7. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Switch)

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Switch)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Switch)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 27th Mar 2020 (USA) / 27th Mar 2020 (UK/EU)

If you’ve played a Warriors game before, then you’ve basically played One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4. Thin story, okay graphics, and somewhat shallow but satisfying action gameplay are all par for the course here, not to mention a lion’s share of content to work through. If you’ve ever been curious what this sub-genre is all about, this is a great place to jump in with its easily approachable gameplay and that lovably goofy One Piece aesthetic. If you’re a long time fan, we’d encourage you to ask yourself how much you want more of the same and decide based on that. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is the furthest thing from reinventing the wheel, but it sure has its unique and addictive gameplay loop down to a science.

6. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition (Switch)

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition (Switch)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition (Switch)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Omega Force
Release Date: 10th May 2018 (USA) / 11th May 2018 (UK/EU)

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition is a wonderful example of a licensed adaptation doing just about everything right; if you’ve ever read or watched One Piece and thought "this would make a great video game!”, this is that game. While it doesn’t spend nearly enough time on its story beats to fully immerse new players into its world, we’d still recommend it even if you’re new to the Straw Hat Crew — there’s plenty of rollicking fun to be had throwing elbows (and swords, and staves, and…) with Luffy and co., and longtime readers will have a blast revisiting their earliest days. A recommended romp for One Piece and Warriors fans alike.

5. Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)

Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Tecmo Koei
Release Date: 20th Oct 2017 (USA) / 20th Oct 2017 (UK/EU)

Fire Emblem Warriors combines enjoyable combat with real-time tactics, faithfully paying tribute to the two franchises it fuses together. Musou fans will love the fantasy setting and blade-based action, while Fire Emblem followers will appreciate the strategic wrinkles that series adds to proceedings. While the story is largely forgettable, there's plenty of fan service for Fire Emblem lovers here. Despite the addition of deeper tactics we fear that Fire Emblem Warriors may still be too samey for those who have struggled with Koei Tecmo's franchise in the past, but everyone else should definitely give this a try.

4. Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch)

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch)
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Omega Force
Release Date: 24th Jun 2022 (USA) / 24th Jun 2022 (UK/EU)

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is a thoroughly entertaining mash-up of Musou mayhem, strategy and relationship-building aspects that should more than satisfy fans of both the franchises involved here. It improves upon its 2017 predecessor in several ways, most notably in providing a far more engaging story featuring a narrative that's ripe for several replays. With impressively solid performance on Switch and an action-packed campaign that'll see you blasting your way through tens of thousands of foes for a good 30 hours in a single playthrough, this is right up there with the very best Omega Force has served up thus far.

3. Persona 5 Strikers (Switch)

Persona 5 Strikers (Switch)
Persona 5 Strikers (Switch)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: P-Studio
Release Date: 23rd Feb 2021 (USA) / 23rd Feb 2021 (UK/EU)

Persona 5 Strikers is a slick and stylish spin-off that manages to successfully combine a surprisingly strong story with some satisfying Musou-inspired hack-and-slash action. There are a few issues here and there, with some necessary grinding at points, slight difficulty imbalances and a camera that can be a bit of a pain during busy battles but, overall, this is a thoroughly entertaining action-RPG that comes highly recommended.

2. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Switch)

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Switch)
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date: 18th May 2018 (USA) / 18th May 2018 (UK/EU)

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is a great time-sink game, featuring mindless but fun action gameplay that offers up the potential for dozens — if not hundreds — of hours of content. Though it certainly feels like a game that’s too bloated in places, it manages to balance the Zelda and Dynasty Warriors elements well. Group all of that with stellar presentation and impressive portable gameplay, and you’ve got a game that does a great job of doing something new (and weird) with a classic Nintendo property. We’d give this one a recommendation, especially to fans of the Zelda series who have always wanted there to be some sort of 'anniversary' game. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition may not have a ton of depth, but it’s incredibly fun and Zelda nuts would be missing out by not picking up this 'complete' edition.

1. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date: 20th Nov 2020 (USA) / 20th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

Approached with the knowledge that this is a full-featured side-dish, you'll have a very good time hacking and slashing your way through Calamity Ganon's minions in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity; just remember that despite its sparkling presentation, it is still not a Zelda game. What it is is a brilliant Zelda-infused Musou experience filled with varied and satisfying combat and Breath of the Wild additions that work beautifully within the boundaries of the Warriors template.

The care and attention given to detail here is hugely impressive. We found performance to be adequate and, crucially, it didn't affect our enjoyment throughout — just be prepared for a slideshow once the pyrotechnics start in two-player co-op. Regardless of frame rate, though, there's definite catharsis in grabbing the Master Sword, sprinting out there and giving all the prowling nasties a sound thrashing.


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