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Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity Review (Nintendo Switch)

  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Developer | Publisher: Koei Tecmo | Nintendo
  • Age Rating: PEGI 12 | ESRB T (Teen)
  • Price: UK £49.99 | US $59.99
  • Release Date: 18th September 2020

I purchased the game myself, and can safely say that I’m unbiased in my opinions. This is a spoiler-free review, so read on with confidence!

Story

100 years before Breath of the Wild, we witness the events that unfold in Age of Calamity. Hyrule is on tenterhooks awaiting the arrival of Calamity Ganon. In the meantime, Hyrule is preparing itself, unearthing Sheikah technology to help them thwart the incoming Malice. Meanwhile, Princess Zelda, her personal Knight, Link and the four champions go on a quest to help Zelda unlock her dormant power. I’m assuming most of you have played Breath of the Wild. If so, you will know some of the events already, but playing through them is even better.

Without going into spoiler territory at all, I have to applaud Koei Tecmo with the story. With BOTW2 incoming, this sure is a nice filler before we get to play the most anticipated sequel to a Zelda game ever (in my opinion). Are there any subtle hints to BOTW 2? Well, play and find out and let your own speculative mind take you on a hell of a ride.

Gameplay

If you’ve played Hyrule Warriors (or any other Warriors games), be it on the Wii U, 3DS, or of course the Definitive Edition on the Switch, Age of Calamity is somewhat the same but miles better than Hyrule Warriors DE. It’s a typical hack-and-slash-and grind game, where you can defeat thousands upon thousands of Bokoblins and more monsters from the BOTW universe. Everything will be similar to many players however each character has their own play style, and when you upgrade them they can unleash some heavy combos!

Amongst the main quests and side missions, you will gain lots of materials, weapons, and food, recreating the ever so popular feature from BOTW, to gain buffs. You can upgrade weapons too, making them even more powerful for when the game starts throwing massive curve balls at you. For a game built on a repetitive platform, Age of Calamity is oddly refreshing. Of course, gameplay may feel restricted as the only controls are hitting X or Y, a shoulder button to use any equipped Sheikah ability, or the special move when you have filled the bar up.

Surprisingly, it still keeps you hooked.

Graphics, Sound, and Performance

Age of Calamity brings the Breath of The Wild visuals along on this hack-and-slash adventure. Everything Breath of the Wild did graphically, Age of Calamity has it. The defeated enemies even turn into a puff of Malice, and the sound effects and music score run exactly the same.

Performance can sometimes suffer when loads of stuff is happening on the screen all at once. I experienced it more than once, but it didn’t hinder me from progressing the game.

Conclusion

Age of Calamity is a somewhat delightful filler while we wait for Breath of The Wild 2. Not only that, but the game that provides a great story too. Being able to witness the battle of Hyrule, and getting to witness first hand the flashbacks via Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity is a testament to the story telling team at Nintendo. If you watch fan theory videos regarding Zelda, such as Zeltik for example, and take into account all the info from past games and what Age of Calamity does, you can’t help but wonder what we’re going to see from the Zelda universe going forward.

Verdict
Age of Calamity is a must have game for any Zelda fans. Experiencing and witnessing the Calamity in full effect leaves you wanting more, and it’s very rare for games to do that to the player. The story is a roller-coaster ride, making you feel on edge, relived, and excited, sometimes all at once!

NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection Slices Its Way to the Switch

On the 10th of June the NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection will be heading to the Nintendo Switch. This bundle will include NINJA GAIDEN Sigma (NINJA GAIDEN Σ), NINJA GAIDEN Sigma 2 (NINJA GAIDEN Σ2), NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge.

The nostalgic yet timeless high-speed action of the series unfolds on the latest hardware, so look forward to heated battles with fearsome opponents!

In addition to Ryu Hayabusa, the 4 female characters Ayane, Rachel, Momiji, and Kasumi are also playable. Pair up favorite characters, and switch between characters during battles.

– The heroines included in this title are the same as the original versions. In addition, the characters that are playable and scenes (modes) vary for each title.

Most of the previously released game modes and DLC costumes for each title are included in this thrilling collection. In addition to Ryu Hayabusa, each of the other characters also have many different costumes to choose from, allowing for action packed battles in outfits of your choice.

Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack Announced

Publisher Koei Tecmo and developer Gust have announced Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. It will see a worldwide launch on the 22nd of April.

The Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack includes Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DXAtelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX, and Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX. All three titles will include most of the DLC from their initial release, alongside new content.

Further additions include:

Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DX

  • Four additional vehicles, including a submarine and bulldozer.
  • Seven additional subjugation quests and enhanced boss Palmyra added.

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX

  • Additional, more mature-looking costume.
  • Additional story of Sophie’s growth following in the steps of her grandmother.
  • Three additional alchemy pots.

Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX

  • Additional painting that connects to the world of Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World, including a scenario featuring Nelke and boss battle.

Source: Gematsu

New Details Atelier Ryza 2 and Season Pass

Koei Tecmo Europe and developer Gust Studios have shared more details on the upcoming Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, which will launch on the 29th of January 2021.

Joining Ryza on her adventure is the adorable and enigmatic creature known as Fi. Ryza and Fi become increasingly close throughout their journey, with the bond between the two deepening as they begin to live together. As Fi continues to grow, Ryza realizes that the creature possesses a mysterious power. Ryza eventually brings Fi to explore the ancient ruins, and when Fi behaves like it wants to go deeper into the unknown darkness, the party discovers a glowing crystal that seems to hold deeper meaning to Ryza’s new best friend.

While exploring the ruins, Ryza and Fi run into Empel and Lila, who initially helped guide Ryza in her adventures three years ago. In fact, Empel is the one who taught Ryza alchemy, while Lila remains one of the fiercest female warriors in the land. The pair continue their search for “something” special in the ruins. Could their search also help Ryza and Fi learn the secrets of the lost legends?

In addition to the expanded character roster, Ryza will also be aided on her adventure by her Puni companions. These blob-like creatures can be sent on gathering trips, and will now even be able to level up, making it easier to discover rare items to pass along to Ryza. Ryza can then use these items to decorate inside her atelier, and by changing things like the wall or floor, Ryza will be able to influence certain special effects, including the likeliness of having sunny weather.

Alongside the limited physical edition there’s also going to be a Digital Deluxe and Ultimate Editions.

The Digital Deluxe Edition features the base game along with additional costumes and gathering spots, including the Kurken Island Gathering Tour, Another Style Costume Set, the Summer Memories Costume Set, the Helpful Items Set, and the All You Need! Gem Pack. 

The Ultimate Edition features everything included inside the Digital Deluxe Edition as well as the Atelier Ryza 2: Season Pass and a special Season Pass bonus Ryza costume.

The Season Pass includes 12 upcoming DLC packs which will feature swimsuit costumes, recipe expansion packs, the additional area of Keldorah Castle, the high-difficulty area of Flame Sun Island, and the Gust Extra BGM Pack.

Source: Nintendo Life

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity — Everything revealed at Tokyo Game Show and Game Live Japan 2020

Saturday and Sunday (September 26th and 27th) were big days for Zelda fans, with lots of new details about the upcoming Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity revealed in Koei Tecmo’s Tokyo Game Show 2020 livestream.

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