First Impressions - Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors - Nintendo Wii U



The Game
I have to say I love a good mash up and before I get into my impressions of this game, I have to say that one of my favorite mash ups was One Piece Pirate Warriors 1 and 2. These games were on the PS3, fun games if you are interested in checking those out. Now on to the main event. Hyrule Warriors is a collaboration between Nintendo and Tecmo Koei that mashes up The Legend of Zelda universe with the Dynasty Warriors universe.  Being a huge Zelda fan I have been looking forward to this game ever since it was revealed in 2013. Tecmo's attention to detail is amazing and there are a lot of homages to the Legend of Zelda games packed in to this one. From the opening cinematic, to the gameplay, to the music there is a lot to see and do in this game. Fans of both series should be able to enjoy it as elements of both are on display throughout the experience.


The Graphics
This game looks beautiful. If you saw the original direct where it was revealed back in 2013 and then again at e3 2014 and finally the Nintendo Direct that showcased the game in August you will notice how much better the game looked. The character models and enemy designs are all fresh takes on classic Zelda characters. Even the environments, while some are taken from past Zelda games, look amazing and well done. Once again the team at Tecmo Koei did a fantastic job, as each place you visit feels very different from the last place you were playing.


The Combat/Gameplay
Gameplay wise this game plays a lot like Dynasty Warriors. For those who haven't played a Dynasty Warriors game, here's the short version. You take control of a character and have 60 minutes to complete conditions that will bring success to your army. The game map is littered with different "Keeps", which are strongholds that can be taken after defeating a Captain class soldier. Its a musou or hack-n-slash game that sees the player mowing down hundreds of enemies at a time. Some people may be turned off by the hack-n-slash nature of the Dynasty Warriors series but in my opinion few games can make you feel like as badass as the series does, just saying. In Hyrule Warriors, the developers added some of that Zelda exploration and treasure finding in game. This can make the game more hectic and fun as you race to explore an area all the while keeping an eye on your allies and troops. I also need to mention that the game does have a lot of different modes and characters and I will go in depth on those when I do my review discussion.


The Music
The soundtrack to this game is very good. There are new tracks as well as remixes to past Zelda favorites. Also due to the story of this particular game you will be hearing a lot of remixes to a few of the console specific games. All in all I have found the soundtrack to be awesome. It is within my top 10 game soundtracks for 2014. I have found 2014 to be a great year for video game music and soundtracks.


Well that wraps it up for my first impression of Hyrule Warriors. I am enjoying myself so far and I hope to have my review done within the week I just need to finish up the story mode and jump into a few more modes. Below is my first 30 minutes with the game. If you like it please give it a like and don't forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel. You can also follow me on twitter @jayflemming and you can find me on Google + as well.