriors gameplay. Dorky Zelda nods abound.
8.50
Carlos LeivaSep 17, 2014
Por lo demás, poco más que decir: un musou tremendamente recomendable, muy divertido, desafiante y con decenas de horas de juego por delante que nos tendrá pegados a la pantalla del televisor o del GamePad durante mucho tiempo, siempre y cuando conectemos con la acción masiva y desenfrenada que nos quiere ofrecer.
Jesús BellaSep 17, 2014
En los "cross-over" la unión suele hacer la fuerza, pero no ha sido el caso de Hyrule Warriors, que plasma la magia del universo Zelda sobre los errores de siempre de la saga "musou". El resultado es un videojuego muy completo, con incluso cooperativo, pero que adolece de un importante problema de repetición en su desarrollo. ...Para los demás, la colaboración entre Nintendo y Koei Tecmo no pasará de la mera curiosidad.
Rubén GuzmánSep 17, 2014
En general, juzgado como título independiente, Hyrule Warriors supera las flaquezas de su repetitiva mecánica con la intensidad de las peleas y el pique por ir desvelando su contenido desbloqueable. Además, el título seguirá creciendo, con DLCs y cosas que Nintendo está añadiendo, como un nuevo modo Desafío que se estrenará con el nivel de la batalla de Farore y que suponemos se irá actualizando.
Joaquín Relaño GómezSep 17, 2014
Hyrule Warriors se convierte en otro de esos títulos para Wii U que elevan la calidad general de un catálogo limitado, pero repleto de muy buenos juegos. ...En definitiva, Hyrule Warriors se alza como uno de los mejores Musou jamás lanzados, un digno representante de una marca de la importancia de Zelda, y un juego recomendable por méritos propios.
Borja PavonSep 17, 2014
No tanto por haberse vestido con el gorro de Link, sino por haber sabido plasmar ese mundo con tanto respeto y, desconozco si por obra de Nintendo, haber pulido tan bien la fórmula de la ya veterana saga de lucha fusionando la nostalgia con ideas nuevas. Hyrule Warriors es un Dynasty Warriors, de eso no hay duda. Pero es uno de los mejores Dynasty Warriors que podéis jugar.
Mathias OertelSep 18, 2014
Der Story-Modus verbindet nicht nur Artdesign und viele akustische Versatzstücke der Zelda-Serie mit den typischen Klonarmeen der Warriors-Reihe. Er verbindet auch drei bekannte Zeitlinien aus Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time und Skyward Sword in einer durchaus interessanten Rachegeschichte. ...Auch wenn der mechanische Fortschritt mit der Lupe gesucht werden muss, zeigt Tecmo Koei eine interessante Facette von Link, Zelda & Co.
Björn BalgSep 17, 2014
Im Endgame fehlt die Herausforderung. Selbst ohne ständige Aufstufung eurer Figuren bewältigen Veteranen das Abenteuer problemlos auf dem höchsten Schwierigkeitsgrad. ...Eine wunderbare Übernahme des Zelda-Kampfsystems, die dennoch nach mehr Komplexität schreit, da man dieselbe Strategie das gesamte Abenteuer ohne Abwandlung verfolgen kann.
Laurely BirbaSep 17, 2014
Alors que l'on s'attendait à un résultat catastrophique, Hyrule Warriors parvient finalement à tirer son épingle du jeu grâce au savoir-faire d'Omega Force et de Nintendo, qui ont su collaborer en parfaite intelligence afin que les deux licences s'imbriquent sans accroc.
RomendilSep 17, 2014
Dans le cas d'Hyrule Warriors, on constate que Nintendo a tenu à ce que l'univers de la série transparaisse au maximum dans le jeu, et le résultat se révèle plutôt convaincant. Même si le gameplay est loin d'être transcendant, la richesse du contenu et les parties en coopération rendent le soft rapidement accrocheur!
Nicolas VerletSep 19, 2014
Hyrule Warriors aurait pu être fou ou bien complètement raté. Finalement, il se contente d'appliquer la recette de la série habilement, sans pour autant confiner au génie ni dépoussiérer totalement le concept. ...Hélas, le manque de variété dans les personnages et les environnements rappelle sans cesse la nature ô combien répétitive du concept, hypnotique pour certains, soporifique pour les autres. ...Le goût des choses simples, ce n'est pas que la légende de Herta.
Vítor AlexandreSep 17, 2014
Hyrule Warriors forma uma belo tributo à série Zelda. O trabalho conjunto entre a Tecmo Koei e a Nintendo resulta num somatório bastante forte de dois mundos, ao mesmo tempo que é capaz de ir de encontro às expectativas dos fãs, materializando combates com uma fluidez e dimensão impressionantes. É um dos melhores "crossovers", um jogo que não perde nenhuma das suas identidades e que revela um compromisso em chegar com segurança aos fãs das aventuras de Link.
Fábio PereiraSep 17, 2014
Hyrule Warriors é uma proposta interessante porque combina elementos de um género pouco popular no ocidente, rotulado sempre com a mesma etiqueta, e ao mesmo tempo junta o universo Zelda a um ritmo de acção que não é comum à série. Não sendo um Zelda puro, é facilmente classificado como produto para fãs e nada mais.
8.00
Marco MotturaSep 17, 2014
Un esperimento lontano dai crismi e dalla sacralità reverenziale della saga tradizionale, che comunque GamePad alla mano si dimostra solido, divertente e soprattutto squisitamente colmo di passione. ...Insomma, una scusa perfetta per tornare nei panni dell'eroico Hylian da una prospettiva un po' diversa dal solito, nell'attesa del prossimo episodio della saga principale.
Filippo FacchettiSep 17, 2014
Hyrule Warriors non è certo un capolavoro epocale, ma si tratta comunque di un gioco divertente, tecnicamente valido e in grado di tenere incollati alla console Nintendo per tante ore, complice la mole di contenuti e di extra da sbloccare. ...Il riuscito incontro tra Zelda e questo genere inspiegabilmente ipnotico ha dato vita al miglior musou in circolazione, che potrebbe rapirvi in modo inaspettato.
Bert Van der HoogerstraeteSep 17, 2014
Uiteindelijk is Hyrule Warriors eenrichtingsverkeer. Fans van Dynasty Warriors zijn reeds met de gameplay bekend en worden door de verhaalstof geprikkeld om naar een Zelda-game te grijpen. ...Als hybride is de game dan ook minder geslaagd, maar door de unieke kijk die het op de grootschaligheid van de oorlog om Hyrule biedt, geldt het zeker als een succesvol eerbetoon aan de Zelda-reeks.
6.50
Alwin WubsSep 17, 2014
Verwacht je een game die de variatie en sfeer van The Legend of Zelda huisvest, dan zit je met Hyrule Warriors verkeerd. Ben je op zoek naar een vrij hersenloze, maar stoer ogende knoppenrammer in een geslaagd Zelda-hoesje, dan ben je aan het juiste adres. Het is alleen de vraag hoeveel met smart wachtende Zelda-fans/Wii U-bezitters tot die laatste groep behoren.