Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition Review
Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition is one of the best games ever. It introduced a massive audience across the 3DS and Wii U to Musuou thanks to the Zelda brand and is one of the most unexpected games ever. As with most of the games on the Wii U, people did not play much of the original release. When Hyrule Warriors Legends was released, Peoples was all in. It is not just a port but the best version of Hyrule Warriors in every aspect but visuals.
Now Koei Tecmo and Nintendo will bring out the third release of the Hyrule Warriors game. And unlike most “definitive editions” in the market, this one justifies its name. Imagine massive battlegrounds with tons of enemies getting defeated by you in some slash and action that can make you feel like a badass.
If you aren’t aware of what a Musou or Warriors game is. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition is set on the outer side of the Zelda timeline. Where Ganondorf slowly schemes a return after being a handle for a long time before. The original story content isn’t anything to write home about. But it is not like the other typical Warriors games. The only complaint with the story is how some scenes could look better and how small the voice is acting.
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There are hundreds of depths here, not just in the strategy across maps but also in leveling and weapons spread across so many different playable characters. If you play Legends on the 3DS. Let alone the technical feat to have a full-fledged Warriors game on the 3DS. This game’s release has all the modes from every version. Which results in hundreds of stuff to keep you busy for literally tons of hours, depending on how much you like to play.
The story is Legend, and once you get to finish the main level that is pretty meaty in its regard. You can replay those maps for free with any unlocked characters. All the characters are unlocked here for free from the start as well. Challenge Mode mode allows you to play Dark Beast Ganon in Ganon’s Fury, which is fun. Challenge Mode also has loads of challenges, as the name shows, to unlock various weapons and materials and go for a high score.
Releasing after Fire Emblem Warriors, people were hoping to see every improvement from the release carry over to Hyrule Warriors. And yes, almost everything is here. The only shortcoming area is AI. In Fire Emblem Warriors, we could rely on AI to some extent to take out or protect something after moving to a specific location. In Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition, the AI feels like dealing with a pet dog or cat. You have to do most things by yourself here. Switching on the go is an excellent addition to the 3DS release.
Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition Gameplay
Different from Fire Emblem Warriors, there are no such visual modes here. When you play, Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition moves at 1080p with a 60fps target. The frame rate is acceptable mainly. But there are many examples of stutter that occur randomly. This even affects some cutscenes.
Hopefully, future patches allow for performance or visual focus like Fire Emblem Warriors or a fix to this stutter. On the handheld, the game targets 720p and 30fps, and this experience is a lot more consistent for me. We ended up playing a lot more handheld than docked for Hyrule Warriors. This is also likely the best portable Warriors game ever right now.
While local co-op with single Joy-Con support is also a great addition. People were hoping this release has seen online co-op added in. The other disappointing area is that the only representation of one of the better games in the last several years, Breath of the Wild, is only two costumes. They should have at minimum done a stage for the game with guardians, bokoblins, etc.
Over the last few years, gamers have played a good share of Warriors games. Till last month, Dragon Quest Heroes II and Fire Emblem Warriors were at the top of their rankings alongside Samurai Warriors 4. But this changes now because Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition is the closest to a perfect Warriors game for gamers. And it is also a good game on its own. While people would have liked a more consistent experience and an online mode to play with friends. there’s no denying just how much great content is packed into this single release.