Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. 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.
  2. Feb 23, 2016
    There’s only one word to describe Fire Emblem Conquest: Amazing. It retakes all the good aspects from Fire Emblem Awakening, its predecessor, and polishes them in some way that puts all of the elements that made this a game great in a new dimension, almost touching perfection. Also its difficulty level is one of the pillars that make this version stand in front of the other. If you’re looking for an incredible adventure with a challenge worth the effort, look no further, here is what you have been waiting for.
  3. Feb 17, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is another feather in the cap of Nintendo and is another top-notch title on the 3DS. It lives up to its franchises reputation and even if you don’t want to spend the extra money to unlock the entire experience, the individual game without the DLC is worth it.
  4. Feb 17, 2016
    Conquest on the other hand is a more enjoyable from my perspective as a strategy veteran. It's much more complex from the start, and offers bigger maps, more interesting objectives (such as point defense or sieges), and a more intriguing plot.
  5. Feb 17, 2016
    The intense difficulty is squarely aimed at veteran Fire Emblem players, and its satisfying campaign is full of variety and challenge. And even though a win or loss can down to sheer luck, I walked away either satisfied or eager to give it another shot.
  6. May 12, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates is excellent, and we enjoyed the Conquest edition a bit more than Birthright. The battles are even deeper and more complex, and the storyline is more original and less predictable.
  7. Feb 17, 2016
    The campaign is a grueling challenge all the way through, but every time I snatched a win from the jaws of defeat I felt an undeniable surge of satisfaction and pride, one that made my victories that much sweeter. If that sounds fun to you, Conquest is the ideal way to play Fire Emblem Fates. If you want all of the fantastic gameplay with less pressure, don’t feel any shame about sticking to Birthright. You can’t go wrong either way.
  8. May 13, 2016
    FE Fates proves once again its leadership in the genre. This is the game we've enjoyed the most so far, offering a very deep, engaging and challenging adventure that won't let you turn off your 3DS till you've finished playing it.
  9. Jun 26, 2016
    If you’re aiming for a steeply difficult strategy game that really makes you think ahead, Conquest is the way to go. I’d still recommend playing the Birthright path first, to be honest – the difficulty curve between the two works well, and Nohr’s story works well as an extension of your experience in Hoshido.
  10. 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.
  11. May 25, 2016
    This is absolutely the better of the two retail Fire Emblem Fates releases, and while I could muse on the differences between this and Fire Emblem Awakening for an age, the verdict broadly pans out as Conquest being on balance is equal to Awakening. That's an achievement in itself - it was, after all, named our favorite RPG of 2013. Conquest lives up to that legacy where Birthright doesn't quite manage to.
  12. May 20, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is as lethal as it is lovingly crafted, with challenging tactical gameplay that will push series veterans to the edge.
  13. 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.
  14. May 12, 2016
    Conquest wants to conquer the Fire Emblem fans. It's the most difficult and varied title in the Fates trilogy. The best option for players that demand a long and challenging a strategic and tactic videogame.
  15. May 5, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is a monument to the elegance of Intelligent Systems. Hard, yet accessible, it's even deeper than the series' standards. Fans will love it and newbies should try it (maybe starting from the Birthright version).
  16. May 4, 2016
    Fire Emblem Conquest is the evolution of Fire Emblem heritage. Deep, beautiful but hard, this game is developed for those who have been playing the series from the beginning.
  17. May 4, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest clearly stands out as one of the greatest titles in Nintendo's tactical RPG series. Improving on its formula while delivering what the players expect, this chapter provides a rich, refined and long-lasting gameplay experience, along with a magnificent visual work and an extremely demanding difficulty level. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest shows that it's possible to improve key aspects of an established formula while remaining loyal to its roots.
  18. Apr 3, 2016
    The brilliance of this game lies in the fact that these are all viable strategies, and that all are possible if you plan enough moves ahead.
  19. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Mar 15, 2016
    If you've been hoping for a return to the strict, truly strategic old-school Fire Emblem way – the way the Japan-only games played years ago – you'll find it here. [Issue #20 – March/April 2016, p.75]
  20. Feb 26, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is a must-have gem for the 3DS.
  21. Feb 22, 2016
    An excellent follow-up to its memorable predecessor, Fire Emblem Fates offers accessibility for the newcomer and strategic depth to the veteran in any of its versions and it's a remarkable and flawlessly executed sequel that sets the bar very high for future releases of the franchise; however, newbies must beware from the infernal difficulty of the Conquest version, which is relentless and unforgiving, only fit for the seasoned enthusiast.
  22. 90
    I appreciated the very dark nature of the story. Usually, when playing through games with moral choices I usually choose the options that are “good.” The story is actually pretty hard to swallow in Conquest. The game has no problem killing off good characters, and on multiple occasions I was devastated to see the way that the story would play out.
  23. Feb 17, 2016
    Fire Emblem: Conquest is billed as the "hardcore" side of Fire Emblem Fates, and it doesn't disappoint with its intricate and challenging maps. On top of that, the core of Fire Emblem's relationship mechanics are strong as ever, and the castle hub is a very nice addition. Even if you opt to ignore Birthright, Conquest is a full-featured and satisfying RPG on its own.
  24. 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.
  25. May 12, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates is one more reason to buy a Nintendo 3DS. Intelligent Systems creates a very beautiful yet hardcore RPG.
  26. May 5, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is proof that less can be more. Harder, more intense and balancing a better plot between the two games, it’s Fire Emblem at its purest.
  27. May 4, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is one of the best RPGs available on a handheld device, offering a punishing challenge that is mischievously veiled by immaculate visual design and thought-provoking tactical gameplay.
  28. Jun 26, 2016
    A tough tactical adventure. [Issue#175, p.78]
  29. May 26, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is a great strategy RPG, with an interesting and engaging combat design that challenges and rewards the players.
  30. May 25, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is yet another great strategy RPG mashup from Intelligent Systems. Its harder difficulty may scare away casual players but will reward those who really put in the time and effort learning about the mechanics.
  31. May 12, 2016
    Conquest is very lucky that its gameplay and localization are so excellent, because its tired story leaves much to be desired.
  32. 80
    It often lacks the accessibility and sense of fun of Birthright, but for Fire Emblem and strategy veterans this is still an excellent entry in the series.
  33. Apr 10, 2016
    While Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest can stumble in a few places, namely the melodramatic plot and a few structural annoyances, this is ultimately a great SRPG that should please series fans. Some of the newer mechanics don't work quite as well as they should, but the tweaks to the core gameplay go a long way to making this a challenging, and immensely satisfying game.
  34. Mar 22, 2016
    Its combat stays consistently interesting and most other aspects are on par with Awakening, which is plenty to make it a fine tactical title worthy of investigation by anyone intrigued. When the rest of the game is considered, it feels as if Intelligent Systems tossed in just about every notion to cross the development team's mind, which makes applauding its ambition easier than considering everything a rousing success.
  35. Mar 8, 2016
    At the same time, this series is one of the best strategy RPGs I have ever played and while not as enjoyable as Awakening, it’s still a great title and worthy of the Fire Emblem name.
  36. Mar 7, 2016
    There’s nothing that gets your blood boiling and your heart racing like a hardcore strategy-RPG with perma-death, and Fire Emblem Fates fits that mold to a T. It’s a shame that the overall experience is separated into three different packages, removing the significant choice near the beginning of the game in favor of what’s inside of your wallet.
  37. Feb 23, 2016
    Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is an excellent, challenging SRPG that requires a great deal of forethought and precision, rewarding the player for hard choices, and keeping your characters in play.
  38. Feb 20, 2016
    There's something that definitely seems to be missing from Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. The challenge is certainly there, but it brings its own sacrifices, as well.
  39. Feb 17, 2016
    There’s little doubt that Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest delivers on every front that it promised fans, serving up an interesting narrative and tough-as-nails gameplay.
  40. Feb 17, 2016
    Conquest is a great game, and I fell for its hardcore lean at times, but when I was backed into a corner after a series of hard fights with no resolution but to lower the difficulty, I wished I was playing Birthright instead.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 578 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 76 out of 578
  1. Feb 19, 2016
    The gameplay itself is great... but the game suffers from the "localization" that Nintendo of America put it through. Removed (optional)The gameplay itself is great... but the game suffers from the "localization" that Nintendo of America put it through. Removed (optional) content, censorship, changing of characters to turn them into jokes, insertion of memes just for self-fellation. It's really annoying at this point that nearly every game Nintendo of America localizes gets censored, even if the target audience are mature (such as Fatal Frame) or mid-late teens (Xenoblade Chronicles X & Fire Emblem Fates). The type of localization shows that they think their audience is stupid. Full Review »
  2. Feb 19, 2016
    Great story, characters, and gameplay. It improves everything that was wrong with Awakening and is just really fun to play. Definitely a mustGreat story, characters, and gameplay. It improves everything that was wrong with Awakening and is just really fun to play. Definitely a must have for 3ds. Full Review »
  3. Feb 19, 2016
    Do you like hard games that are strategic? Look no further this game is for you. You will get dozens upon dozens of hours on content out ofDo you like hard games that are strategic? Look no further this game is for you. You will get dozens upon dozens of hours on content out of this games. Its perfect for people on a budget that could only afford a handful of games a year. Thhis game will eat up your time. Perfect distraction for when on the go. Full Review »