Hyrule Warriors Wii U

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 81 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 81
  2. Negative: 2 out of 81
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  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. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 13, 2014
    100
    Beloved world, action-packed gameplay, easy to get into, enjoyable to master. [Issue#245]
  3. Sep 26, 2014
    100
    Needless to say, I really, really enjoyed Hyrule Warriors. As a fan of musou-style games, and as a lifelong Zelda fan, there’s a lot to love here.
  4. Sep 17, 2014
    100
    Every single aspect of Hyrule Warriors is great fun and utterly compelling. I've easily been losing hours at a time to it. Everything it tries to do, it pulls off with aplomb; there's not a single aspect I've disliked, or found to be a misstep.
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    Hyrule Warriors is, without doubt, extremely fun, surprisingly complex and in general one of the best and prettiest games on the Wii U.
  6. Sep 23, 2014
    90
    An action hack and slash game in the known world both the experienced gamers and newcomers will fall in love with. Hyrule Warriors is offering great gameplay along with accessible controls, as well as with well-designed ascending game difficulty. Furthermore, they are not afraid to accentuate both exploration and tactical behaviour.
  7. Sep 23, 2014
    90
    Hyrule Warriors looks great, sounds great and plays great. While hack-and-slash games have never been my personal preference, I lost an entire weekend to Hyrule Warriors without even realising it.
  8. Sep 21, 2014
    90
    Hyrule Warriors is an outstanding crossover of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors with addictive gameplay, a slick presentation, and a lot of content.
  9. Sep 17, 2014
    90
    Hyrule Warriors is a different kind of Zelda game. That doesn't mean it's any less fun. Amazing production values, addictive gameplay, a rich story and an overall sense of extreme quality, polish and confidence make Hyrule Warriors much more than a mere spinoff.
  10. Sep 17, 2014
    90
    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.
  11. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Oct 11, 2014
    87
    A new and promising hybrid that could lead the way for more collaboration. [Nov 2014, p.78]
  12. Sep 29, 2014
    87
    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.
  13. Pelit (Finland)
    Sep 5, 2014
    87
    What we have here is a Dynasty Warriors -style hack'n'slash adventure with The Legend of Zelda -trappings. The combination works surprisingly well. [Sept 2014]
  14. Oct 16, 2014
    85
    It's one of the most thrilling titles I've played this year, at once an adoring shout-out to the games that dominated my childhood and an introduction to a series that—surprise!—I actually resonate with. It's not a game for everyone, but it was most certainly the game for me.
  15. Sep 24, 2014
    85
    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.
  16. Sep 21, 2014
    85
    Despite being light on The Legend of Zelda in favor of being not much more than a Dynasty Warriors reskin, Hyrule Warriors still manages to be perhaps the most accessible, charming and exciting entry in the Musou franchise. Zelda fans will drown in its nostalgic presentation and rocking rearrangement of beloved theme songs, while getting the chance to experience how riveting the action-packed gameplay of the Warriors games can truly be.
  17. Games Master UK
    Sep 19, 2014
    85
    One of the year's weirdest prospects comes out as one of its most interesting and fantastic. [Nov 2014, p.61]
  18. Sep 17, 2014
    85
    We think there's still room for improvement (like a quite empty co-op), but it is definitely a great game for musou fans.
  19. 85
    Hyrule Warriors wasn’t a game I expected to fall in love with, but thanks to its oodles of Zelda fan service and shockingly engrossing gameplay, upgrades, and modes, it turned into something very special that lives up to the Zelda legacy.
  20. Sep 17, 2014
    85
    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.
  21. 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.
  22. Oct 4, 2014
    83
    Longtime series fans will probably get the most out of the abundant homages and shout outs to series’ lore, but action games enthusiasts in general will get a thrill out of Hyrule Warriors‘ fabulous gameplay. Wii U owners shouldn’t hesitate to give the game a purchase.
  23. Hyper Magazine
    Feb 9, 2015
    80
    So THIS is why these games are so popular. [Issue#257, p.58]
  24. CD-Action
    Oct 24, 2014
    80
    The game marries Dynasty Warriors with Zelda and provides the same kind of fun that classic arcade beat ‘em ups did. You just move in 3D and simultaneously fight hundreds of enemies instead of three. [Nov 2014, p.57]
  25. Oct 23, 2014
    80
    It's certainly more Warriors than Zelda, but it makes excellent use of the source material, so it doesn't feel like Link's face was slapped on an unrelated title. Some may miss the Zelda dungeon-crawling and exploration, but Zelda and Warriors fans will find a lot to like here.
  26. Oct 15, 2014
    80
    A great mix of the Warriors gameplay and the universe of the Legend of Zelda franchise. The well-known (and quite repetitive) gameplay is present, but the magic of Nintendo truly shines and gives a breath of much needed fresh air.
  27. Oct 1, 2014
    80
    If you’re a fan of either franchise and own a Wii U, you owe it to yourself to at least give Hyrule Warriors a try.
  28. Sep 29, 2014
    80
    Hyrule Warriors forms a beautiful tribute to the Zelda series. The joint effort between Tecmo Koei and Nintendo results in a very strong summation of both worlds and at the same time is able to meet the fan’s expectations.
  29. Everything about it oozes with callbacks and fanservice that Zelda fans will be overjoyed with, but unable to contain the potent mix of Nintendo nostalgia and ludicrous action without tearing at the seams.
  30. Sep 19, 2014
    80
    Hyrule Warriors ought not to work – it smacks of Nintendo’s desperation to get any sort of game out for its overlooked machine – but it will certainly delight the faithful fans, and manages to remain utterly true to the world of Zelda while offering really fresh-feeling gameplay.
  31. Sep 18, 2014
    80
    Hyrule Warriors is not a Zelda game, it's a Dynasty Warriors. But truth is it's the best Dynasty Warriors yet and the best you can play.
  32. Sep 18, 2014
    80
    Design-wise and in terms of using the Zelda license, Omega Force deserves a pat on the back. It's their best game to date.
  33. Sep 18, 2014
    80
    Way better than Dynasty Warriors.
  34. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    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.
  35. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    Hyrule Warriors isn't a masterpiece, but the cooperation between Nintendo and Tecmo Koei has created a really great Zelda themed action game. The Adventure mode is interesting, and the huge amount of unlockable content grants many hours of pure fun. The stunning soundtrack, moreover, is the real jewel of this project.
  36. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    Hyrule Warriors is a guilty pleasure for every Zelda fan with a bit of an open mind: if you're not a die-hard integralist of the saga, you will probably enjoy this unconventional and unique twist on the legendary saga.
  37. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    Hyrule Warriors offers massive battles in the Zelda universe, with an extra layer of quality over the normal Dynasty Warriors entries.
  38. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    If hack-n-slash games are your jam—or you can tolerate them but really just love The Legend of Zelda in all its iterations—then Hyrule Warriors is a more-than-worthy warmup for Link on the Wii U.
  39. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    It’s a fun, attractive and surprisingly deep experience, therefore unable to be regarded as anything less than an emphatic success.
  40. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    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.
  41. 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.
  42. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    It’s certainly not perfect, but Hyrule Warriors’ combat and treatment of the typically sterile Zelda franchise is just big, dumb, loud fun.
  43. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    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.
  44. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    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.
  45. games(TM)
    Sep 16, 2014
    80
    While Hyrule Warriors might want for modes and options compared to recent entries, it more than compensates with the variety of its roster, subtle refinements to its systems, and that extra layer of Nintendo polish. Against all odds, it works beautifully. [Issue#152, p.102]
  46. Oct 13, 2014
    79
    In case it’s not obvious, no one should come to Hyrule Warriors expecting a traditional Zelda game. Hyrule Warriors is quite possibly the most anti-Zelda game out there, but it’s also perfect for those of us who have always wanted to send Link on a mass killing spree through hordes and hordes of moblins with the Master Sword.
  47. Sep 18, 2014
    76
    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.
  48. Sep 18, 2014
    76
    Hyrule Warriors delivers a wonderful Legend of Zelda action game with a large cast of familiar characters, identifiable worlds, a great upgrade/leveling system and endless amounts of action. It’s far from a perfect game, especially in regards to controls and repetitiveness, but it’s much better than expected.
  49. Sep 17, 2014
    76
    Hyrule Warriors is, plain and simple, a Musou game with a Zelda skin. Fun and spectacular but also repetitive, with a shallow combat system, poor enemies AI and a really bland story. But the Nintendo atmosphere and characters help a lot making the game a nice addiction to the Wii U library.
  50. Nov 12, 2014
    75
    It looks like Zelda and plays like Dynasty Warriors. Yep, it does pretty much what it says on the tin.
  51. 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.
  52. Sep 30, 2014
    75
    Hyrule Warriors is at its core a Dynasty Warriors game, but it injects enough of that Legend of Zelda pizzazz to feel fresh and fun in its own right. This game won’t convert you into Dynasty Warriors fan and it has its fair share of problems, but after all is said and done I can say this; Hyrule Warriors is fun, and I guess sometimes that’s all that matters.
  53. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Oct 25, 2014
    72
    Hyrule Warriors – not the kind of game that fans of the series expect. But while the new Zelda is forged under strict secrecy in the Nintendo workshops, why not revisit the familiar locations with the sword and bombs? The storyline with clashes during different eras of Hyrule and meeting of the characters who could never meet is rather entertaining and capable to provoke the idea to finish at least a Legendary mode. [Nov 2014, p.102]
  54. Oct 7, 2014
    72
    You’ll have two distinct feelings after playing Hyrule Warriors. Yes, the fan service through the recognisable characters, weapons and environments are a Zelda-fanboy’s wet dream. Yes, there was a lot of content there. But what were you doing in those countless hours? Fighting, fighting, fighting. Hyrule Warriors offers little variation or depth, but is fantastic for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
  55. Oct 3, 2014
    70
    Overall, Hyrule Warriors, despite its flaws, is a very addictive game and is most certainly worth playing extensively.
  56. Sep 29, 2014
    70
    Hyrule Warriors mixes Dynasty Warriors with The Legend of Zelda and the result is a rather flirtatious game of fan service. But it's all in good fun since Hyrule Warriors also remembers to be a fun game with varied forms of action and plenty to do.
  57. Sep 26, 2014
    70
    This is the kind of old-school experience one expects when you pick up a Dynasty Warriors title, but on the flipside of the coin, the game attempts to inject depth where none was ever needed when it comes to how to upgrade characters and weaponry.
  58. Sep 23, 2014
    70
    A Zelda Musou is still a Musou.
  59. Sep 19, 2014
    70
    Against all skepticism the seemingly unholy union between Link and Koei's Warriors works surprisingly well. Tecmo Koei is far from delivering a totally new gameplay experience, but offers a nice take on the Zelda mythology and shows an interesting facet of the heroes and heroines in Hyrule.
  60. Sep 18, 2014
    70
    I’d hope that more major franchises, especially those that have leaned on gaming tropes, like saving a princess from a tall castle, take notice. Hyrule Warriors benefits from allowing the Zelda series to take some big risks.
  61. 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.
  62. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    Hyrule warriors delivers brief and satisfying bursts of enjoyment, but it's a bit repetitive too.
  63. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    The result is a healthy, fun, welcoming and long-lasting blend which is certain to please the fans. It’s rather limited in its scope, though, and ends up falling on a certain mid to long-term repetitiveness.
  64. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    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.
  65. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    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.
  66. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    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.
  67. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    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.
  68. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    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.
  69. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    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.
  70. Sep 17, 2014
    65
    Hyrule Warriors has an attractive and well executed Zelda-skin, but the repetitive Warriors gameplay and lackluster co-op functionalities make this a less-than-successful spin-off.
  71. Sep 22, 2014
    64
    Imagine a self-filling pinata. Imagine a hundred of them. Imagine them lumbering at you, wielding swords.
  72. Sep 22, 2014
    62
    Hyrule Warriors is a great tribute to The Legend of Zelda thanks to the large number of characters and references included. Unfortunately, as a game it suffers from basic design flaws such as awkward artificial intelligence, poor level design and repetitive missions.
  73. Oct 17, 2014
    60
    If you expected a real evolution, you will be disappointed. The game blindly adheres to the canons of the genre, and not just a couple of extra mechanics and ideas can save this title from the mire in which these kind of games have been wallowing for years.
  74. Edge Magazine
    Oct 6, 2014
    60
    There is a tremendous amount going on, to the point that it's all too easy to miss a mission-critical SOS. [Nov 2014, p.108]
  75. Sep 18, 2014
    60
    This quirky offshoot is better than any Dynasty Warriors game I’ve played, while simultaneously being the worst Zelda game I’ve ever played.
  76. Sep 17, 2014
    60
    Don't be fooled: Hyrule Warriors is pure Dynasty Warriors within the universe of The Legend of Zelda. Fan service and repeatability are the best words to define this Koei Tecmo game. If you are more a Dynasty Warriors fan than a Zelda fan, play it, or else, beware.
  77. Sep 17, 2014
    60
    Visiting familiar Zelda locations and wiping out hundreds of enemies offers brief but satisfying bursts of mindless enjoyment, just don't expect to be engaged in the same way as a full series release.
  78. Sep 17, 2014
    55
    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.
  79. Sep 22, 2014
    50
    There's no reason why a Dynasty Warriors game wearing a Legend of Zelda costume can't work, and at first Hyrule Warriors is surprisingly entertaining. Unfortunately the game runs out of steam after only a couple of hours. There's no depth to the combat system and slaying countless monsters becomes fairly monotonous.
  80. Sep 17, 2014
    40
    Hyrule Warriors has brilliant Zelda fan-service, but is ruined by unimaginative combat and brain-dead enemies.
  81. 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.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 656 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 187
  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! Full Review »
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    10
    Keep in mind this is a Dynasty Warriors game and therefore reviewed by someone who like such games.

    The game makes no qualms that it's a
    Keep in mind this is a Dynasty Warriors game and therefore reviewed by someone who like such games.

    The game makes no qualms that it's a Zelda fanservice game placed on top of a Dynasty Warriors engine.

    The good news is, while Dynasty Warriors 8 made great leaps and bounds above the previous games in the series, this one takes even better steps in the right direction. Each character his his or her own unique move set, unlockables, and story. Unlike some of the DW games, this isn't so where they all have the same move set.

    You also get the ability to play Ganon and other baddies that isn't a Smash bros game!

    Now yes, you have to keep in mind, it is STILL a DW game... the enemies will not be smart, there will be dozens of them, and you will kill them over and over again. You also have to unlock characters by doing what was previously mentioned.

    DW fans (like me) will love it. Zelda fans, will probably hate it.
    But I'm both.. so I love it. :D
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  3. Sep 26, 2014
    9
    PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU RATE!!!

    First off, as said in other reviews, DO NOT look at this as a Zelda title, it is a Zelda inspired "Warriors"
    PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU RATE!!!

    First off, as said in other reviews, DO NOT look at this as a Zelda title, it is a Zelda inspired "Warriors" game. For those idiots scoring this game a 0, I don't think you understand what that means. Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Warriors Orochi, all these games are the same game with different scenarios and characters... this is another version, and it is DEFINITELY NOT a bad thing!

    The series is all about one thing, HACK AND SLASH! I thoroughly enjoy attempting to clear the entire board if possible, leveling characters to utterly destroy everyone, creating powerful weapons, and going MUSU on people's ass! I have played most of the dynasty warriors series in all generations, and know what I am getting out of the game, and that's why I buy them. Recently purchased Dynasty Warriors 8 Complete Edition on PS4, great game! Same game as others, with multiple tweaks...kind of like call of duty has been the same game since Modern Warfare with different weapons and a few tweaks, SAME CONCEPT!

    The game play is fun, fast, and chaotic like you would expect from a "warriors" series. As a Zelda fan, I look forward to playing as Gannon, Zelda, Ipa, and many others. This game does one thing better than the others... BOSS CHARACTERS! Finding fairy caves to help out and attacking giant bosses is something the Dynasty Warriors series does not have. Also, to be able to play on the Gamepad, and have a friend play on the T.V. in the same "arena", makes it a blast! Great Co-Op. Also I just wanted to play as Link with the Master Sword originally, but all the different weapons and styles and characters really diversify the experience! Absolutely enjoy this thoroughly!

    So if you see the case with Link on the cover and go, Oh a new Zelda game, I expect you to dislike this. If you are a gamer, you have probably been anticipating this and understand what you are getting when you purchase this. Enjoy a new experience and wonderful collaboration of one of my favorite childhood games, and the mindless button mashing heck-tic beat down style of the Warriors series!
    Full Review »