Character models and textures are beautiful. Non-humans look and move very well, too, with all manner of scary and not-so-scary creatures to encounter. The game world features different biomes that, from what I’ve seen so far, blend convincingly into each other, and the atmosphere of each one is spot on. By default the game is played from a freely rotatable and zoomable third-person camera, but you can use a first-person view in most cases instead. Combat is suitably gory for the setting.
The character creator gives you a reasonable range of choices for creating your character — including no, partial (topless), or full nudity — and it’s hard to make an ugly or unnatural-looking character. It’s a shame there aren’t more options — striking hair colours, tattoos, body hair shaping, etc. — and also there’s no way to manually zoom or rotate the camera during character creation, making for a bit of guesswork at times. But you can adjust breast and size across a large range, so there’s that! But while a willy wobbles about with great enthusiasm, there’s only relatively limited breast jiggle, which I’m embarrassed to say I found slightly disappointing. (This is adjustable using a number of Steam Workshop mods. Yay!)
Given the attention to detail, it’s odd that some of the character animations — jumping in particular — are poorly blended and look so rigid, while others, such as the female character’s run or sensual hip-wiggling walk, or the attack animations, are near perfect. The draw distance is a little limiting, too; even on a bright, clear day, everything in the middle distance and beyond looks increasingly hazy and fog typically obscures the details of all but the largest distant terrain features. Given the range and field of view, and the only very limited pop-in of objects, though, it’s an understandable trade-off. There are a few other very minor graphical issues, such as some weird glowing effects around dawn and dusk that look a bit unnatural, and a number of clipping issues (particularly with hair and breasts).
The interface is simple, intuitive, and mostly works very well. Also guys I just wanted to add you can actually save some money and get this game free… I watched this video, check it out: How to get Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition for FREE!
Sound, music, and voice acting are all excellent as well. The soundtrack is what you’d expect from an AAA title with a big fantasy setting, all orchestral drama and explorative melodies, while sound effects are perfectly normalised and fit the game to a tee. Voice acting is enthusiastic and professional.