Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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  1. Feb 23, 2016
    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. Jun 8, 2016
    Another great addition to the Fire Emblem series, the newest chapter offers amazing visuals, an entirely captivating story and engrossing gameplay. Neither veterans nor newcomers should miss a change for one of the best offerings for the 3DS.
  3. Feb 17, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is a fantastic balance of tactical challenge and accessibility. Even after I finished the story, I found myself returning to the battlefield again and again to unlock more conversations between friends and test my army’s might against Nohr’s finest. I’m addicted to Fire Emblem Fates, and that’s fine by me.
  4. May 15, 2016
    Maybe the Conquest version is a little superior, but Birthright is the ideal starting point for Fire Emblem Fates, both for beginners in tactical role-playing games and also for hardcore gamers who are going to play all three storylines of the game.
  5. Mar 14, 2016
    The most impressive refinement of Fire Emblem to date, this game belongs in everyone's 3DS.
  6. Feb 23, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright represents one of the greatest games in this genre. Its great story telling, complex gameplay mechanics and stunning art direction and music, makes it a must have for every single person who enjoys videogames. Hands down.
  7. Feb 17, 2016
    Birthright is a grueling, fantastic experience that not only matches the quality of its predecessor but possibly outshines it as well, more than earning its place at the table of must-play strategy/RPGs.
  8. Jun 9, 2016
    If you have a 3DS, Fire Emblem Fates is a must-buy; if you don’t, it’s yet another reason, on top of so many others, to get one. Just be sure you do your research, and stick to Birthright unless you’re absolutely ready for the challenge Conquest has to offer.
  9. May 16, 2016
    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.
  10. May 5, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is amongst the best tactical videogames of all time. While it’s not the wholesale reinvigoration that Awakening was, it is the refinement of three decades worth of game development, from a team who have fundamentally defined the handheld tactical genre.
  11. May 4, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates Birthright is the sequel Awakening fans are waiting for. It's a more linear and easier experience than Conquest, but still a beautiful and deep mix between a RPG and turn-based strategic game.
  12. May 4, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates is an incredible package and an experience that rivals the very best the 3DS has to offer.
  13. 90
    The best Fire Emblem yet, with more depth of gameplay and options than ever before and yet still perfectly accessible for new players.
  14. Mar 22, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is a fantastic addition to the series and easily one of the best Fire Emblem games.
  15. Feb 25, 2016
    Birthright may be the best place to start out of the two versions, as it’s easily accessible to anyone regardless of their experience with the series. Some story beats may be a bit cliche, but Birthright still has a captivating tale about family, love, and duty. By the same token, the gameplay and presentation is tighter than its ever been.
  16. Feb 17, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is a great followup to the amazing Fire Emblem: Awakening. The story is solid, the tactical combat is great, if simplistic in this version, and the characters are wonderfully endearing. The game excels in providing options, letting players tailor how they want to experience this world. If you care more or equally about the romance and social aspects of Fire Emblem, this is the version you should be playing.
  17. May 14, 2016
    FEF: Birthright is the best episode to get to know this series. It's more accessible, but it still has the depth and complexity you find in other episodes. No matter if you know the franchise already or not, it's a game you'll enjoy from the very first minute to the very last.
  18. Jun 1, 2016
    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.
  19. 85
    While I wish the story had more twists and that the main character had more depth, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is fantastic package with a lot to offer.
  20. Feb 17, 2016
    Speaking of alleviating frustration, Birthright is probably the best starting place for newcomers. Not only does it offer unlimited grinding opportunities to beef up your party, but the actual missions mostly consist of easy "rout (kill) the enemy" parameters. The tale is also relatively open and shut, following a traditional storyline from a macro perspective, while keeping the complicated relationships intact.
  21. Jun 8, 2016
    I don't think there are any bad Fire Emblem games, and despite that Birthright still manages to be one of the better ones.
  22. Feb 19, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is a great tactical JRPG with a weird release. The game itself is fantastic though.
  23. Jun 26, 2016
    A tough tactical adventure. [Issue#175, p.78]
  24. May 18, 2016
    This is the best choice if you are looking a Fire Emblem for everyone. Its missions aren't the most inspired, but it is still a good game.
  25. May 5, 2016
    Picking up the ball that Fire Emblem: Awakening passed to it, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is a second chance at jumping into an iconic franchise for the first time and getting lost in the magic of love on the battlefield.
  26. Apr 5, 2016
    Ultimately, Birthright is an excellent tactical game with a lackluster story.
  27. Mar 15, 2016
    I may have done a lot of nitpicking, but Birthright is still undeniably a solid Fire Emblem entry.
  28. 80
    Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright does a great job of preserving and building on its predecessor's strengths as well as offering a solid standalone experience, and is a must-play for any 3DS owner looking for a quality RPG.
  29. Feb 17, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is an absolute delight to play, from the battlefield to the bedroom. If you loved its predecessor Awakening, you'll enjoy the heightened tension and intimacy imbued in every moment of Birthright.
  30. Mar 8, 2016
    While the core gameplay of Fire Emblem: Fates remains intact and enjoyable, the poorly conceived release model, along with a predictable story that feels incomplete holds it back from true greatness.
  31. May 25, 2016
    This is a bloody good RPG, but it's one that's been significantly watered down in an attempt to bring in new players. If you're trying to draw a friend into the world of strategy RPGs, Birthright is ideal. If you're a more experienced RPG fan this might well satisfy, but another version of Fire Emblem Fates might satisfy you more - this one is just a little too simple and easy, and in line with that is a touch lacking in depth.
  32. May 4, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright could very well be an outstanding chapter in a series that is cherished for its narratives and gameplay mechanics. Unfortunately Birthright falls down before it reaches its goal. Its very good production values and sharp combats openly clash with an uninspired and dull narrative, poorly implemented difficulty curve, generic and empty characters and the simple fact that it just doesn't work as a stand alone game in the first place.
  33. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Mar 15, 2016
    When Birthright transcends its repetition and monotony, it's on the same level of Awakening – but that happens far less often than I hoped. [Issue #20 – March/April 2016, p.74]
  34. Feb 17, 2016
    It's an above-average tactical RPG with excellent production value and moderately good gameplay scenarios, but it feels surprisingly one-note and dissatisfying if taken on its own merits as a self-contained game. If you're willing to pony up the extra $20 to buy Conquest, or the $80 price tag of the Special Edition with both Conquest and Revelation, I highly recommend it, as the whole experience of all three is where the real value of the game is.
  35. Apr 12, 2016
    While not a bad game, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is one of the biggest disappointments in the series in years.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 501 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 69 out of 501
  1. Feb 21, 2016
    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. Feb 19, 2016
    Good game. Better character development than conquest. If you are into story more than mechanics get this version. Also soundtrack is reallyGood game. Better character development than conquest. If you are into story more than mechanics get this version. Also soundtrack is really awesome. Best part for me is creating your own character. Full Review »
  3. Feb 19, 2016
    Fates is the New Fire Emblem game that come to us as the accomplishment of everything this franchise fought to be; a big, epic game, on theFates is the New Fire Emblem game that come to us as the accomplishment of everything this franchise fought to be; a big, epic game, on the path of Shinning Force III it also offers 3 full-blow scenarios, that might seem like milking too much, but's actually a game with so much beef that can last you a whole year. On Birthright you play as the "goodies" on an traditional japanese landscape. The new classes, maps and gimmicks will keep your FE heart beating fast. Full Review »