I had all the time noticed the Fire Emblem collection from a distance, fearful its technique gameplay wouldn’t be for me or burdened figuring out the place finest to start out and tips on how to play by way of the franchise’s varied entries. Fire Emblem Three Houses was the primary I gave attempt to 80-plus hours later, it’s one in all my favourite video games on Switch and turned me right into a Fire Emblem fan. Since its reveal, I’ve checked out Fire Emblem Engage as a take a look at mattress: am I really a Fire Emblem fan, or did I simply actually like Three Houses and its partaking Hogwarts-like college mechanics? If the ten hours I’ve put into Engage to this point are any indication, I’m comfortable to say it’s the previous.
Engage isn’t doing something I haven’t seen earlier than within the fantasy storytelling realm. There’s a hero who saved the world, then they have been in a slumber for a very long time, and now they’ve woke up to search out the as soon as peaceable realm they saved in potential disarray as soon as extra. They can also’t keep in mind a factor, with reminiscences of their previous slowly mushing their method into the hero’s mind. That hero is the Divine Dragon and he, in my case, is the primary protagonist of Engage. He holds an Emblem Ring that permits him to faucet into the power and battle intelligence of previous Fire Emblem hero Marth. However, Marth isn’t only a device to make use of on the battlefield, although, as I discuss with him and strengthen the bond between us, simply as I do for the assorted allies I’ve already recruited into my Divine Dragon team-up.
Since these opening introductory moments, I’ve met new allies sporting Emblem Rings and have seen how these previous Fire Emblem heroes come into play, each as a battlefield tactic and as a persona to interact with outdoors of fight. Engage’s technique gameplay isn’t reinventing the wheel – it’s Fire Emblem by way of and thru – however the game’s namesake, Engage, is the mechanic that permits an ally or the Divine Dragon to summon their Emblem Ring hero, be it Marth for me or Celica for an additional. Each character with a hoop has an Engage kind that appears completely different, can sometimes transfer extra spots on the battle map, and is considerably extra highly effective or, in some circumstances, extra supportive with full-team therapeutic talents. I really like turning the tides of a battle with the Engage mechanic, and in small skirmish battles, I can mop up enemies rapidly by activating three Engage characters directly.
To that finish, although, Engage is missing within the problem division. Because of this Engage mechanic, I not often really feel threatened. If enemies are closing in on an ally for the kill, I can Engage and get there rapidly to defend the allies. If enemies are swarming me, identical factor. That stated, I’m nonetheless having fun with each battle, be it story-related or extra minor skirmishes. I’ve misplaced an ally right here or there – I’ve opted to go the Casual playstyle the place allies defeated in battle return after I’ve received as a result of I wish to study extra in regards to the varied characters I’ve met – however I haven’t but misplaced a mission’s major goal. I’m hoping the problem begins to ramp up right here quickly and based mostly on the place the story’s headed, I think about it’ll.
When I’m not engaged in battle, I discover the game’s central hub, Somniel. It’s the Divine Dragon’s fortress, and it’s the place you should purchase new outfits, armor and weapons, basic objects, and extra. It’s additionally the place you’ll be able to cling with the canine, cats, sheep, and birds you’ve adopted out on the planet of Elyos, and you’ll work together with everybody in your group to boost bonds, hearken to help conversations, and practice. When I’m not deciding on my subsequent mission on the Elyos world map, I’m at Somniel. Much like I did with the monastery in Three Houses, Somniel has change into a check-in pit cease of types. After finishing a chapter, I head there and run by way of my checklist of routine visits to the assorted retailers, the eating cafe, the coaching amenities, and extra. I might see Somniel changing into monotonous for some, but it surely’s scratching that guidelines itch that empowers me to view my Divine Dragon because the one in cost.
Fire Emblem Engage hasn’t captivated my each waking thought, however every thing I’ve encountered ranges from nice to wonderful so far. The story has been thrilling sufficient, however having not skilled any of the twists, turns, or true drama I do know the Fire Emblem collection is understood for, it’s nothing outstanding in the meanwhile. I worry (for my group) that these issues are coming, and I can’t wait. But even when Engage’s story stays as by the books because it appears proper now, it’s shaping as much as be a enjoyable Fire Emblem game, and that’s one thing I’m enthusiastic about for my Switch.