Age of Calamity, an epic war fantasy

Daniel Lim

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a follow-up to the well-received The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition on the Nintendo Switch, has gained a tight-knit fanbase.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a spin-off and goes into detail about the war waged 100 years before the events seen in Breath of the Wild, with Calamity Ganon seemingly emerging victorious, resulting in Hyrule being plunged into an age of calamity.

While that might be the case, as the game progresses, it is anything but. The story is very similar to an alternate retelling of stories that unfolded.

The meat of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, as with any Warrior-style games released by Koei Tecmo, lies in the gameplay. It revolves around one character versus at least 100 enemies – something that Breath of the Wild teased in the flashback scenes of the war leading up to the destruction of Hyrule.

From the sword and shield wielded by Link to the heavy hitting tank Daruk, the game gets players into the heat of the action by driving a power fantasy of the great war against Calamity Ganon.

Link and Impa attempts to a guardian. PHOTOS: NINTENDO
Impa faces off against Lynel

Each character comes with a unique move-set, actions and flashy combos, helping players embody its personality and quirks in how they would react and fight on the battlefield. Link for instance, uses a bow and arrow while equipped with a sword and shield, but the thick-skinned Goron Daruk can summon pillars of magma that detonate for massive damage.

Playing through the game is akin to traditional warrior-style games such as Fire Emblem Warriors.

Set in a map filled with objectives from taking over outposts and defeating bosses, players can strategically issue orders to four selected characters. While controlling one character, the other three are computer controlled, but players can swap characters quickly with the D-pad to ensure they are a click away from any action.

One thing that does take the wind from the sails in this journey is the length of the main story. If one were to steam through, it can easily be completed within a few hours, as each mission takes around 30 minutes, with 20 missions spread out across seven chapters.

However a plethora of side content is continuously doled out to the player, displayed on the Hyrule map, akin to Breath of the Wild. It can be overwhelming to see so many markers to complete.

Having played through Persona Five Scramble with its densely weaved story and character development, Age of Calamity might lack in the story department, keeping character development to a minimum. Nevertheless, it does showcase how past events transpired, and by putting players at the heart of a war against the massive horde of enemies,the game shines brightest in providing players with the power to overcome everything that stands in their way.