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Hyrule Warriors: An Ever-Familiar Crossover

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On September 26, one of the latest games for the WiiU, Hyrule Warriors, was released. The  Nintendo crossover with game company Koei has combined two familiar games- The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors.

The two companies have developed a comprehensive game using characters from the Legend of Zelda and the hack-and-slash format of Dynasty Warriors, creating something new in the former’s franchise, and an all-around fun and easy-to-learn gaming experience.

The game is easy to learn in and of itself – aside from the basics of Dynasty Warriors, and its hack-and-slash gameplay, the game incorporates the items one would normally receive from playing one of the Legend of Zelda games – potions, bombs, the bow-and-arrows, the boomerang, and the “Hookshot,” a grappling hook-like device used to pull a character closer to enemies and latch on to special areas.

In essence, a hack-and-slash game is a button masher – which is exactly what the name implies. The player simply repeatedly presses the buttons on the WiiU gamepad in different combinations in order to defeat enemies. In the case of Dynasty Warriors and games of the like, there’s several elements one must keep in mind – keeps, which can spawn enemy mobs or ally units; objectives and missions; weapons; materials; and, as with most video games, levels.

Such is the case with Hyrule Warriors, incorporating all the above elements, but substituting the traditional Han Dynasty fighters with LoZ characters. This time, however, Link is not the only character available to play. Other characters include Zelda, Midna (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess), Girahim (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword), Darunia (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time), and Ganondorf. Yes, you even get to play as the main villain of the ENTIRE franchise.

The game starts with only one mode available of the four: Legend Mode, which is the main storyline where you play as the set characters for each level. After beating the first level, the other three modes – Adventure Mode, Free Mode, and Challenge Mode- are unlocked.

In Adventure Mode, a Legend of Zelda-style map like that from the first game can be seen. As different levels are beaten with different difficulties, challenges, and rank requirements,  more areas are unlocked. Getting certain ranks offer certain rewards- from heart containers and pieces of heart, to weapons and Golden Skulltullas (whose usefulness is explained in-game).

In Free Mode, each stage that has already been completed can be played, with any warrior, and on any difficulty. This can be where warriors can be trained before diving into Legend Mode once more, allowing the chance for more and possibly better weapons, materials for badges (which are also explained in-game), pieces of heart and heart containers, and levels.

Challenge Mode is just as it sounds- a series of challenges for each level that is chosen. These can range from simple ‘Kill x number of enemies’ to ‘Complete x objective in x time.’

Now, the main question raised for/comments about these hack-and-slash games can be: “Why would I want to buy this? it seems like a big waste of time if all you’re doing is pressing buttons repeatedly.”

The answer? The story.

Though the game isn’t along the canon timeline, it still has all the basic elements of a regular LoZ game- Fight through waves of monsters, find items, defeat bosses, and, in the end, save the world. It also doesn’t require Link to be the only playable character. There is a segment where it is mandatory to play as separate characters, from three past LoZ games – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. And towards the end, it is also mandatory to play as Ganondorf.

Long story made short, Ganondorf’s spirit was split into fourths, three being sent across time and space, and the fourth being trapped by the Master Sword, the ultimate source of power in Hyrule. From there, a witch named Cia watches over all of time and space, seeing everyone but not interfering with their lives… until she sees Link, the ever-reincarnating hero to rise up and protect Hyrule. More of a love-at-first-sight thing, she vowed to claim him as her own. Part of a part Ganondorf’s spirit managed to finagle itself out of its trappings, playing into Cia’s desire, eventually forcing out all the good she had in her, corrupting her.

Later, one of Cia’s underlings launches an attack on Hyrule Castle, but is eventually defeated. Zelda, however, goes missing. Partnering up with Impa, a member of the tribe which serves as the royal family’s (in essence) servants and handmaidens, Link rushes off to go save the princess and Hyrule once more.

Hyrule Warriors, as stated, will be an enjoyment for fans of both The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. The main catch is that it’s only available on Nintendo’s latest system- the WiiU.

For more information, visit the official site here.

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