Why You Should Buy Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Four years ago in 2014, Nintendo fans were treated to the warriors title, Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U. Two years later, we were given an updated, yet inferior port, on the 3DS, Hyrule Warriors: Legends. Now, in 2018, we are finally set to see the definitive release, titled Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. But is it really worth diving into the game for the second, or even third time?

If you want to know about the actual gameplay of the title, I suggest you go ahead and read our very old and outdated review from 2014 for the Wii U title, as this post won't be delving too deep into gameplay.

I've loved video games before, and I've wanted my friends to buy the games I like, but I don't think I've ever pushed a game so hard onto others before like Hyrule Warriors. I remember in the Wii U era, whenever someone wanted game suggestions, Hyrule Warriors was always the first game to come out of my mouth - and my love for the game all stemmed from my love of Midna. I'm not sure if I've ever come right out and said it, but no doubt about it, Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U was my game of the year for 2014.

The roster was so diverse, and it only got better with the DLC. Personally, I've never been a fan of paid DLC, and it's something I really try to avoid, butI haven't had any issues forking out cash to buy it, because the DLC feels like it's worth more money than what you actually pay for. You got 3-4 added maps that can give hundreds of hours of gameplay each, and a bunch of new characters and weapons. Each pack managed to make the game feel fresh, and they were released periodically, that by the time the second pack came out, I already felt like I got my moneys worth from the first pack alone.

Wii U screenshot

Then we got the 3DS version. I know it got a lot of complaints, and that it runs poorly (I mean, yes it wasn't the Wii U version but I still had no issues with it), and it should have been a new 3DS exclusive, but I played it on a regular 3DS XL, and I never once felt it was unplayable. The graphics weren't great, the framerate did drop, but it never once felt like it was hindering by experience. Of course, I once again purchased the DLC and felt it was money well spent. Since this is listed as the "Definitive Edition", I really hope they're done with DLC, but part of me is still keen to see what else they can add. Of course, the perks of buying this version of the game is that all the previous DLC is included.

3DS screenshot

And finally, we have the Switch version. It takes everything from the previous two games and meshes them together into one great game with a handful of new features, namely new costumes for Link and Zelda based off their Breath of the Wild appearance. This is the third time I've bought this game, but each time I've bought it, I've had no regrets and I enjoy it just as much as I did the first time around, and I can't quiet put my finger on what makes the game so damn good. Maybe it's the addictive gameplay, maybe it's the large amounts of playable characters, I don't know, but what I do know is, you'd be a fool not to purchase this game.

Maybe you already played the Wii U version and weren't a fan, that's fine. Maybe you already bought all the DLC on both the Wii U and 3DS titles, that's fine too. Or maybe you're just not a fan of the fact the game has been ported three times over the last four years, and that's totally okay. But if you're looking for a new game to play that will give you hundreds of hours of gameplay, then this is the way to go.

Switch screenshot

Wii U screenshot

The game was new, fresh, innovative, and with each instalment or DLC pack, it just kept getting better and better. I may have double triple dipped with this game, but I can honestly say each time it's been worth it and I have absolutely zero regrets at all. So please, do yourself a favor and go buy Hyrule Warriors: Defenitive Edition for yourselves!

If you want to see our original review for Hyrule Warrriors on the Wii U, click here.


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