Parents' Guide to

Fire Emblem Fates

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Branching turn-based strategy game with moderate violence.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Great game didn’t beat it yet but great for ages 14 and up

This game is really heart-wrenching because of the characters who have fallen in in the war/battle and has been killed in battle/the war and the characters who fall in battle are:Flora, Xander, Elise, Effie, Arthur, Charlotte and many more Nohrians were killed by Hoshido royals and members

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
age 11+

Great game!

I’ve been a long term fan of the Fire Emblem series. This is one of the best Fire Emblem games. There is some slight sexual content. I’m normally very strict with what my kids play and normally check it very thoroughly for any inappropriate content. Many people exaggerate the sexual content and violence. This is a game that should have been rated E-10 but the ESRB was harsh. It provides good skills in strategy and planning

This title has:

Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (13):

The thing that makes this title -- and indeed all the games in the franchise -- so memorable isn't solely its terrific turn-based combat or bevy of interesting activities between missions, but it's really the characters and story that stand out. By diving deeply into the personalities of our warriors, exploring who they are, where they come from, and what motivates them, we come to care for them much more than we do the faceless units in other strategy games. And what makes the game so intense is that -- assuming you're playing on classic mode -- they're all terribly mortal. Any of them can die, permanently, at any moment due to a player's mistake. You'll never know what they could have become or whom they could have loved. It's tragic. And compelling. And with three story lines -- each full of original characters -- to play through, there's more epic narrative here than in any other Fire Emblem game to date.

All of this said, the top-notch combat is a pretty strong draw, too. It facilitates a variety of play styles, ranging from cautious to bold to strategic. Players need to develop a good understanding of each character's strengths and weaknesses and -- thanks to the game's complex relationship-building system -- whom they fight well with. And the new fortress-based activities between missions provide a wealth of ways that players can give their units extra advantages, from cooking up bonus-bestowing meals to equipping individual warriors with special accessories built from rare resources. It's a massive package for a hand-held game. All you need to decide is whether you want to side with the good guys in Birthright or the not-so-obviously good guys in Conquest, or if you want to experience both stories plus the game's "true" ending in the Special Edition.

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