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  • Summary: Clash with legions of soldiers and fierce monsters as Marth, Xander, Corrin, and other Fire Emblem heroes unleashing over-the-top-powerful Dynasty Warriors-style moves. Take direct control of known and original Fire Emblem characters, issue them strategic commands in the midst of battle,Clash with legions of soldiers and fierce monsters as Marth, Xander, Corrin, and other Fire Emblem heroes unleashing over-the-top-powerful Dynasty Warriors-style moves. Take direct control of known and original Fire Emblem characters, issue them strategic commands in the midst of battle, pair up heroes to unleash stunning attacks, and more. Unlock new playable heroes, each with their own unique moves, special attacks, weapon types, and voiced dialogue in this large-scale action game from the Hyrule Warriors team. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 72
  2. Negative: 2 out of 72
  1. Nov 20, 2017
    90
    The marriage between the Warriors and Fire Emblem franchises has yielded one of the deepest and most engaging games the Warriors series has done to date.
  2. Oct 23, 2017
    80
    Fire Emblem Warriors delivers with enjoyable gameplay that blends mechanics from both Fire Emblem and Warriors games into something unique and unlike anything else on the Nintendo Switch.
  3. Nov 13, 2017
    80
    Hyrule Warriors may be one of my favourite games on the Wii U, and while I wasn’t as engaged in the characters and world of Fire Emblem Warriors, I loved every minute of the game both on N3DS and Switch. While the game is still fresh and will have several DLC and updates in the months to come, if you have any interest in a musou game, this is easily the best and smoothest on the Switch so far.
  4. Fire Emblem Warriors is more than just a Warriors game with Fire Emblem personalities in place of classic Chinese historical figures. It manages to retain a distinct Fire Emblem flavour despite dishing out a style of action that is arguably the polar opposite of what Fire Emblem fans expect.
  5. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2018
    75
    An attempt to blend Fire Emblem with Dynasty Warriors might seem an odd idea. Where’s the common ground between a tactical RPG and an over-the-top slasher, right? It actually worked out pretty well, as the game managed to retain Fire Emblem’s atmosphere. If you’re a fan of the series and not allergic to Dynasty Warriors’ formula, give it a try. [13/2017, p.36]
  6. Oct 30, 2017
    70
    Although it won't go down as an especially memorable title, there's a lot of fun to be had with Fire Emblem Warriors. The interesting usage of all the aspects from the tactical RPG series certainly added to some freshness to the standard Musou formula, and it was great to see a lot of the characters given the high-definition treatment and the interactions between them are sure to please a lot of fans.
  7. Oct 18, 2017
    40
    Fire Emblem has the potential to make a great partner, but this badly made and painfully simplistic crossover is as disappointingly dumb as all the other Dynasty Warriors games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 85
  2. Negative: 14 out of 85
  1. Oct 20, 2017
    10
    One of the best switch games so far. Plays far smoother than Hyrule Warriors ever did, and obviously looks better too. A must buy for any fanOne of the best switch games so far. Plays far smoother than Hyrule Warriors ever did, and obviously looks better too. A must buy for any fan of the series. Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2017
    10
    Loved Hurule Warriors and this one is even better. Really cool take on the Fire Emblem universe and just as it's predecessor Hurule WarriorsLoved Hurule Warriors and this one is even better. Really cool take on the Fire Emblem universe and just as it's predecessor Hurule Warriors there are content enough to play this game more or less forever. But I actually preferred this game solution for the adventure maps that are more story driven and planed. It's also have surprisingly good visuals and was actually surprised how much better this one actually looks than it's Wii U:s counterpart. Expand
  3. Oct 23, 2017
    10
    Let's make one thing clear starting out: THE STORY MODE IS NOT THE ONLY MODE Some are under the impression that Story Mode is all there is--Let's make one thing clear starting out: THE STORY MODE IS NOT THE ONLY MODE Some are under the impression that Story Mode is all there is-- that there is no 'Adventure Mode' like in Hyrule Warriors, this is a fallacy. Fire Emblem Warriors features History Mode.

    In History Mode you are presented with a map which recreates the layout of a battle from an original Fire Emblem game. The enemies on this map each signify a stage and as you defeat stages more stages appear in the form of enemy reinforcements. You progress by defeating these stages until you reach the Boss of the map. Beating the Boss of the map unlocks a new reward in the form of a new costume or even a new character. in addition to that new battles appear (Warp Hole Battles) that you become able to challenge depending on your performance on the first stages you were presented. Doing things like completing all the stages, getting S ranks on all stages, and getting an S rank on the Boss stage will allow you to attempt these Warp Hole Battles. There are 5 maps available in total (you unlock new maps by progressing through Story Mode, which the game will alert you when you've unlocked more) these maps ramp up in difficulty and enemy number the further you go and History Mode can easily take as much time as Hyrule Warriors' Adventure Mode did.

    Moving on, I want to address the graphics. While they aren't the greatest to look at one will hardly notice a large difference from Hyrule Warriors when playing the game. A few of the errors, like a 2D picture of rocks as the floor texture, have already been addressed by Nintendo and fixed in a day one patch. This was an issue seen in early screenshots and admittedly most who bring it up now are simply jumping aboard the FE:W hate bandwagon. Honestly, unless you really look deep, you're not likely to focus on the environment enough to see these niggles and, being a Dynasty Warriors game at its core, no one really expects groundbreaking graphics going in-- they're not the point, the gameplay is. We place too much stake in graphics nowadays and it really detracts from an otherwise enjoyable experience.

    Next, the characters. The roster is small and most of the characters are from Awakening and Fates, so if you aren't big on those games you're not likely to get too into this until the DLC starts rolling out. It's also been brought up that some characters play the same, and this is true. While disappointing it's understandable from a gameplay perspective, since you're able to jump to various units during battle having to adapt to using a new character can be jarring to some. As such, just like the original Fire Emblem games themselves, characters of the same class play the same. Even still there is enough variety to keep most content and you'll be able to commit to perfecting a character instead of suffering from a case of 'too many cooks in the kitchen'.

    The problem I'm seeing a lot is people placing too many expectations on FE:W too soon. While Hyrule Warriors has a lot of content now that's only because it's had a lot of DLC. People forget HW had a small roster and only 2 Adventure Mode maps starting out as well. FE:W still has a great deal of content on the way and it's bound to reach HW levels of content by the time it's DLC is created and released.

    Try not to let people talk you out of trying this out for yourself. I've been seeing a lot of misinformation and a decent helping of baseless claims on various forums and it's what truly disappoints me when it comes to this game. Leave your judgement at the door until you've had a chance to delve into the game for yourself-- you may be surprised.
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  4. Oct 29, 2017
    8
    Very enjoyable game and satisfying to play. Runs smoothly on performance mode, but it does dip into the high 40s occasionally when there isVery enjoyable game and satisfying to play. Runs smoothly on performance mode, but it does dip into the high 40s occasionally when there is many enemies on screen. Combines mowing down hundreds of enemies with a bit of strategy too. You can order characters you're not controlling, along with the support characters to attack enemies and take forts, heal or pair up with someone. The weapon triangle is present, but isn't as prominent as in some of the games. When at a disadvantage, enemies block more and you deal less damage. Expand
  5. Apr 7, 2020
    8
    I had a lot of fun with this game, seeing a lot of fire emblem characters together was really cool. But the truth is that the story was lackI had a lot of fun with this game, seeing a lot of fire emblem characters together was really cool. But the truth is that the story was lack luster, they only paid attention to Fates and Awakening, Marth story was only 2 battles. But the worst thing for me was, that after beating the main story i found out that lyn and Celica were unlockable in the History Mode, but freaking Ike wasn't. Why is not Ike in this game wtf? Not even as DLC, even tho i only care for Tharja and Olivia in the DLC i would have like it more if Ike was one of them. But well, really good and fun game after all. Expand
  6. Dec 26, 2017
    7
    My two favourite things in video gaming are Fire Emblem and Dynasty Warriors. So as as you can probably imagine the announcement that the twoMy two favourite things in video gaming are Fire Emblem and Dynasty Warriors. So as as you can probably imagine the announcement that the two series were gonna have a baby was easily the most exciting thing I've ever experienced with video games. I'm saying this up front because I may have a bias as a result.

    Now to begin, I loved Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo and Koei's last collaboration, but felt it was missing a little bit. Maybe it was the fact that even though I enjoy Zelda I don't have the same connection with it as I do Fire Emblem, it being one of the first games I ever played. Maybe it was just the lack of features within the gameplay, nothing to really spice it up. But Fire Emblem Warriors has none of this. There's countless things going on thanks to the addition of staple Fire Emblem mechanics such as pair-up and the weapon triangle, which I must note is FAR more important in this game then in any of the main series entries. Here it practically forces you to switch between characters and go into battles with a good mixed team, and you'll need to command your other units to really get anywhere or else you'll find yourself overwhelmed fast. If you can't tell, you actually need to use strategy instead of just mindlessly mowing down packs of troops, just like Fire Emblem! It's great, and gives the gameplay that kick in the ass it needs to be truly enjoyable for a lasting period. I've also gotta praise the visuals in this game, Fire Emblem has never looked so good. Colours pop and the characters come to life like they never could before on non-HD graphics. What's more, you're given the choice between 720p ands 60 FPS, or 1080p and 30 FPS. More games need this. Please. I've spent a decent amount of time on both modes and while both are perfectly playable, I prefer 60 FPS and the smooth animations it brings (the attack animations are half the fun after all), even though things are a little fuzzier.

    But of course, I have to talk about my complaints. Most importantly is the roster. That damn roster that causes so much controversy. As a lifelong series fan it should come as no surprise that I fall on the side of "this roster is terrible". There are 15 Fire Emblem games, but 17 of the 25 characters available (this review, like all of my reviews, is ignoring the DLC) are from two games (Awakening and Fates). That's absolutely pathetic. Of the remaining 8, 2 are originals made for the game, 3 are from another game (Shadow Dragon) , and the other two feel like they're in the game just to try and not piss us off, having zero story impact at all, not that it's a good story anyway. The bias is almost hilarious to look at, and it's a major letdown for me to see so many games and fan favorite characters left out for no good reason, especially when an uncomfortable amount of the included characters are clones of other characters.

    My other complaint of significance is one I couldn't have ever imagined saying a year ago: Everybody talks too damn much! Virtually EVERYTHING has a voice line, and generally it's the same line for that same scenario every time it comes up. I seriously have to mute my TV when buying stuff in the camp en-mass, lest I go insane from hearing "Hey, it actually worked!" or another character's equivalent countless times like there's a stuck CD playing nearby. Please everyone, stop talking outside of in-game dialog, cutscenes, and the title call (although maybe an option to disable this too).

    So overall, I enjoyed this game and consider it easily the best Warriors spinoff ever made. but my voice complaint and the roster keep it out of the 10 it would deserve otherwise. If you love Dynasty Warriors like me or are a newer Fire Emblem fan, get it because you're gonna love it. Otherwise though, I advise thinking things through or waiting for the end of DLC support to see how things shape up.
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  7. Oct 20, 2017
    0
    If you were a fan of Hyrule Warriors and are hoping this game will be just as great, steer clear from it, because you will be sorelyIf you were a fan of Hyrule Warriors and are hoping this game will be just as great, steer clear from it, because you will be sorely disappointed with what a lackluster game this is Expand

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