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  • Summary: Two kingdoms at war – the peace-loving Hoshido and the glory-seeking Nohr. It is up to the player to decide which side to fight for. As the prince/princess of Hoshido, who was raised by Nohr royal family, you will be torn between two families you love. Whichever path you take, you will faceTwo kingdoms at war – the peace-loving Hoshido and the glory-seeking Nohr. It is up to the player to decide which side to fight for. As the prince/princess of Hoshido, who was raised by Nohr royal family, you will be torn between two families you love. Whichever path you take, you will face different types of challenges. Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Feb 23, 2016
    100
    I haven’t played Conquest or Revelation yet, so I can’t make direct comparisons to them at this point in time. However, Birthright is an engrossing experience that will keep even the most veteran gamers busy for many hours on end.
  2. Mar 14, 2016
    93
    The most impressive refinement of Fire Emblem to date, this game belongs in everyone's 3DS.
  3. May 16, 2016
    90
    After the success of Fire Emblem Awakening, Fates takes it as a base to build its new world but trying to keep old fans on board too. It offers a better plot and three different experiences tailored to veterans and newcomers. Sadly it fails to bring many improvements in gameplay (except for the addition of more interactive scenarios and the unit combination) and graphics, but in exchange adds the massive my castle function, including its multiplayer functions and online mode. It's disappointing that the good end is exclusive to the downloadable "Revelations" path, though.
  4. Jun 1, 2016
    85
    Beyond the commercial gamble, Fire Emblem Fates is an excellent tactical-RPG, just like Fire Emblem Awakening was. This new game takes back everything that worked in the previous entry (relationships, support) and adds some very addictive elements, like the castle management or this three-headed story you'll want to explore completely.
  5. Feb 19, 2016
    82
    Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is a great tactical JRPG with a weird release. The game itself is fantastic though.
  6. Apr 5, 2016
    80
    Ultimately, Birthright is an excellent tactical game with a lackluster story.
  7. Apr 12, 2016
    60
    While not a bad game, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is one of the biggest disappointments in the series in years.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 72
  2. Negative: 11 out of 72
  1. Feb 21, 2016
    10
    Most of the low reviews on this game make no sense. People who liked Fire Emblem Awakening will love this game. The main complaints are aboutMost of the low reviews on this game make no sense. People who liked Fire Emblem Awakening will love this game. The main complaints are about censorship and it seems to be trendy to jump on that bandwagon, but if you actually look up what was changed for the localized version, it's hard to be disappointed. Supposedly you could rub people's faces in My Castle. That seemed weird to me, and after playing the game for almost 10 hours I can tell you, it is definitely not something to "miss."

    The game, so far in my opinion, has improved upon the game mechanics from Awakening. When you pair up with a partner in game there is now offense and defense separately. Standing by your partner is offensive (they will join in on the attack) and having them combined for "pair up" on the same square is defensive where the backup supports your stats but can't be hurt and doesn't fight. Also when you get attacked your shield builds up and you can now see when your support will block an attack for you. You can plan better this way. Small nuances were also added such as the weapons and tomes triangles show the color that you are better than in the bottom of the weapon square. For example sword is red and beats axe which is green so if you have a sword the icon will be mostly red with green on the bottom. Useful and thoughtful. Also when you select a flying unit there will be an exclamation point if someone has a weapon that is strong against Pegasus. These touches are very useful and make the game more seamless. You want to be implementing your strategy and not accidentally doing the wrong thing because you forgot to check a menu detail.

    If you liked Awakening, you'll like this game. Birthright is the easier one. Don't hate on the games being separated or localization that doesn't take away from the game at all. Great game so far 10 hours in.
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  2. Jan 4, 2019
    10
    It's very good but I think graphics could be a tiny bit better I like the characters too
  3. Feb 26, 2016
    10
    Just amazing. So emotional, and well done that I had a really hard time choosing sides....
    This game, and Awakenings, stand at the top with
    Just amazing. So emotional, and well done that I had a really hard time choosing sides....
    This game, and Awakenings, stand at the top with the very best, in any console in any generation.
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  4. Mar 22, 2020
    8
    Muy superior a Conquest en varios apartados. La historia es mas organica y el personaje principal menos irracional e inmaduro. Se abandona laMuy superior a Conquest en varios apartados. La historia es mas organica y el personaje principal menos irracional e inmaduro. Se abandona la odiosa dificultad presente en Conquest, y ahora se permite presenciar las interacciones con los demas personajes a medida que se entrenan las unidades. Las relaciones con otros personajes se sienten genuinas y fluidas, ademas de incluir varios giros inesperados que hacen de esta estrega de las mejores que puede ofrecer la consola. Expand
  5. Feb 29, 2016
    8
    And again even in Conquest, there's still more negative ratings than mixed ratings on Birthright. Something's definitely wrong with theseAnd again even in Conquest, there's still more negative ratings than mixed ratings on Birthright. Something's definitely wrong with these users nowadays. Expand
  6. Mar 8, 2016
    6
    This game is an excellent sequel to Awakening. The story is interesting, combat is fun and tactical, castle building is fun, and multiplayerThis game is an excellent sequel to Awakening. The story is interesting, combat is fun and tactical, castle building is fun, and multiplayer works well. New weapon system is interesting, weapons are not entirely an upgrade to the previous tier, but rather each tier has it's own stat that makes it better. Characters are interesting, and the Japan vs Europe theme is cool.

    The place this game fails in is the fact that it is split into 3 versions for no reason. Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation are all basically the same game from a different view. They all branch from one decision that you can make in the game. If you do not have all the games, and pick a choice that is not meant for your game it will bring you to a place to buy the needed game. Fates feels like a game that costs $90 to play ($50 for the first game, and the other two are $20 each as downloads. Only if you own one). This on top of all the DLC that is coming out make it cost around $120 for the full experience. This system of splitting games up works with games such as Pokemon that promote going out and finding people to trade with to collect them all, but not with a single player tactical rpg rts with multiplayer elements.
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  7. Feb 10, 2020
    0
    Fire Emblem Fates is as enjoyable as puking up your spleen. You spend too much time running around an imaginary castle like Hogwarts, and IFire Emblem Fates is as enjoyable as puking up your spleen. You spend too much time running around an imaginary castle like Hogwarts, and I didn't like the weird drunk guy (his name was Gunther, maybe?). The goo monster dude was funny, but he doesn't excuse the amount of grinding in this game. Azura may be the worst character in FE history--there's absolutely nothing to her supports. Not to mention the UGLY graphics. I know the 3DS can do better, especially with the fancy-shmancy games Nintendo has been making recently (Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash comes to mind).

    Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is as dope as a dingo in a desert. The same can be said for Thracia 776 and Echoes. I even liked the one where Marth was a girl. But not even the fire-breathing sushi waifu can save this putrid pile of pitiable pixels. Given the choice, you're better off spending $40 on cheese whiz; unlike a 3DS cartridge, cheese whiz tastes good on crackers.

    ...Thanks for reading my fake review, F. Keep making quality videos.
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