Fire Emblem Fates Reviews

We review each game in the Fire Emblem Fates trilogy: Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation.

Fire Emblem Fates is composed of three games that each have individual stories, gameplay, and price tags. Unless you preordered the $80 special edition in November, you have to start with either Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, or Conquest, for $40. After choosing one, you can purchase the other two games as DLC for $20 each. Don’t be fooled by Revelations just because it’s only available as a download: it’s as big as the two mainline games.

It's important to understand the differences between each game, so we have reviewed each version of Fates to help you decide whether any edition is right for you. We've posted excerpts from each review below, but to get the full picture--and understand why each game got a different score--be sure to look at the full reviews for more detailed insight and analysis.

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright - 8/10

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Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright Review, Alexa Ray Corriea - "Birthright--one in a trio of Fire Emblem Fates titles--continues the series' time-tested spin on strategy role-playing games. But is also adds a new layer to interactions between characters that makes things intimate--steamy, even. Mechanically, Birthright is more forgiving than its sister titles Conquest and Revelations, offering players easier access to resources and units as well as more opportunities to grind out experience. As for the narrative, there are some awkward moments and cheap drama that pull you out of the moment, but these are brief and overshadowed by a handful of powerful scenes. Even the melodrama can't keep Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright from being worthy experience."

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - 7/10

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Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest Review, Peter Brown - "Conquest's demanding challenges force you to work hard as a strategist and a matchmaker, but it never lets you revel in either on your own terms. I do appreciate how hard combat is, and I get a lot out of the relationship building opportunities that arise, but I desperately wanted more time with my army, on and off the battlefield. Every version of Fates has 28 chapters, but Birthright and Revelations give you the chance to go on scouting missions, where you can give the plot a break to train and get to know your soldiers on a more personal level. No such option exists in Conquest."

Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation - 9/10

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Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation Review, Alexa Ray Corriea - "Of all three Fire Emblem Fates titles, Revelation is the most rewarding. It marries the best parts of sister titles Birthright and Conquest, offering varying maps with complex and often interactive terrain, as well as ample opportunities to grind for experience and build relationships between members of its warrings kingdoms. Whether you're carefully maneuvering your troops to make the best use of floating platforms to rout the enemy, or pairing up the heir to the Hoshido throne with the eldest princess of Nohr and praying they birth an amazing child, there is a lot of love in nearly every facet of its design."

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Bahamut50

Ugh i can't wait for revelations to come out.

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GH05T-666

So this is out now or not for a while? Here in Australia it doesn't even have a release date :'(

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BryanWeary

@GH05T-666: This is what I could find. No definite date on release outside the US and Canada.

  • Birthright/Conquest
    • JP June 25, 2015
    • NA February 19, 2016
    • EU 2016
    • AUS 2016
    Revelation
    • JP July 9, 2015
    • NA March 10, 2016
    • EU 2016
    • AUS 2016
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FuNkAdR0

Any info on when is this coming to Europe? I want to play it so bad but you know... region lock.

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BryanWeary

@FuNkAdR0: From what I could find, it's just a blanket 2016 for EU.

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OBSIDIAN_BORN

I am still waiting for a re-release of the special edition before I buy this game.

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eva02langley

@obsidian_born: Is that ever going to happen...

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Bowser05

Interesting. I'm actually really happy you decided to split the review in three like this.

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TimmyDKJR

So is each game the same cast, more or less occurring at the same setting, except you came from different origins? For example, is 1 game a group of people (let's call em Heroes) who are destined to bla bla. While in the 2nd game, the Heroes have to fight for bla bla? Are these like parallel universe things? Are these 3 just what ifs for if the hero joined this, that, or neither?

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Kusann

@TimmyDKJR: Neither. Birthright follows your character (or Corrin, from Smash Bros, if you like) joining the kingdom of Hoshido, you have a different "army", different missions, different story, motives, etc. Conquest follows Corrin joining the kingdom of Nohr, these 2 kingdoms exist in the same "world" and are at war since each one worships a different deity, some characters may appear on both, but I'm pretty sure they appear from very different perspectives or play a very different role, for example in Birthright "Bleble" is your ally, in Conquest "Bleble" is your enemy.

Revelations (which is an expansion) follows Corrin as if she didn't join Nohr nor (no pun intended) Hoshido and followed her own path. They released it as 3 games (or 2) and people think they are like Pokemon Blue/Red: same game, different Pokemon, but this isn't, they could easily be 2 separated games as some reports state that each game lasts around 30ish hours.

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csward

@Kusann: Thank you! This was confusing the heck out of me.

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TimmyDKJR

@Kusann: Thanks for clearing it up!

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RedWave247

@Arachnofunk: Oh no! The humanity!

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Rufus_the_rat

LOL the "best" of the three is DLC only, destined to be lost when Nintendo's servers shut down eventually

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phili878

@Rufus_the_rat: Nintendo is dying since 1889 TM.

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Master_Of_Fools

@Rufus_the_rat: Except that when you have it downloaded you would still have it on your system....game isn't Online Only if thats what you thought.

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sonic_spark

@Rufus_the_rat: Nintendo would just release a hard copy or re-release it as one copy for the next handheld, or throw it on a virtual console (even if Nintendo shut down, it'll end up on somebody's online library.

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Soarlozer

I really was never into any nintendo IP. I literally haven't touched anything since mario bros and zelda on the NES. But I bought a 3ds and my only game is Fire Emblem. I wish this was all one game but at least now I can up my library to 4 games. One day I will be bored with my ps4 or pc and finally pick up that bravely default. Hopefully the price isn't $60 by the time I decide to do it.

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Chunkman

@soarlozer: Lol, those are the only four games you'll need! :P

As for Bravely Default, sometimes those niche titles that don't have massive American releases (it took ages for it to be greenlit for localization at all, I believe), won't go down in price for a long time. The cartridge may even appreciate in value in the future, so you should get it soon!

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bbq_R0ADK1LL

Never have I had more desire for anti-aliasing.

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csward

@bbq_R0ADK1LL: Amen the game looks grainy as heck. If only Nintendo allowed us to play it on our Wii Us.

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SyntaxKT

Ok now who wants to see this done with the original advance wars game style and characters? I loved those games and I swear they had more content than most games with dlc these days....

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Cruxis27

Was really looking forward to this and still am but Xcom2 is just too good. On a side note only Nintendo can publish 3 versions of the same game (Yes I know they're not the same blah blah blah) and the fans will swallow it up happily

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thefinalzapkeet

@Cruxis27: I thought the same thing at first, but apparently both birthright and conquest are the size of awakening. which was about a 30 hourish game in one playthrough. you buy one version for 40 dollars, get the other version for half off. so 60 dollars for a 60 hour game? that isn't too unreasonable.

I think Revelation is meant more as an expansion pack, but i could be wrong

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Redsyrup

These games are way too hard. I think someone at Nintendo needs to rethink gameplay in FireEmblem. It's really not worth the struggle. I won't be wasting another $40 clams on this. Be warned the demos aren't anything like the real games.

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csward

@Redsyrup: Idk the last Fire Emblem on 3DS was pretty easy. Are you sure you're doing it right?

I mean X-Com is much harder..

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merimack

@Redsyrup: They definitely take some getting used to, but there are some great new difficulty modes in the new ones that allow for an easier experience without permadeath. I remember playing the first one when I was about 12 and had to buy a guide book because it was so crushingly difficult to keep my party alive. I may actually try the non permadeath mode in one of these new games just so I can relax a little. haha

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Bahamut50

@Redsyrup: Pffft

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merimack

Wait, Is revelation a full game? All I ever see are Conquest and Birthright.

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silverwolfj

@merimack: Acording to Nintendo the three versions are full games, only calling Revelation a DLC because you need one of the others to play it. I think the reason for that bit is that Revelation could have spoilers that could diminish the experience from the others if you play it first (this is based in a couple previews I read and a comment from Reggie Fils-Aime where he said it was called Revelation for a reason). Reading the reviews it says that all three versions have 28 main missions and Birthright and Revelation have some extra "scouting missions" you can use to grind EXP and develop relationships. This last isn't in Conquest because it was made in the style of the pre-Awakening FE games for gamers who played before this title and want a more difficult and strategic experience.

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Mariner32

@merimack: The way I understand it, Birthright and Conquest are two halves of the same coin. From a story standpoint, they are branching stories diverging at the beginning depending on which nation you choose to support which come together again for a "true" ending in Revelation. From a marketing standpoint, sort of the Yellow version to Birthright's Red and Conquest's Blue. Granted, I've not played the games so that's just what I've been able to glean from what I've found so, take that explanation with a grain of salt and all that.

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WaterLord0

@Mariner32: Actually I'm pretty sure your almost right here. Birthright and Conquest are two halves of the same coin where in Revelations a path where you chose not to flip the coin and go on your own path. So there is no "True Ending" and the stories don't ever reconverge on one another.

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merimack

@Mariner32: Ahh. That makes sense. I'll probably grab conquest first anyways. Or just wait to see if they all get bundled.

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Mariner32

@merimack: I think Gamestop at least is bundling a physical copy of either with a download code for the other. Not sure about any that include a Revalation code though, as that's digital only as far as I'm aware.

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TJDMHEM

I don't know which one to get they all got great reviews.

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silverwolfj

@TJDMHEM: Conquest if you want the hardest experience packed with different conditions to win battles but you don't mind the lack of extra grinding missions, basically the classic FE experience. Birthright if you'd like the easy going experience, great if you loved Awakening. Revelation should be the last acording to Reggie because it could spoil the others because of...

Revelations

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Flen15

Conquest is like classic Fire Emblem. Best way to play will probably be to focus on keeping a small number of elite/favorite units strong and not stress out about the relationships.

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Bahamut50

@Flen15: Just like all the other ones :P. I like the way awakening did it, but i'll play conquest the way i played every fire emblem; smartly ;P.

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feleas

I think I'll wait for a version that lets you choose any of the 3 options and does NOT lock you out of the other 2 in future play-throughs after you make your choice in the first play-through, cause eff buying multiple games just to see other sides of the same main story.

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Tak666

Did the revievers actually play the game or just watch the animations? Because the reviews clearly show they had NO IDEA what to do in this game.

What a joke GS has become. I bet most of you don't even want to review games anymore, you'd rather write about SJW bs.

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gamerboy100

I fail to see why they did it as three separate games after seeing this in an article on Gematsu:

"A special edition, including Birthright, Conquest, and a third story called Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation on a single game card, a New Nintendo 3DS XL carrying pouch, and art book, will also be released for $79.99."

See? Why did they do it like this if all three can fit on one cart?

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Neubmann

@gamerboy100: Because getting a hold of that special edition is a tantamount to an act of Jebus...

I'm glad that they reviewed each story individually, so that we can make a slightly more informed purchase regarding which version to buy (although many disagree with Peter Brown's review).

From what I understand, the multiple story approach far supersedes traditional cash-grab DLC seen in other franchises... Though I harbor no illusion that Nintendo is any better with additional content than other devs.

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Thanatos2k

@gamerboy100: Scamming money out of you. Not hard to see.

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Ragnawind

@gamerboy100: I think it may actually be different that than. In reality, it is more likely to just be Birthrights on the card with Conquest and Revelations having a download code for you to download on the eShop.: They are also technically considered different games, much like many games in the past. It is also worth it to note that each of the 3 games have at least THIRTY UNIQUE MAPS. Around 30-40 maps is already considered worth $40, so if they didn't split them the way they did, the price of admission to play would be around $80 on its own, which Nintendo would NEVER do for a 3DS release. The Special edition, as it is already, is already considered a major loss, hence why it was so limited.

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gamerboy100

@Ragnawind: The article I shared says right in the part I quoted that they are ALL on one cartridge. (i.e. not digital)

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Ragnin

@Ragnawind: Why is the SE edition a major loss? It costs as much as buying all three seperatly. Even if you buy 1 game you can get the other two for $20 each so its still $80 for all three. Unless the art book and pouch cost a ton of money? Even then it doesn't seem like it would be a loss just maybe not as much profit as the normal editions.

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