A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game's primary focus is the standard "good vs. evil" concept, though the heroes are fighting not for themselves, but for the sake of others. There are also strong themes of bravery against overwhelming odds and sacrifice for the sake of others.
Positive Role Models
Some history of the Breath of the Wild heroes is expanded on in cutscenes, showcasing their heroism and nobility, as well as their determination and strength of character. But outside of the cutscenes, the characters are still whirling dervishes of destructions, simply hacking and slashing their ways through hordes of Ganon's minions
Ease of Play
Basic controls are easy to pick up and play for players of almost any skill level. The crafting element of the game is simple as well, but allows players to create new and different weapons as well as special buffs to carry into battle.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is constant, with players regularly fighting their way through hundreds of enemies at any given time. Players use a variety of weapons, such as swords and clubs, along with unique magic abilities, to carve a path through the rampaging hordes. Despite the violence, though, there's no blood or gore shown onscreen.
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Products & Purchases
The game supports the purchase of additional items and other content as downloadable content. It also features support for some of Nintendo's collectible amiibo figurines, which can unlock addition content for the game. This is a spin-off of the popular Legend of Zelda franchise and is a sequel to 2018's Hyrule Warriors.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a fantasy action/fighting hack and slash game available for the Nintendo Switch. The game serves as both a sequel to the original Hyrule Warriors game while also serving as a prequel of sorts to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Players take on the roles of various characters from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series, fighting against large swarms of enemies in fast paced combat. Violence is steady, with players using a wide range of weapons and abilities in combat, but there's no blood or gore shown onscreen at any time.
Is It Any Good?
There are a lot of times that spinoffs amount to little more than using an established franchise to drum up interest is an offshoot genre. Then there are games like Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which don't just borrow from an established franchise, but actually add to it. Unlike the first Hyrule Warriors, which has its own original story disconnected from the rest of the Zelda franchise, Age of Calamity is directly connected to Breath of the Wild. Everything from its playable cast to its maps and missions to its artistic style evokes that game, as it uses gorgeous cutscenes and engaging storytelling to give players the chance to live out the events of the Great Calamity, which directly led up to the actions of that Switch game and yet, until now, was only vaguely referenced. It's a key moment in the history of The Legend of Zelda franchise and filled with all kinds of rich lore and fan service.
While the story in Age of Calamity is a big draw, gameplay is obviously just as important. Like the original Hyrule Warriors, Age of Calamity is a completely different style of game than most Legend of Zelda fans would be used to. It's closer to an arcade button masher, with players hacking and slashing their way through hundreds of enemies at a time. There's still some skill involved, such as proper timing for combos and dodging or maneuvering to keep from being overwhelmed. The game does run the risk of getting a bit repetitive, but missions are usually just long enough to keep this from happening. It helps that the action is broken up with crafting and cooking elements, as well as plenty of story focused cutscenes. Also, the addition of items from Breath of the Wild, such as the glider and the slate, bring an extra layer of familiarity to the gameplay. It's a different experience for sure, but it never feels like it's out of place. Instead, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is that rare spinoff that earns its spot in the grander Legend of Zelda story.
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