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  • Summary: The delicate balance of the Triforce has been disrupted, and Hyrule Kingdom is once again being torn apart by a dark power, this time lead by Sorceress Cia. Now its up to the legendary hero Link to face hordes of enemies and find the missing Princess Zelda. Advance the story to unlock newThe delicate balance of the Triforce has been disrupted, and Hyrule Kingdom is once again being torn apart by a dark power, this time lead by Sorceress Cia. Now its up to the legendary hero Link to face hordes of enemies and find the missing Princess Zelda. Advance the story to unlock new playable characters with unique moves and weapon types. Collect Rupees and other useful items to upgrade weapons and craft badges, which you can use to bolster each warriors abilities. Then unleash the full power of your attacks with intense combos to clear wave after wave of Bokoblin hordes. Youll have to get your gloves dirty to save Hyrule this time.

    * Play as fan-favorite characters like Link and Impa for the first time in the series!
    * Battle the fiercest Legend of Zelda enemies across Hyrules most famous locales.
    * Lay waste to your opponents with brutally efficient attacks and intense combos
    * Think tactically and complete missions in the most efficient way possible
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 81
  2. Negative: 2 out of 81
  1. 100
    With a rocking soundtrack, loads of content, plenty of fan service and some clever gelling of two disparate video game universes, Hyrule Warriors is easily my favourite game of 2014 so far.
  2. A new and promising hybrid that could lead the way for more collaboration. [Nov 2014, p.78]
  3. Sep 17, 2014
    85
    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.
  4. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    Aside from introducing many Legend of Zelda fans to the Warriors franchise, Hyrule Warriors adds little innovation to Koei’s megaseries as a whole, but nevertheless brings an undeniable spark ignited by the crossover cast itself.
  5. Oct 7, 2014
    75
    Hyrule Warriors provides plenty of entertainment value and enough familiarity for fans of The Legend of Zelda. Bland environments and a lack of depth in terms of gameplay keep it from rising to the level of quality that Zelda usually brings to the table.
  6. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    We were waiting for something awful, but Hyrule Warriors is a nice surprise after all. Omega Force and Nintendo did some good work to make the two IP's match without any problem. The high number of treasures will force you to explore and the Adventure mode with its 8-bits map, is a true jewel. Alas, without online modes and a smart AI, Hyrule Warriors becomes sometimes really annoying.
  7. Sep 17, 2014
    40
    It always sounded like a bad idea, but although Zelda has inspired one of the best Dynasty Warriors games to date the end result is still well below average by any other standard.

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  1. Negative: 10 out of 153
  1. Sep 26, 2014
    10
    A fantastic Zelda game - it's the combat I always wanted in a Zelda game! Just don't come expecting a traditional dungeon/puzzle game and IA fantastic Zelda game - it's the combat I always wanted in a Zelda game! Just don't come expecting a traditional dungeon/puzzle game and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Well done Nintendo! Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2014
    10
    Its even better than i expected graphics are Amazing, music is great, Gameplay is fanatastic and the DLC coming looks epic. Story mode isIts even better than i expected graphics are Amazing, music is great, Gameplay is fanatastic and the DLC coming looks epic. Story mode is great a little short through. Adventure mode is fun and is where the game is at. The WII-U has hit its stride and will only get better as time goes on so jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the ride! Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    Well done Nintendo.
    First off, I would like to say that I was very skeptical of this game when it was first announced. I though it was kind
    Well done Nintendo.
    First off, I would like to say that I was very skeptical of this game when it was first announced. I though it was kind of tacky that they were mixing together two games.
    I am here to tell all of you that this game is probably one of the best games that Nintendo has come up with in the last year.
    The game looked really linear and static gameplay-wise when I watched the trailer, but it actually is much different than that. There are nearly endless amounts of combos.

    Gameplay- 10/10. The gameplay is amazing and very smooth.
    Weaponry- 10/10. Legitimately the only game besides and Square Enix game that has the most ridiculously oversized/overpowered weapons that make a 12 year old swoon in violent-fueled happiness.
    Controls- 10/10. Easy to use, and button mashing doesnt exactly save you in the game.
    Story- 10/10. Bring back awesome Zelda memories after the prologue.
    Graphics (yeah I went there)- For Nintendo this is a definite 10/10
    Characters- 10/10. So many awesome characters. Not spoiling anything but man they are good.
    Would I play this again? You bet your Master Sword I would.
    This game is beautiful. This makes my inner Michael Bay explode with amazement.
    They managed to take Dynasty Warriors, fuse it into Zelda, and still stay true to what Zelda really is.
    This game deserves a standing ovation.

    Nintendo has yet again impressed me. I highly recommend it to everyone who loves Zelda.
    10/10
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  4. Mar 6, 2015
    9
    This game combines elements of strategy, actiony combat, and Zelda collectables. For those familiar with the Dynasty Warriors series, the feelThis game combines elements of strategy, actiony combat, and Zelda collectables. For those familiar with the Dynasty Warriors series, the feel will be familiar, and for those familiar with the Zelda games, the atmosphere will be. Don't buy this looking for a traditional Zelda game, it is very much action/hack-and-slash focused. There is tons of content here and hours of fun if you can get into the combat. This is a great game for what it is, but definitely one you will want to try before buying if you are not familiar with Dynasty Warriors already. Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2014
    9
    25 hours in.

    As this is a positive review, I'm not going to say much you haven't read in negative reviews. However let me address some of
    25 hours in.

    As this is a positive review, I'm not going to say much you haven't read in negative reviews. However let me address some of the negative critiques:

    -Not up to the standard of a Zelda game.... It's a Dynasty warriors game, don't buy this thinking you're playing a new Zelda game. Gameplay is radically different.

    -The game is too easy. Very subjective point of view, what difficulty did you play it on? Are you just talking about legend mode? Challenge mode is pretty crazy. Same thing with some of the adventure maps if you want an A rating and are going for completion. Don't think I would use the word easy...

    -No tutorial. There is amanual accessible through the home button. There is an in game manual as well before every map selection.

    -Monotonous. If you're a see-it all, collect-it-all kind of player than there is plenty of reason to enjoy the grind. Lots of upgradeable stats and materials. You just have to dig a little for it. If getting and using new combos is your thing then Hyrule warriors is for you. If your idea of monotony is killing 1000s of enemies, and fulfilling the same mission objective again and again then yeah this game is not for you. Personally I love a good old school JRPG, so this game hardly gets monotonous. This game is very deep, with 3 legitimately different game modes. Control mechanics also differ between characters, some are looser and faster, some are sticky and damage makers. Distance/ attack range also differs between characters.

    As a Zelda fan you couldn't ask for better fan service. Its incredible. But if you wanted a bona fide Zelda game, wait another year or two.
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  6. Oct 8, 2014
    8
    When I bought Hyrule Warriors, I knew what I was going to face, a switch of the standard puzzles and adventuring of the standard Zelda games,When I bought Hyrule Warriors, I knew what I was going to face, a switch of the standard puzzles and adventuring of the standard Zelda games, to a hack and slash style with no puzzles, and a limited amount of adventure. It was also the first game that I played of the hack and slash genre, and let me tell you, I was presently surprised by the game play, mowing down great hordes of enemies as your favorite characters from the Legend of Zelda (And some of your not so favorite characters, I'm looking at you Fi). The game is just a lot of repetitive, but mindless fun.

    The only big problem I have with his game is difficulty spikes. Usually the game is really easy, but in some certain situations you can find yourself frustrated at the game. An example of this if you have too many large enemies characters (Other warriors, powerful minions, etc.) attacking you at once. If you are trying to go for an A Rank on an Adventure Square, the large amount of powerful enemies can remove all of you health in a matter of seconds, you can even me at maximum level and still get destroyed.

    All in all, if you enjoy hack and slashes, and enjoy Zelda, this game is something different to add to your collection.
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  7. Oct 24, 2014
    0
    Samurai Warriors 4 is better. That's all you need to know. This one is a step back compared to other Warriors games, is slower paced andSamurai Warriors 4 is better. That's all you need to know. This one is a step back compared to other Warriors games, is slower paced and despite having lots of colors it actually looks really washed out and, as such, ugly to look at. Expand

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