Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity caught many abruptly when first revealed, however how does the completed product stack up? Fairly good, as long as you possibly can reply affirmatively to the next query: Have you ever performed (and loved) Breath of the Wild? If that’s the case, you’ll possible get pleasure from this one, regardless of the Musou gameplay.
Matt stated it nicely in his authentic Hyrule Warriors review: “…it’s nonetheless a warriors recreation excess of a Zelda recreation, and Zelda followers might want to hold this in thoughts when selecting up a replica.” His phrases nonetheless apply right here. Age of Calamity isn’t an journey the place you discover, however a hack and slasher that has your small crew going up in opposition to tens of 1000’s of foes. Combos, particular assaults, and weak factors are the order of the day. You’re the spark plug of Hyrule.
This recreation model (even with its recurring fan base) is perhaps extra area of interest. Nonetheless, anticipation has been constructing for Age of Calamity between Treehouse Reside, Nintendo Energy Podcasts, quite a few trailers, and even a demo. Heck, Pure Nintendo even has the sport as our PNM Challenge #55 cowl story. Speaking to my BOTW theorist buddy has particularly acquired me within the temper to play this recreation. That, and an opportunity to revisit BOTW for the primary time for the reason that recreation’s launch window.
The story in Age of Calamity begins 100 years earlier than BOTW, due to a time-traveling Guardian. Champions get recruited for the protection of Hyrule kingdom. It’s a narrative I can get behind, greater than its predecessor. I used to be particularly excited to take management of the 4 Champions, each on foot and piloting the mechanical divine beasts. However extra on them in a bit.
The champions make up a roster that’s solely barely larger than an NBA crew. Like an NBA crew, some characters will keep on the bench extra. However all are fascinating and distinctive. If you happen to’re used to Musou video games with gargantuan rosters within the a whole bunch, it’s possible you’ll discover that much less is extra in Age of Calamity.
One other tweak to the Musou method is the Shikah Slate Rune talents. I’m pleasantly stunned how nicely this historic tech pill acclimates into the gameplay. Together with elemental rods, it permits you to convey a BOTW barrage and infrequently neglect you’re taking part in a Koei Tecmo recreation. These are tie-ins that work nicely.
Naturally, the core gameplay continues to be within the Musou mould and just like its predecessor with droves of monsters and pretty routine hack and slash gameplay. However irrespective of how primary it could appear to ship enemies flying, you’ll nonetheless need to apply. And strategizing for boss encounters will likely be wanted, particularly for those who aren’t accustomed to these kind of video games. 4 (changeable) issue choices are a clever inclusion.
Monotony is usually a issue, even with the hassle put in direction of non-linearity and selection. Whereas the map fills with extreme icons, many are duties to perform with a click on or two of a button. Finishing facet quests, leveling up your characters, and unlocking recipes helps keep away from some repetition (whereas saving you from blisters). I’ve been taking part in the sport in smaller bursts, so it doesn’t put on out its welcome. If you happen to’re a completionist, this recreation might hold you busy into the brand new 12 months.
After all, many are gravitating to this recreation for the story extra so than the gameplay. I’m not going to dare spoil something. However I’ll say that for those who loved the reminiscence cutscenes in BOTW and plot-related parts within the DLC, this story is for you. You possibly can rewatch the entire story films through an in-game gallery. Fairly good vocals increase as nicely, though it’s value noting that Hyperlink’s silence stands out much more.
An in-game music participant permits you to unlock and take heed to some good tunes at your leisure. Sure, I’m the type that leaves the sport working simply to take heed to all of them. The visuals convey again recollections of BOTW, my final massive Wii U recreation, and plenty of gamers’ first Change recreation. I particularly like seeing climate corresponding to snow in Rito Village and rain in Zora’s area. True, these can result in some framerate issues (particularly in co-op). Nonetheless, framerate points have been additionally in BOTW, Link’s Awakening, and Hyrule Warriors Legends, and didn’t cease them from being profitable. It in the end is dependent upon how delicate you might be, however I discovered myself not caring a lot within the warmth of battle. Digicam fiddling is one other potential problem, however enemies are not often far, irrespective of the view.
Now it’s time for me to broaden a bit on the Divine Beasts, spoiler-free. These gigantic items of expertise make Age of Calamity really really feel completely different throughout the occasions you management them. The navigation’s sluggish (as anticipated), however the hen’s eye view of fight brings a successful perspective to the rack and smash you lay upon Hyrule’s adversaries. The one factor I’m not overly passionate about is the motion-controlled aiming. Whereas normally a fan, I don’t assume in these Beast situations, it’s wanted. Correctly, it’s non-obligatory.
Some extras you possibly can search for in Age of Calamity are Korok seeds, a sword/defend combo carried over from BOTW save information, numerous information, and amiibo bonuses. The latter isn’t depending on Zelda themed amiibo, as any works. That’s superior, and their use (as much as 5 occasions a day) will get you some awards. I nonetheless need to decide up the Champions amiibo four-pack.Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is an epic recreation in some methods. It begins excitingly and infrequently lets up. If you happen to stink at dungeons and shrines and gained’t miss exploring, you’ll discover a world that’s nonetheless spectacular and characters which have confirmed to endure within the minds of collection followers. Ultimately, it stays predominantly Koei-Tecomo’s Warrior gameplay with Nintendo’s Zelda dressing, so in all probability not GOTY materials. Nonetheless, it’s an entertaining strategy to tide your self over till the true sequel arrives.