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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!

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD releasing July 16th

Nintendo have announced Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch. The game has been redefined for the Switch and with the joy cons providing motion controls. Original Skyward Sword players from the Wii can experience (hopefully without the issues with the Wii motion controls, see E3 live demonstration…) the HD in handheld with the right stick providing the sword attacks in any direction.

Releasing July 16th also will be special edition Skyward Sword joy cons. One replicating the Hyrule Shield and the the other Fe/Master Sword.

Charles Martinet could ‘potentially’ not voice Mario in upcoming movie

Charles Martinet was talking to GalaxyCon Live interview and was asked about his thoughts on the upcoming Super Mario movie.

“…if they invite me to play, I’ll go in and play with great joy and happiness.”

Of course take this like a pinch of salt. I’m sure many of Mario fans would be disappointed if Charles wasn’t the voice of our handy plumber all these years. Hollywood does have a way with videogame adaptations to the big screen. Sonic The Hedgehog movie was met with criticism the way Sonic looked and the casting of Jim Carrey as Dr Eggman (Dr Robotnik is better and the original if you were a 90s child) saved the movie in my opinion.

Fingers crossed the Super Mario movie will be met with great praise.

Source: GoNintendo

Nintendo Financial Report Q3 2021

Nintendo has released their financial report for the 3rd quarter of this fiscal year and there are some interesting tidbits to gloss over.


First up: the Nintendo Switch has sold 79.87 million units worldwide, which is more than the install base of the 3DS (75.94 million). It’s also close to lifetime sale numbers of the GBA, which stands at 81.51 million units.


Pikmin 3 Deluxe sold 1.91 million units since launching at the very end of October. This makes it the best-selling Pikmin game of all time.


Pokémon Sword and Shield are a huge success, with 20.35 million units sold worldwide. The last Pokémon titles to sell over 20 million units were Pokémon Gold and Silver back in 1999. (I feel old.)


Animal Crossing New Horizons is an absolute unit and has sold 31.18 million units. It hasn’t even been out yet for a year! This also makes it the first console exclusive title to sell over 30 million units in a calender year.


Here are some further images from the explanatory material:

So what do you think of these sales numbers? Let us know!

Source: GoNintendo

Nintendo to Replace its Multiplayer Server System

Ever since the days of the WiiU and the 3DS Nintendo had been using a server system referred to as NEX.

According to twitter user OatmealDome the servers are actually 18 years old.

The new system, called NPLN, is in a preview phase currently. Monster Hunter Rise will be the first game to utilise the new system, but don’t expect to notice any difference any time soon.

Source: Nintendo Everything

First DLC for Immortals Fenyx Rising launches Jan 28th

Ubisoft have shared new details and the release date of the first DLC for Immortals Fenyx Rising.

A New God DLC will be available on all platforms, January 28th.

“A New God, is available on all platforms on January 28 and tasks Fenyx with overcoming the Trials of the Olympians to take their rightful place in the Greek pantheon. A New God will allow players to explore Olympos Palace and interact with new gameplay mechanics as they traverse the new trials built by the gods. Along the way, players will unlock four surprising new ability upgrades for Fenyx and a new gear set with fantastic perks fit for a god such as letting you perform additional jumps.”

Source: Ubisoft