Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is the complete package, combining the Wii U and 3DS versions of Hyrule Warriors into one game. With the improved performance of the Nintendo Switch Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition provides the best experience. It may not be challenging or have the same puzzle-focused gameplay Legend of Zelda fans love but Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is an entertaining adventure that makes you feel like an unstoppable force.

Crossover Event

The story for Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is simple. A gate has opened causing time and space to open, allowing the Zelda characters from across different universes to come storming into one location. It’s up to Link and his allies to close the portal and save the world.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition isn’t like traditional Zelda games with developer Koei Tecmo using the same concept found in their Dynasty Warriors franchise. Players are dropped onto a battlefield and must turn the tide of the fight by defeating enemies, capturing bases, and facing against other commanders. You can easily switch between other characters by pressing up on the D-pad or command NPC allies to head to specific areas. This makes managing the field easier as you can switch between commanders in specific locations with ease.

Gods Among Mortals

As you might expect Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition isn’t a challenging game. Many of the enemies fall easily, including the bosses. However, this is the case for Dynasty Warriors games as the commanders are meant to be god-like beings that can easily make mincemeat of nearly anything. The developers do attempt to mix up boss fights by adding specific weaknesses but to keep up with the speed of battle these flaws are often obvious and easy to exploit. This includes a twitching eyeball begging to be sliced or a dragon flying high above asking you to drag it down with the Hookshot.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition sports over 25 playable characters each with their own unique attacks. Koei Tecmo went beyond the basic heroes and provided villains as well to the mix. Each one has devastating attacks that can easily annihilate hordes of enemy forces but highlights the specific character’s abilities in a color hue of destruction.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition does become repetitive quickly. For most of the game, you can expect to complete the same objectives over and over again. Rarely is there a break in the routine with chest and bosses attempting to mix things up. The longevity depends on how much of a fan you’re of Zelda since the major draw is playable as your favorite character.

Simply Gameplay, Complex Leveling

For a game that provides streamlined gameplay, you would expect the same from its leveling system. You’ll still gain levels that add health and damage but things become more elaborate once you get into the skill tree. Each character has one and you can gain access to new combos by leveling, gathering Rupees and materials from fallen enemies. The issue with this is that the skill trees are mostly identical and since you have to manually level each character this can become tedious quick.

Characters do have access to other weapons. These can be merged to transfer skills between characters. If that sounds complicated, it is. For a game that primarily involves killing hordes of enemies a lot of effort went into this skill system for basic attacks.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition does have a lot of content. The story mode alone is about 10 hours long. After that players can try Adventure mode which includes an overworld grid themed around classic Zelda where special rules are placed in each battle. Completing them unlocks more parts of the part. Challenge mode is what you would expect, difficult trials that unlock for each one you complete.

Performance Buff

The biggest draw for Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is the improved performance. Unlike the Wii U or 3DS versions, when docked, the Nintendo Switch runs the game at a smooth 60fps. Textures are smoother and overall graphics quality is higher.

When in handheld mode, the game takes a significant dip in performance. The frame rate noticeably slows and the overall visuals look like the Wii U version. It isn’t unplayable but compared to the dock performance it’s hard not to notice the difference. Players who try the game in cooperative when in handheld mode will find it difficult to keep track of themselves as enemies can easily overwhelm the screen.

Conclusion

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition provides the best experience for this previously released Dynasty Warriors’ hybrid game. The performance is significantly better and each of the characters are a joy to control. The repetitive missions and gameplay will turn off gamers looking for more variety but fans of Zelda will enjoy taking control of their favorite characters and freely using their powers. What Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition lacks in depth it more than makes up for in entertaining hack-and-slash fun.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Review
The Good
  • Excellent Characters
  • Great Animations
  • Fun Combat
The Bad
  • Repetitive Missions
  • Handheld Performance Drops
  • Lack of Variety
8Overall Score
Reader Rating: (2 Votes)
9.5

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Adam S
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Adam is a Senior Staff Writer for GamerAssaultWeekly with over 5 years of experience in writing and is completely obsessed with video games. He holds a BA from Brooklyn College and lives in NY.