Two kingdoms are on the brink of war. Whose side will you choose? Torn between two families, you’re an heir of Hoshido, raised by Nohrian royals. If you choose the path of Birthright, you’ll battle the corrupted king of Nohr beside a family of strangers. If you walk the path of Conquest, you must fight to change your misguided kingdom from within. Command warriors with expert precision and forge deep relationships to master this turn-based strategy game. Fire Emblem: Fates comes as two stories, with the option to purchase the second unlocking after you reach Chapter 6 of the version you first purchase. Each path is a complete story and a complete game. Playing both will show you two different sides of one brutal conflict. In this new Fire Emblem experience for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, your customized avatar is the main hero. An army of knights, mages, archers, and more are at your command in the most tactical battles in series history. Each unit and weapon has strengths and weaknesses you must consider for every foe you face. Partner allies on the battlefield so they can support each other in combat. Building relationships is key—the closer your allies become, the better they’ll fight together. Their future is in your hands, but first you must make the most important decision in the history of Fire Emblem.
My first real exposure to the Fire Emblem series was through 2013's Fire Emblem Awakening. As I've learned much later, Awakening was a lot different from its predecessors, opting for a lot more streamlined gameplay and simplified gameplay elements. Fates continues this tradition, sure, but it does add some more complex layers and mechanics that make it seem like an evolution of the previous game. Fates is unique in the way it's presented. Instead of one core game, we essentially have three, that branch out after a certain chapter in the game, giving the player a choice of which of the two factions to side with; Your birth family who you were taken from at a young age, the family you've known your whole life that raised you, or siding with neither and starting your... Read Review