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.