Review: Fire Emblem Warriors (Nintendo Switch)

The fate of the Kingdom of Aytolis lies in the hands of two young twins, Rowan and Lianna. Entrusted with the mysterious Shield of Flames, Rowan and Lianna must band together with warriors from across the Fire Emblem universe to face countless adversaries and stop the Chaos Dragon.

Pros:

  • Glorious HD graphics.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorial support.
  • 13.1GB Download size.
  • Impressive on-screen player count.
  • Three ave slots.
  • Amiibo support.
  • Two game styles- Casual and classic.
  • Can rebind the buttons and invert axis.
  • Has its own in-game achievements.
  • Two players split screen support.
  • Two game modes- Story and history mode.
  • World map scenario select.
  • Camp- Smithy for crafting, Crest market, Training ground.
  • Training ground- Exchange gold for level ups.
  • Crest market- Unlocks buffs and abilities. Basically, works as a skill tree and the crest are the upgrade points.
  • Convoy- Set your loadouts/abilities and has a cheat sheet optimize button.
  • Before each level, you get to set up where your characters deploy and scan the battlefield.
  • Easy to learn controls.
  • Auto battle option- Have your characters auto attack or auto heal in the game.
  • Can hot swap between characters.
  • History mode- Replay previous classic battles and scenes from the series.
  • Collect weapons and gear in battle and use to craft.
  • Unlock new characters as you play through the game.
  • Slick UI.
  • Craft boosts/gear and crests.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Minimap. Can zoom in.
  • Chests and breakable objects.
  • Earn gold and EXP to level up and increase your stats.
  • Fluid satisfying combat.
  • Some nice locations.

Cons:

  • Minimap can be hard to read with tiny icons and so many icons.
  • A lot to take in initially.
  • The action moves faster than the camera at times.
  • Combat just boils down to button mashing your way through.
  • Battles do get very repetitive.

 

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.4/10

Summary

So there is no denying it, Fire Emblem warriors looks and plays really well. It has an impressive on-screen body count and it all runs very smoothly. It is just a shame you will miss out on so much clever fighting mechanics as you can just button mash to victory every time. The crafting is a nice touch and adds a lot of variety. I like to put the game on to blow off some steam and mess up a screen full of bad guys with bad ass combos and moves. The game is a lot of fun and if you put time into it you will get so much more out of it, But that said if you fear the game may be too deep and mechanically happy then fear not as you can just mash and run your way through this epic story. In short, it is a lot of fun to play and you get out of it how much time you put into it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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