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Through all the stories and all the timelines found in the Zelda series... nobody saw this coming. Koei Tecmo and Nintendo team up to take the Dynasty Warriors formula, toss in a lot of Zelda-franchise fan service, and blend that stuff together in a funky mish-mash of Zelda lore that only the Wind Fish could dream up. That game is called Hyrule Warriors.
I was admittedly hesitant on this title upon first announcement. I had no idea what the Dynasty Warriors franchise was all about. I knew I loved Zelda. It wasn't until the excellent Nintendo Direct (embedded below) which sold me on the idea. I'm seeing a lot of reviews, which started coming in today, and they seem to agree that this isn't much of a Zelda game. I have to point out, the name borrows the Warriors from Dynasty Warriors and not Zelda. This alone helps me see what Koei Tecmo and Nintendo were aiming for. This isn't going to be a Zelda main-line game nor is it striving to be. For what it's goals are, and for what Nintendo has contributed to it, I'm pretty excited myself and now there's less than 10 days remaining. The game releases on September 26th, 2014.
Fun Facts 1.) Sends Link and 12 other playable characters from various Zelda universes into other universes. Mixing things up! 2.) Loaded with various locales, enemies, bosses, items, and music from throughout the Legend of Zelda series. 3.) Series offers plenty of DLC options (detailed below). 4.) Tons of combos and special moves for each character. 5.) 2-player Co-Op (though I hear it's pretty hard on the Wii U processing) 6.) Unique 'Adventure Mode' taking players back into the NES' The Legend of Zelda for a mix of challenges and adventure! (at least on the map)
DLC Options Amazon.com - Buy from here an you'll get codes for Twilight Princess Costumes Best Buy - Buy from here an you'll get codes for Skyward Sword Costumes Gamestop - Buy from here an you'll get codes for The Ocarina of Time Costumes NOTE: While the Retailer-Specific DLC is day one, shortly after release all DLC will be available for purchase from Nintendo for presumably a small fee. Thus it will be possible to obtain all DLC and not be stuck just because you chose one retailer over another. Upcoming DLC Packs - Various DLC will be available through February (in Japan), see those details here.
I'm going to get it as part of the E-shop's Zelda Fan discount even though I'm not a Zelda Fan. Also IGN gave the game a 7.0 so I'm not to sure what to expect. Looking forward to playing my favorite Zelda Characters: Zelda Girahem Midna
I personally wouldn't ever trust an IGN review to be a definitive source for opinion. I highly encourage you to read GoNintendo's review, which is linked in the OP. It's got a very well rounded consideration of the title and omits any score because in the end that's mostly frivolous information anyway. One person's 7 could be another person's 9 or 5 even at the same quality expectation level. GoNintendo has a lot of perspective. IGN's review itself did have some useful view points though. It is one of the better reviews out there.
Score-wise it's got a 74 on Metacritic right now with quite a few 80-90 ranges and even a 100 from Telegraph.
Holding off characters for DLC stings when the main game only has 13 playable characters. I was really disappointed when I found that out because Pirate Warriors 2 had over 40 characters. And it's not like there aren't a lot of characters to choose from in the Zelda series.
I get that the alternate weapons kind of make the existing characters play like new ones, but which would you rather have? Link with a fire rod, or Din?
Yeah, the DLC stuff is pretty disappointing to see. It seems expensive for what it is, and it's releasing so early that it's tough to not question why it isn't in the game already. But to be fair, I wasn't very interested in this game to begin with, as I'm not sure if it's a style of game that I like. I wasn't going to be getting it at launch, and now I'm not sure if I'll even go for it on sale.
I was trying to explain another possible side of this to Ninsage earlier. I could see Nintendo having told the developers to get the game out on X date. But to keep interest going, let some of the team work on some optional DLC to release periodically after. These are probably things that can't be put in the main game to meet the schedule. Plus the game sounds like it's already got more than enough content to call it complete without any DLC. To me, that's a fair reason to have DLC. I don't feel the game is any less enticing if I don't get it.
And if it helps, $20 bucks is a lot cheaper than Japan has to pay for all these I believe. So for...
- 3 new characters - 1 new scenario - 2 new weapons - 3 new Adventure Maps - 7 new costumes and - 2 new game modes...
Seems fair to me. Particularly when it's not even required to enjoy a full game with Zelda as the theme.