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  • Summary: Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition Includes: All 3 Versions of Fire Emblem: Fates (Birthright, Conquest, Revelation*) on a Single Cartrige. *Allows purchasers to play Revelations three weeks prior to launch on eshop. It's the only way to get all Three Versions on a Single Cartridge. AlsoFire Emblem Fates Special Edition Includes: All 3 Versions of Fire Emblem: Fates (Birthright, Conquest, Revelation*) on a Single Cartrige. *Allows purchasers to play Revelations three weeks prior to launch on eshop. It's the only way to get all Three Versions on a Single Cartridge. Also includes a Hardcover Art Book and Nintendo 3DS XL Carrying Pouch featuring Game Art. Two kingdoms are on the brink of war. Whose side will you choose? Torn between two families, you’re an heir of Hoshido, raised by Nohrian royals. If you walk the path of Conquest, you must fight to change your misguided kingdom from within. Command warriors with expert precision and forge deep relationships to master this turn-based strategy game. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. May 19, 2016
    100
    If you're into RPGs and turn-based tactics, then this is an utterly essential purchase.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    Jun 14, 2016
    93
    Fire Emblem Fates is an excellent turn-based fantasy strategy game with interesting characters and good story. [June/July 2016]
  3. Feb 17, 2016
    90
    Fire Emblem: Fates is easily one of the biggest and most intimidating entries in the series, but the refined systems and sheer breadth of content, mixed with a colorful and memorable cast of characters, makes this a grand offering for both Fire Emblem faithful and newcomers alike.
  4. Aug 5, 2016
    90
    Not exactly novel but fantastic all the same. There's something here for everyone to love.
  5. May 13, 2016
    87
    Emblem Fates is the most extended game in the series, thanks to three storylines that are a tad cliche. Thankfully the strategic gameplay and complex tactics make up for that, cause this game can pull you in and take tens of hours of your time.
  6. May 16, 2016
    85
    Fire Emblem Fates is one more reason to buy a Nintendo 3DS. Intelligent Systems creates a very beautiful yet hardcore rpg.
  7. Feb 17, 2016
    80
    Fire Emblem Fates smartly revises a quarter-century old battle system and offers ever more reasons to care about your little chess pieces, but neither version does enough to welcome new players.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. Sep 1, 2017
    10
    A great fire emblem game that you should try if you are at all interested in the series, it has great characters, great gameplay and isA great fire emblem game that you should try if you are at all interested in the series, it has great characters, great gameplay and is overall just a good time Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2016
    10
    Normally, I would've given this game a nine, but due to the way people are "bashing" and giving it low scores, I may as well do what I can toNormally, I would've given this game a nine, but due to the way people are "bashing" and giving it low scores, I may as well do what I can to help raise that score. I've been a Fire Emblem fan for quite a while now and can honestly say that it's still as enjoyable as ever and the "censorship" in this game has very little impact and is still worth your money. In fact, there are some changes that I really liked.

    I pre-ordered the special edition knowing that my 3DS was out of room, but I really feel that splitting the game up in three was in a way, hurtful to the experience. The three games do link up from the records hall and even give out some special bonuses, but it's that huge support log (even though you could download the other two to have the same experience). It honestly feels like FE: Fates should be on a single cartridge, but each path is a full fledged game...though I'd say it's a bit smaller than awakening (like 2 or 3 maps smaller per path). I'd rather it have been a 60 or 80 dollar game than three different games.

    I've completed the Birthright Path and the story is solid, despite the occasional bad voice acting moment. Though it is nothing compared to Path of Radiance bad. The maps are way better than awakening, but I felt that the lack of units with good defense combined with the blown out maps/very few enemy reinforcements over a long period of time, just added up to be a tiny bit tedious. There are a lot of fun maps though so I'd recommend giving this path a shot before turning your back on it.

    As for conquest, I'm up to chapter 15 and can I just say that these maps are amazing. I've heard the story goes downhill from here, but it's not that bad from where I am now. The maps though. Holy cow! People who played older games will really enjoy this as the multiple objectives and the pressure to always keep moving. The maps feel the right size and the units work well with it. Even on hard-classic, I never felt overwhelmed by the difficulty so far. If you could only pick one path to pick, this is the path to go as the maps are worth it.

    I haven't played Revelations so I can't judge it, but it seems like it'd be the perfect medium of the two. Anyways, I feel they improved on the Fire Emblem combat in general. Yeah, it feels like that same of fighting system except the position of your characters is much more important due to the pair up system. Adjacent characters can attack together with the partner doing only half a normal attack, or they can be "rescued" or combined with another character to have a gauge that blocks attacks when full as well as blocking a partner attack as well. What's more important is that enemies can do this as well which is where strategy comes into play. (If you play the game, this'll make more sense).

    Weapons are also much better in this game. They are pricier to make up for the lack of durability, but speed is a key factor into which weapon to use. Steel and dual ranged weapons like Javelins have speed reductions while Silver weapons lower your stats. So you won't simply be buying and using just a single weapon for each character which again, I feel is better than the durability system.

    As for the story and localization, I feel they're just fine. To be honest, I probably wouldn't have taken notice in any of the changes they did if it weren't for all the comments on it. I've played through one story branch completely and done plenty of supports, all of which were pretty well done. There's only been one support that I agree was done poorly, but hopefully a patch will change that one (yes, I'm talking about "..."). I can also say I feel like this game took a more mature route in doing characters than awakening...which might be hard to believe. Sure there's the lol moments such as Nile's "secret lair" but this definitely feels much deeper than awakening.

    (WARNING! THIS PART OF THE REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS):

    I will says that Fire Emblem Fates does have its faults. I mentioned before that the branches do hurt it a bit. I like the idea, but I'd rather them consider making a much longer game and possibly more of a Radiant Dawn design if they attempt this again. What they do have works, but each path has it's own faults such as Birthright's lack of engaging maps at points.

    My biggest gripe is actually the children units. It worked in Awakening and was cool, but...they're reasoning in fates reaches almost idiotic. Apparently you can have a baby that grows into a kid...due to a time paradox. The maps themselves are cool, but I'd rather of just had paralogues or gaiden chapters unlocked by meeting certain requirements than...the paradox children.

    [Spoilers End here]

    I suppose I'll end on the DLC. The gold and exp ones are a bit of a disappointment compared to how simple and easy awakening's were, but they work better for conquest (Birthright has scouting to solve this problem...which is better than the DLC). They aren't bad but not worth your money as of right now.
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  3. Feb 19, 2016
    10
    This is quite possibly the best video game I have ever played. I love all the games in the Fire Emblem series, but Fates is superior in nearlyThis is quite possibly the best video game I have ever played. I love all the games in the Fire Emblem series, but Fates is superior in nearly every aspect. Engaging, emotional story, gamely tuned to perfection, diverse maps, lovable and relatable characters, interesting new mechanics like Dragons's Vein and the new weapon triangle... And some of THE best art and music your senses have experienced to date.

    It's also an incredible value- all 3 paths are quite literally a full game- in fact, each path has more content than many $60 console games. All 3 paths are varied and unique with different characters, different story, different map objectives, the works. And what's more, the second and third game come at half price!

    Fire Emblem Fates nails it. It just nails it. Don't listen to any of the sourpuss reviews spouting a bunch of biased garbage- this is truly one of the greatest video games ever crafted.
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  4. Mar 22, 2016
    8
    Well imma gonna get smashed for this but fire emblem fates is by far the one game I've seen so much hate for such a little thing. Fire emblemWell imma gonna get smashed for this but fire emblem fates is by far the one game I've seen so much hate for such a little thing. Fire emblem fates is one of the best fire emblem games to play right now should you have obtained a Special Edition(Bloody scalpers...) this is the best game to play for replayability. That's the key word here. How much of the game do you really enjoy? It's personal preference mind you, you're entitled to your own opinion but when you give reasons such as the gameplay was good but localization was **** and then 0/10 it defies logic. You did enjoy the game did you? No game in its right deserves a zero because of how its localised it only deserves it if it's a bloody mess of a game that doesn't even deserve the right to be played for example bubsy 3D. But I digress fire emblem fates gameplay is the best of awakenings and the past games combined into one and as a long time fan of the series I would actually say play revelation and ignore the rest... But you'd be missing out on 2/3 of gameplay that you didn't play but (Mild Spoiler) I can't stand the plot miguffin they use for Azuras reason for not telling anyone about the kingdom, curse? Really? But that's really the only time I think it went off the path otherwise the game is a solid 8/10 for me and you should try it out if you're new and enjoy tactical rpg gameplay. You never know you might find yourself a new series that you enjoy. Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2017
    7
    This game was very disapointing to me.
    It's like Awakening, but worse characters (Peri and Camilla), music, not as fun to make an Overpowered
    This game was very disapointing to me.
    It's like Awakening, but worse characters (Peri and Camilla), music, not as fun to make an Overpowered team. It's not bad however, It's a great game (Conquest has some of the best gameplay in the series) But it's just Kinda disapointing. Also the story and writing is just hilariously bad at times.
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  6. Jul 25, 2019
    6
    I played all three games. The best game of the three is revelations cause its the only version that offers a complete story with almost noI played all three games. The best game of the three is revelations cause its the only version that offers a complete story with almost no plotholes. The gameplay is what i expect from a fire emblem game and the maps are diverse and interesting. birthright is bland and easy but does not overstay its welcome. Conquest is better on the story but gameplay needed big adjustments cause phoenix mode is just a giant band aid for its inherent bigger gameplay problems.

    The only game that felt truly complete was revelation but that was dlc. Fates biggest problem is that it feels like it should have been one game and there were tell tale signs it was like the fact YOU GO THROUGH THE SAME 6 CHAPTERS IN ALL THREE GAMES BEFORE MAKING A DECISION ON YOUR CHOICE. literally this should have been one game from the beginning that becomes so much clearer when you beat it. Honestly this is the messiest fire emblem game ive ever played and ive beaten raidant dawn which is a pretty messy game but still holds up.

    I think that this is the worst set of modern Fe games that has come out. Its not bubsy 3d bad no not many games can come close to but its disappointing in how bad they were.

    Birthright: way to easy but at least way not that hard to complete so it never stayed longer than it had to but pretty basic story but had big plotholes.

    Conquest: decent story but too many big plotholes and gameplay was a catastrophe where it needed more work instead of using phoenix mode as a quick fix. (this game will burn you out hard)

    Revelations: best of the three decent map design, balanced units and a decent story but too many units but is the one i had most fun with because it was the most balanced.

    Overall: Play revelations cause its the real story and the one your are going to enjoy the most. birthright is too easy and conquest is too difficult but there are inherent problems that needed to be fixed for it to have been good.

    (The special edition also shows that yeah this could have been all one game but they chose not to which shows why certain parts of the games are so unbalanced.) its a 6.5 out of 10 its mediocre
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  7. Dec 25, 2016
    0
    I have, at the moment, no time to give a full review on all aspects, or explain why I dislike this game.
    regardless- Fire Emblem Fates is a
    I have, at the moment, no time to give a full review on all aspects, or explain why I dislike this game.
    regardless- Fire Emblem Fates is a disgraceful steaming lump of **** and the most deplorable cesspool of lazy, shamelessly and shoddily slapped together writing with characters more forgettable than a night of heavy drinking. Awakening set up the pinnacle of the art that is Fire Emblem, and Fates is nothing more than the equivalent of a rom hack tailor-made for weebs and to falsely advertise 'player choice'. Any true Fire Emblem fan can say with absolute truth, that this game fails on every level as a Fire Emblem game.
    seriously- **** this game.
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