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Generally favorable reviews - based on 86 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 86
  2. Negative: 0 out of 86
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  1. 100
    I do think that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will mean more to people who have played Breath of the Wild, and that's fine. For Zelda fans, there's no way they haven't played it anyway. For Musou fans coming to Age of Calamity from that angle, the sell's a little harder. The narrative that it weaves are great. The presentation is impeccable, and each and every one of the characters are fun to play with. It's just that where the original Hyrule Warriors felt like a love letter to the history and heritage of Zelda, Age of Calamity is more immediate, and that's just a little less of a celebration, though with the tradeoff being it actually contributes to the lore. For me, that's a worthwhile tradeoff, and I didn't even have the assumed knowledge going in.
  2. Nov 30, 2020
    95
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a breath of fresh air compared to other Warrior installments and is worth playing if you loved Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The story, characters, and music are the best I’ve seen out of a Nintendo Warriors game in a long while. Even though the AI is severely lacking and multiplayer could use some improvements, it still is not enough to drag the game down from being the best Nintendo Warriors installment I’ve ever seen.
  3. Nov 18, 2020
    95
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, even with its technical issues, offers an extraordinary experience. The game takes us to this prequel full of twists, surprises, hope and sadness thanks to a plot and gameplay hardly surpassed by any other Zelda title.
  4. Nov 26, 2020
    90
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a surprisingly deep pseudo-prequel to one of this generation's greatest games. A compelling story, fluid combat, and an interesting world will do more than enough to tide fans over until Breath of the Wild 2.
  5. Nov 25, 2020
    90
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a heck of a Warriors game and a fantastic love letter to Breath of the Wild and Zelda in general. Maybe Age of Calamity is a stop-gap to tide fans over until Breath of the Wild 2, but no effort was spared in making it a quality game.
  6. Nov 18, 2020
    90
    The gameplay is addictive and offers us enough space to experiment. It may be the simplest and simplest Warriors of the entire genre, but it is accessible and will be liked by many people. Nintendo and Koei Tecmo have managed to create a great game to say goodbye to 2020.
  7. Nov 18, 2020
    90
    It teems with little story beats I’m not allowed to talk about that will make long-time Zelda fans reel with excitement, and its fast-paced, punchy combat is brilliantly belligerent. I haven’t gotten into the art much, because you probably know from the trailer that it looks like Breath of the Wild, but for what it’s worth: it’s gorgeous. It gives voice and agency to a variety of excellent characters who deserved them, and I think its narrative is shaped with a sense of finesse that, on close consideration, is quite endemic to Zelda as a series. It’s just a shame that it’s held back by the only hardware it’s playable on, both in terms of input controllers and screen resolution.
  8. Nov 18, 2020
    90
    Where Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition had once offered a healthy dose of fan service, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity delivers meaningful storytelling and a worthy prequel expansion to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that is an absolute triumph which masterfully integrates its characters, world and gameplay systems.
  9. Nov 18, 2020
    90
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has overcome the seemingly insurmountable task of respecting the IPs that it was based upon whilst also carving its own identity. It’s original, it’s inspired, and it’s a Game Of The Year contender.
  10. Nov 18, 2020
    90
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity offers a welcome trip back to a world I’ve clocked hundreds of hours in. Its hugely varied roster of characters, solid combat mechanics, fun progression and clever adaptation of Breath of the Wild’s vision of Hyrule is a joy to play and discover. While there are some missed characterisation opportunities, Age of Calamity is still a blast from start to finish.
  11. Nov 18, 2020
    90
    Age of Calamity is, for all intents and purposes, a prequel to Breath of the Wild. It might be a spin-off in a separate genre, but it’s clearly a labour of love, and the result is a thoroughly enjoyable romp through one of the most interesting periods of Hyrule. If the first game was a love letter to the Zelda series, this not only improves on this concept in every way, but stands as one of the best Zelda games, period.
  12. Nov 18, 2020
    90
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a joy to see out 2020 while we wait for the next Zelda.
  13. Nov 18, 2020
    90
    Take a cornucopia of familiar Hyrule lands, add an absolutely fantastic soundtrack to each of them, and let a collection of amazing characters loose to tell a great story on the battlefield and off, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a game no Zelda or Musou fan should pass up.
  14. Nov 18, 2020
    90
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a treat for both Warriors fans and those who adore The Legend of Zelda series. It may not have the puzzles of a traditional Zelda game, but it packs in an obscene amount of action to make up for it. Throw in a story that will have you gripped as well as the usual Zelda charm, and you have a game that will keep you glued to the screen for tens of hours.
  15. Nov 18, 2020
    90
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a masterpiece that you have to experience: a powerful adventure if you enjoyed The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild... Although you'll have to put up with its poor graphics.
  16. Nov 20, 2020
    88
    Every Breath of the Wild Fan should play this and, like myself, will love all the similarities to that specific game while even enjoying the enriched Warriors-like-gameplay.
  17. Nov 25, 2020
    85
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity excels at being both a lively and addictive Warriors title while also being a competent prequel to Breath of the Wild. The action highlights each playable character’s skills wonderfully while weaving in a strategy item system against bosses. Sure, some environments didn’t translate well to the action genre, but I can see myself returning to Hyrule again and again in this adventure.
  18. 85
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity provides a strong narrative, engaging gameplay, and a ton of improvements compared to the previous Hyrule Warriors game.
  19. Nov 20, 2020
    85
    In the end Age of Calamity is more Breath of the Wild than Dynasty Warriors, and I’ve been purposely vague when it comes to the storyline and specific quests for good reason. Although they were far and few-between in Breath of the Wild, when you did get the ol’ cinematic it was pretty special. In Age of Calamity you have more of these, both in quantity and in terms of high quality production values. To the point where you can’t wait to see what happens next. Going one step further, Age of Calamity doesn’t feel like just another spinoff. It feels like a third piece in the Breath of the Wild story, one that sits alongside the original and the inevitable sequel. A TriForce if you will.
  20. Nov 18, 2020
    85
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does offer a more robust and cohesive experience that fan’s of Breath of the Wild will appreciate, even if they have never played a Warriors-style game in the past.
  21. 85
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, is a defining example of what you can do with musou games in the right situation. Not only does it shine Breath of the Wild’s enjoyable characters in a new light, but it also provides a new lens to experience Hyrule through. It’s an experience that is as much musou as it is Breath of the Wild, but integrates ideas from both, and melds them in interesting ways that’s guaranteed to please fans of either game type. If you’re a fan of Breath of the Wild, or musou games in general, Age of Calamity is well worth your time and attention, even if the Switch sometimes struggles under its ambitions.
  22. 85
    Humorously, aside from the technical issues, a lot of my problems with Age of Calamity echo the ones I had with Breath of the Wild. The Divine Beasts are solidly the weakest part of the campaign and the inventory is a little clumsy to manage. That all being said, the totality of this Musou game is soundly enjoyable. The confidence on display in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity echoes the earned success Nintendo has found after Breath of the Wild and the Switch. This is a refined and tight action-packed experience that delivers an excellent mix of Zelda lore and creatively ridiculous brawler gameplay.
  23. Nov 18, 2020
    85
    Atmospheric environments, blissful combat and a compelling story: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity actually does everything right, except for a number of technical drawbacks. Random frame drops and clumsy camerawork keep the spin-off from perfection.
  24. Nov 18, 2020
    85
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity isn't just a step forward in the musou genre, but also a respectful, thrilling hack'n'slash hybrid which builds on the Breath of the Wild lore and delivers some truly epic moments.
  25. Nov 18, 2020
    85
    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. This is a final product content to carve a small slice out of a massive pie. Even if your interest is strictly in Zelda games or Warriors titles, you owe it to yourself to give this game a shot. You're certain to be quite pleasantly surprised by what Age of Calamity has to offer.
  26. Nov 18, 2020
    85
    The story was genuinely enthralling throughout and it serves as a great companion piece for Breath of the Wild, while forging its own identity in many respects.
  27. Nov 18, 2020
    85
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a fantastic Musou game that stays true to it's Breath of the Wild roots. With some of the best gameplay in the genre, it's easy to recommend.
  28. Nov 18, 2020
    84
    Hyrule Warriors: The Age of Calamity is a well-made Musou, which tries to break the preconceptions with which the saga often tends to clash in the West, taking its cue from one of the best games ever. The result is ambitious and effective, albeit with some reservations mainly due to the Switch's technical limitations.
  29. Nov 23, 2020
    83
    This is not BOTW2, but it’s still a very fun game that is worth your time. It’s fanfiction with an awesome hybrid action-RPG with BOTW mechanics attached. Just don’t get too wrapped up in the non-canon Ganon and you’ll be fine.
  30. Nov 24, 2020
    82
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity recreates the style of Breath of the Wild, adding some strategy elements to the musou gameplay to improve the slash experience. If you just like The Legend of Zelda, but have an aversion to musou gameplay, don't force yourself to taste it.
  31. Nov 18, 2020
    82
    A great musou game that also comes with an excellent story that completes what we knew from Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The only comebacks of this game are some technical issues and the things that come with this game's genre, and even with that is a great game.
  32. Nov 30, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is an epic game in some ways. It starts excitingly and rarely lets up. If you stink at dungeons and shrines and won’t miss exploring, you’ll find a world that’s still impressive and characters that have proven to endure in the minds of series fans. In the end, it remains predominantly Koei-Tecomo’s Warrior gameplay with Nintendo’s Zelda dressing, so probably not GOTY material. Still, it’s an entertaining way to tide yourself over until the true sequel arrives.
  33. Nov 29, 2020
    80
    Beyond its technical limits, Age of Calamity is a welcome addition to the Legend of Zelda lore, even if it adds more timeline questions than it answers. The story's branching history will surely upset some timeline purists, but the game mitigates those concerns with a well-told story. Fans are finally given a version of Zelda they've wanted to see for years, and playing at the capable princess is a gift I will never forget. The story's emotional tale is one that I am eager to explore again, and it has reinvigorated my interest to replay Breath of the Wild. This works out perfectly for Nintendo given how the company is currently developing a sequel to the original. And if that follow-up puts as much care into its characters as Age of Calamity does, then fans are in for a delightful treat.
  34. Nov 24, 2020
    80
    It is drawing from a beloved series, as the original Hyrule Warriors did. It gives us a new way to play and, in so doing, opens up new options. It isn’t going to be for everyone, but it does a lot that some fans of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will appreciate. It isn’t for everyone, but it is interesting.
  35. Nov 24, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a welcome surprise that gives players a brand new way to enjoy their time in Breath of the Wild’s Hyrule with fun, fast-paced gameplay. It takes the good of the original and remixes it for an adventure that won’t soon be forgotten. The story gives more life to characters that we didn’t have before in Breath of the Wild while also offering an entirely new perspective on events from many years in the past. Anyone looking for a story that’s been shaken up or just looking to scratch that itch for more fast-paced gameplay with Zelda over the cover will enjoy their time with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
  36. Nov 23, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity sets the bar for both Nintendo spinoffs with A+ storytelling that enhances Breath of the Wild’s world and deceptively varied, character-driven combat. It’s still a Dynasty Warriors game at heart, for better or worse, but the game makes that feel like less of a backhanded caveat and more of a fresh start for a polarizing genre.
  37. Nov 20, 2020
    80
    It is a hack-n-slash game, with all its advantages and shortcomings, yet with Breath of the Wild being a part of every aspect, down to the core. With an unexpected story that manages to remain captivating and touching, despite being different from the original telling of the events past, the world and character design, visuals and music, Age of Calamity should be a must to anyone who is willing to oversee its technical issues.
  38. Nov 19, 2020
    80
    If the name "The Legend of Zelda" means a lot to you, and you can have fun with musou-style games, then Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will not disappoint. Overall it is of the best games Omega Force has ever done with fast-paced and deep gameplay combined with some really great music.
  39. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Like its predecessor Age of Calamity delivers an entertaining mass brawl in the Zelda universe, albeit one that is held back by some of the same problems that all of Koei’s Warriors face, mostly monotony setting in eventually.
  40. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  41. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t just one of the better entries in this storied series – it’s also one of the greatest games of all time. To this end, the mission of living up to its inspiration is perhaps impossible for Age of Calamity. It is nevertheless successful at what it sets out to do, however – providing a fun, interesting and exciting new adventure that fans of that game will surely enjoy. It won’t stay your appetite for Breath of the Wild 2 – but it’ll keep you occupied happily enough all the same.
  42. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    A hugely satisfying and wondrous adventure.
  43. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity it's a bit of a surprise, finally a good musou with an outstanding resonance of Breath of the Wild in terms of story and world-building.
  44. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Breath of the Wild elements enrich the musou formula to make Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity a better video game, although there's still some of the usual problems in the genre. It's not perfect, that much is obvious, but it's so much fun that, in the end, you forget about the not so good stuff.
  45. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is an ace accomplice to Breath of the Wild, providing charming backstories to its colorful cast of characters while carrying forward the spirit of experimental gameplay with impressive results.
  46. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is an enjoyable action romp and a worthwhile expansion of the Breath of the Wild universe. Those hoping for a deep narrative expansion of the universe will be underwhelmed, but being able to spend more time with these wonderful characters is more than enough to leave you satisfied.
  47. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity isn't The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, but it's a great musou game with a lot of content for starved fans of Breath of the Wild. Even if you're a Zelda fan who can take or leave musou games, Age of Calamity is worth taking. However, occasional slowdown and frame drops, especially in handheld mode on the Switch Lite, make it clear the Switch is aging quickly.
  48. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    A must-have for Zelda fans that wanted a more in deep explanation about the events of Zelda Breath of the Wild. It's still a musou game, not a Zelda game, and it has some technical issues. However, it's also a great collaboration between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo, so it deserves a try.
  49. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Age of Calamity serves as a prequel to Breath of the Wild, which easily justifies dozens of over the top battles against hordes of enemies. It is fun to play and to watch, but as a prequel, it fails to properly deliver. Expectation: a cool and interesting story. Reality: a boring and uncreative one. The game is great fun, but where we all expected it to shine the most - it somehow managed to fail with zero excuses.
  50. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is not without fault. Between the technical issues in single-player and co-operative modes, coupled with enforced sluggish gameplay during the Divine Beast segments, it’s clear that improvements could be made, though perhaps this is a limitation of the Switch hardware itself. Yet if you look past these flaws, there is an inner beauty. An utterly captivating and emotional storyline, beautifully strategic combat mechanics and missions that offer edge-of-your-seat action are all present. Encased within a Breath of the Wild setting, Age of Calamity is the perfect way to escape our reality this winter. Let’s just hope the darkness doesn’t spread any further.
  51. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    There are so many systems in play here, but somehow they all come together to form a solid, cohesive experience that makes this game so damn hard to put down. Throw in a cast of extremely likeable characters, and set it in the rich world of Breath of the Wild, and you get one of the best musou-style games that Koei Tecmo and Omega Force have ever put out. If you just want more Breath of the Wild content, don't pass up on this one.
  52. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Approached with the knowledge that this is a full-featured side-dish, you'll have a very good time hacking and slashing your way through Calamity Ganon's minions in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity; just remember that despite its sparkling presentation, it is still not a Zelda game. What it is is a brilliant Zelda-infused Musou experience filled with varied and satisfying combat and Breath of the Wild additions that work beautifully within the boundaries of the Warriors template. The care and attention given to detail here is hugely impressive. We found performance to be adequate and, crucially, it didn't affect our enjoyment throughout — just be prepared for a slideshow once the pyrotechnics start in two-player co-op. In many ways, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity could be exactly the game you need right now.
  53. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Whether it's sleek combat, character development, or a scattershot but intriguing plot, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is packed full of exciting content. It's exactly the type of thing that can hold over fans until the Breath of the Wild sequel is finally released and deserves a look even if its genre is a little more niche to some.
  54. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity ingeniously translates The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s world, style, and gameplay into the Warriors formula, and fans of both series will be extremely satisfied with how both are reimagined here. But if you were expecting a more straightforward prequel that truly mined the tragedy of the war against Calamity Ganon, instead of relying on tired tropes like time travel, you might be left a little shell-shocked.
  55. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a Breath of the Wild prequel presented as a mosou game. A spectacular narration, an entertaining and compelling gameplay with tons of monster on screen that push hard Switch’s hardware limits, though some frame-rate slowdowns, will keep you busy until the arrival of Breath of the Wild’s sequel.
  56. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is undoubtedly a tangible step forward from the classic musou. Not only in terms of quality, but also for the commitment of the developers in the creation of a powerful story and the inclusion of solid and funny mechanics. The management of the elements and powers linked to the Sheikah technology are a breath of fresh air and a considerable whiplash to a gameplay notoriously linked to rhythms mostly noisy and carefree. While not renouncing its disruptive roots, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is inscribed in a very refined construct, endowed with a dragging narrative and endowed with an overwhelming number of secondary activities. To pay the price is the fluidity of the action, mixed with a very low resolution and full of pop-ups in portability and drops in frame-rate rather annoying in dock mode. Although the technical sector is not in line with the ambitions of the project, the game can be said to be substantially successful.
  57. Nov 18, 2020
    79
    As one of the better Musou spin-off games out there, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a welcome treat for Breath of the Wild fans. Its gameplay remains expectedly repetitive but there's still a ton of fun to be had with its variety of combat abilities.
  58. Nov 18, 2020
    78
    Great Musou in terms of gameplay, that tells the story before Breath of the Wild, but also has to struggle with technical problems.
  59. Nov 18, 2020
    78
    Quotation forthcoming.
  60. Nov 18, 2020
    78
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a perfect game to use to revisit the land of Hyrule. Combat additions make this one of the most exciting and interesting Warriors games to play, but the performance can hold it back. It's a great romp that'll keep you engaged for hours, but don't come in expecting great things from the next chapter of a canon Zelda story.
  61. Nov 18, 2020
    77
    With an adventure that reaches the longevity of over fifty hours if you decide to unlock every single secret, the Age of Calamity succeeds in the intent it seems to have set itself, while suffering some noteworthy technical stumbling: clearing a gaming experience. remained overshadowed today and add a piece to the narrative world of Breath of the Wild that could enrich the story of the expected sequel from Nintendo.
  62. Nov 30, 2020
    75
    If The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the calm, reserved child, then Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is its loud, rowdy older sibling. The action starts at 10 and never lets up, giving me battle after battle of tight and fun Musou action. The story beats are for the most part great, but a few of them definitely left me wanting for more and not in a good way. Age of Calamity delivers on the action-heavy goods, just don’t come in here expecting the story to blow anyone’s minds...and that’s the real Calamity.
  63. Nov 25, 2020
    75
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a ton of fun, but handicaps itself with the occasionally abysmal frame pacing, wonky camera, and design of later missions. Still, it’s the perfect accompaniment to Breath of the Wild and well worth your time.
  64. Nov 20, 2020
    75
    While Age of Calamity can feel like an uneven series of battle ballets, it does have its share of astonishing dances. It doesn’t, however, go far enough to reveal more of Hyrule’s and Zelda’s past. But with no release date for the “Breath of the Wild” sequel in sight, this offering will, at least partially, satiate fans in the meantime.
  65. Nov 18, 2020
    75
    Hyrule Warriors: The Age of Calamity is a solid game, with great combat and some of the best battles and bosses in the Zelda universe. But its poor performance and lack of variety vis a vis the first game are some evident problems. In fact, it still is a good game for musou fans and Zelda fans alike.
  66. Nov 18, 2020
    75
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity looks a lot like Breath of the Wild, but it lacks the exploration and puzzle-solving elements that define the mainline Legend of Zelda series. Age of Calamity may not resemble a traditional Zelda game, but it’s not a bad time. The action is repetitive, but also relaxed and comfortable. It trades on your love for Nintendo’s classic franchise, and I was happy for the excuse to return to this version of Hyrule. I still feel like I'm chasing Breath of the Wild's high, and Age of Calamity is a small solace.
  67. Nov 18, 2020
    75
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a Breath of the Wild prequel that offers some of the best Warriors gameplay we have seen so far. However, the game is not flawless as it suffers from some frustrating controls and framerate issues. However, if you are willing to look past that, enormous fun and adrenaline-driven experience remain.
  68. Nov 26, 2020
    70
    At its best, Age of Calamity keeps a weak grip on 30 frames a second, and at its most visually chaotic, the game effectively becomes a slideshow.
  69. Nov 25, 2020
    70
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a nice muso that pulls all the right strings to seduce the fans of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you can forget about the lousy visuals and the repetitiveness of it all, you might enjoy the nice gameplay it offers.
  70. Nov 24, 2020
    70
    Age of Calamity isn’t the compelling addition to Zelda canon that may have been promised, but it does just enough right that it can muster a recommendation for fans of Breath of the Wild.
  71. Nov 23, 2020
    70
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a fantastic way to tide you over until Breath of the Wild 2, if you can forgive the dodgy frame rate and several other warts hidden within.
  72. Nov 20, 2020
    70
    An enjoyably knock-about hack-and-slash action game with the full weight of the Zelda franchise behind it. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity isn't clever or slick, and it gets repetitive rather quickly. But it provides a fair smattering of uncomplicated fun and a whole load of fan-pleasing nods to Breath of the Wild.
  73. Nov 20, 2020
    70
    I think Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is worth your time, the only question is are you willing to push through its shortcomings in order to see that payoff? For me personally the answer was yes. For you – I say do some research before pledging your sword for the realm.
  74. Nov 18, 2020
    70
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a fine action game with plenty to do, and a satisfyingly robust combat system. It's denser and more focused than Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, but that focus removes some of the charm. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition was a love letter to the entire Legend of Zelda series, a game filled with familiar characters and places from several of titles. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is very much a Breath of the Wild-specific game, which is certainly fine (Breath of the Wild was excellent), but not nearly as much of a fan-pleasing barrage of elements from the entire series. It’s a game that expects you to specifically love Breath of the Wild, and be invested in what happened before its events. If you dig that idea, you'll dig Age of Calamity.
  75. Nov 18, 2020
    70
    It's hard not to come out a little frustrated with this Hyrule Warriors, which excels in some areas and disappoints in others. The combat system works very well, but struggles to shine, the fault of a framerate sometimes acceptable sometimes unpleasant as possible, especially in docked. The storytelling is fine and the cut-scenes are fantastic, but the script strays from the original material and loses in narrative power. Still, if you're insensitive to yo-yoing frame rates or playing exclusively in handheld mode (which doesn't completely solve the problem either), Era of the Scourge turns out to be a pretty good one.
  76. Nov 18, 2020
    70
    While it isn't perfect, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity proves its value by serving up one of the most epic tales Princess Zelda has ever starred in. There's a magic within this game's story, reminiscent of Ocarina of Time, and that's something to cherish. The relatively simplistic gameplay may detract from the overall impression, but that won't stop me playing it again.
  77. Nov 18, 2020
    70
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity falters greatly in its narrative. The time-traveling aspect felt like a cheap and easy way to rewrite history without actually adding much to the established lore. That said, this did allow Princess Zelda to shine which ended up being a pleasant surprise. The gameplay is the main hook and it’s a bloody fun one at that. There is lots to love here if you can ignore the weak story.
  78. 65
    Warriors fans know what they're in for. It's an entertaining power fantasy with lots of bad guys and explosions, heaps of different characters to learn and all sorts of diversions on the side to power up your teams and weapons. But for all Age of Calamity's painstaking adaptation, it lacks almost everything I loved about Breath of the Wild. It's a skin deep approximation with the aesthetic and characters the only thing intact, mostly concerned with turning the existing areas into linear bombastic shooting galleries and sword fights. All that would be fine if the story or themes were meaningfully expanded here, but they aren't.
  79. Nov 18, 2020
    65
    The only big new game for the Nintendo Switch this end of year 2020, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a little disappointing. As enjoyable as any self-respecting musou, Omega Force's title is technically flawed, limited in content and largely under-exploited story-wise. We may have expected too much, but this new title in the universe of Zelda Breath of the Wild was meant to cover an important part of the story, and it seems botched on many points.
  80. Nov 18, 2020
    65
    Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity is an okay game that tells a story that we all want to hear. The already excellent narrative of Breath of the Wild is better for it.
  81. 60
    As a Musou game, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is enjoyable. Narratively, on the other hand, it pulls every punch and is completely underwhelming as a prequel to Breath of the Wild.
  82. Nov 25, 2020
    60
    Age of Calamity is a bizarre, enjoyable beast that pays homage to an incredible game, while merrily doing its own thing. Scything through thousands of identical baddies might not be the most sophisticated power fantasy, but the compelling rhythm of intense battles and constantly achievable microgoals ensures it’s certainly a fun one – to the point where only thumb pain was preventing me from playing even more.
  83. Nov 18, 2020
    60
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity delivers yet another Musō X Zelda experience, but fails to offers a great experience beyond the hardcore fans of Breath of the Wild. Pretty rough, the game lacks precision and variety, despite very good direction and musical score. For a few colorful cinematic moments, players with have to brawl they way through way too many similar fights, even with such iconic characters.
  84. Nov 18, 2020
    60
    It's strange to think of a bungled story leaving me so lukewarm on a Zelda game, even if it is a spin-off. But paying off its premise is the burden a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is tasked with. The main reason I dove into Age of Calamity is because I love its world and the history it tries to remember. So for a game to retread them and proclaim to have something new to say when its inspiration's most striking moments come from what it leaves unsaid is a big ask. But my problem with Age of Calamity isn't that it fails to live up to that responsibility. It's that it doesn't even try. It doesn't have the courage to see things through.
  85. Nov 18, 2020
    60
    A hugely entertaining love letter to Breath of the Wild let down by uneven performance that scuppers the game’s ludicrous highs.
  86. Nov 18, 2020
    60
    The best Dynasty Warriors style game ever made, which means it’s slightly north of mediocre, with simplistic combat, weak storytelling, and a whole lot of repetition.
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  1. Nov 18, 2020
    Zelda gets the Dynasty Warriors treatment once more, folding in inspiration from Breath of the Wild for the best musou spin-off yet. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Nov 18, 2020
    Fans primarily looking for a meaningful addition to Breath of the Wild’s canon can skip this game. It wastes the opportunity to establish the deep connections present in Breath of the Wild, instead serving only as a vehicle for beating up bokoblins as your Breath of the Wild fave. In the absence of other payoffs—for example, I’d forgive every sin named here if, as is typical for the Dynasty Warriors franchise, each character got their own story mode—not even my ardent love for these characters was enough to sustain my interest over the entire, artificially padded game. Again, you can play as Lady Urbosa. That’s it. That’s the game.
  3. Nov 20, 2020
    Even with a couple of major missteps, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a welcome excuse to return to one of the most beloved video game worlds of the last decade and spend some quality time with characters who were already dead by the time Breath of the Wild started. There's an irresistible charm to making Mipha annihilate dozens of monsters at once with a cartoonishly large water tornado.
  4. Nov 20, 2020
    The game never fully embraces the potential opportunities of its time-traveling premise, but I was still hooked throughout. Possibly it helped that Breath of the Wild already did such a good job of establishing the stakes. Age of Calamity didn’t have to do much to pull on the same heartstrings. Sometimes, a short cutscene with a pained glance or a wavering voice was all it took to reinvigorate the drama of it all.
  5. Nov 18, 2020
    For such a conflicted experience, it’s remarkable how well Age of Calamity works. No, it’s not a new Breath of the Wild, and fans coming to it from that perspective will likely be disappointed. (Luckily, a real sequel is in the works.) Despite some largely superficial similarities, the two games play completely differently. But some of those elements that made Breath of the Wild so beloved — a beautiful world, memorable characters, varied combat — help make an otherwise straightforward experience feel fresh and interesting. It’s not subtle, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t Zelda.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 278 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 278
  1. Nov 22, 2020
    1
    Still in need of improvement.
    FPS go to hell when a lot of effects/enemies/both are on screen. 2-Player Mode is still only about 20 FPS.
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    Still in need of improvement.
    FPS go to hell when a lot of effects/enemies/both are on screen. 2-Player Mode is still only about 20 FPS.
    I didn’t spend 60€ to play a game that’s not running smoothly. Either reduce the enemies on screen and with it the kills needed for objectives or reduce the effects.
    Story: Very simplistic. Could be more complex.
    Also, it’s very repetitive. Feels like an Asian MMORPG in terms of material grinding.
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  2. Nov 21, 2020
    0
    Gameplay is mediocre and the games marketting was flat out false advertising. Do not go in looking for a Breath of the Wild prequel.
  3. Nov 22, 2020
    0
    Fun game, like spending time with the characters. BUT it's not a prequel like it should have been. Theres a mini guardian that time travels.Fun game, like spending time with the characters. BUT it's not a prequel like it should have been. Theres a mini guardian that time travels. It should have just been a prequel like they advertised. So for that alone, I cant give it anything positive. Full Review »