Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Review
Developers: Koei Tecmo
Systems: Nintendo Switch
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 🏹
While all seems well in Hyrule, catastrophe lurks on the horizon. Unbeknownst to the kingdom’s inhabitants, a great evil is set to plunge the land into 100 years of darkness.
Join Link, Zelda, her Champions and the other heroes of Hyrule and try to quell Calamity Ganon’s uprising before it brings about total destruction. Travel across the realm and meet with familiar faces from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, seeing how they react to the approaching malevolence in fully-voiced, in-depth cutscenes.
Perfection. Sublime perfection. This has swiftly become my most favourite game. Ever. Yes yes I know this is a massive statement, but I stand by it. I have forever been a huge fan of the ‘warriors’ series of games since I first discovered it on my playstation 2 through Dynasty Warriors 3. Now combining the warriors gameplay with arguably the best world ever created in Zelda was, for me, always going to be a huge hit. Hyrule Warriors is just that. I will admit that I haven’t played any other Hyrule warriors games but I will be revisiting them after having played Age of Calamity.
Visually Age of Calamity matches the beauty of Breath of the Wild, which was sensationally stunning. I’m so glad that the magnitude of the game didn’t detrimentally affect the look of the game. I haven’t experienced any major glitches or frame rate issues even when the field is packed full of enemies. Both in handheld and TV modes, the game maintains it’s quality and is a perfect representation of everything a switch game should be.
As expected with a Zelda game, the soundtrack is absolutely beautiful and the full voiceover cutscenes are exceptional, with superbly executed character portrayal. Honestly, it’s spot on. No faults here.
Story-wise I don’t think I need to tell you how excellent this story is. The writers have done a superb job honouring the story of Breath of the Wild and allowing our love affair to continue. Age of Calamity provides answers to some of the questions that arose from BotW and also offers up new views of previously visited areas like Gerudo town and Zora’s Domain.
The gameplay is that of a typical warriors game. You hack, you slash, you conquer. That being said, this game is anything but repetitive. There is so much to do that you can avoid carrying out the same ‘mission’. There are plenty of side missions that you end up wanting to complete in order to get that piece of armour you recognise or to upgrade the weapon of your favourite character. On the subject of characters, the selection on offer is fantastic, of course everyone will have a soft spot for Link obviously...he is the best! For me I really enjoyed playing as Mipha, her trident is devastating and once you have upgraded her, she can be just as deadly as Link. A quick shoutout for my man Hestu for his hypnotic use of his maracas and dance moves in subduing the enemy!
Controlling the game is so simple if you’ve played any other warriors game, it’s essentially the same. Hey, if it isn’t broke...don’t fix it!
Age of Calamity offers the player yet another opportunity to dive into the remarkable world we saw in Breath of the Wild and this time you can channel your anger at Ganon and direct it at hacking, slashing and slaughtering thousands of his monsters which is highly exhilarating. If you're a fan of the Warriors games or Zelda I implore you to play this game. A shoe in for game of the year, I can’t wait to see if we get any DLCs or a sequel!