About Hyrule Warriors.
Hyrule Warriors is a Legend of Zelda spin-off, for the Nintendo Wii U, which combines the world of The Legend of Zelda and the action of Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors series. The game was developed by Team Ninja and Omega Force and was published by Nintendo and Koei Tecmo. The game is stated to exist as a separate dimension and is not considered to be part of the main series. While the game does not slot into one particular part of the timeline, it has links to different time periods and brings the characters together. Think The Avengers, but The Legend of Zelda style, and where heroes and villains can fight together or against each other. The game was released in Japan on August 14, 2014, in North America on September 26, 2014, in Australia on September 20, 2014, and in Europe September 19th, 2014.
The game later received a port for the Nintendo 3DS, titled Hyrule Warriors Legends, and features many of the same game modes as its predecessor, with the exception of Challenge Mode. Multiplayer also does not exist in this game, instead allowing the player to control multiple characters at once, allowing easy switching by tapping the portraits in the lower screen. The game also features a new mode, My Fairy, two new stories, new items, as well as the previously DLC-exclusive Cia's Tale, which was included in the Master Quest pack for the Wii U version. The game was released on the 3DS in Japan on January 21, 2016, in North America on March 25, 2016, and in Europe and Australia on March 24, 2016.
I would be the first to admit, I had a difficult time getting into this game to start, despite the fact that I've been wanting to play it ever since I first heard of it. As one who had never played a Dynasty Warriors game (or anything similar to it for that matter) I suppose it was to be expected. It didn't take me long, however, to learn the ropes and soon I was completely in love with the game. When I first started I played Legend Mode and I was completely overwhelmed by the mechanics, and was worried that if I failed something it would be game over. Of course, that is a thing, but thankfully there are checkpoint saves that happen after completing objectives so at least you don't have to start over completely. While there are those times I will get frustrated and want to ragequit the game, the option of having different modes to play helps keep me from wanting to do just that. I feel like with all the features this game has I never run out of things to do and I love it.
My favorite warriors.
Any fighting game site is not complete without a list including one's favorite warriors. Hyrule Warriors is no exception. As such here are some of my favorite warriors I like to play as. Characters are listed in order of how often I find myself using them. I'm sure you can tell who my favorite is.
Linkle is probably my favorite warrior in the entire game, hands down. Ever since she was announced as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors Legends I've thought she was amazing. She uses crossbows to fight, and can attack from a distance, making those far away enemies a breeze to take down. Seriously. Any stage I've been struggling on, to the point of just wanting to quit, I can clear no problem with Linkle, AND get an "A" rank to boot. Aside from being an absolutely amazing warrior, I love her personality and confidence. I love that she's not just a "female version of Link" and is instead her own character.
Zelda may have ended up on this list just because I love Zelda in general and she's my favorite character in the entire Legend of Zelda series. Even so, she is incredibly fun to play as, and I very much enjoy using all of her weapons––so much in fact that I find it very difficult to choose a favorite. I want to say Baton even though the constant wind noises can get annoying after a while, but oh well. Her Dominion Rod weapon I didn't use until I got the rank 2 version and I'm left wondering why it took me so long to use it. It's so fun! Also, can I just say how ridiculously beautiful her outfit looks? Because I seriously love it!
Twili Midna is so much fun! To be honest I prefer using her over Imp Midna. Not that there's anything wrong with Imp Midna, I just enjoy Twili Midna more. I think part of it is because she's so difficult to get––I struggled so hard getting the "A" rank needed to reach her map in Adventure Mode––or just my own amusement that she sounds like a duck when attacking (it's a very cute duck though so don't mind me!). I don't know, but either way Twili Midna is an absolute blast! I love how she uses a mirror as her weapon and that a giant hand appears and slaps everything around while performing combos. It's so silly it's awesome!
Lana was a bit difficult to get the hang of at first, with her jumping backwards while performing combos when using her Book of Sorcery weapon, but it didn't take long to get used to it. Now it's like no big deal. Personally though, when it comes to taking out swarms of enemies I like using the Deku Stick. You wouldn't think fighting with a stick would be fun but it totally is. Lana is such a fun character, both in her playstyle and personality, and also has an interesting background. Unfortunately, that would be entering spoiler territory so I'll stop right now. If you want to find out more you'll have to go play the game for yourself.
Why I like this game.
Ever since I first heard about Hyrule Warriors I've been intrigued and wanted to play it. I was never able to though as it was only available on the Wii U and I didn't own one. Instead it was just going to be a game I admired for the artwork and music. Needless to say when a port to the 3DS was announced I was excited. However, I didn't buy the game right away as Nintendo decided to release every single game I wanted to play all at once. After the dry spell that was 2015 for new games I wanted to play it was a bit of a shock to my system. Still, it wasn't long after that I did go out and buy the game. I don't remember much after that, but I think I played it as soon as I got home. I loved it right away, and felt a little dumb because I had no idea how to unlock My Fairy mode and didn't think I had to play Adventure Mode. Boy that was silly. I found the game great for those times when I wanted to do nothing but kill things, and enjoyed the story in Legend Mode. I also loved the music. The only thing I wished for was more time to play it among my other games.
Fast forward one year, because Hyrule Warriors Legends is about to celebrate its first anniversary and I've found myself playing this game like crazy. I don't remember how long I've been playing this go around, but I have some new feelings about this game that I thought worth adding here. It's funny to admit, but I've been learning new things since picking up the game again and it has made the game feel even more exciting. I finally learned what that one gauge on some characters is for and I've been working hardcore on Adventure Mode. I unlocked the Great Sea map and I've been working on that and completely enjoying myself. I've also been using My Fairy more than I had been and so on. Discovering all these things makes the game feel brand new to me and in love with it all over again. It's little wonder I've been unable to put this game down. I just love this game so much. It makes me happy to be playing Hyrule Warriors Legends again and learning more and more reasons as to why this game is awesome to me.