Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Reviews Summary

Loaded with Content
Characters and Story
Classic Fire Emblem Gameplay

Summary: Fire Emblem: Three Houses brings the series to the Nintendo Switch, successfully delivering a game with a huge amount of content, variety, and depth across both its gameplay and characters. Fire Emblem fans will not want to miss this epic and grandiose entry.

Rating Summary

Based on 119 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

88

Top Critic Average

94%

Critics Recommend

Based on 119 critic reviews
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Recommended
Jul 25, 2019

Fire Emblem goes back to school for the most epic, generous and dynamic outing for the series yet.

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9.5 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses offers an incredible amount of choice, and a story that deserves to be viewed from more than one angle.

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7 / 10
Jul 25, 2019

A disappointingly clumsy attempt to evolve the Fire Emblem formula, that takes little advantage of being on the Switch, but the anime melodrama and fun combat still entertains.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2019
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Jul 25, 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses fully realizes a new, meaningful direction for the franchise that makes it the best it has ever been.

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9.5 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses combines fun social elements and tense strategy combat wonderfully, making it hard to put down

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9 / 10
Aug 5, 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a game that is mechanically complex, consistently rewarding, and very hard to put down.

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Unscored
Jul 25, 2019

The lack of map diversity doesn't take away from the visual splendor of the game, though. While much of Three Houses is seen from an overhead perspective, initiating combat zooms the camera in, showing off gorgeously animated soldiers in combat. During a particularly tense battle, Claude, the house leader of the Golden Deer, tosses an arrow into the sky before catching it and firing off a critical hit to take out a pesky enemy pegasus moving in on my healer. These flashy moments happen all the time and are unique to the two dozen classes in the game, so there's always some new animation to get pumped over.

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Unscored
Jul 25, 2019

In Three Houses, everyone knows that what they’re doing is worth it. It isn’t pretty or easy, and it comes with more than its share of heartbreak. But it is worth it: to fight, to resist, to push for a better world. In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Dimitri, Edelgard, and Claude all envision a future for Fódlan that’s radically different from the one they live in. By the end of the game, one of their dreams will be realized. It’s nice to spend time in a world where that’s not only certain, but believable.

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Jul 25, 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses soars on to Switch with a fully-realized school setting, deep character customization, and multiple full-length campaigns. While it loses momentum in the second half, it still manages to come off as a striking reinvention of the well-worn Fire Emblem formula. That makes its first real console appearance in more than a decade a triumph.

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Aug 6, 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is far from just an upscaling of the 3DS games. It’s an evolution for the series which makes it appealing and accessible even to those who aren’t crazy about strategy RPGs. It’s a great gateway for the genre and another excellent addition to the Switch library.

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9.5 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2019

I cannot stress enough how much Fire Emblem: Three Houses exemplifies the "RPG" part of the acronym "SRPG." While strategy is indubitably a large part of Fire Emblem's DNA, the vast majority of my enjoyment was found having lunch with classmates and getting to know them better, or doing errands while running around the lovely academy grounds. This is a world you can absolutely lose yourself to for months on end, but if you find menus tedious, you might be reticent to the modern relationship-heavy Fire Emblem formula that's cemented in Three Houses.

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9 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2019

Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo have managed to find the key in getting the new installment of the franchise to face new challenges and, at the same time, leave intact the molds that were already established in the past.

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9 / 10
Jul 25, 2019

With the Switch's delightful dual abilities, Three Houses fittingly bookends the series' triumphant run on the 3DS and becomes the first big-screen outing in over a decade. It also surpasses them all. A masterpiece of strategy, story-telling and intertwining relationships, Three Houses deserves to make Intelligent Systems a household name.

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95 / 100
Jul 25, 2019

The academic theme suits Fire Emblem very well. Developing the potential of our charismatic students, we feel like authentic teachers, and fighting with all these characters in such epic and deep battles, after shaping them in the classroom, is a real joy.

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9 / 10
Jul 25, 2019

All in all, Fire Emblem: Three Houses does a great job of bringing the series to the Nintendo Switch.

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9.2 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the perfect step forward for an almost-three-decade-old tactical RPG franchise. Incredibly huge and still incredibly fun.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an excellent management title that catches you by the variety and depth of the gameplay. Although its main value is to allow the player to control so many factors in a simple and intuitive way, he perfects the formula with a very varied and complex narrative. In addition, it is one of the greatest exponents of turn-based combat games, since its battles have a learning curve suitable for engaging us for long hours. On the other hand, aesthetically has little to be ashamed of, since the really important sections are solved in a brilliant way like the CGI or the character design. Undoubtedly, a video game that requires dedication, but in return gives great doses of joy that result in many hours of deep management and exciting fighting.

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Jul 25, 2019

Whatever path you choose, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an absolute blast. It’s the best Fire Emblem title since Awakening, and it goes straight onto my list of must-play Switch games.

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Sep 18, 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is another must-have release for the Nintendo Switch. Featuring some of the most robust and enjoyable turn-based combat around, along with characters you'll truly want to keep alive throughout the entire 50+ hour story.

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