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[Review] Truly Disappointing
throwaway29207379271 posted a topic in Fire Emblem: Three HousesI purchased a hard copy of this game along with a Nintendo Switch a few weeks ago. I spent over $500 so I could play the latest installment of the Fire Emblem franchise and I am rather unimpressed. I have been a fan of Fire Emblem for nearly 20 years now and I hate to see the series lose its identity. Design: The maps were generic, bland, too similar and repetitive. Graphics: The overall game environment is of good quality, including the objects, the backdrop and the textures. However, the character models and special effects leave much to be desired. Animations: The hair physics and facial animations during cut-scenes are impressive at first, but they still could have done much better for combat. (Ex: Miasma is just a purple fire spell.) Characters: Each character is too distinct and tries too hard to stand out. Also, their personalities are very '1-dimensional' and have barely any development. They are tired tropes and awkward. Story: The story was poorly written. The plot was weak and all-too-frankly cliché. Soundtrack: The looping music became tiring, especially during exploration. Overall: The game went in too many directions, certain parts felt rushed or unfinished. The quests, resource management, character recruiting and weapon maintenance all felt like chores rather than enjoyable game-play. The story had me cringing far too much (especially the voice acting), because the personalities were out-of-place within the setting. The mixing of university 'students' and church 'staff' was a bad marriage to say the least. Fire Emblem is a strategy (tactical) role-playing game of the fantasy genre. The most important aspect of Fire Emblem should be good map (level) design. The satisfaction should come from the success of executing a logical strategy after surveying the map (not grinding levels and constantly exhausting the RNG feature.). The second most important aspect of Fire Emblem should the class-tree system. Each class has a role and purpose, this should compliment the use of strategic thinking. The third and final most important aspect of Fire Emblem should be the main character(s) and story. If the protagonist is silent, then it should be the tactician. If the protagonist is tied to the events of the story, then it should not be silent and play a clear role with a distinct motive. There are other things worth mentioning, but I'll leave it at this. Also the dancer animation arm roll is objectively lame. 5/10
Three Houses - Ploys and Preorders
~Xane~ posted a topic in General GamingHi Serenes, I hope you're all enjoying Three Houses. I'm not, and this is why. About a week before the launch of this game I went to a large entertainment online store to pre-order my game, as I've always favored physical copies over digital once for large games like this. The price was best at this particular site and I was looking forward to trying out the game for myself. I'm very good at avoiding any kinds of spoilers to games. The only things I know about the game is what I saw in that first trailer from so long ago, and then from the 5 year time-skip trailer. Because I wanted to experience this game myself with all its twists and turns I've been avoiding this site for the same reasons. Since everybody is discussing various aspects from the new game I thought it best to stay away from the forest for a while until I've at least played through the game once. However, I couldn't foresee the problems that would hit me. A week AFTER launch I sent a mail to the corporation and asked why I hadn't yet received the game. After a quick response from their support team I learned that they themselves hadn't received the games they were expecting, and said that they would get back to me as things progressed. Today I got home to find out that they had sent me a new mail: "We're sorry, we couldn't send you the game you ordered because we haven't been able to receive the products either." That made me sad at first of course, but they offered full compensation and even a consolidation gift so hopefully I'll get something else. But it's still unfortunate that it turned out this way. Thus, I haven't yet received the game. I'll probably try again tomorrow to order it again from somewhere else. I'm very hyped for the game, so I'm certain it will be worth the wait. Did any of you guys have a similar experience to what I just went through?
What do you want the most out of Three Houses?
Roland posted a topic in Fire Emblem: Three HousesSo, with Three Houses bring about a month away, what do you want the most of the upcoming Fire Emblem title? Personally, I want improved writing. I’m not asking for Excalibur or Lord of The Rings levels of amazing, I’d just like a story and cast of characters I’ll be able to enjoy. What about all of you?
Japanese Special Edition Pre-Order Bonus?
Lark posted a topic in Fire Emblem: Three HousesI have a question for anybody knowledgeable on Fire Emblem and Amazon in Japan. It seems that there are two special editions available on Amazon Japan: 1. A regular Fodlan Collection 2. Fodlan Collection with "Original Panorama Colored Paper" Does anybody happen to know what this Panorama looks like? If someone has a detailed image, I would be grateful.
Should Third Tier Promotions Return?
Sentacotus posted a topic in Fire Emblem FatesThe mythical third tier seen in Radiant Dawn. Do you think it should return? If so why? I for one really liked the third tier in RD. Granted that was a game without grinding but it gave me further incentive at the endgame to keep using units and leveling them up. That was also when units got their second weapon type if I recall correctly. I also think it might limit second seal abuse as they decrease experience gained in the long run which you would want to use to level up third tier units. It also promotes having specialized units meaning that if you know you want a certain character to be a beast sword user it might be best to keep him/her on the Myrimidon->Swordmaster->Trueblade track. My only fear is that I have no idea how this would work and balance with the new Awakening features like pair up and part of the reason there were third tiers in RD was because the game itself was so damn long.