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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

ファイアーエムブレム 風花雪月

Developers: Intelligent SystemsKoei Tecmo Publisher: Nintendo
26 July 2019
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Set on the continent of Fódlan, where three rival nations are now at peace, a mercenary has been selected by the continent's prevailing church to teach one of three school houses, each aligned to one nation.
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My first Fire Emblem, and a very enjoyable experience at that. It's my understanding much of the rest of the series is a straightforward strategy game, whereas this takes huge inspiration from Persona in how you foster the growth of your squad, but it is a fine match, and much of the game is enjoyable even for how long it is. The combat is the highlight, albeit a bit too easy on lower difficulty settings and technically not featuring any AI, just scripts to game around, but it is a cracking and tense strategy RPG regardless.

Most of the rest of the experience is enjoyable, but still bogged down by dead-end hooks or mechanics. The UI simply needed another pass; too many times, I had to back out of one menu just to check an influencing statistic in another. It might not be a spreadsheet simulator by any means, but cleaner methods of stat cross-referencing was desperately needed for things like class unlocks and battalion assignment. The game's rhythm of "explore, grow, fight" was hypnotic once I was in there but difficult to get kick started if I just felt like playing Rock Band on another given day.

And the story is simply okay, but not for lack of trying. The concept of fostering a military school is a bit hackneyed having played through the first two Trails of Cold Steel games, but Three Houses does make socialising with the students engaging and many of their social link backstories are cool, even if some of the writing is boilerplate and some character traits are annoying. An attempt at a huge paradigm shift in the second half of the game, leading to admirable moral choices with huge consequences, is somewhat undercut by moments of pure sloppiness; most every emotional death scene in the game is a joke. And I just couldn't bring myself to care about much of the auxiliary world-building, even if its themes of class warfare and church oppression do shine through. But unlike Cold Steel, there isn't much of a world out there in Fodlan. Just more battlefields.

Its flaws only stand out more because of the time commitment, but with all my grumbling, I had a blast and look forward to returning, harder difficulty and newfound knowledge of the setting in hand.
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Fire Emblem x Persona: Game of Thrones Edition
Let me just start off by saying speaking as someone who hated Awakening (So much so that it made me sell my 3DS) and Fates due to all the waifu pandering and fanfic tier writing, I can say I absolutely adore this game with every ounce of my being and it's nothing like those games. One major plus of Three Houses is how the waifu aspect of the previous couple games is very, very toned down - S Support is locked to the avatar and it happens post game.

The story is so well written, with incredible world-building, very interesting characters that all have incredibly different and unique, realistic and relatable personalities, emotions and goals they strive towards. There really is no 'good vs evil' it's all a battle of wills and who's motivation is stronger, all the main protagonists and antagonists have a very realistic and grey sense of morality with very valid reasons for what they're doing and how they're doing it. I personally love that so much about the game. Heroes vs villains stories have been done to death so I always appreciate ones that aren't so black and white. I won't spoil anything, but what starts as a friendly Harry Potter-esque training academy turns into a dark, bloody, gruesome, mature and emotional Game of Thrones-esque war story.

The gameplay is the most refined and fun of any Fire Emblem I've ever played and I've been a big fan ever since Rekka no Ken and have played almost all the games. Also the battle animations in this are so damn stylish and smooth, I never skip them, they just don't get old to me. The maps are very well designed and have a ton of variety with all the old Fire Emblem staples - lava, water, fog, teleporters and booby-traps and more ways to keep each mission exciting.

The school social/time management system is very much like Persona, some might hate this, but I for one absolutely love it and it adds an extra dimension to the tactical gameplay having to decide what you're going to spend your free time each week on whether you want to increase the bonds with your teammates, do side quests, train and outweigh the pros of and cons of it all.

My biggest complaint (Which in itself is pretty minor, aside from most of the marriage CG scenes being really weird looking which makes no sense since the actual cut-scenes are straight up anime studio quality) is that the game is just way too easy, especially once Byleth gets their fucking Super Saiyan class. I think part of this might be my fault due to doing literally every single side quest, paralogue and a couple auxiliary battles, but still I didn't lose a single unit playing on Classic and Hard mode by the end of the game and only had to use my BITES THE DUSTO a few times in a couple endgame missions, but aside from that I really don't have any other complaints because the story, characters and gameplay were all incredible and speaking as a long time fan of the series since Rekka no Ken, I'd honestly say this is the best FE yet or at least on par with the likes of Path of Radiance.

I don't know if it's my GOTY because Bloodstained and DMC V both came out this year as well and we're still getting Death Stranding later too, but it's definitely making choosing GOTY 2019 a lot goddamn harder and certainly a top contender for GOTY and a pretty perfect game plus an easy console seller exclusive anyways. I would legit recommend any big fan of J-RPGs and T-RPGs to purchase a Switch just for this game, it's honestly just that good!
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rrr0b ファイアーエムブレム 風花雪月 2022-06-28T18:14:05Z
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dumey Fire Emblem: Three Houses 2022-06-27T01:27:07Z
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  • skeesh 2021-07-30 01:52:04.533074+00
    can't wait to play this game again with another route in like three years

    i feel like doing another playthrough anytime before then would permanently ruin the game for me though
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  • robosteven25 2021-07-31 17:21:34.145989+00
    I'm gonna try and do a "skip every possible part involving Garreg Mach" run and see if the game is still playable and then maybe come back and change my rating.

    Running around the schoolyard is a chore and it feels like half of the game.

    Story's great though.
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  • Voyage1969 2021-09-29 00:04:31.824966+00
    this game is so fucking good but I only wish it was given more time, the story clearly feels rushed and it's a shame because there's a lot of events i'd have loved to see. probably my favorite fire emblem
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  • fartgang 2022-05-02 22:02:31.11123+00
    imagine a world where Fowlawneeshafow didn't feel the need to reply to every comment he disagreed with like the game was gonna fuck him afterwards
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    • Apple2k 2022-06-06 09:34:58.304852+00
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  • Abic 2022-05-19 17:31:35.737002+00
    I wish you didn't have to replay the entire first half of the game with very minimal differences each time you pick a different house
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  • m3ntalpoptart 2022-06-14 16:17:58.270601+00
    I made an account just to comment on this game.

    I am a massive Fire Emblem fan. I've played almost every game and have beaten just about every U.S. release.

    Three Houses is the game that convinced me to get a Switch. I thought I was pretty much done with gaming going into my late 20s, but this game brought me right back in.

    What I'll say is this: It's good. It's very good. I'd even say it's fantastic.

    But there is a fatal flaw (imo) that caused me to never want to touch this game ever again after I beat it...

    THE MONASTERY.

    Idk about you folks, but the monastery was an absolute chore – a grindfest of the worst kind. It felt like doing homework. It felt like doing the dishes. It felt like mowing the lawn. You HAVE to do it but, oh my god, the tedium. I couldn't stand that I spent more time dicking around in the monastery than I did in actual battles. I haven't even read the comment box yet, but I'm wondering if others felt this way?

    I play Fire Emblem for the streamlined gameplay loop. NEW CHAPTER -> story exposition, battle, upgrades, repeat.

    This loop has been made a bit more complex in other entries, but Three Houses made the whole experience feel insufferable. I tried doing a second playthrough with a new house but I just couldn't do it. I just couldn't spend another XX hours doing errands in the monastery.

    Great game with an unbearably tedius gameplay loop. I truly envy those who enjoyed it 100%!
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  • Surskit 2022-06-17 16:22:07.043678+00
    The monastery is the entire reason I kept putting this game off even though everything else was so enjoyable. I've never been able to clear all the routes because I just can't deal with it, lol.
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  • placentahj 2022-06-23 04:15:18.667738+00
    unironically fates is better
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