Review: Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity

What parents need to know

In Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity, play as the character from the Zelda Breath of the Wild universe of your choice and battle hordes of enemies and monsters.

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity BoxartRelease date: 20 November 2020

Developed by: Koei Tecmo

Published by: Nintendo

Available on: Nintendo
Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite

Type of game: Beat’em up / beat’em all.

Average duration of a game:30 minutes

Estimate of the total duration of the game:
15-20 hours or so.

Topics: Fights, adventures, history

Business model: Just need to buy the game once.

Available in physical (cartridge) or digital (download) format

Possible configurations of the Nintendo Switch:

Nintendo Switch Handheld modeNintendo Switch Tabletop modeNintendo Switch TV Mode
Age3+ 7+ 12+16+18+
Neophytes
Intermediate
Experienced
It will take a few minutes to take control of the game. The hardest thing for neophytes will be the control of the camera.
Replayability

Lots of content, enough to take care of many hours and build the characters into experience.

Difficulty

Many difficulty modes. You can adapt the game to your needs.

Violence, fear, nudity?

Many fights between the main characters and hordes of monsters. Characters can get hurt, look tired or die. Effects of fire, ice, electricity and winds in some attacks.

Language level used

All the language of combat, destruction, provocation, friendship, courage.

Positive message

The female and male characters fight on equal terms.

Minimum reading level required

Great story developed with many dialogues dubbed

Additional costs ?

For now, the game pays off on acquisition, but the publisher is used to offering multiple extensions (DLC) to these games after release.

Minimum level of execution on the controller required

Easy to play. We direct the character, and we hit by pressing the buttons several times.
However, having to steer the camera with the right stick constantly, can confuse people not accustomed to 3D games.

Principle of the game

Find the whole universe of “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” in this game that explains the beginning of the story. For a game focused on combat, it offers a very extensive story.

It’s just a matter of fighting enemies and following the on-screen instructions. It’s a good romp with a very neat artistic direction, taking up the graphics, characters and enemies of “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”.

Local game modes

There is a cooperative game mode that divides the screen into two, for both players.

It can be turned on or off at will at any time on the map during the main story. You can accompany your child and guide them through the levels.

No online game modes

Conclusion

It’s a great game to pass the time and relax. No puzzles, no puzzles, just combat. We press many times on the same buttons.

The game is of course much nicer when played at 2.

There are many slowdowns during the game because of the amount of enemies the console has to display and its poor performance. There are also problems with the camera, where it will be in the wrong place during some cases, when you are cornered against the wall. Finally the game is very repetitive, you will face the same enemies thousands of times and the same bosses dozens of times. After a while, you’ll saturate, so it’s better to enjoy this game in small sessions.

Although Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity are known as the “Hyrule Warriors Definitive Version” (shown below), it is totally independent of it and does not require playing the previous one to be appreciated.

On the other hand, if you’ve played Zelda Breath of the Wild, you’ll enjoy finding the story and characters in a new game. Again, it’s not necessary to play either.

More information about the game: Official page of the game on the Nintendo website

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