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Hyrule Warriors – A Review by Lou-Cyo

“The Triforce is the harmonious union of Power, Wisdom, and Courage.”

…a hero clad in green would restore peace to the land.”

Warning: As always, here’s the complimentary “read at your own risk because there will be spoilers” message.  With that, lets get down to business.

Overview: The land of Hyrule is facing dark times yet again by the hands of malevolent forces.  Enemies of the Royal Hylian Family are on a quest to reconcile the 4 fragments of the Evil Spirit: Ganondorf.  Once the Evil Spirit materializes, it will begin a quest to gather the fractions of the Triforce to rule the Land of Hyrule under a midst of evil and terror.  It is up to Link and his allies to travel through perilous terrains and engage in tenacious battles to maintain the wicked forces at bay.

Sorceress Cia and the Triforce

Gameplay: Hyrule Warriors has the options of using the Wii U’s GamePad or any Wii U compatible controller.  Personally, the Pad is a buzzkill if you’re a person who looks at the map in these types of open world games – the map so minuscule you can barely see entrances.  Memorizing the controls is effortless.  You may have a tough time memorizing the combo moves for each character, but that’s about it.  There’s 4 difficulties: Easy, Medium, Hard, and Hero; and I have to say each of them live up to there names.  Hero mode is NO JOKE – learn your dash and block.  The game has Legend Mode, which is basically the story of the game.  Adventure Mode deals with challenges you complete to obtain new, powerful weapons and characters.  Lastly, Free Mode let’s you play any mission with any character unlocked.  Hyrule Warriors not only promotes the importance of battling for the forces of light, but also engulfs the player on the other side of the battle field and get a taste of the darkness.  Classic items like Bombs, Hookshot, Boomerang, and Potions are available.  Hyrule Warriors is a level based game.  This is where the Training Dojo comes in handy – where you can pay to level up characters.  Blacksmith services are available to create custom weaponry.  Weapons add attack power to your character and/or special skills (e.g., material droppings ratio increase) that take effect in the battle field.  Some weapons have “locked skills” and you will have to meet certain requirements to “unlock” the skills.  Normally, it is killing a certain amount of enemies with that specific weapon.  There is also a Badge system which lets you gain new skills for each character by collecting specific material drops from your enemies.  Characters also get combo moves and special attacks each unique to each character.  Hyrule Warriors also supports 2 player mode, one uses the Pad while the other person gets the television screen, for every scenario.

 
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 The Cast

LouCyo’s reaction: Overall, Hyrule Warriors gets a 8.5.  Just to get it out of the way: the GamePad-Map issue mentioned earlier in this post is totally warranted.  It’s annoying.  Apart from that, even though Hyrule Warriors is not a breakthrough game, it is a nice twist to the usual gameplay of all prior Zelda games.  Especially by letting you take control over a plethora of characters which were always at a arm’s reach, but never accessible.  Playing as anybody in the Hylian world but Link is actually exciting – refreshing in some way.  Getting a chance to actually watch the abilities and celestial powers of well known characters like Zelda or Impa themselves is mind blowing.  While we’re on the “classic icons” wagon, you’ll also get to see legendary enemies like Fire Breathing King Dodongo and Arthropod Cyclops Monster Gohma in a whole new light.  Again, refreshing.  Moreover, characters are not limited to one type of weapon.  For example, not only is the Hero in Green skilled with blades, but also he masters the arts of magical rods and gauntlets.

One of the features I thoroughly enjoy is being able to play 2-player on this game without having to split the screen is a godsend.  Oh, my how AMAZING it is to not be distracted by the other person!

Players have the choice to storm through the game while on Easy Mode and get to know the twists and turns of this new chapter of Hyrule’s history.  After you “win,” there’s really nothing else to do but side quests.   Side quests are the heart of this game, hands down.  So, unless you’re an anal Gamer (like myself)  and want to collect everything as if it was one of your major life’s goals, you will easily lose interest once you finish story mode.  Without scenarios like the Gold Skulltulas hidden all over and Adventure Mode, the game lacks some luster.  I do want to point out that Adventure mode is challenging.  It is challenging as fuck.  Don’t care how skilled you think you are, it is not easy.  Especially when you get your new characters on level 1 and need to get a defeat 500 bosses on a level just to get a Piece of Heart.  Also, good luck unlocking the Master Sowrd’s skill.  I dare you.

 

What do YOU think about Hyrule Warriors?  Am I judging it too harshly?  Let me know!

See you around!

 

P.S. – A friendly warning: Cuccos are still a thing and, yes, they are still evil.

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Remember, remember… The 22nd of November!

November 22, 2013 is certainly a date many Nintendo followers are looking forward to.  Nintendo has created a beautiful selection of unique pixelated universes for us to indulge in and I’ll be more than happy to take you on a tour.

Super Mario 3D World

I already talked about my hype about this game for the Wii U in my Let the console war begin! Part II post.  HOWEVER, it is no problem for me to recap the awesomeness of this game and add a little something extra.  SM3DW is essentially the first 3D multiplayer platform presented by Nintendo.  You will have the option of choosing between Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad – each with their own unique abilities – to tackle the new 3D world.  Toad is the fastest at everything.  Peach can float on air for a few seconds.  Luigi jumps the highest of them all, while Mario is the overall.  In addition to classic powers like the one obtained by touching a Fire Flower, SM3DW will feature new power ups and power suits like the Cherry (whatever character will duplicate when coming in contact with it), Hammer Bro Suit (which lets you embody the powers of a Hammer Bro), and Cat Suit (that lets you pounce on enemies and climb up walls).  Add sleds, baseballs, cannon block helmets, piranha plants, Rosalina…  And, oh, so much more!  SM3DW promises hours, upon hours of fun whether you’re tackling it alone or with friends!

Mario Party: Island Tour

Continuing on the Mario Bros. train, let’s take a minute to wrap our heads around the new Mario Party available for the Nintendo 3DS.  MPIT will take your favorite characters to play in board game arenas with around 80 minigames.  You’ll get to use your 3DS features in imaginable ways in an attempt to clear the challenges ahead as flawlessly as possible and make your way to the top – being crowned the Superstar.  Not much was released about MPIT, butno need to fret.  Why?  Because when has a Mario Party game been a bust?  Exactly.  Never.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Now, this game I am undoubtedly thrilled about.  TLOZ: ALBW for the Nintendo 3DS will present a new game dynamic completely different than what Zelda gamers are accustomed to: you can choose the order of which dungeons you want to tackle with no apparent linear gameplay.  How is the possible?  In TLOZ: ALBM you are aided by a mystical character named Ravio who will let you rent key items needed to complete certain dungeons.  You decide to either smash switches with a powerful hammer to start off your quest or take a hold of the magic wand and set your enemies ablaze.  Link also gets this cool and new ability where he is able to plaster himself inside walls as if he was some sort of painting and (thanks to the power of the Triforce of Courage) he can travel within the walls.  New allies.  New dungeons.  New villains.  Can it get sweeter than that?  Well, yes.  Yes, it can.  To honor the game’s release, Nintendo will have for a limited time a TLOZ: ALBM themed 3DS XL!

How SICK is this?!

Ugh…  I die…

Hope you enjoyed the nice little tour!  See you around!

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in New World Unlocked

 

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