Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright


Tyler Jorgensen

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is one part of a larger story that covers all three games. The other two games are Conquest, and Revelation. Conquest and Birthright have physical copies as well as digital copies. Revelation is the only game of the three that is only sold through the Nintendo Eshop only. The story of Birthright follows you siding with Hosido your in the war against Nohr. You fight the people you once considered family and try to bring an end to the war. There are some parts of the larger story that you will miss if you only play this version of the game.

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is a strategy game that has you picking and choosing who is going to fight what or who is going to retreat. Fire emblem is known for a feature where defeated units are forever unavailable in the next chapter. You can still choose this difficulty (known as Classic), but Fates has made it so that you can play on a lower difficulty where defeated units will return in the next battle. Birthright also has a mode that makes it easier than the other two games by allowing you to level grind for experience and Gold. This feature is not in Conquest due to them wanting to make Conquest feel more like the original games in the series. That is why I recommend you play Birthright first instead of playing Conquest if you have never played a Fire Emblem game before.

Birthright follows its predecessor Fire Emblem: Awakening in allowing you to create your own character. This character can be male or female and you can decide how they look and sound. Also like Awakening, you can get married and have kids and build relationships. Depending who the parents are for the kids can determine what stats they have and what skills they can learn. These units can only be unlocked when their parents get married.

All in all, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is a must own and anybody who owns a 3DS should pick this game up before it’s hard to find. That is why I am giving this game a 9.6/ 10. I am looking forward to completing the story of Fates in Revelation and Conquest.

Pros: You get a cast of cool characters, You can have kids and get married, You can alter the map.

Cons: You only get half of the real story, you need to buy the other two games to get a better idea of what’s going on in the game.