First Impressions: Hyrule Warriors

Published September 27, 2014 by Amanda B. Greene

Hyrule Warriors – Summary/Reception

 So many Wii U owners have been looking forward to this game with all the  hype around it. Hyrule Warriors is an odd, unexpected pairing of the Zelda series and the Dynasty Warriors series. It has done pretty well so far in both reviews and sales. GameInformer gave Hyrule Warriors an 8.0/10 saying that one great thing about it is that there is a lot of references to previous Zelda games, mainly from Ocarina Of Time, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword. Wikipedia lists many scores and then averages them if you would like to read that as well. I’ve been so excited about this game with all of the reveal videos and other trailers that made you want more. I just played a couple of hours or so to give a glimpse of what Hyrule Warriors is like.

Hyrule

This is a picture of the Hyrule Castle in Hyrule Warriors. It’ll be interesting to see how the different places somehow come together in what appears to be an alternative dimension of the Zelda universe seperated from the main timeline/cannon.

Agitha

This is Agitha from Twilight Princess now in Hyrule Warriors to fight instead of collecting insects this time. She calls herself the “Princess Of Insects”. While she may not be the best fighter, her moves are pretty neat from what I’ve seen.

Beginning Of The Story (Spoilers Ahead)

The game starts off slightly different than usual for a Zelda game. The starting cutscene actually starts off with Princess Zelda, instead of Link, dreaming of being outside playing her instrument when all the sudden there is a black, ominous cloud sweeping across the plains after her as a sign that Hyrule is in danger. She must find the “chosen one” who can fight off the evil that is to come. As she is checking out the barracks to possibly find the right soldier, she spots Link practicing drills with a lot of natural skill and talent. But before she can talk to him, a horde of enemies are spotted heading towards the castle and then that’s when the battle begins.

At the end of the battle, Zelda turns up missing so Link and Impa must search for her across the world.

The HD graphics are beautiful in both the cutscene and gameplay as you slice through the monsters in your way. The amount of detail in the background and in the characters is highly appreciated as well. I especially like how the designs of the characters are somewhat drastically changed from what they looked like before like how Princess Zelda is more armored up and ornate. The Legend Of Zelda series has always been known for great visuals and this one is no exception.

Other Things…

The number of references are unbelievable… even the loading screens show Link from the first “The Legend Of Zelda”.  You’ll be able to meet up with a lot of your favorite characters right away and play as them as well as battle through Skyloft, Twilight Field, and Death Mountain soon enough. The new music, although different, works and sounds fine to me so far; one of my favorites is the one for Skyloft.

Both the story and action pick up right away and things start to makes sense as time goes on. This is something that I appreciate because in some Zelda games the beginning can be slow at first to get to the good stuff. The difficulty level is also good as well, I’m the kind of person who likes a challenge; it has three difficult levels: Easy, Normal, and Hard. Each character has a different “feel”, like Impa being a heavy hitter and Link as a crowd sweeper, so you should try out everyone to see who is your favorite; right now, I really enjoy playing as Lana with her Book of Sorcery.

I apologize for not releasing my “First Impressions” right away, I just got home late after picking up the game and then I wanted to play more than a few hours, so I could tell you more details. I will give a review for this game, but that may take a long time, so please be patient. While I’m a hardcore Zelda fan, I will judge fairly as to how good or bad the game is in various areas.

This is a nice change of pace for both series. If you have a Wii U, I would definitely suggest getting Hyrule Warriors. Here are some pictures of the event of starting up Hyrule Warriors upon its release:

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Just in case (pun intended), this is what the back of it looks like. The front is the same as the disk.

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Don’t worry about the Day  1 Update because it only takes a few minutes…

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