Fire Emblem Engage Reviews

Fire Emblem Engage is ranked in the 89th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
4 / 5.0
Jan 27, 2023

Fire Emblem Engage isn’t the Fire Emblem I expected, but I’ve had an absolute blast with it. The scaling down of support and the somewhat predictable main character aside, the enticing gameplay, Engage mechanic, and depth of customization makes for a more than satisfying next entry in Nintendo’s premiere tactics franchise.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2023

Fire Emblem Engage does away with intricate relationships systems and in-depth downtime between battles, choosing to focus on a well-rounded tactical turn-based combat system that will be hard to beat this year.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2023

Fire Emblem Engage may lack the same quality storytelling and interaction as past releases but offers some of the best tactical RPG combat and deep customization that fans could ask for.

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IGN
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2023

Fire Emblem Engage proves itself worthy enough to be counted alongside the legacy it honors so well.

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Recommended
Jan 17, 2023

Nintendo's long-running fantasy series looks to its rich history for this smart, satisfying turn-based strategy game.

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Jan 17, 2023

Fire Emblem Engage is sadly a missed opportunity to tie together a new cast of characters with the heroes of old.

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8 / 10
Jan 17, 2023

A more traditional Fire Emblem experience than Three Houses, but one that's filled with fun new features and emphasises deep and varied gameplay over dating mini-games.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2023

Players looking for deep customization, expertly crafted strategy RPG combat, and a heartfelt story with adoration for more than 30 years of Fire Emblem history will find that and more in Engage. It’s one of the most gripping games I’ve played on Switch and, ultimately, one I struggled to peel myself away from.

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7 / 10
Jan 17, 2023

Fire Emblem Engage's fantastic combat is held back by an underwhelming story that lacks the ambition of recent entries.

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Polygon
Top Critic
Unscored
Jan 17, 2023

It can’t quite reach the crescendos that Three Houses did, and it certainly doesn’t achieve the longevity of Awakening. But it is consistently great. And it’s confident enough to let me take the reins.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2023

If you were overwhelmed by Three Houses, this is a great follow-up that doesn’t just follow that same formula: and in many ways, gets back to Fire Emblem basics.

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80 / 100
Jan 17, 2023

With Fire Emblem Engage, Nintendo Switch hosts one of the best SRPGs on the market in terms of combat. However, we see this installment as a missed opportunity to present a classic round game due to its script. The shadow of Three Houses has played against this delivery, although seeing Marth is always a cause for joy.

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9 / 10
Jan 17, 2023

Fire Emblem Engage balances the series' past and its future, offering a renewed focus on the tactical gameplay, an endearing cast of old and new faces, and the best visuals the franchise has ever seen.

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9 / 10
Jan 17, 2023

Fire Emblem Engage's story might be shaky, but the tactics game excels in every other way.

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IGN Spain
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2023

The latest from Intelligent Systems proves that the studio has its finger on the pulse of the genre inside out. After a groundbreaking installment, they return to the classic approach while presenting new features that spice up and make, if possible, even more interesting its great combat system. A must for fans of the genre.

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Alex Donaldson
Top Critic
Jan 17, 2023

As a fan of older Fire Emblem and strategy games in general, I was thrilled to see the depth of combat and the level to which you can make battling your absolute focus. That’s still true even if Engage doesn’t quite get the balance in its execution right in a way that might put a small subset of Three Houses lovers off.

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9.5 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2023

Fire Emblem Engage is a masterpiece of tactical gameplay design, with a gorgeous look, and depth most games can only dream of.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2023

Intelligent Systems' latest introduces dozens of new heroes alongside some of the nearly 600 playable characters from earlier games. Read on.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2023

Between novelties and various refinements, Fire Emblem Engage's combat system is perfectly polished and exciting. Not all of the campaign is full of twists and turns, and the shadow of socializing at all costs might make the more grumpy digital generals nervous, but overall Fire Emblem Engage is a recommended chapter.

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82 / 100
Jan 17, 2023

While Engage didn’t win me over with its story, the mechanics are a different matter. I’m pleased that level grinding is being sidestepped in such a clever manner, though I still miss it. I loved how intense the battles are, every single time. Even with the Time Crystal, the stakes feel terribly high. Sure, the narrative feels more cliché than I’m used to. I wish it wasn’t a good vs evil fetch quest. But the character bonds still tell a compelling tale all on their own. And though I didn’t love the side content this time around, I’m still happy there’s so much of it available. Overall, Fire Emblem Engage is an excellent entry in the franchise. You won’t want to miss this one.

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