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  • Summary: See Hyrule 100 years before the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game and experience the events of the Great Calamity. Join the struggle that brought Hyrule to its knees. Learn more about Zelda, the four Champions, the King of Hyrule and more through dramatic cutscenes as they try to saveSee Hyrule 100 years before the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game and experience the events of the Great Calamity. Join the struggle that brought Hyrule to its knees. Learn more about Zelda, the four Champions, the King of Hyrule and more through dramatic cutscenes as they try to save the kingdom from Calamity. The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity game is the only way to firsthand see what happened 100 years ago. - Battle hordes of Hyrule’s most formidable foes - From barbaric Bokoblins to towering Lynels, Ganon’s troops have emerged in droves. Playable heroes like Link, Zelda and more must use their distinct abilities to carve through hundreds of enemies to save Hyrule from the impending Calamity.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 83
  2. Negative: 0 out of 83
  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 18, 2020
    90
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a joy to see out 2020 while we wait for the next Zelda.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 134
  2. Negative: 26 out of 134
  1. Nov 21, 2020
    10
    Love it, addicted to it, wish there was more of it. I know people with scared that the game story would ruin Breath of the Wild but I feelLove it, addicted to it, wish there was more of it. I know people with scared that the game story would ruin Breath of the Wild but I feel like it compliments it well while still keeping Breath of the Wild seperate. Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2020
    10
    The demo was already good but playing through the story is simply magical. The art style is beautiful and based on BOTW’s Hyrule, voice actingThe demo was already good but playing through the story is simply magical. The art style is beautiful and based on BOTW’s Hyrule, voice acting is well performed, the music is outstanding and the combat, that could have become a bit repetitive since it’s a musou, is actually refreshing with constant new moves and attacks being delivered. 10/10. Excellent addition to the Zelda series. Expand
  3. Nov 21, 2020
    10
    Best game I have played in 2020. I am not completed yet but the story is extremely addicting and the way missions are added is extremelyBest game I have played in 2020. I am not completed yet but the story is extremely addicting and the way missions are added is extremely addicting. The combat is fun and the presentation is phenomenal. Expand
  4. Nov 28, 2020
    9
    As a huge zelda and hyrule warriors fan I am definitely pleased with this game. I played the first hyrule warriors so I knew I was gonna likeAs a huge zelda and hyrule warriors fan I am definitely pleased with this game. I played the first hyrule warriors so I knew I was gonna like this one. And as someone who played breath of the wild it is really cool to experience the story prior to the events. I have 30+ hours and I can hardly put it down. This is a must have for any zelda fan Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2020
    9
    The game is immensely enjoyable. The combat never gets boring thanks to the many characters you can play with and the the variety ofThe game is immensely enjoyable. The combat never gets boring thanks to the many characters you can play with and the the variety of attacks/abilities they possess. The maps are well laid out and make you feel as if your in the the world of botw. The games characters who where already great and memorable from botw have only been made better with some great cutscenes and diologue here and there. The games story is also an interesting one. It's one that you'll either like or hate and overall I think it's okay. It has some amazing and great moments, but some that I think could have had a bit more explanation or overall better diologue to make them more interesting. Overall I'd recommend this game, it's certainly an interesting game that offers plenty of fun. Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2020
    7
    It's ok. Basically Dynasty Warriors, but with Zelda characters and story. The action gets a little repetitive after a while but at least youIt's ok. Basically Dynasty Warriors, but with Zelda characters and story. The action gets a little repetitive after a while but at least you have some variety in how the different characters handle, and then there's some RPG lite elements to worry about. It might hold you over until BOTW2 comes out but honestly, I wish I had waited for a discount before splurging. Like I said, It ain't bad, it's alright.

    I've got to admit though that it's probably the best Dynasty Warriors type game made up to this point, so credit to Nintendo for that.
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  7. Nov 26, 2020
    0
    Very repetitive, unoriginal, the combat system is trash, the fps are VERY unstable, the enemies have lots of glitches and errors as the storyVery repetitive, unoriginal, the combat system is trash, the fps are VERY unstable, the enemies have lots of glitches and errors as the story is very bad and it skips a lot of things, i wouldnt recommend anyone to buy this overpriced game, just terrible, also the death of king rhoam was easy to predict Expand

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