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  • Summary: War is coming to the continent of Fódlan. Here, order is maintained by the Church of Seiros, which hosts the prestigious Officer's Academy within its headquarters. You are invited to teach one of its three mighty houses, each comprised of students brimming with personality and represented byWar is coming to the continent of Fódlan. Here, order is maintained by the Church of Seiros, which hosts the prestigious Officer's Academy within its headquarters. You are invited to teach one of its three mighty houses, each comprised of students brimming with personality and represented by a royal from one of three territories. As their professor, you must lead your students in their academic lives and in turn-based, tactical RPG battles wrought with strategic, new twists to overcome. Which house, and which path, will you choose? Expand
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  1. Positive: 98 out of 102
  2. Negative: 0 out of 102
  1. Sep 18, 2019
    100
    Whatever path you choose, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an absolute blast. It’s the best Fire Emblem title since Awakening, and it goes straight onto my list of must-play Switch games.
  2. Jul 31, 2019
    96
    It has a great division of labor between its school and battlefield segments. The characters are all quite likeable. The three storylines are different enough to beg additional replays, as is the promise of knowing everyone has unseen potential to become the units you want them to be. It’s a fantastic game that will easily become one of the NIntendo Switch’s most memorable titles.
  3. 95
    I have never beaten a sixty-hour game and immediately wanted to jump back in for round two. Fire Emblem: Three Houses pulls you in with its rock-solid grid-based combat. But it keeps you invested by offering rich characters, deep squad customization, and an enthralling story that keeps you guessing. It’s is easily the best RPG of 2019—so far.
  4. Jul 25, 2019
    90
    Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an inspired innovation of a time-tested franchise, providing the same tactics fans love in a much more inviting package.
  5. Jul 25, 2019
    90
    The most ambitious videogame in the Fire Emblem series, with three campaigns and more than 100 hours of gameplay. If you want RPG tactical turns, this is one of the best options.
  6. Jul 25, 2019
    88
    For me, Fire Emblem is just the right mix of brains, excitement, love, suffering and tactical thinking.
  7. Jul 25, 2019
    60
    Fire Emblem: Three Houses is not a bad game - it starts off strong and for some reason systematically unpicks everything by the time you’re 30 hours in. The battle system is fairly impressive but still carries some of the flaws the series has had for the past decade, and the writing of the central cast feels like a step back compared to the 3DS series’ entries.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 800
  1. Jul 26, 2019
    10
    Perfection. The people who give this game any less than a 9 is a complete moron especially if all the critics can't see the epicness fantasyPerfection. The people who give this game any less than a 9 is a complete moron especially if all the critics can't see the epicness fantasy in this masterpiece ! Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2019
    10
    Pretty good game. Only rating to help with the review bombing, hope it gets cleared up.
  3. Sep 2, 2019
    10
    Fantastic game based on the older versions in the franchise. Made me love Fire Emblem again. Definitely recommend, replay-ability is throughFantastic game based on the older versions in the franchise. Made me love Fire Emblem again. Definitely recommend, replay-ability is through the roof and future content will keep you sinking hours into the game. Expand
  4. Jul 31, 2019
    10
    Amazing soundtrack, great character development and storytelling. Oh, did I mention the soundtrack was amazing?
  5. Oct 3, 2019
    9
    This was my first ever Fire Emblem game, so I was quite excited to see what it had got to offer. I have to say, I was positively surprised. IThis was my first ever Fire Emblem game, so I was quite excited to see what it had got to offer. I have to say, I was positively surprised. I enjoyed this game a lot more, than I originally expected.

    First of all, this game offers A LOT of content. Since you have the option to choose from three different routes, with each of them taking about 60 hours to complete, if you try to do as many side quests as possible. I have finished my first playthrough just a few days ago, but I can see myself starting another one in the future. The story is interesting and well written, which probably is due the well thought out characters. Every character has its own personality and a quite engaging backstory, which leads you to actually caring for them. In the late game it makes you really feel bad to kill or lose some of these characters. Furthermore, every character is fully voice acted, which just gives them even more individuality. You also notice significant character development, as you progress in the game. Definitely one of the greatest strengths of the game, if not the greatest.

    What I also really liked were the side quests. Especially the fact, that some of them are based on events, which just happened in the main story. Even these side quests reveal information about the history or certain characters.

    The game basically consists of three parts. There is the part, where you explore the monastery and talk to students / other professors, do activities, like fishing and helping people with certain tasks. By doing that, you enhance the relationship to your students / other professors, which unlocks support conversations. Additionally, having a good relationship to your students also increases their stats in battle, if they are close to each other.

    The second part would be teaching your students skills, so they can master specific classes. As the teacher, you can set their goals, as well as boost skills individually. To gain most of these lessons, you need to make sure, that your students are motivated to improve their skills even more, by doing activities with them.

    At last, we have the fighting. As far as I know, the mechanics didn’t change much, compared to previous games. The game does a great job at teaching you the mechanics. You have to think about which of your students should be on the front and which students you want to keep at a safer spot. After choosing the position of one of your students, you have the option to attack (if the enemy is in your reach), use an item or wait. It can be quite satisfying to beat multiple enemies in one turn without losing an ally. But one thing I don’t like is the durability system of the weapons. By attacking enemies your weapons are wearing out and if the durability of a weapon hits 0, its power and accuracy decreases. You can talk to the blacksmith to repair your weapons, but he will ask you for materials to do so. The problem is, in the preparation phase of a battle, there is no option to buy these materials. You can only buy them from the merchants in the monastery, which you don’t have access to in the preparation phase. I think it would have been better, if you could repair your weapons by just paying the blacksmith with gold. That way you wouldn’t have to make always sure to buy enough materials before a battle. However, another positive thing is the opportunity to rewind time to reconsider your actions if you lose a student for example. Even though you can use that ability more than ten times in the later game, which is almost a bit too much in my opinion, it is a welcome feature.

    Unfortunately, the graphics really aren’t the best. That also goes for some of the animations. While the character models are pretty good, the environment just isn’t beautiful to look at. Also collisions are basically non-existent. You can walk through cats and pillars, like they weren’t even there. Personally I don’t need fancy graphics, but it definitely would have been better if the developers polished them a bit more. On the other hand the soundtrack is pretty good.

    All in all, I really enjoyed Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It has surpassed my expectations by far and I have had a great time with it. You really should check it out, if you are interested in a SRPG with an engaging story and well-written characters.
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  6. Jul 26, 2019
    9
    Not only do I love classics FE games but I adore the new options offered in Three Houses. The class system is way more fun than I initiallyNot only do I love classics FE games but I adore the new options offered in Three Houses. The class system is way more fun than I initially thought it would be and I love the dynamics that exist within each of the three house. So far, 4 hours in, I am completely in love with this game. Expand
  7. Oct 17, 2019
    0
    This game is my biggest disappointment; possibly one of the biggest disappointments I have had from a video game. It makes very little senseThis game is my biggest disappointment; possibly one of the biggest disappointments I have had from a video game. It makes very little sense and just feels half baked.
    However, the story is dreadful. Honestly, this one is a bit of a dud for me and I'm surprised.
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