Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Side Story: Cindered Shadows Image
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  • Summary: Work with a group called the Ashen Wolves, a forgotten group of students who inhabit the underground facility called Abyss. Yuri, Hapi, Balthus, and Constance are the four members of the Ashen Wolves.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 10, 2020
    90
    Though a bit short, Cindered Shadows is top-notch new content for Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
  2. NF Magazine
    May 1, 2020
    85
    In the grand scheme of things the sum of its parts makes for a fuller Fire Emblem, even if casual fans won't really notice some of the differences. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 26]
  3. Mar 10, 2020
    80
    The maps in Cindered Shadows feel different from the main game in a good way, and with enjoyable character dialogue and an interesting setting, this DLC is a treat for players who enjoyed the original game.
  4. Feb 17, 2020
    70
    While such side a story doesn't reveal crucial elements from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, this new underground location, the colorful additional characters and their radically diverse skills somehow deepen the adventure as a whole.
  5. Jun 10, 2020
    70
    It is, ultimately, solid DLC that’s worth it for fans of the game, although if you’re already bought into the game you probably already have it. What it’s not is perhaps the big send-off for the game that it had been billed as…but maybe that’s unfair, since that was never really in the cards.
  6. Feb 25, 2020
    70
    Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ Expansion Pass has no shortage of amusing characters and activities to interest anyone playing through the main story, be it for the first time or fourth. If you can get past the confusing nature of unraveling a story that seems to exist in its own universe before reaping the rewards back in a more familiar world, Cindered Shadows provides some great challenge that’s agonizingly close to being wholly unique to the rest of Three Houses, offering a few exciting new mission objectives while leaning a little too hard on familiar maps. Its missions may not be as replayable as the main story, but they do give an enticing look at what the four new characters are capable of, leaving me itching to recruit them into my team.
  7. Mar 23, 2020
    60
    Fire Emblem DLC rarely comes in at a cheap price, and this is no different, and, disappointingly, this recycles existing maps, has very little in the customisation department, and removes many of the features that made Three Houses popular in the first place. There doesn't seem to be enough substance in this eight-to-ten-hour journey to really strongly recommend this as a must have, but for those itching to add to their Fire Emblem experience, will manage to enjoy this, even if it is a bit pricey.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 18, 2020
    10
    It is what I expected for a Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC side story. I’m happy I got this DLC.
  2. Feb 13, 2020
    9
    Just before I review this dlc I want to just add that I am quite new to the Fire Emblem franchise. Other than a handful of 3ds titles IJust before I review this dlc I want to just add that I am quite new to the Fire Emblem franchise. Other than a handful of 3ds titles I played, 3 Houses was the only Fire Emblem which was able to draw me in for +100hrs.

    Unlike many with regards to the season pass I didn't not mind spending $37 AUD on a season pass. Compared to some season passes, the $37 AUD is quite cheap, when compared to other expansion passes of the past. Before Cindered Shadows released, I had been quite happy with what I had been giving. The base game was already well detailed and enjoyable enough and any further support with extra quests, costumes and characters were greatly appreciated.

    To the dlc now, as part of the expansion for wave 4 there was quite a lot that was incorporated into the game. The biggest feature being the new side story featuring the secret fourth house. I just want to add, I would not recommend playing this side story before playing the main game. There's a few major storylines regarding the main character for 3 Houses in this dlc that get revealed. But there's also the increase in difficulty. I played through this dlc on normal, and most of the 7 chapters were quite annoying and difficult to work around, as you are limited to items, money and you aren't able to grind your team up outside of the side story missions.

    The new area the "Abyss", is fairly limited in the side story, but once you complete the side story, it will appear in your main game save, and you will be able to travel to that location. This is quite good as they've added some neat features like a person who will evaluate the growth of your students and there's things like being able to use renown to purchase items or weapons (if you need to).
    The story itself is a bit slow, but it definitely picks up towards the end. However, for a side story it's not as bad. It's actually quite more than what I had initially expected. Game completion of the side story ranges anywhere between 3-10hrs depending on how quickly you get through battles. I completed the story at 5hrs and 10 minutes.

    It's worth noting that each of the 4 new characters all has support conversations with a handful of students in your "main game" and is all recruitable. I know for me this was a big seller as I had wanted more support convos or new students with supports with other students in the officers' academy. I am happy Byleth is able to have S supports with all the new students (depending on gender), but having more supports with ashen wolves students and officer academy students is a lot better for me, as those supports have more detail in them compared to a Byleth support and a student.

    There are some things I didn't not like though. Fire Emblem Three Houses was quite successful because it brought over a range of casual players or newer players to the series. This dlc is quite difficult if you aren't focused on what you are doing. For example, there's a mission in Chapter 4 where you effectively are given a time limit to escape a zone and no one in your team can be defeated, but the biggest issue I had was if I made one bad move (i.e move Edelgard for example in 1 spot) the CPU would take advantage of that are defeat me quite easily. This again is on normal. I have completed the 3 Houses main campaign on normal, hard and going through maddening on another save, but the normal difficulty in this dlc is underselling how difficult some missions can be. There's missions that are very "RNG" in this dlc, so please do not expect this dlc to be a cakewalk, and if you don't like missions like the "Forgotten Hero", or the last mission in Silver Snow, you will not like the battles in this dlc.

    Regardless, with the amount of content that was added (new characters, outfits, new quests, side story, activities, supports, weapons etc..) I am quite pleased as a fire emblem 3 houses fan and am pleased with the expansion pass. Whether or not they decide to do a season 2 expansion, will probably be down to sales of the expansion pass. If we do get a season 2 expansion it's probably going to be announced at E3 this year, but if not Fire Emblem Three Houses has been a terrific journey and I hope people can enjoy this last expansion.
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  3. Feb 14, 2020
    9
    Over the course of the roughly 6-15 hour long side story I experienced the most bristling challenge I've seen in a Fire Emblem game since FireOver the course of the roughly 6-15 hour long side story I experienced the most bristling challenge I've seen in a Fire Emblem game since Fire Emblem Fates's chapter 10 of the Conquest route. Anyone who was disappointed in the lack of challenge in Three Houses campaign will be pleasantly surprised with this side story. The new characters are fairly interesting and the new classes for units to upgrade into spice up the experience no matter how you like to play. Easy 9/10 in all regards, especially the music. Three Houses was robbed of best OST. Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2020
    8
    This has its ups and down, the side story is okay but not fantastic, the characters are quite well-designed but obviously too OP even forThis has its ups and down, the side story is okay but not fantastic, the characters are quite well-designed but obviously too OP even for hard/ classic mode, I expected a maddening mode for this side story but nope.

    For the maps and objectives, there are some new unique objectives comparing to the generic rout the enemies/ commander in the main stories, the locked roster/ skills surprisingly bring some fresh air comparing to the main games where there are more options in building characters and making them OP rather than playing out what you are currently having. But again, the new characters are too OP in this side story to the point the final boss becomes a mindless HP grind by repeating the same moves over and over again.

    I haven't recruited any new char by the time writing this reviews, but giving how strong they are in the side story, I could imagine how balance will be thrown out of the window in the main game, not gonna lie, I like it and am very eager to try out glass cannon Constance build in the main game.

    The Abyss is also a new area that got added to the game with some new features that may help even more in making the game becomes imbalanced (I'm looking at you the offering table) or just don't do anything at all (e.g mysterious teacher), all in all quite lackluster since I expected a somewhat endgame dungeon series gameplay to have some experiences with the final build since everyone feels like a WIP in the main story.

    In conclusion, a good DLC to shaking things up, but disappointing as a final one, I expected more.
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  5. May 19, 2020
    7
    way too much text and the voice over drags this on, partly because there's nothing interesting to see on screen other than still and basicway too much text and the voice over drags this on, partly because there's nothing interesting to see on screen other than still and basic animated art in lieu of cut scenes, the battles takes too long, padded out with a mass amount of enemies and maps are recycled a lot. DLC felt like a cheap money grab. Story was cliché and predictable. Expand
  6. Feb 21, 2020
    7
    That's really deisappointing, after the precedent of Xenoblade 2 Torna expansion, this kind of DLC is a let down. A bland 5 hours storyThat's really deisappointing, after the precedent of Xenoblade 2 Torna expansion, this kind of DLC is a let down. A bland 5 hours story consisting of 7 maps, with some of them being recycled. Only 4 new payable characters and 4 new classes (which are nothing new in the series and should have been in the game in the first place).

    Expected a lot more and got a meh.
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  7. Feb 16, 2020
    7
    A fun side adventure with some enjoyable characters and amazing music, though the story itself is on the weaker side and leans into someA fun side adventure with some enjoyable characters and amazing music, though the story itself is on the weaker side and leans into some cliches rather hard and recycles a number of maps. It does provide an enjoyable peek into further world lore and the backstory of the main character however. And some of the chapters were especially enjoyable. Could have been better, but could have been much worse. Expand

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