Three territories. Three houses. Your very own journey.
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 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?
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I went into this game with little expectation, and was utterly blown away by the macro and micro content available in this title. Prepare for 80+ hours of in-depth story telling, customization, strategy and more.
According to my game it took me 73 hours to beat one story. The entire time I was engrossed in the story and world. The designers have done well to build the characters around you. They range from tackling different types of problems from, abusive parents, self-abuse, depression, lost of control over your life, the horrors of war, and what it's like to go off the deep end of sanity. Though I didn't find the type of people normally considered husbando and waifus I found relatable characters everywhere I looked. All this complemented by a gameplay that is breathtaking, not to mention more open to experimenting your own style. A high recommendation to anyone who has patience and likes games for story telling.
FE3H is a fantastic game with lots of content and phenomenal voice acting. There are three different playable houses each with a unique roster of characters so there’s a ton of replay value.
I was concerned about font legibility issues on the Switch Lite before purchasing but I can report that I’ve had no major problems with that, though YMMV with your eyesight.
Get this if you like turn-based strategy games or social simulators. And even if you’re new to the genre be sure to play on Hard mode to avoid turning the game into a cakewalk — Easy mode is extremely easy.
I haven't finished FE3H, but I'm loving it so far. There's some unexpected elements for this series : you can change your look, get multiple endings, have more say in what happens...
But I'm also surprised by the things I don't like. Namely, the graphics are honestly inconsistent enough to be noticeable (grainy floor textures, pixelated outfit details, etc). Compared to what I've seen in other games on my shelf, this was really disappointing for the higher price point.
The game is also far more complicated than it needs to be. EVERYTHING - except for good combat - gets thrown at you immediately and really doesn't let up for a few chapters. It's like a never-ending tutorial to show off everything they've done. And the pre-battle screen will have you opening multiple menus to do things that only took one in previous games. It's so unnecessary.
That being said, I really don't hate this game. Maybe it's my loyalty to the series since Awakening, but I think the pros currently outweigh the cons. (Both newcomers and fans recommended it to me, by the way.) It's fun getting to really explore and master all these new things. I love having so many characters, choosing dialogue options, and completing sidequests off the battlefield. It's definitely a well-rounded game in that sense. Whether people are used to the series or not, I think there's something in the game for everyone.