Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is an ace accomplice to Breath of the Wild, providing charming backstories to its colorful cast of characters while carrying forward the spirit of experimental gameplay with impressive results.
Nostalgia is a strange beast. It can distort and twist your view of something old and forgotten into cherishment and longing, as though you’re desperately trying to revisit something from past years for some obscure reason. Through Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, I discovered it’s possible to have nostalgia for something that’s barely four years old.
That would be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a prequel to the Nintendo Switch adventure, set 100 years before Link stumbles out of a cave to be greeted by a ruined world. There’s major differences between the two games, the most pronounced being the musou hack-and-slash combat, popularised by Koei Tecmo’s long standing Dynasty Warriors series, used against hordes of enemies by Age of Calamity, but it still fills me with warmth, like I’m returning to something comforting that I’ve longed for.