Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity reviews are in, and The Legend of Zelda fans will find plenty more to love in a surprisingly good series entry.
The next instalment in the story saga of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, now has reviews out in the wild, and it seems like the Nintendo Switch title delivers on its promise and then some for many fans of the franchise as a whole. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity isn’t a prequel or sequel to Breath of the Wild in the traditional sense since it occupies an entirely different genre in the Musou game, but it provides more context for that universe’s story, and fans have been excited to see how that plays out throughout the game.
Interestingly enough, criticism seems to be split on whether or not Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity actually manages to deliver on the promise of the world it explores. Some critics have been high on the way the game explores Breath of the Wild‘s history, complimenting the direction the game chose to take when it came to building out its own narrative as well. Others, however, feel that the story is disappointing and fails to capitalize on lore that is ripe for more interrogation from its storytellers. A consistent theme in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity gameplay review, however, is that the title delivers on the action of a Musou game while also infusing that with characterization that makes it feel like Legend of Zelda.
Overall, however, it’s been good news for those interested in picking up a copy of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which releases on November 20, 2020. The positives in reviews seem to far outweigh the negatives, and even those who aren’t really interested in Musou games will find things to take away from the title. Here’s Screen Rant’s review roundup for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity to help showcase critical opinion on the exciting Nintendo Switch release.
Scott Baird – 4/5 – Screen Rant
“Whether it’s sleek combat, character development, or a scattershot but intriguing plot, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is packed full of exciting content. It’s exactly the type of thing that can hold over fans until the Breath of the Wild sequel is finally released, and deserves a look even if its genre is a little more niche to some.”
Cam Shea – 9/10 – IGN
“Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity offers a welcome trip back to a world I’ve clocked hundreds of hours in. Its hugely varied roster of characters, solid combat mechanics, fun progression and clever adaptation of Breath of the Wild’s vision of Hyrule is a joy to play and discover. While there are some missed characterisation opportunities, Age of Calamity is still a blast from start to finish.”
Ben Reeves – 7.5/10 – GameInformer
“Age of Calamity may not resemble a traditional Zelda game, but it’s not a bad time. The action is repetitive, but also relaxed and comfortable. It trades on your love for Nintendo’s classic franchise, and I was happy for the excuse to return to this version of Hyrule. I still feel like I’m chasing Breath of the Wild’s high, and Age of Calamity is a small solace.”
Cian Maher – 4.5/5 – TheGamer
“Age of Calamity is spectacular, and probably my favourite game of the year. As a way of proving that, I went to make a cup of tea while playing and got so engrossed in the game that by the time I remembered about it, the teabag had stained the inside of my favourite mug. I don’t think it will ever be truly clean again.”
Suriel Vasquez – 6/10 – GameSpot
“The main reason I dove into Age of Calamity is because I love its world and the history it tries to remember. So for a game to retread them and proclaim to have something new to say when its inspiration’s most striking moments come from what it leaves unsaid is a big ask. But my problem with Age of Calamity isn’t that it fails to live up to that responsibility. It’s that it doesn’t even try. It doesn’t have the courage to see things through.”
It’s pretty clear that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a surprise not because it’s good, but because it seems to be great, at least according to a majority of critics. While a few players are less excited by a LoZ story that appears to miss opportunities to really explore exciting character arcs, the core gameplay is a major draw, while others still find the narrative charming and a worthy addition to Breath of the Wild‘s world.
It appears the answer to the question of “is Age of Calamity worth buying?” is a resounding yes. While it may not please all Legend of Zelda fans, it’s a big enough draw that it seems worth taking a risk on, especially for those clamoring for anything at all out of Breath of the Wild‘s incredible environments and storytelling.
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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity releases on November 20, 2020 on Nintendo Switch.
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