Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
The latest release in the Legend of Zelda franchise was suppose to drop a few days ago for the Nintendo Switch. Since then fans learned it would be released a later date, but were instead surprised with the release of a demo, and a new trailer that teased their up-coming installment in the beloved series. As well as uncovering a lot more details about the game, the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity trailer gave us further insight into the new characters, as well as the first glimpse of the Divine Beasts.
With three weeks left until the release of the main game, let’s take a look at The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity demo. Straight away the demo starts out with a lengthy cutscene, that takes us through the premise of the “Age of Calamity”. After this, we are taken straight into a battle with Ganon and the Guardians – it’s up to Zelda to prevent Ganon from destroying Hyrule.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is essentially a prequel to Breath of the Wild, which takes place 100 years before – so we know the result of the game already, but the game promises to detail the events and battles leading up to Breath of the Wild. As a result of the setting, younger characters from Breath of the Wild also make an appearance, which is a really nice touch and adds a lot more to the lore of the game.
Link, Princess Zelda, and Impa, are the playable characters on the demo – and you can even play the opening scene as single player or co-op. Each of the characters will be able to acquire new weapons, loot, and upgrades along the way, and in the demo, you can also give commands to the other characters elsewhere on the map, as well as swap between them which is really easy to do.
The demo throws you right into the thick of it, as you attempt to bring a Bokoblin infestation under control, while trying to follow the prompts on how to use your attacks and defensive actions. The attacks are very similar to that of Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors franchise – so if you’re familiar with the musou style of combat, you’ll feel right at home here – if you’re not however, it can feel a little overwhelming at first, but you’ll soon get used to it.
As you battle through the hordes of enemies, you need to clear certain objectives that are given to you, in order to go on and complete the mission. Each mission takes place in one zone. You will also encounter some bosses in the game too which keeps the combat fresh – in the demo these consist of Moblins and Wizz Robes.
One big problem which is evident in the demo, is the frame rate. It looks particularly glitchy in some of the scenes, but given that it’s a demo, it’s nothing which puts me off buying the game – it just needs some last-minute touching up!
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Developer: Koei Tecmo, Omega Force