Percentile Rank

Hyrule Warriors is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 67 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

55%

Critics Recommend

Based on 67 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 25, 2014

While Hyrule Warriors could've gotten away with a simple "you got your chocolate in my peanut butter / you got peanut butter on my chocolate" mash-up and wiped their hands all the way to the bank, the end product is more of a love letter to its audience than either series could have attempted on its own. This may not count as a proper Zelda game, but it is still a valiant step forward for both Zelda and Nintendo in its efforts to explore new territory with the nearly 30-year-old series.

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Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Sep 26, 2014

It's no Ocarina of Time or Link Between Worlds. Hell, it's not really a Zelda game. But if you like Zelda, you finally get a Zelda fan-service game. That's the allure. Wait. You don't like Zelda? What's wrong with you?

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Nintendojo
B+
B+
Oct 2, 2014

Longtime series fans will probably get the most out of the abundant homages and shout outs to series' lore, but action games enthusiasts in general will get a thrill out of Hyrule Warriors' fabulous gameplay. Wii U owners shouldn't hesitate to give the game a purchase.

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TechnoBuffalo
Don't Buy
Don't Buy
Sep 17, 2014

Misses one too many marks

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 28, 2014

With a rocking soundtrack, loads of content, plenty of fan service and some clever gelling of two disparate video game universes, Hyrule Warriors is easily my favourite game of 2014 so far. Let's just hope for a sequel that explores some of the other Zelda titles!

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Telegraph
Sep 16, 2014

It is The Legend of Zelda meets Dynasty Warriors in this fast-paced field combat game. Nina Raze finds a brilliant combination where you might not have expected it.

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GameZone
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is a wonderful surprise. A surprise since not only does the Warriors formula work so well, it actually manages to surpass past Warriors titles in many ways. And while the character roster is a bit on the modest side, there is enough variety in each character and their subsequent alternate weapons to make that issue seem pretty minor.

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The Escapist
Sep 16, 2014

Omega Force superbly balances the beat 'em all combat of Dynasty Warriors with the enchanting world of The Legend of Zelda. With a meaty combat system and tons of stuff to uncover, Hyrule Warriors is a mad idea that should logically get old after an hour, but never does. It's a novelty that can't quit being novel, and I love it to death.

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GameCrate
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2014

The latest entry to the Zelda franchise, Hyrule Warriors is a game that lives up to the hype. The combination of innovative gameplay and immersive graphics makes this title a must-have for pretty much anyone who owns a Wii U.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2014

The final boss fight was one of the funniest battles I've had in a long time. I haven't felt so rewarded and happy to finish a game since Kingdom Hearts 2. I hundred percent recommend this game for anyone with a Wii U. There are some minor things that bother me but these issues could be patched up in future. Zelda fans will enjoy this and Dynasty fans should give it a try with caution. If RPG hack n' slash games are your thing you're going to have a lot of fun with this, just one big tip: Never hit the Chickens.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is a different kind of Zelda game. That doesn't mean it's any less fun. Amazing production values, addictive gameplay, a rich story and an overall sense of extreme quality, polish and confidence make Hyrule Warriors much more than a mere spinoff.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 19, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is an outstanding crossover of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors with addictive gameplay, a slick presentation, and a lot of content. In fact, the mix of the two series works so well that it has to be wondered why it took this long to materialise. Few franchises boast a legacy that matches The Legend of Zelda and it's a joy to play as characters other than Link after all this time, giving them a well-deserved spot in the limelight. Those familiar with Warriors games (like Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, also on Wii U) will know what to expect, while Zelda fans should definitely consider giving this game a try, as long as they don't go in expecting it to be like a regular Zelda instalment. What Hyrule Warriors is, though, is a highly enjoyable spin-off that's filled with all sorts of fan service, which might just be the best way to ease the wait for the next mainline The Legend of Zelda game coming to the Nintendo Wii U next year.

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COGconnected
87 / 100
87 / 100
Sep 29, 2014

Hyrule Warriors surprised me in the best way it possibly could as I expected a decent and enjoyable, but not overly spectacular game, but what I got was the most fun I've had in a game in quite some time.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors wasn't a game I expected to fall in love with, but thanks to its oodles of Zelda fan service and shockingly engrossing gameplay, upgrades, and modes, it turned into something very special that lives up to the Zelda legacy. It's easy to dive into and has enough variety that it doesn't really get old over the dozen or more hours you can spend with it. If Nintendo crossovers are always this polished and fun, I welcome many more of them.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors can fall into the same trappings as any hack and slash, but the amount of effort that went into making it enjoyable for Zelda fans is staggering. This is one of the best couch co-op games I've ever played, warts and all.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2014

I kept coming back wanting to play more, even after unlocking almost everything the game had to offer. That is the ultimate compliment I can pay to the latest exclusive title on the Wii U. Fans of Zelda and musou games, this is a no-brainer, but for anyone else on the fence, it is definitely a game worth checking out.

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GamesBeat
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 16, 2014

Hyrule Warriors has little in common with a traditional Zelda game. You don't solve any puzzles, you don't explore any dungeons, and you certainly don't break into anyone's house and destroy all of their pottery. Still, it definitely works as a spin-off that focuses almost entirely on action. It's fun to see Link and friends battle with the kind of glitz and glamour you'd expect from an episode of Sailor Moon or Dragon Ball Z. I'm not saying I'd want that in a real Zelda installment, but it works in this surprisingly engaging off-shoot.

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gameranx
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2014

As an introduction to the Dynasty Warriors template, Hyrule Warriors has gotten me deeply interested in the rest of Koei Tecmo's output. As a Zelda game, it honors all the little series details that players have found so endearing through the decades. As an action game, it is distilled fun.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2014

Despite all its problems, Hyrule Warriors is a ton of fun to play, and provides far more flexibility and variety than expected

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PCMag
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is the Legend of Zelda tactical brawler for the Wii U you didn't you know you wanted.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 17, 2014

Like deep-fried caviar and the Warriors games that preceded it, Hyrule Warriors is an acquired taste that won't be for everybody. Gamers who primarily like first-person shooters or epics such as the Last of Us likely won't appreciate the mechanics of this game. If you're a fan of Dynasty Warriors-style games or grew up on old-school beat-em ups and adore the repetitive yet addicting mastery they require, then you will love this new link to the past.

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Fintendo
Feb 1, 2017

"Battlefield Hyrule."

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Guardian
Sep 18, 2014

Hyrule Warriors ought not to work – it smacks of Nintendo's desperation to get any sort of game out for its overlooked machine – but it will certainly delight the faithful fans, and manages to remain utterly true to the world of Zelda while offering really fresh-feeling gameplay. It's far from perfect, and won't win any awards, but has the attributes required to gain cult status in the years to come. If you have a Wii U, it's a must-buy.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2014

It's hard to imagine a bigger love letter to the The Legend of Zelda franchise than Hyrule Warriors, which is a really polished and well-made Dynasty Warriors game. It still contains many of the franchise's flaws or weak points, but it also boasts many of its strengths. It's certainly more Warriors than Zelda, but it makes excellent use of the source material, so it doesn't feel like Link's face was slapped on an unrelated title. Some may miss the Zelda dungeon-crawling and exploration, but Zelda and Warriors fans will find a lot to like here.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2014

All in all, I'm glad to have experienced a game like Hyrule Warriors and also that I went into it without any great preconceived notions. What I found was an interesting addition to the Zelda franchise, enjoyable in a mindless way, and fun for scholars of Hyrulean lore. I would venture that any Zelda aficionado would find the same, just so long as you keep those wild expectations in check!

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 17, 2014

At the end of the day, what elevates Hyrule Warriors to greatness is its seemingly endless fanservice. Whether it's an obscure cameo, a cucco counter attack, or even just an awesome finishing move, the game is rife with glorious slices of Zelda goodness.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 17, 2014

It's certainly not perfect, but Hyrule Warriors' combat and treatment of the typically sterile Zelda franchise is just big, dumb, loud fun.

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Daily Dot
Sep 19, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is not easy. I had to turn the difficulty all the way down on more than one occasion to get through the game in a timely fashion. That's a relationship I am used to with so-called "core games," or games aimed not at casual players, but traditional gamers who want some good, old-fashioned punishment through game difficulty.

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Digital Trends
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is a well-made, sometimes simultaneously dumb and brilliant good time.

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Dealspwn
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors doesn't pretend to be anything that it isn't. It does exactly what it says on the tin, producing what is probably the best Warriors game to date, and doing so by taking many of the best aspects of The Legend of Zelda and successfully incorporating them into the classic 1-vs-1000 gameplay. The fan service is astonishing, the level of detail very welcome indeed, and the action can be truly satisfying, with the various bosses going a long way to making the repetitive action seem quite refreshing at times. A triumphant mash-up indeed.

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Eurogamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 16, 2014

Hyrule Warriors rewards thoughtful play and demands a strategic approach that transcends the brute force combo-strings of its moment-to-moment gameplay. The marriage of Zelda and Musou is an unexpected success, then - a game that recounts the Zelda myth not just in a new way, but in a whole new language.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2014

This aggressive version of Zelda can become repetitious, but there are reasons to keep fighting

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 16, 2014

An unlikely pairing of Dynasty Warriors and The Legend Of Zelda yields greatly satisfying results.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors meets and exceeds any expectations set for the game. It offers a ton of gameplay through unlockables and various modes, and will entertain with its Zelda fan-service. However the gamplay is still repetitive and non-fans will likely want to avoid.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2014

Nintendo has served up fans something to tide them over in this Zelda-themed Dynasty Warriors clone. It's fan service more than anything else, but as you may have noticed by now, Nintendo is pretty good at fan service.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors offers an intriguing blend of both the Zelda and Dynasty Warriors series, making for an experience that fans of either series can thoroughly enjoy. It stays true to the Zelda series' lore, sights and sounds, and combines it with the fast-paced, button-mashing action the Dynasty Warriors series is so well-known for.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2014

If hack-n-slash games are your jam—or you can tolerate them but really just love The Legend of Zelda in all its iterations—then Hyrule Warriors is a more-than-worthy warmup for Link on the Wii U.

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The Game Fanatics
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is a true crossover, not just a Zelda skin slapped onto a Warriors title. It's not the refined experience you get from The Legend of Zelda, but it's more involved than Dynasty Warriors. It's hack and slash fun that can scale with the player, mindless to skillful.

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ActionTrip
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2014

Come to Hyrule Warriors with a Dynasty Warriors mind, or with a fast-paced hack-n-slash mind. Then realize that deep down, you've always wanted to play a Zelda game like this just once. Don't worry, this is just a fun little diversion before the next "real" Zelda game drops on the Wii U.

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Digital Chumps
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors delivers a wonderful Legend of Zelda action game with a large cast of familiar characters, identifiable worlds, a great upgrade/leveling system and endless amounts of action. It's far from a perfect game, especially in regards to controls and repetitiveness, but it's much better than expected. It has certainly raised the bar for the Dynasty Warriors series in regards to design.

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Cheat Code Central
3.8 / 5.0
3.8 / 5.0
Sep 18, 2014

If you're a fan of the Dynasty Warriors gameplay and the lore of The Legend of Zelda series, you will absolutely fall in love with Hyrule Warriors and enjoy the extensive list of replayable modes. For those of you who feel this is a taint on the Zelda brand, I can assure you that nothing but care and dedication has been given to the mythos of the franchise. That said, the gameplay itself can become quickly repetitive without a difficulty challenge besides beating the enemy to the punch. And though it looks like a Zelda game, it certainly doesn't feel like a traditional one. The story races through in quick segments, mostly to introduce a new playable character. It's not the epic tale masterfully weaved from past Zelda titles. It's a game with perks and a game with flaws, and it will be up to each player's personal preferences to decide whether it's a worthy addition to their Nintendo library.

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Gameplanet
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2014

It looks like Zelda and plays like Dynasty Warriors. Yep, it does pretty much what it says on the tin.

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Critical Hit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2014

At the end of the day, Hyrule Warriors is at its core a Dynasty Warriors game, but it injects enough of that Legend of Zelda pizzazz to feel fresh and fun in its own right. This game won't convert you into Dynasty Warriors fan and it has its fair share of problems, but after all is said and done I can say this; Hyrule Warriors is fun, and I guess sometimes that's all that matters.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2014

Honestly, if you're a Zelda fan, I wouldn't recommend you skipping out on this title due the sheer amount of modes and content squeezed in. What I would recommend, however, is playing in segments instead of trying to beat the bulk of it at once, since the repetitive nature of the gameplay can at times get exhausting after a couple hours of missions. If you're unsure whether to take the plunge, you can always rent or ask a friend for their copy first.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 29, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is mindless fun, with surprising detail and depth. It's not pure Zelda though, and if that's what you're expecting then you may want to prepare yourself first. Despite ample shortcomings, it's one of the better Musou titles in recent memory.

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Arcade Sushi
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2014

Hyrule Warriors lives up to expectations by having as many tropes from the Zelda series attached as it can, but it does have its fair share of shortcomings.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors brings the worlds of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors closer together in a fun, repetitive action game.

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DarkZero
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 3, 2014

Overall, Hyrule Warriors, despite its flaws, is a very addictive game and is most certainly worth playing extensively. Irrespective of Nintendo's successful past collaborations, I postulated that this game might be a bad idea, but I was proven wrong.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is a success. It enables Nintendo to explore the Zelda cast and world in large scale conflicts, while also offering fans an avenue for rampant nostalgia. The game only falls down due to the documented trappings of the Warriors franchise and the fault of being the first of its line, even though it does make some brave attempts to improve on the template with this. If you have a penchant for the world of Nintendo's Hylian hero, and don't mind the repetition of its design, then Hyrule Warriors undeniably offers an entertaining and satisfying way to engage in large scale quasi-tactical Hyrulian combat.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 16, 2014

For those that come in expecting a classic Legend of Zelda adventure this could potentially be an underwhelming experience; yet as a fun action game with plenty of content is delivers well. Once the problem of perception — courtesy of the iconic characters at play — is resolved, this is an entertaining addition for action fans.

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Slant Magazine
Sep 26, 2014

The initial joy that comes from mashing buttons and watching Link and his cohorts slash down mindless scores of imps, goblins, lizardmen, wizards, and dragons gives way to a steadily increasingly pile of nitpicks when repeated over several hours.

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Game Revolution
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors benefits from allowing the Zelda series to take some big risks. Even if the graphics and gameplay feel like a generation late and a few stellar dungeon designs short, I'd like more third-party developers to pitch projects like this as each leaves me more hopeful that Nintendo consoles won't have rely on strictly first-party wares.

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High-Def Digest
Sep 21, 2014

I could say a lot about the bizarreness of 'Hyrule Warriors.' I'd never have asked for the mashup, though never would have said no to it either. In the end, it came out pretty much as expected, with a whole lot of 'Zelda' love and a whole lot of minion murdering. The 'Dynasty Warriors' battlefield management style remains just as intriguing on the surface as it is repetitive and, ultimately, disappointingly shallow.

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VideoGamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 16, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is fun, pays decent fan service, and uses the Dynasty Warriors template well.

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GameTrailers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2014

When played in short sessions, Hyrule Warriors is mindless fun that celebrates the rich history of the Zelda series. However, your long term enjoyment of this game boils down to how much you like Dynasty Warriors, or hack-and-slash games in general, and whether or not you care about exuberant amounts of Zelda fan service. It more than delivers on both these points, but if either one of these is a turn off, this likely isn't the experience for you.

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USgamer
Sep 16, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is basically a one-note experience, but it hits that note with perfect pitch. The Zelda universe works better as a musou button-masher than you might expect, and much of that success is down to Tecmo's obvious love for the subject matter. This isn't a patch on what we've seen of the next "true" Zelda, but it should tide fans over quite nicely until that one arrives.

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GBAtemp
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2014

Hyrule Warriors was an interesting experience. The Zelda Aesthetic was enough to keep me engaged for awhile, but in the end I came to realize I was just mashing the A button to progress through most of the game. The Hollow Game modes offered, and the lack of any engaging in game content is what kept me from having any lasting playtime with the game. I found myself only being able to enjoy the game in short bursts, before wanting to set it down and play something else. In the end, It's an entertaining Zelda skinned game, but doesn't do anything to really change or set itself apart from other Hack and Slash games.

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Kill Screen
64 / 100
64 / 100
Sep 21, 2014

If you hold certain made-up heroes in higher regard than others, you may blanch at seeing them debased like this. But these heroes, like all others, are just toys in a bin. Play with them as you will.

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Giant Bomb
Sep 17, 2014

This odd Wii U collaboration plays like a guided tour of The Legend of Zelda's most iconic locations and characters. The price of admission? Playing a bunch of Dynasty Warriors.

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Digital Spy
Sep 16, 2014

Visiting familiar Zelda locations and wiping out hundreds of enemies offers brief but satisfying bursts of mindless enjoyment, just don't expect to be engaged in the same way as a full series release.

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Pause Resume
3 / 5
3 / 5
May 21, 2018

Hyrule Warriors provides a nice distraction without being anything too compelling. For Zelda fans, it provides some nice fanservice but as a musuo it falls somewhat short, lacking the personality and charm of others – especially Fire Emblem Warriors.

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New Game Network
60 / 100
60 / 100
Sep 26, 2014

A fan service skin of a Zelda game, however good, is still just an impersonation. It's a mix that only occasionally works, and more often than not simply feels repetitive and out of place.

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The Skinny
Sep 29, 2014

Underneath you'll find a serviceable and enjoyable escapade, if endless hacking and slashing are your things. It's been done better and it's been done worse for sure, yet coming with that Tri-Force stamp of approval, Zelda fans will likely have been hoping for a little bit more.

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Polygon
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2014

Team Ninja and Omega Force have forced Zelda's universe into the confines of a beat-em-up, but much of the charm and appeal was strained out in the process.

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Game Rant
Sep 25, 2014

'Hyrule Warriors' delivers plenty of fan service for 'The Legend of Zelda' fans but fails to provide a compelling reason to keep playing.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors has brilliant Zelda fan-service, but is ruined by unimaginative combat and brain-dead enemies.

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
4 / 10
Sep 16, 2014

It always sounded like a bad idea, but although Zelda has inspired one of the best Dynasty Warriors games to date the end result is still well below average by any other standard.

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