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Games Like 'Fire Emblem Warriors' to Play Next

There are more 'Fire Emblem Warriors' titles in the series, but there are also several musou games in other franchises to consider playing too.

Jon Bitner
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Fire Emblem Warriors

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Fire Emblem Warriors isn't like other games in the series. Instead of throwing you into tactical combat where one wrong move can mean death, it is a musou title that has you cutting through hundreds of foes in lightning-fast, real-time action.

Fire Emblem Warriors might not feature turn-based gameplay, but that's not to say it's entirely lacking depth. Multiple playable characters are up for grabs, each with their own unique skills and abilities. And if you want to make it out of each encounter in one piece, you'll need to learn the intricacies of each playstyle. Certain enemy troops are easier to deal with when you're controlling specific characters. That means you'll need to get comfortable with multiple characters instead of steamrolling through the game with your favorite.

Maps are also littered with important chokepoints and unlockable routes — and deploying different characters to key locations at the right time can swing the tide of battle. That ability to act as a commander on the battlefield adds an extra layer of nuance to the action, giving you multiple hats to juggle during combat.

While Fire Emblem Warriors trades much of its strategic gameplay for something a bit flashier, many staples of the franchise remain wholly intact. You'll still be treated to stunning graphics and an intriguing storyline, and plenty of familiar faces from past titles will make an appearance during your quest. Most players, however, will blaze through the main quest in less than 15 hours. Thankfully, there are plenty of other musou and action games to check out when the final credits roll.

Here are 10 games like Fire Emblem Warriors to play next, listed by Metascore.


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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)

Metascore: 89
Best for: Fans who need more Fire Emblem
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses offers a more traditional Fire Emblem experience. You'll be tasked with leading one of the Officers Academy's three houses, training and teaching students before joining them out on the battlefield. The usual assortment of high-stakes, tactical combat is here (by default, characters that die in combat are gone for the remainder of the game), but it's the ability to freely roam the Garreg Mach Monastery that turned Three Houses into a must-play Switch title. Not only does it break up the action, but it also offers you a chance to bond with other characters, dive deeper into the lore, and discover and upgrade new items that can help you during combat.

"Fire Emblem is just the right mix of brains, excitement, love, suffering, and tactical thinking." — GamePro Germany


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Diablo III

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Diablo III (PC)

Metascore: 88
Best for: Fans of intricate dungeon crawlers
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Also available on: PS3, XB360

It's not technically a musou game, but Diablo III scratches a similar itch. After choosing between one of several unique classes (including Wizard, Witch Doctor, and Barbarian), you'll step into a demonic world filled with horrific monsters and towering bosses. It's up to you to cut your way through all of them and bring peace back to the land. Like Fire Emblem Warriors, Diablo III pits you against dozens of enemies at once — and it's not uncommon for the screen to be absolutely filled with opponents during the heat of battle. There are also dozens of skills to unlock, hundreds of weapons to collect, and a deep online multiplayer mode.

"Diablo III is almost evil in how high a bar it's set for every PC action RPG to follow, and I wouldn't be surprised to see that bar remain for a very long time." — Polygon


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Persona 5 Strikers

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Persona 5 Strikers (PS4)

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of slick graphics and memorable characters
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Also available on: PC, Switch

Much like Fire Emblem Warriors, Persona 5 Strikers is a spin-off from the main Persona series. The graphics are just as striking as ever, but instead of typical JRPG combat, you'll dive into fast-paced, real-time action sequences. If things become overwhelming, you can stop time to active a powerful skill and whittle down enemy forces. No Persona game is complete without a memorable cast of characters, and with the Phantom Thieves once again at the center of the action, Persona 5 Strikers is a game that'll stick with you long after you put it down.

"A brilliantly executed melding of the Dynasty Warriors style gameplay with Persona 5 characters and systems." — MMORPG.com


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Lost Ark

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Lost Ark (PC)

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of cooperative and competitive ARPGs
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Part MMO, part ARPG, Lost Ark is a well-crafted amalgam of two popular genres. It benefits from having released in select regions years ago, so players today can enjoy a game that's teeming with content. The core experience is built around a top-down combat system that lets you rip through hundreds of enemies in a matter of seconds. Several different classes are up for grabs, with more being added regularly. Once you've wrapped up its lengthy main campaign, you can dive into a robust endgame experience that sees you raiding dungeons with other players or facing off head-to-head in deadly PvP.

"An absolute blast thanks to its perfect blend of visceral ARPG combat and steady MMO progression." — Digital Trends


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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)

Metascore: 78
Best for: Zelda fans looking for a musou spin-off
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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity serves as a prequel to Breath of the Wild. And like the original Hyrule Warriors, Age of Calamity is a typical musou game. You'll play as Link, Zelda, and several other heroes as you fight through hundreds of Bokoblins, Lynels, and other iconic Zelda enemies. Each character has their own skillset and playstyle, and learning how to master each one is the key to success. Fans of the Zelda series will find plenty of interesting lore throughout the game, and musou fans will find a well-balanced action game.

"A game no Zelda or musou fan should pass up." — Shacknews


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Earth Defense Force 5

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Earth Defense Force 5 (PS4)

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of arcade shooters
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Also available on: PC

Earth Defense Force 5 might be the most bizarre game on this list. The arcade shooter pits you against seemingly endless waves of extraterrestrial invaders, with gigantic insects, towering aliens, and robotic hostiles descending on Earth. In order to save the planet, you and up to three other players will kit yourself out with powerful weapons, jetpacks, and other gadgets, before heading to the streets to mow down as many invaders as possible. It's a strange game, but no doubt it'll scratch the same itch as traditional musou titles.

"Easily the best in the series thus far and is something I can happily recommend for anyone that enjoys large explosions and destroying giant aliens en masse." — Forbes


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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin (PS5)

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of weird plotlines and nuanced combat
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Also available on: PC, PS4, XB1, XBX

If you can get passed it awkward dialogue and strange obsession with "chaos," Final Fantasy Origin has a lot to offer. Fans of tongue-in-cheek storylines will find a lot to laugh about, but it's the chaotic combat system that'll keep you glued to your screen for hours on end. Your small band of adventurers are entirely customizable, letting you jump from playing as a spell-slinging mage to agile assassin. Mix in a surprisingly deep skill tree and a constant flow of loot, and there's a lot to be excited about with this quirky entry in the long-running franchise.

"A fun chaotic romp that will delight number crunchers and action RPG aficionados." — RPG Site


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Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate

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Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate (PS4)

Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans of frantic, fast-paced action
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Also available on: PC, Switch, XB1

It might not garner the same attention as Dynasty Warriors, but the Warriors Orochi series has become a mainstay of the musou genre. This installment offers the definitive Warriors Orochi 4 experience, which includes both the base game and a bunch of digital content from the Ultimate Upgrade Pack such as new characters and game modes. Battles play out as you'd expect, with hundreds of low-level enemies swarming around the map as you trek towards different objectives. And while the action might become repetitive, a roster of 170 characters helps keep things fresh.

"A great reminder that action games can be fast, frantic, and fun." — DarkStation


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Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition

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Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (PS4)

Metascore: 69
Best for: Fans traditional musou action
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Also available on: PC, PS Vita, Switch

Its name is a bit clunky and its overall Metascore isn't outstanding, but Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition is arguably one of the best games in the series. This bundle includes both Dynasty Warriors 8 and Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends: In other words, it's overflowing with content. Most players will first dive into the Romance of the Three Kingdoms story mode, which lets you play as a variety of characters as you unravel its mysteries. There's also a bunch of new weapon types and speed run game modes, giving you a reason to keep playing once you've wrapped up the main story.

"The sheer weight of content that is packed into the game can't be understated… but every step of the way is a truly entertaining one." — Digitally Downloaded


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Drakengard

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Drakengard (PS2)

Metascore: 63
Best for: Fans of fire-breathing dragons and old-school action
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Having launched in 2004, Drakengard is finally starting to show its age. However, its unique combination of aerial dragon-based gameplay and ground-based musou action makes it a must-play for fans of the genre. Some levels even let you switch between the two, taking to the air to thin out the crowds before heading to the ground and wrapping up your mission. Backing the fun combat systems is a narrative filled with intriguing characters, such as Caim, a former prince that's out on a quest for revenge. It's not perfect, but this cult classic is still relevant nearly two decades after its release.

"Yes, it's simple and not terribly original, but it does provide plenty of fast-paced action and some solid visuals. As action games go, you could do much worse." — Game Informer