A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While this is frequently positioned as a good versus evil kind of struggle, the enemies frequently vary depending on which house you've pledged your allegiance to, which changes the plot of the game in various ways. Aside from that, the relationships that you build and foster over the course of the game can demonstrate caring, patience, support, and attention to the needs of your allies.
Positive Role Models
Players take on the role of a mercenary that starts out fighting for money, but can come to care for the other warriors in their camp. There are only a few characters that are clearly bad influences or negative characters. Other characters tend to operate in varying shades of gray based off their situations or needs at a particular point in time.
Men and women of varying ages are shown in positions of power and leadership, and they're all equally capable in combat, political maneuvering, and interaction with other people in their military camps. Racial diversity is certainly lacking, but the variety of ages and backgrounds does stand out in these fantasy settings.
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Ease of Play
Planning and figuring out what you want to develop In your base, the relationships you want to build, and the skills and classes you want to train can be complicated, especially because of the limited items provided in each chapter. In one difficulty mode, if a character dies, they're eliminated from the game. Even on the easiest setting, side quests and spikes in difficulty along with inappropriate unit commands can cause you to restart a battle. That said, fights can be won with a lot of button mashing on the battlefield.
Violence & Scariness
Players engage in frequent fights against hundreds, if not thousands of enemies at once, using swords, arrows, lances, and magical abilities. While combat is a massive part of the gameplay and is a major focus of gameplay, whether it's engaging in battle or preparing for the next fight, very little blood and gore is shown as a result of fights. Most enemies are flung around stages in heaps of bodies, and defeated enemies vanish when eliminated.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are some flirtatious comments made by some characters, and some outfits are designed to show off the bodies of some characters.
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Products & Purchases
This game is built off of two different long-running franchises: Dynasty Warriors and Fire Emblem. In particular, this title builds off the gameplay of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, though it's not required that you have played those titles before to understand this one. It also supports amiibo figures for additional weapons and items.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is an action strategy game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. The game is the latest title in the long-running and acclaimed Fire Emblem series, while also building off of the gameplay features and concepts found in the long-running and popular Dynasty Warriors franchise, though players don't have to have experience with those titles to play this game. Players will engage in massive battles that range across the land of Fodlan, selecting one of three kingdoms to support and fight for over the course of the adventure. Players will fight alongside men and women of varying ages with a variety of skills, all of whom are equally capable on the battlefield. Combat is a massive focus of the game, with characters engaging in warfare, training to be prepared for fights, or considering tactics for upcoming conflicts. But with the heightened attention on battle with swords, lances, arrows, and magical abilities, there's no blood or gore shown as a result of fights. Large numbers of enemies are attacked and defeated in clumps, with their bodies being launched into the air as a result of successful attacks, but they disappear when defeated, and strikes are launched with colorful flashes of light and energy. While there's some flirtatious dialogue and armor designed to show off the bodies of some female characters, there's no other inappropriate content. Players will face a challenge with this game, both on and off the battlefield. Balancing the limited number of resources versus the amount of upgrades, training your units, and upgrading all of the skills you want can be complicated to do over every chapter. On top of that, there are some difficulty spikes that pop up as a result of random conditions in battles, which can be challenging to achieve, especially if you have the wrong mix of units deployed for a mission.
Is It Any Good?
It may be an alternate history version of a tactical gem from 2019, but this action strategy game packs more than enough content to keep players interested for weeks. Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes dives back into the intrigue, the drama, and the warfare that engulfed the land of Fodlan in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, with a heavier focus on action instead of tactics this time around. But players can easily spend hours deciding how to best spend the limited resources they have on their favorite warriors, deciding on which characters are the best ones for combat, and discovering the facilities needed to make your soldiers unbeatable. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, because between all of the secret missions, side quests, limited time battles, and more, you can fly through more than 30 hours of play before you roll the end credits (and that's assuming that you're simply trying to charge through the main storyline of one faction, which leaves the other faction's plots waiting to be explored as well. There's a ton of depth that was clearly borrowed from the Fire Emblem side, and it shows, because you'll be very engaged when you're not taking down thousands of enemies.
In battle, your hero is more than a match for any of the generic soldiers charging towards your army's checkpoints or holding mountain passes. You'll frequently kill three or four with a combo maneuver, and fifty or more with special attacks. Button mashers can easily clear whole regions without an issue. But given the sheer number of enemies, along with rival lieutenants and commanders that may block or counter your strikes with attacks of their own, even button mashers will have to mix up their approaches to be completely successful. Players can also choose to order their colleagues to attack their position or target as well, giving support against dangerous opponents, such as when monsters are summoned by the enemy. Plus, before hacking your way through thousands of enemies feels stale, Three Hopes tosses things up with dynamic victory conditions and side quests that gauge how committed you are to a particular course of action. Sometimes it'll be an enemy general that's staging a retreat, or a messenger trying to call for reinforcements by reaching a location before you do. Successfully completing these tasks will often result in bonus items and experience both in and out of battle, while also testing your flexibility in combat. But while you can order your allies around, they're not always the most effective in battle, even if they happen to have a statistical advantage against a target. In fact, you could deploy someone, only to have to run to their side minutes later because they're suddenly on the verge of being defeated. It reduces their effectiveness as a trusted friend if you have to babysit them all the time, and it's worse if you discover that the troops you were deployed with are actually the wrong ones for that particular fight. Plus, some side missions are destined to fail, so if you're not in the right place at the right time to accomplish your goal, you'll either have to deal with the change, leave some other area exposed as you sprint to complete that task, or restart the map over again from the beginning. If you can deal with these frustrations though, and are looking for a challenge with plenty of twists and turns from start to finish, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes will keep you entertained for a very long time.
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