During E3, a few of us were lucky enough to try out the upcoming Dynasty Warriors spin-off, Hyrule Warriors. We’ve put together a video of our first-hand experience with the demo with Zelda Universe’s own Hombre de Mundo and EternaLegend delivering their overall impressions. After the video, you can read about my thoughts on the game as well!

When I demoed Hyrule Warriors playing as Link, the first thing I noticed was how well the game controlled — not once did I have an issue with any of the camera angles. Few things in gaming frustrate me more than a whacked out camera. I didn’t find the game to be all that challenging, however it wasn’t boring by any means. Your bombs are completely limitless, and since you don’t have to worry about rationing and restocking, you run around bombing everything in sight. The smaller enemies are effortless to take down, but like Hombre said in the video, slashing hordes of Bokoblins can be pretty satisfying. The only part I had trouble with was following the on-screen map, but that may just be my terrible sense of direction.

I really have to commend the developers on Zelda’s design. She has always been a strong character, and now she finally gets the opportunity to show off her physical prowess. Her costume is feminine without being overly sexual, but it’s also practical for battle. Zelda’s fighting style is graceful and elegant, as if she’s dancing across the battlefield.

Would I consider this to be a true Zelda game? Well, kind of. It definitely has its Zelda-esque moments like bombing boulders and opening chests, and of course the characters are present. It just didn’t have as much of an adventure feel to it. However, Aonuma himself said he wanted this to be completely different from traditional Zelda games. Instead of puzzles and dungeons, you start fighting from the get-go. Also, rather than having one boss per dungeon, the bosses in each mission gradually build, starting with a mini-boss and then moving forward until you reach the main boss. Overall, it is a really fun game and I can’t wait to bring it home!