Parents' Guide to

Hyrule Warriors

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Crossover combat-heavy adventure creates new legendary game.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

A disappointment.

After breath of the wild, this came with a disappointment. More like a disaster if you ask me. The gameplay was rudimentary access at best, in the objectives were repetitive. It was just massive kill sessions without any cleverness of the other servers. Where are the Koroks? If you’re looking for a game to play with your kid after breath of the wild, run don’t walk away from Hyrule. I would recommend Ori.
age 11+

Fast paced Zelda combat!

Can be lots of fun for a Zelda fan, massive amounts of content can be overwhelming or repetitive at times. May require extra self discipline, as there's always more to do, levels can range from 5-20 minutes, and less major objectives to provide sense of accomplishment before stopping.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (12 ):

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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