Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition Review

Hyrule Warriors dashes to the Nintendo Switch with yet a third release of the game. Now on the Nintendo Switch, this version will bolster the best visuals this game has to offer while delivering an experience that can be enjoyed at home or on the go, effectively becoming better the both the original Wii U release and 3DS “Legends” port. For those who still haven’t had the chance to play as many iconic Zelda characters in the Warriors format, this is the final version complete with all the content it had to offer in one package.

Hyrule Warriors Definitive Version begins pretty the same way all the other versions have in the past. You start with Legend Mode and work your way through the story that designed for this occasion. It takes advantage of all the major Zelda titles such as Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. For those going through this adventure for the first time, it will be a refreshing take on the Zelda universe and a cool “What if” storyline.

Just like the title implies, Hyrule Warriors is a Zelda game that takes the gameplay formula of the Warriors franchise from Tecmo Koei. While applying the warfare elements of the Warriors games, the game stays faithful to all the narrative elements of the Zelda universe. So many references are jam-packed into this neat experience.

The game offers all the DLC from Wii U and 3DS ports and that gives players a lot to enjoy. There is so much content and characters to try out that it’s worth the experience just to try out every single character featured in the game. This also includes all the Adventure maps, weapons and more. There is also additional content exclusively to this latest port of the game brought in straight from the Breath of the Wild.

Not all the of the content is available in the beginning, there is some unlocking to do. Simply playing through the main Legend Mode will unlock some weapons and stages. Playing the other modes will unlock the remaining characters and secrets left to uncover.

The greatest advantage playing this game on the Switch is the ability to enjoy it on the go as well. It is a delight being able to enjoy a quick stage while commuting and such. For a longer play session, I simply sit down at home and dock the Switch for more action. In both instances, the game runs well compared to the past versions. Only a few frame rate issues could happen when the Switch is in portable mode. However, the general loading times are greatly shortened from the past iterations.

Of course, the multiplayer mode is also back for you to play alongside a friend in splitscreen. Although it is nice to be able to play with anyone anywhere, playing on splitscreen is still bothersome, especially when the Switch is in tabletop mode. The screen isn’t big enough for this, but when docked on the home TV, it is acceptable. This and the many modes including Adventure Mode make a return. Adventure Mode is no doubt the one that keeps you busy the most. You play through multiple maps from Zelda’s history; from the original Legend of Zelda to Majora’s Mask, The Wind Waker and more. In each of these maps, you will undergo unique challenges and specific requirements to clear and each is catered to the map’s theme. Once again, it is a refreshing taste of Zelda references used in interesting ways.

Writer’s Blox:

Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition is true to its name as the best 60$ package so far. For anyone who hasn’t yet experienced this game, it is worth getting it as there is a lot to occupy you with. It will definitely keep you entertained a good while. For those who have already owned and played the past versions, beyond the Breath of the Wild costumes and a few more bonuses, there is little surprise to you beyond an opportunity to continue playing this game in HD on the go.

The Good
  • Great compilation of content
  • Very attractive to new players
  • Revamped visuals is an improvement
The Bad
  • Little Incentive for past players
  • Few frame rate issues
  • Presentation
  • Graphics/Sound
  • Gameplay
  • Lasting Appeal
  • Fun Factor

Gentleman, industry analyst, Smasher and has sworn allegiance to Hyrule, Seif Mazzene is the Executive Editor here at IMGMR.

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