A mercenary with supernatural assistance: PETER HOSKIN reviews Fire Emblem Warriors – Three Hopes

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A mercenary with supernatural assistance: PETER HOSKIN reviews Fire Emblem Warriors – Three Hopes

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch, £49.99)

Evaluation:

Verdict: Still Fire Emblem, Still Good

Oil meets water. Water meets oil. On the one hand, a genre of game known as “musou”, which is full of fast-paced action and allows you to eliminate hundreds of enemies with each swing of your sword.

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On the other, the Fire Emblem series, which features slow, strategic combat and equally slow conversations with all your brothers and sisters in arms.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes isn’t just a long name; it’s also a Fire Emblem musou game, the second since the original 2017 experience. fully consistent.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes isn’t just a long name; it’s also a Fire Emblem musou game, the second since the original experience in 2017

It helps that Three Hopes borrows most of its story and characters from one of the more likable mainline Fire Emblem games, called – carry on – Three Houses. There you are, a mercenary with supernatural assistance, back in the bustling medieval kingdom of Fódlan and its odd-sounding territories of Faerghus, Adrestia and, uh… Leicester.

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And that’s not all Three Hopes is about. Its hyper-fast combat can, for example, be paused so you can direct your buddies to different objectives on an overhead map. So while there’s less fuss than you’d normally expect from a Fire Emblem game, there’s still a decent slug of strategy.

What about that swirling musou sword fight? I’ve never been particularly passionate (or good) myself, preferring a bit more icy pace. But what’s served up in Three Hopes is varied, colorful, and (most importantly) accessible enough to sway even skeptics like me.

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If only there was another realm called, say, “Sheffield”, or “Coventry”, or something like that, this would be a five-star game.

There you are, a mercenary with supernatural assistance, back in the bustling medieval kingdom of Fódlan and its odd-sounding territories of Faerghus, Adrestia and, uh… Leicester

There you are, a mercenary with supernatural assistance, back in the bustling medieval kingdom of Fódlan and its odd-sounding territories of Faerghus, Adrestia and, uh… Leicester

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