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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – Our Impressions

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is an upcoming hack-and-slash game for the Nintendo Switch developed by Omega Force, published by Koei Tecmo in Japan and by Nintendo worldwide. It is an instalment of Hyrule Warriors, a crossover between Koei’s Dynasty Warriors and Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda. The game acts as the prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)Age of Calamity is set for release on November 20, 2020.

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Since Age of Calamity is a prequel to Breath of the Wild, it is natural for gamers to compare the two titles and expect big things from the newest outing in the franchise. However, several gamers and gaming commentators have criticized Age of Calamity for being a total disappointment especially when compared to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Breath of the Wild game tells a sad story about a failed kingdom and the fractured remains of a hero who must save the world.

Thus, the fans of Breath of the Wild looked forward to a litany of heroic attributes from Princess Zelda in Age of Calamity, rather than the slow Princess Zelda who is not best known for her combat abilities. Generally, gamers have had their expectations on Age of Calamity reduced on account of the water-coloured and old fashioned theme of the game coupled with the fact it can be likened to a Kid’s movie comedy, especially since it lacks a sense of adventure and exploration. The fact that the characters in Age of Calamity come racing into the story in grand fashion only to disappear from the plot contributes to the feeling of disappointment on the part of long time fans.

APPRECIATING AGE OF CALAMITY BEYOND ITS PREDECESSOR

To enjoy Age of Calamity, firstly, you need to understand a long-running franchise called Dynasty Warriors. It’s a hack-and-slash series that defines itself on scale: you are not fighting just a few foes but literally hundreds at the same time. This means that you are an all-powerful hero turning the tide of a massive battle. Over the last few years, the series has expanded with spinoffs based on popular game franchises like Dragon Quest, Persona, Fire Emblem, and, in 2014, The Legend of Zelda. The original Hyrule Warriors was essentially a huge dose of fan service, mashing together an iconic and supernatural world with straightforward action. The sequel is a little more ambitious.

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Age of Calamity has the ability to portray the Kingdom of Hyrule in all its glory. The basic gameplay is participating in large-scale battles against enemies, while also completing objectives, and taking strategic actions such as capturing bases and commanding troops. Age of Calamity incorporated the sights and sound of Breath of the wild and transformed them into simpler systems that fits those seen in Dynasty Warriors.

Sticks To The Script

In addition to retaining the combat, material crafting, and weapon-upgrade systems from Hyrule Warriors, the game also included environmental puzzle solving and the use of the Sheikah Slate tool and paraglider (All characters have paragliders) from Breath of the Wild. 

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Furthermore, players can upgrade their characters, complete missions and challenges, use resources to access new areas, build weapons, and cook foods that can be used as buffs. This adds a sense of familiarity to the title that returning Breath of the Wild fans will really enjoy. However, the game isn’t afraid to correct less enjoyable aspects of its game of the year predecessor. Weapons in this game are invulnerable and won’t break over time, unlike in Breath of the Wild, meaning you don’t have to be as cautious when swinging your blade wildly.

The game does rely as Breath of the Wild as a blueprint for map and general overworld. There is a series of interconnected corridors which you obviously have to follow in a straight forward manner. There is no room for climbing, falling but all the characters have paragliders which is used for maneuvering fixed air gusts. Characters can also use the Sheikah Tower to explore between regions and every fighter has access to Zelda.

A Cavalcade Of Charcacters

The confirmed playable characters include Link, Princess Zelda, the Four Champions, Daruk, Mipha, Revali, and Urbosa, Master Kohga, Riju, Sidon, Teba, Yunobo and the Sheikah warrior, Impa.  Plus, each of the afore-mentioned characters are unique with their own powers and perks.

In Age of Calamity, Princess Zelda is the strangest of all the characters because of her indirect fighting style. She uses the Sheikah slate to attack remotely using runes. It is interesting to see the supporting characters in an elevated role. For instance, Impa can clone herself and exterminate marked enemies to charge up a special attack.

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However, the character you choose won’t be your only means of attack. Besides the characters, players are also able to control the gigantic Divine Beasts to destroy large numbers of enemies. The game enables you to unlock new faces and the process is intriguing. It is worthy to note that in this game, you can play many characters.

A Black Mark for the Franchise?

Age of Calamity is an insidious game with a focus on a quiet and purposeful exploration. It promises to unfold the events that led to Hyrule’s demise. Plus, despite its reliance on Breath of the Wild to light the way forward, it does have a handful of redeeming and unique qualities.

This one is out now on Nintendo Switch, so if you are itching for another helping of Zelda. Then this is probably the best option you will have for a while. Give this one a try and be sure to let us know what you think!

So that is our rundown on Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity. What did you think about this title? How does it compare to the original Hyrule Warriors or BOTW? Has this title put a black mark against the Zelda franchise? Let us know in the comments section below. Plus, if you liked this content, then why not check out our review of Watchdogs:Legion? Or perhaps you would prefer our streamer of the month piece. You’ve been reading The Great Gamers!



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