Review: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Cut down entire legions of enemies using powerful, over-the-top Dynasty Warriors-style moves, and dominate the battlefield as fan-favorite characters from The Legend of Zelda series.

Pros:

  • Really good graphics.
  • 12.9GB Download size.
  • Two controls styles- Warrior or Zelda.
  • Three difficulties- Easy, Normal and hard.
  • Health gauges on/off.
  • Midbattle cutscenes can be turned on or off.
  • 8-Bit weapons on/off.
  • Controller- Invert axis, Rumble on/off.
  • Four game modes- Legend, Free adventure, and challenge.
  • Amiibo support- Scan any 5 in a day for bonus loot.
  • Awesome 8-Bit themed loading bars.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • Minimap shows objectives, locations, enemy positions and other players.
  • Attacks- Normal, Heavy and a charge special move.
  • Can hotswap between characters in a game.
  • Classic Zelda soundtrack and sound effects.
  • Rupees- Drop from vases and enemies and are used for buying items/upgrades.
  • Huge impressive number of enemies on screen.
  • Massive screen-filling bosses.
  • Enemy leaders are on the battlefield and taking them out will cause the army to flee.
  • Lock on for attacking bosses and leaders.
  • Morale- Low and high, Affected by enemy dominance or low numbers. This affects their effectiveness in battle and is clearly shown as a flashing color when low or high.
  • Decent cutscenes.
  • Bazaar- Badge market- Craft badges that increase stats like ATK, DEF and assist. Training dojo- Spend rupees to level up characters to the max character level you have. And Apothecary- buy/brew potions for use in the battlefield.
  • Gallery- Check out all your collected collectibles.
  • Includes all previous DLC.
  • Challenge mode- Battle, Boss and Ganon’s Fury.
  • Combat is frantic, free-flowing yet satisfying.
  • Combo counter.
  • Huge world to play in.
  • Keeps- On the field, these are points that you can take over to increase your presence on the battlefield.
  • Adventure mode- Nine maps from classic Zelda games complete with retro over the map. Choose where to move, Battles ensue and bosses appear.
  • Two players local drop-in/out co-op addition. You can share Joycons.
  • Wide selection of weapons can be found/crafted that each has unique abilities that allow you to use what you want to fit your playstyle.
  • Over a dozen classic Zelda characters that again each have unique attacks and stats.
  • Fun to play.
  • Pro controller support.
  • Tons of replayability.

Cons:

  • Long load times.
  • Small text especially when in the game on the handheld.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Bosses are damage sponges.
  • A lot of pop-ups, Alerts, and noises as you play which do nothing but spread anxiety and unawareness upon you as you are never sure what it all is.
  • The map is hard to read quickly mostly due to the size.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Camera control can get awkward.
  • A lot to initially take in.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Going back to a game is always hard, I mean even here we don’t really get any tweaks or additions, Its just eye candy improvements. Luckily the game didn’t need much clean up as it looks fantastic before and here it just shines even more thanks in part to the small screen but hey. Drop in local co-op is a perfect addition to this version and really cements its reason for existing on Nintendo Switch. I just love how action heavy and badass you feel when playing it, Yes I get confused what this and that does and I have failed a few times where I stay in a place too long. Away from that, this is really a decent tight package that offers many many hours of play. The crossover of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors has handled so well that it feels like a stand-alone Zelda game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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