Hyrule Warriors: Legends is clearly a Dynasty Warriors clone right at the onset but with characters from the Legend of Zelda franchise. So the question here is, does that make it a good game or a bad one? As for the reason why Nintendo decided on making such a game, the answer will be hidden behind th company’s closed doors. This particular title was originally released for the Wii U back in 2014, now it has been ported to the company’s handheld console – the 3DS – and introduced some new features, as well as a new original character to the game, Linkle.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends Introduces a Female Link Lookalike, Linkle
What makes Hyrule Warriors: Legends different from the Dynasty Warriors franchise (despite the fact that it is all based within The Legend of Zelda series) is that you’re going to use bombs and boomerangs as your secondary weapons. Furthermore, there are no environmental puzzles to solve using these weapons unlike the original gameplay of The Legend of Zelda.
This is also true when you’re fighting bosses; in the original playstyle of The Legend of Zelda, most bosses would require a special way to defeat them. Whether it’s poking an eye first for them to reveal a weak spot, or pulling on chains to make them fall down. In Hyrule Warriors: Legends (3DS), on the other hand, all you have to do is whack away with the attack button to deplete the boss’ health bar.
While there are a wide variety of sword users in the game, one exciting addition to the title is the appearance of a female lookalike of Link, named Linkle. Instead of using the iconic Master Sword to which Link is already using, her primary weapon, or rather weapons are crossbows on each hand. Her long-range dual-wielding prowess can defeat opponents from afar. Couple that with her agile moves and you’ve got yourself a formidable character to use.
Even though many would doubt that this would be “any old Dynasty Warriors clone,” it is that but Hyrule Warriors: Legends is a good one at that. However, it is certainly not a good Zelda game. Simply put, the combat system for The Legend of Zelda games are better and more intuitive. In this 3DS title, all you have to do is mash away the attack buttons to clear out enemies and complete stage objectives. Hence, its overall simplicity may as well be its overall downfall. Once you’ve finished your first playthrough, there is very little reason for you to keep playing for more.