Kim’s Corner: Video Game Review – Fire Emblem Fates (4.5/5)
Release Date: February 19th, 2016
ESRB Rating: T for Teen
Fire Emblem Fates is an all new JRPG, with a very interesting storyline and characters you’ll probably get attached to. This is the first Fire Emblem game where your character is the main protagonist. The game has two different installments that effect what path you take: Conquest or Birthright.
Player choice is significant in this game. You are just making one big choice rather than a bunch of smaller choices throughout the game that really alter the outcome of the game.
In both games, the first six chapters are the same, but once you get to the end of chapter six, you have to pick a side. Your character was born to the Hoshido royal family, but raised by their enemies, the Nohr royal family.
When the time comes during a war, you must unwillingly choose which side to fight for and accept the consequences of whatever side you end up choosing.
Will you fight for the people that have raised you or will you fight for those who are your true blood?
The fact that the first six chapters are exactly the same is great because the game doesn’t try to make you chose a certain side. Whichever side you pick, it is justified and there isn’t favoritism for either of the paths you can pick from.
The plot comes over very strong in the beginning, so it is sure to keep you invested into the rest of the game to keep you playing.
There are three different modes to play throughout the game. In classic mode, a fallen unit during a battle will have permanent death and you won’t see them in the game later on. Casual mode has characters coming back at the end of a battle. Phoenix mode was newly made for Fates, this mode revives units on the following player turn.
There is also the new “My Castle” feature which gives you the opportunity to get to know the main characters outside of battle. You can collect resources, visit shops, build places you can visit, expand your castle, interact with characters in the game and any of your friends who are playing Fates, and much more.
There is more room for customization and socialization for those who enjoy doing so.
If you have not picked a side yet, do consider that Birthright was made for those who are new or returning gamers to the Fire Emblem series. You will have more chances for leveling up on the path of Birthright whereas, for Conquest, that storyline will be more of a challenge. I do recommend playing both sides if you have the opportunity to do so.