Parents' Guide to

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Action sequel carves its place in Breath of the Wild lore.

Game Nintendo Switch 2020
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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 9 parent reviews

age 7+

Rating opinion

It should not be rated T, because their wasn’t anything that only a teen could see. I think its a very fun game. But their were some cut scenes that didn’t make sense. -Lachlan age 10
age 13+

One of the video games of all time

Hyrule Warriors age of calamity really is one of the video games of all time. I love the plot, although some may sai that it's a bit dissapointing and dry. Honestly, the plot is very similar to the kind of fanfiction that i would've written prior to release. Pretty sure i did come up with a very similar concept one night when I had cronic insomina. Spoilers: an egg shaped robot goes back in time and tells Zelda & friends that ganon is going to strike and kill everyone. There's a new bad guy, or at least two new bad guys in the game and that's somewhat of an issue. Egg helps everyone in the fight with ganon. Egg dies, ganon dies, oh yeah. Some guys from BoTW are brought into the past to save the champions, and the end of the game, they go back to their own timeline. Really love the mipha and sidon interactions ngl. Gameplay Gets repetitive fast. I beat it when i was in my rom with coronavirus and that was that. Not much else to do there. Feels more like an add-on than a full game, so not really worth the high price, but at the end of the day, i got this game as a gift and didn't buy it. So from that standpoint, it's a good game. Belive I beat it in around 200 hours. That's including the side misssions too. idk how long all the main quests take. TLDR: Game has time travel, lots of killing bad guys, an egg guardian, and not much content.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (16 ):

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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