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Three Houses: Famitsu Scores the Game 37/40 & Writer Play Reviews

Today, the latest issue of Famitsu was released. The big news is that the magazine gave Three Houses a score of 37/40 [9, ,9, 10, 9]. At the time of writing, the review text is not available, but to be honest it’s rarely important. (Source)

This puts the game as one of the highest scoring FE titles, on par with Echoes, and one point above Mystery of the Emblem, Binding Blade, Awakening and Fates. Of course, if you’re dubious about Famitsu’s reviewing credibility, you have every right to be.

Correction: My brain wasn’t functioning properly for some reason. Three Houses scored higher, not lower than the five four games I mentioned.

In other related news, the new issue of Famitsu also includes a special pre-launch feature for the game. There are 8 pages of summarised information from previous issues of Famitsu (aka nothing new), plus play reports from three of Famitsu’s writers. You can find translations of the latter below.

The Writers

  • Lipsaiton — Played nearly every FE game. Picked the Black Eagles.
  • Professor Tsutsumi — Has been a decade since they last played a FE. Picked the Blue Lions.
  • Godzilla Outa — Completely new to the series. Picked the Golden Deer.

You can really taste the flavour and charm of “FE” in this game!

I’m Lipsaiton, a writer who’s been playing the FE series since the very first game. If you ask me about my gameplay impressions, I feel like the game system has undergone a big change, but the core flavour and charm of the series remains the same.

For this title, from the way the characters heads turn, the visuals have become more realistic. The game system, specifically the way you raise characters has been greatly enhanced. Mechanics, like the way units fight while leading battalions, are really innovative. Since FE Fates, the appearance and game system has changed a lot; could it even still be considered the same kind of game? I thought about this and there are probably many series fans thinking the same. But in the end, these concerns will probably end up being swept away.

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Three Houses: Famitsu Preview (Pre-launch Summary and Writer Reviews)

Normally, we’d have to wait 2 or 3 weeks for our next Famitsu article, but not this time! Today, Famitsu posted a preview of their Three Houses pre-launch special, which will appear in the 1st August 2019 issue, releasing on 18th July.

Two preview images were included. The first one suggests that the article will mainly be a summary and recap of everything we’ve learned in the previous 5 articles. There’s a blurb about the story, profiles for male and female Byleth and screenshots from a battle and the academy. Basically, all stuff we’ve seen before.

Famitsu often includes these kinds of summaries right before a game launches for two reasons. Firstly, it’s useful for readers who haven’t been following every single article–and especially those who haven’t read a single one. Secondly, it’s so they don’t have to write anything new. Win-win! That said, they do like to sprinkle in some new screenshots and tidbits.

The second preview image might be more of interest. Unfortunately this image is small and blurry, because it’s actually half the size. From the description, it features “play reviews” from Famitsu’s writer(s). It seems there’s one for each house. To be honest, they’ll probably be more useful than the standard Famitsu reviews, which are like two or three sentences.

Heroes: New Power banner, Morgan BHB and banner, and more!

The latest Heroes to receive some new weapons and refines are now available as part of a New Power banner.

Luke: Rowdy Squire (Rowdy Sword), Roderick: Steady Squire (Steady Lance), Matthew: Faithful Spy (Spy’s Dagger), and Raigh: Dark Child (Hermit’s Tome) are able to be summoned as 5-Star focus Heroes. You can read more about their new weapons here.

The banner begins today and will come to an end on the 27th of July, 6:59am UTC.

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Three Houses: Early Reviews Aplenty, Overall Satisfying Ratings

If you’re a Nintendo fan and have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll need to know that Fire Emblem Three Houses got a ton of coverage at E3 2019, and has since, been receiving favorable reviews from gaming sites since then. Within the past 24 hours, the English web site has gone up for the game, and many powerful game reviews have shared their dozen+ hour long gameplay feelings with the web. Their videos are of varying lengths and their sites can bring you all over the web, but fortunately, I’m here to consolidate what’s been released so far, to make your lives a bit easier as fans like me, who don’t have the game yet, but crave more knowledge.

Please note, all information listed below, will be my interpretations of each reviewer’s review, and any words used will not reflect my opinions of what is seen. Please excuse any confusing grammar.

GameXplain brings in a point of view from a Black Eagle’s perspective, sharing right off the bat that there’s plenty of thought that needs to go into picking what feels comfortable for you to play with between the three houses, from personality to gameplay feel. They express how things start off a tad slow, more implying that it’s different from a traditional Fire Emblem game that throws battles at you left and right. Additionally, the mock-weapon triangle system through skills that simulate a triangle feels good. The biggest change feels with Magic, in that you no longer buy tomes, and more or less learn new spells or enhancements to older spells to keep them relevant as the game goes on.

 

The character supports feels pretty good; better than expected, but one thing about the characters is that the “extra character” that you can recruit from a different house, there’s two ways to go about it. One method lets you borrow a character that brings their story but not gain exp, which is still good if you need the help, and the other method allows you to outright recruit another unit as long as you follow a certain path for criteria, like focusing teaching a certain weapon type.

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