A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players battle to reclaim their kingdom from an evil force but only accomplish their goals through violence.
Positive Role Models
Players assume role of twin siblings, Lianna and Rowan, out to reclaim their stolen land. While that sounds noble, they fight many thousands of soldiers (and non-humans) as they traverse across battlefields. Fans of the Fire Emblem series may be familiar with other main characters, including Marth, Xander, Corrin, Lucina, other heroes from franchise.
Ease of Play
Tricky controls, some technical issues, glitches, questionable AI.
Violence & Scariness
Even though there's no blood or gore, combat is the focus. Players use melee weapons (like swords, axes) and ranged weapons (such as spears) to defeat human soldiers, monsters. Enemies cry out in pain. Some cut-scene sequences are also violent, including a man being impaled on a sword, another stabbed in stomach.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most female characters have very revealing clothes, including low-cut tops that expose large amounts of cleavage. In some scenes, camera slowly pans closely on female body parts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fire Emblem Warriors is an action-heavy adventure that focuses primarily on large battles in open spaces. Players use weapons -- including swords, axes, and spears -- to lay waste to large numbers of human soldiers and monster enemies. There's no blood or gore, but there are screams of pain and some potentially disturbing cut-scenes that show impalement. Women are often dressed suggestively, showing large amounts of cleavage. This game takes characters and gameplay from two popular game franchises, which could make some players interested in checking out other games from those series. It also supports amiibo, which are purchased separately.
Is It Any Good?
Only hardcore fans of this game's core franchises may get something out of this title, because they'd be willing to overlook some of its issues. It's not bad -- laying waste to thousands of soldiers with well-timed chained attacks is gratifyingly fun -- but repetition, technical glitches, and questionable AI take away from the overall experience. Indeed, it's the epic battlefield combat sequences that will keep you glued to your Switch or 3DS, especially as you experiment with different heroes, paired fighters, and special abilities. Familiar Fire Emblem characters look more mature in this Dynasty Warriors-influenced battle game, and will be exciting to use in these kinds of large-scale battles. The game looks great, with so many soldiers or creatures all tossed in the air simultaneously, but you can expect the frame rate to slow down considerably to process all of this action. Oddly, some cut-scenes cause the game to slow down, too.
Another issue is that after you complete a few missions, you'll likely get a sense of déjà vu. That, along with some awkward camera angles and less-than-intelligent artificial intelligence (AI), makes the game feel less polished. What's particularly frustrating about the dumb AI -- with your allies who don't do what they're instructed to do -- is the fact that there's no multiplayer option in this game. Fire Emblem Warriors isn't horrible. It's genuinely fun at times. But overall, it's a slightly above-average brawler that attempts to borrow the best from Fire Emblem and Dynasty Warriors. But it could've been a much better experience, perhaps with more time to polish it.
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