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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: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  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. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    Zelda-themed Hack and Slash. It works perfect! Lots of hours to play and a high rate of replayability. Upgrated graphics and framerate fromZelda-themed Hack and Slash. It works perfect! Lots of hours to play and a high rate of replayability. Upgrated graphics and framerate from the Wii U version. However, at the cutscenes it only shows characters with their Hyrule Warriors costumes, even if you've chosen the character with a different costume. On the Wii U version, if you pick up Link with the OoT costume for example, he is shown in the cutscenes with that outfit. Hope they fix this with a patch in the Switch Version cause it's the only thing missing to make this version 100% definitive. Expand
  3. May 18, 2018
    9
    As usual, just ignore the game journalists who gave this game THE SAME RATING as the Wii U version, despite the fact that it adds every bit ofAs usual, just ignore the game journalists who gave this game THE SAME RATING as the Wii U version, despite the fact that it adds every bit of extra content from both the Wii U and the 3DS version, and vastly increases the graphics from 720p/30fps to a full 1080p/60fps. Nothing so far has suggested that the Switch was capable of doubling the frame-rate of a last generation game AND upping the resolution from 720p to 1080p. Usually last generation games are only increased from 720p to 1080p. The Switch may be more powerful than we thought. It's a pity all they did with Breath of the Wild was up it from 720p/30fps to 900p/30fps with slightly enhanced visuals. With massive graphical improvements and ton of content, this easily the best port of a last generation game on the Switch. So the game journalists can buzz off. Whenever they post videos of themselves playing games, we see that they're terrible of them. Would you trust a movie review from somebody who knows jack squat about movies? I'm not claiming I've beaten I Wanna Kill the Kamilla 3 or IVAN, but I have beaten Nethack and I Wanna Be the Guy, which is way more than any game journalist can say.

    Anyway, it's good that this was ported to the Switch because it's better than Fire Emblem Warriors. There is more variety in the enemies and the boss battles are more interesting. Also, the characters are more iconic. The only completely new edition to the Switch version is that you can play as Champion Link and thicc Zelda from Breath of the Wild. However, since these are my favorite designs of the two characters, I think it's a nice addition

    The gameplay is fun, and if you've played any of the Warriors games you should know what to expect. Lot's of hack and slash action where you swap between characters on the battle field and try to control checkpoints while your armies battle it out with the enemy armies. The story is pretty good too, better than Fire Emblem Warriors. The more powerful enemies and bosses do need quite a bit of skill to beat. I while I wouldn't know for sure yet, I've heard you can get 200 hours of gameplay out of this game. So you get tons of hours of play, 1080p/60fps, and iconic Zelda characters, plenty of reasons to buy it.

    Downsides of the game are that even at 1080p/60fps it's still nowhere close to the best looking games on the Switch. Another issue is that most of cutscenes are in 720p/30fps, which is a little jarring. And yes, it's a little repetitive. Still if you buy any Warriors game, this is the one to get. I give it an 8.5 out of 10, which I'll round up to a 9.
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  4. Jul 14, 2018
    8
    Look, Hyrule Warriors is just a Dynasty Warriors game with Zelda skins. I’ve heard it before, Dynasty-style games are divisive among the gamerLook, Hyrule Warriors is just a Dynasty Warriors game with Zelda skins. I’ve heard it before, Dynasty-style games are divisive among the gamer community: you like them or you don’t. The two biggest criticism against Dynasty games is that they are button-mashers and repetitive; which is a somewhat fair description. However, the games are much more than what it’s top two criticism may infer. The levels in the games have objectives that must or may be met. For me personally, that’s the fun part: managing the action in the game. So, really, the game is much more than a repetitive button-mashers.
    In terms of Zelda, I love all the great content! I’ve played most of the Zelda universe games and it’s a pleasure to play as characters I’ve never had the opportunity to play as before. There are mountains of collectibles to attain: weapons, new characters and skins, companion fairies, new stages, etc. I’ve easily spent 200+ hours trying to collect everything available; I don’t think I am even half way done! If you are a true Zelda fanatic, do yourself a favor and pick up the game if you haven’t played any of its versions before. If you already know you don’t like Warrior games, skip the game and look elsewhere for something more inline with your tastes.
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  5. May 22, 2018
    8
    I was torn between 7 and an 8. I actually really enjoy this game, though, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.

    Major downsides to be
    I was torn between 7 and an 8. I actually really enjoy this game, though, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.

    Major downsides to be aware of:

    - The camera is intuitive, but if you try to control it as you run, it is a nightmare, as it keep trying to autocorrect

    - For a game that is supposed to tell you where to go and what missions to take on, I've often found myself wandering and wondering. Then suddenly the mission fails. It takes trial and error over and over until you finally discover some obscure thing.
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  6. Nov 13, 2018
    7
    I've never played a Warriors game before I played Hyrule Warriors, and I can't exactly say I've been inspired to check out any of the otherI've never played a Warriors game before I played Hyrule Warriors, and I can't exactly say I've been inspired to check out any of the other Warriors games, but I enjoyed this as a casual experience.

    After the first few missions, it turned out not to be as mindless and grindy as I thought it might be at first, since later, as battles become more hectic and there's more stuff going on, much of your success boils down to good time management, and managing your troops effectively in order to maintain certain holds, since you can't be everywhere you need to be on the map at once, and your limited availability is where the real challenge comes from. But even though this isn't the mindless grind I thought it might be, the moments where you're simply mashing buttons to see a various array of Zelda characters perform crazy powerful combos to send hoards of minions flying across the map were the moments I found to be most satisfying.

    I can't say I remember anything about the plot, at all, because I kind've just stopped following it after the first four missions, but I had fun with the gameplay.
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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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