A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Link must find and rescue Princess Zelda from clutches of evil. Heroic? Sure. Noble? Perhaps. But Link and his allies destroy thousands of enemies who stand in his way.
Positive Role Models
Link vows to destroy evil, protect the innocent, and rescue Princess Zelda. He's a decent, moral character, but he does use a giant sword, other weapons to vanquish enemy characters. You can also play as other characters in this game, each with their own character traits, flaws, including game villains.
Ease of Play
Simple controls take a few minutes to learn, but in a short time, gamers should forget about the controls and enjoy the action.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent fantasy violence. Link uses a giant sword to hack and slash enemies, and he partners with many allies who each have their own skill and weapon of choice, such as a magic harp, fireballs, or a razor-sharp rapier. Most enemies are creatures, but no blood or gore is shown when they're defeated.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some characters dress suggestively, including ample cleavage. A cutscene sequence has a camera angle that focuses on a girl's buttocks.
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Products & Purchases
Game has downloadable content (DLC); Nintendo Switch version has the content included. Supports amiibo figures, cards for extra items during battle.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hyrule Warriors is a cross between two beloved franchises -- The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors -- in which Link and his friends vow to destroy an evil force by banding together and traveling across the land. The fast-paced fantasy action is somewhat violent, with weapons like swords, bombs, and magical attacks used to kill thousands of enemies. Although you eliminate thousands of creatures, there's no blood or gore shown; enemies vanish when defeated. There are also some suggestive visuals, including characters with lots of cleavage. The Nintendo Switch version, called Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, includes the downloadable content that was made available for the older version of the game. It also features amiibo support, which gives players bonus items depending on the figure or card that's used.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of action or role-playing games are in for a treat with this fun game, which you'll return to over and over again. Hyrule Warriors successfully combines the quick action of Koei Tecmo's hack-and-slash Dynasty Warriors series with the familiar characters, locations, and enemies of The Legend of Zelda games. Over time, you'll acquire new weapons and items to help in the fight against thousands of enemies -- and recruit new players, too. The huge battlefields need to be unlocked in pieces as you amass your armies, tactically take on the hordes of creatures and giant bosses, and clear out new areas to travel to. Hyrule Warriors is highly replayable, as you can travel to different areas on the sandbox-style map each time. Plus, there's an interesting amount of depth added with the game modes: The Bazaar mode lets players customize characters with a badge system that unlocks new abilities, while the Free mode lets you replay any mission you've completed with any character you've unlocked from the story mode.
While the game is highly entertaining, be aware that the action might grow repetitive after a short while: You'll approach enemies, engage in battle, and move on to repeat the process (similar to the action in Dynasty Warriors). It's still fun, and the combat depth and various modes keep things fresh, but just be aware it might feel a little "rinse and repeat." As for Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, it's great if you haven't picked it up before, because it adds all of the previously released DLC while also tossing in some Breath of the Wild outfits, but if you've played the previous versions, you've already cut your way through this content. That's a minor issue but something to think about if you expect something new. Small complaints aside, action fans should definitely pick up this exciting and engaging hybrid experiment.
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