Fire Emblem Warriors

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun yet flawed action role-playing vs. thousands of foes.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players battle to reclaim their kingdom from an evil force but only accomplish their goals through violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language
Consumerism

Based on both the Fire Emblem and Dynasty Warriors game franchises. Supports Nintendo's amiibo characters, which are purchased, used separately. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLousie M. May 17, 2018

Fire Emblem Warriors Parent Guide

12 is close to 13. Some 12 year olds are mature like a 13 year old. Use the guide below to see if your kid can play. Remember, 12 is close to 13. Guide: "E... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySackCody November 6, 2017
Remembering this game franchise, they is annoyed with sex!!!
Teen, 15 years old Written byNeon2002 November 7, 2018

Bright

This game is fun, but it emits way more light and bright flashes than the other game. There really isn’t any blood, but after you take out a bunch of enemies, a... Continue reading

What's it about?

FIRE EMBLEM WARRIORS is an action-heavy role-playing game for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS. It's a cross between the Fire Emblem and Dynasty Warriors game franchises, with players assuming the role of twin siblings Lianna and Rowan, who are out to reclaim their stolen land, Aytolis Kingdom, from an evil presence. The duo meet up with other main characters from the Fire Emblem series -- including the likes of Chrom, Marth, Xander, Ryoma, Corrin, Lucina, and others -- as they venture out across huge battlefields to slice and dice against thousands of enemies over each mission. Much of the skill lies in executing chained combo attacks and special moves at the right time. As with the Fire Emblem series, the weapon triangle system determines how effective one character's abilities are against others, such as one mastering sword skills or ax wielding. You can also pair up two hero characters as a single unit to maximize their abilities.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Are you concerned that you're constantly fighting hundreds of enemies, as well as monsters, or is it OK because there's no blood or gore shown?

  • Talk about extra content for games. Do you need to buy extra figurines or downloadable content to fully get a game experience? Is it worth it because of what the extras bring to the game?

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