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  • Summary: A new, ultimate version of the exhilarating action game set in the Zelda universe will include every map and mission, plus all 29 playable characters from both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game, along with all of the previous paid downloadable content. Play as Link, Zelda,A new, ultimate version of the exhilarating action game set in the Zelda universe will include every map and mission, plus all 29 playable characters from both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game, along with all of the previous paid downloadable content. Play as Link, Zelda, Midna, Skull Kid and dozens more in action-packed battles at home or on the go. Additionally, the game includes new outfits for Link and Zelda based on the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. Jun 7, 2018
    90
    Those who have played the game on 3DS won’t find as much new content, but they may appreciate the much improved graphics and two-player mode. There aren’t many exclusive features for those looking to triple-dip, but having everything in one substantial and gorgeous package is enough to warrant considering playing the best version of this hack-and-slash game.
  2. May 16, 2018
    90
    Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition offers up a lot of content and does a great job of compelling players to unlock more of it. As long as everyone knows what they’re getting into though I would definitely recommend this game to fans of the Dynasty Warriors franchise regardless of their familiarity with Zelda. I’d also give a thumbs up to fans of the Zelda games that are into arcade-style action every now and again.
  3. May 16, 2018
    85
    A superb portable Warriors experience with a shocking amount of quality content packed in.
  4. May 16, 2018
    80
    The Definitive Edition is the best way to play Hyrule Warriors. The collaboration with Nintendo has certainly contributed to the birth of one of the best exponents of the mosou genre, but the advice to buy must always be accompanied by the necessary warnings.
  5. May 22, 2018
    80
    This is one of the most fleshed out and content-filled Warriors games I’ve seen in a long time, and even if you aren’t a Zelda fan, there’s still plenty here to charm you if you’re not turned off by the repetitive combat.
  6. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    75
    It might be a little rough around the edges, but it's a glorious Zelda nostalgia trip with some fun action. [Issue #34 – July/August 2018, p. 75]
  7. May 16, 2018
    40
    Zelda may have inspired one of the best Dynasty Warriors games to date but the end result is still well below average by any other standard.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. May 29, 2018
    10
    Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is not a perfect game but it is very fun. I haven't played this game on the Wii U or the 3DS so this was aHyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is not a perfect game but it is very fun. I haven't played this game on the Wii U or the 3DS so this was a new experience for me. Sure, i had encountered some problems on the go, not the best experience in handheld mode, but it was simply amazing playing this game. The soundtrack is working so well with the gameplay. Talking about gameplay , it's simply entertaining to slice everything in your way and capture points. I give this game a 10/10 because it was a new experience for me and everything wrong with the game was nothing compared to the hours of joy that i had in this game. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! ( especially if you haven't played on any other platform ). Expand
  2. May 21, 2018
    9
    The only way to truly experience Hyrule Warriors in my opinion. Honestly, I wasn't expecting myself to pick this game up, but I ended up doingThe only way to truly experience Hyrule Warriors in my opinion. Honestly, I wasn't expecting myself to pick this game up, but I ended up doing so I can play something other than Odyssey waiting for Mario Tennis Aces to come out.

    Pros:
    + Gameplay: I personally love the hack-and-slash gameplay this game does. By far the best I've seen.
    + Soundtrack: I'm going to go back and fix my HW:L review, because after relistening to the soundtrack, I fell in love. Though it still has some bad songs (Kakariko Village).
    + Roster: Thankfully they included the DLC characters into the mix, so there's an even bigger variety now.
    + Story: It's the same as the other two, meaning that it's great.
    + Resolution/Graphics: Definitely a huge leap from Legends' graphics and resolution.

    Meh:
    = Bosses: Not as bad as I remember them being, but again, a lot of them are just characters from the roster.

    Overall, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is a wonderful game that just barely falls short from being in my top 5 games of all time and warrants a 9.5/10 from me. If you have a Switch but don't have any of the other versions, pick THIS version up. Although, if you already have a version of the game, maybe wait for a sale or rent it.
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  3. May 19, 2018
    9
    Great game with great content. It's not a new game, but I can't say it looks old or anything. This version of the game includes all the dlc.Great game with great content. It's not a new game, but I can't say it looks old or anything. This version of the game includes all the dlc. I'm not a huge Zelda fan, but i like this a lot. >:3

    9/10
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  4. Jun 20, 2018
    8
    First- I should say this game is only good for fans of beat em up style games, and other Warriors games.

    I would have given this game a
    First- I should say this game is only good for fans of beat em up style games, and other Warriors games.

    I would have given this game a solid 10, if not for some of the issues you'll read about below. I'll start with the positives.

    This game has a great story; completely unique, and utilizing worlds and characters from all across the Legend of Zelda universe.

    The Definitive Edition improves on the Wii U version magnificently; letting you play more than one hero in multiple levels, making it easier to level, making more enemies spawn so less down time on maps, and changing things up on the battlefield with more unique quests.

    However the only thing keeping me from giving it a 10 is the problems that persist in the game..

    If you have mid-battle cutscenes enabled, frequently all normal enemies will go invisible on your map right after a cutscene. This can make taking keeps a nuisance if a boss enemy shows up.

    Lots of attacks that should not miss (IE: When you break someones guard and perform an execution) end up missing quite frequently, or sometimes an enemy will block the attack. (You broke their guard so that should not happen.)

    The new enemy (Little version of The Imprisoned) if killed mid-attack, will continue to attack you while its dead.

    These aren't gamebreaking issues, but aren't too forgivable in a game that's been released 3 times.
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  5. May 22, 2018
    8
    soy fan de zelda y he comprado este juego para wii u, 3ds y ahora para switch y no me arrepiento de nada. la historia es lo mejor que he vistosoy fan de zelda y he comprado este juego para wii u, 3ds y ahora para switch y no me arrepiento de nada. la historia es lo mejor que he visto en muchos juegos por que le da un sentido logico al mundo de hyrule warriors en la saga de zelda. si te quieres divertir te lo recomiendo, si eres muy exigente como yo aveces el juego es muy repetitivo y aburrido al hacer lo mismo. pero en lo general la musica y todo lo que conlleva el juego es grande. Expand
  6. May 29, 2018
    6
    After spending about 50-100 hours more or less into the game,, I have to lower the score for the immeasurable amount of little issues thatAfter spending about 50-100 hours more or less into the game,, I have to lower the score for the immeasurable amount of little issues that while do not break the game, they keep on stacking and make the whole experience a total mess.

    A mess that for a game called DEFINITIVE EDITION, feels really awkward and actually dull.

    Credits where credit is due: the game is massive and has all the features of the previous version such as the fairies, a longer story mode, and ALL the characters, for a roster of about 30 characters; this is probably the best - and only - good thing of the game thus far, because it is complete and has no additional content to be purchased.

    But like I said, the many little issues will eventually stack and become a big whole mess...starting with the game itself: it constantly crashes and I lost a lot of progress in certain maps as it randomly shuts down the game - it often happens before starting a match.
    On top of that, the game really makes your console become heated and I highly recommend playing on handheld mode as it helps a little bit, especially since the back of the console has more holes for the air to circulate.
    Just another proof of the lazy design of the console.

    Now about inside the game, there's so much to say that I'll probably use all words so here we go:

    1) In legend mode, hearts can be hidden under a rock or inside a keep, with the former being ANY random rock and the latter it's shown on the map...inside the menus.
    Odd considering the map can show FAIRIES, but not CHESTS?!

    2) In Legend mode, you still have to replay one map multiple times due to the inability of using multiple characters.
    Which is odd considering you CAN switch characters now but that map? Nope, you gotta replay it twice!

    3) Skulltullas are as unintuitive as ever as it will never tell you where to look and only show a certain area instead.
    The time limit gives it the final blow, barely giving you 1-2 minutes to find it and no way to try again unless you die (legend mode) or restart the entire match (adventure mode)

    4) The ocarina is useless: I only used it a grand total of 5 times, in legend mode. Never found a single map supporting it in adventure mode in the hours I played.

    5) The adventure mode might look like a lot of stuff to do but only because there's so much backtracking: without the ability to switch between characters you'll be forced to replay one level multiple times - without mentioning finding fairy food, clothes, and whatnot.

    6) Same for the skulltullas, despite showing two objectives for each one.
    It's different for legend mode.

    7) The heart meter is a mess: my link has about 25 hearts (level 50), but how much is one heart? It's never clearly explained and you're just supposed to deal with it.
    This is difficult because you have no other stats than attack, so health is supposedly both your hp and defense. How? I don't know, and the game won't really explain either.

    8) The card shop in Adventure mode is a nice touch for helping you tame the grind, but sadly it's quite expensive - especially if you start out fresh. I never had a money issue for buying them but considering that each item can cost up to 10k rupees (some less, some more), and each battle gives you only about 10k, you can see why this can be troublesome.

    9) The fairies are a nice touch but they are probably better developed at "endgame", but I played for about 20 hours without finding one until I discovered that you're supposed to...break a random pot in a map (the ones inside the keeps)
    Way to hide a major feature behind quite literally randomness!

    10) Adventure mode levels won't show you the requirements to reach A rank. Why? I don't freaking know and it's also very inconsistent: some maps gave me B for killing 1200 enemies and others gave me A for the same amount (I just go with 1500 to be sure)
    Was that so hard to show you the requirements? Apparently yes!

    11) AI is Awful, it's on par with Samurai Warriors (the first one) and Fire Emblem warriors, if not even worse: your companions are literally unable to defend themselves and will most likely get themselves killed in every fight against the enemy.

    12) The camera is just as bad: it will NEVER target the closest enemy to you, instead of taking the furthest, out of reach and possibly hidden enemy behind a wall. I felt dizzy many times because it would just not target the right enemy!

    13) Still no voice acting, which is not an issue, but still has a voiced narrator, which is an issue.
    Consistency: you suck at it!

    14) Lots of graphical glitches that legitimately ruin the scenery (pavement that disappears, trembling walls, etc).
    Again, for a game called definitive edition, it really doesn't show.

    15) Tools are hard to use due to enemies showing their weakness only for a very brief time: you either have to prepare beforehand, or just ignore it altogether.
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  7. Oct 28, 2018
    2
    There is some fun to be had but overall the game is more frustrating than fun.

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