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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.
Hyrule Warriors brings the worlds of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors closer together in a fun, repetitive action game.
Hyrule Warriors has brilliant Zelda fan-service, but is ruined by unimaginative combat and brain-dead enemies.
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.
This aggressive version of Zelda can become repetitious, but there are reasons to keep fighting
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.
An unlikely pairing of Dynasty Warriors and The Legend Of Zelda yields greatly satisfying results.
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?
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.
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.