Can’t wait until the fall for your next Zelda fix? Hyrule: Total War may be just the remedy. Sure, it’s not a “real” Zelda game, it’s actually a fan-made mod of Medieval 2: Total War.
Hyrule: Total War is a gritty take on the Zelda franchise. In this game, Link has traveled back in time, causing chaos throughout Hyrule. You, the player, choose what side to take, whether that be the Hylians, Gerudo, or even the Zoras. Think Axis and Allies, but in the Zelda universe. Armies of the various races can be commanded by the player. The overall outcome is determined by your choices throughout the game. If you wanted, you could have a land run by Gorons. No word on whether or not Tingle can be crowned King of Hyrule.
Characters from the different Zelda games make appearances in Hyrule: Total War. Demise and Majora’s Mask are much more intimidating than their Nintendo counterparts, and Fi is actually useful! Zelda can be found wielding swords in both child and adult form.
Chances are, we’ll probably never have a licensed Zelda game with the dark overtones of Hyrule: Total War, despite the demand from much of the fanbase. So if you’ve been hoping to play a more adult Zelda game, this is your chance. You can download the mod here.